Greater Bergen Association of REALTORS® (GBAR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the professional needs of more than 7,500 REALTOR® Members. GBAR is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) - the largest trade association in America.

GBAR has worked diligently to establish itself as an accurate, knowledgeable, central resource for the media for information related to local real estate issues and trends. The Association regularly disseminates - among its members, the media, and the public - information on local real estate trends, consumer education initiatives, and industry advances. Below you will find links to the latest news and information from GBAR.

FEMA continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days.

To avoid a lapse in coverage, there is typically a 30-day grace period to renew National Flood Insurance Program policies. However, due to the widespread economic disruption arising from this pandemic, FEMA recognizes that policyholders may not meet the standard deadline.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) issued updated guidelines which provide that “residential and commercial real estate services, including settlement services” are part of the essential critical infrastructure workforce. Although CISA made it clear the guidelines are “advisory in nature” and should not be considered a federal directive, it provides direction for those states that previously have not considered real estate services to be essential services.

We received an update from the Division of Fire Safety Bureau of Fire Code Enforcement and the Department of Community Affairs regarding fire inspections. The statement made by the Division of Fire Safety Bureau of Fire Code Enforcement in the Department of Community Affairs pertains to performing fire inspections. In the release it states that the state Division is cancelling certificate of smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, and portable fire extinguisher compliance (CSACMAPFEC) inspections, and is recommending that local inspection agencies are doing so as well. They also recommend that the municipalities switch to an affidavit system that will allow for postponement of inspections until the emergency has died down so that closing can happen. (READ RELEASE) 

market stats Feb. 2020

[Waldwick, NJ – March 23, 2020] – According to February’s ShowingTime market reports, the actual and expected impacts of COVID19 continued to grow, with concerns of economic impact reaching the stock market in the last week of the month. 

As the stock market declined, so did mortgage rates, offering a bad news-good news situation. While short term declines in the stock market can sting, borrowers who lock in today’s low rates will benefit significantly in the long term.

First and foremost, I hope that you are staying safe and practicing social distancing as much as possible.
Over the weekend, Governor Murphy issued two executive orders Saturday canceling all non-approved gatherings and closing non-essential retail businesses. New Jersey REALTORS® has been working to get clarification form the governor's office on how Executive Order 107 impacts the real estate industry.
We will continue to monitor and share updates with the membership as they become available. Please view the Featured Area on our homepage for the latest news:
If you do choose to open your office, please follow the CDC guidelines carefully. If your office is open, it should operate with the smallest number of individuals as possible. As a reminder, all businesses must accommodate their employees for telework or work from home arrangements wherever possible.
In addition, NAR has also been working tirelessly in response to the legislative activity aiming to provide economic relief as a result of the COVID -19 crisis. NAR has sent letters this past week and are working closely with state associations to classify real estate services as essential services in emergency declarations. They are also working with the Department of Labor to get clarification on calculation of employer thresholds for paid leave passed in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Discussion will continue this week - updates will be provided as they arise.
NAR has issued an “Open House Guidance During COVID-19.” Click here to review. 
Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you.
Jorge Ledesma, CIPS
Chief Executive Officer
Greater Bergen REALTORS®
Office: 201-244-7000 x 402 

NJ Executive Order 107

NJ REALTORS Letter to the Governor's Office

Guidelines Recommended by CDC

NAR: Families First Coronavirus Response ActNAR: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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Dear Membership:

In the wake of all the recent developments of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the state of New Jersey, and particularly in Bergen County, Greater Bergen Realtors has taken the following measures to ensure the safety of our member, staff and the general public:

Effective immediately, we’ll be shifting the GBR team to conduct operations remotely through the end of March. Note that normal business hours of operation will continue, and a team member will be available to assist with any questions or concerns you may have about your membership throughout this difficult time. Please be advised that although the office will run normal hours of operation, on-site visits will be done by appointment only. Please note that this is for your safety and the safety of others.

As we navigate this complex and challenging situation, we are being challenged daily. Rest assure that we are doing our best to balance what is right for our members, our partners, and our communities. We will continue to actively monitor the pandemic, along with the recommendations by authorities for all appropriate actions.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me directly. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 201.244.7000 x402


Jorge Ledesma, Chief Executive Officer

In light of all the health news regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are postponing the RPAC: A Toast to Spring event originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19th. Additionally, continuing education classes and lunch and learn seminars have also been postponed for the month of March. An email with new dates will be going out separately to the membership. 
The association is continuously monitoring the effects of the Coronavirus and is looking at alternative ways to continue to move forward with day-to-day operations. The safety of our members, partners, and staff is our top priority. Please know that we are working hard to ensure as little disruption as possible.
As a reminders, please refer to the Center of Disease Control and the World Health Organization websites for information on what steps to take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  
Below are some friendly recommendation for all members:
  • If you are feeling sick/under the weather; seek professional medical attention.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • For more tips and information, please read NAR's Coronavirus: A Guide for Realtors

[Lodi, NJ – December 6, 2019] – Greater Bergen Realtors®, Realtors® Care Foundation hosted its annual Realtors Care Foundation Awards Luncheon at the Elan located in Lodi, NJ.

In partnership with the New Jersey Multiple Listing Services (NJMLS), this year, the REALTORS® Care Foundation awarded over $192,450.00 to 32 local organizations throughout Northern New Jersey. This year was a special year since this was the first luncheon that the Realtors Care Foundation held since its consolidation.


(Left to Right: Christopher Tausch, 2019 Greater Bergen Realtors President; Lynne Algrant, Bergen Volunteers CEO;

Annekee Brahver-Keely, 2019 RCF President & David Warshaw, Bergen Volunteers, Chair)

[Hackensack, NJ] — [October 30, 2019] – Greater Bergen Realtors® and the REALTORS® Care Foundation were honored for their continued work and volunteerism within their communities at the Bergen Volunteer Center’s Annual Hearts of Gold Dinner & Reception. The Hearts of Gold Dinner celebrates its programs that help improve lives and strengthen the community. The event honors exemplary individuals, companies, and organizations that support their mission to turn caring into meaningful action.

Bergen County, NJ (September 25, 2019) – Greater Bergen Realtors® members participated in Realtors® Care Day.  Realtors® Care Day is an initiative set forth the NJ Realtors® Housing Opportunity Foundation and has been a great way for Realtor® members to give back to their communities through improvements including landscaping, outdoor cleanup, exterior repairs, and safety modifications. Ultimately, the projects not only restore a homeowner’s pride but also instill a revitalizing momentum within the community. Greater Bergen Realtors® Care Foundation was again this year’s projects’ proud sponsor.

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