CARES Act FAQs - Updated July 22nd

August 13, 2020

NAR has been working closely with Congress and the Administration to ensure the interests of REALTORS® and their clients are protected in any federal action in response to COVID-19. 

Many REALTORS® are small businesses, or work with them as clients. In the most recent relief package passed into law, the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or CARES Act, there were significant provisions aimed at assisting small businesses during this difficult time. The CARES Act appropriates more than $360 billion total for new Small Business Administration (SBA) programs - the 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) advance grants program; follow-up legislation in April added an additional $370 billion ($310 billion for PPP and $60 billion for EIDLs) to meet demand for the loans.

Provided below are a number of Q&As to address frequent questions about what these programs are, who is eligible and how to apply. Also, see and share the PPP vs EIDL infographic for differences between the two programs. We continue to learn more about these relief measures daily and will update this document as events warrant.

As of June 17, the PPP loan program still has funding and lenders are accepting applications, and after pausing new EIDL applications from non-agriculture businesses for several weeks, the SBA reopened applications to all eligible businesses on June 15.

Note: On June 5, the “PPP Flexibility Act” was signed into law, increasing flexibility for borrowers in how they can use their PPP loans. This includes lowering the amount required for payroll costs from 75% to 60% and lengthening the period to use it from 8 to 24 weeks, through at the latest December 31. It also increases the repayment period from 2 to 5-years for loans made after June 5 (borrowers who received PPP loans before that date can request a longer repayment period from their lenders). On June 17, the SBA released new guidance and two updated forgiveness forms for PPP reflecting these changes, including an “EZ Application” for businesses with no employees or that meet certain other criteria, which you can read about below.

VIDEO – How To Secure Your Business Through the CARES Act: Hear directly from quick-acting REALTORS®, with businesses of various structure and sizes, who successfully obtained Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Business Loans and Economic Injury.

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The Paulding Board of REALTORS® (PBOR)  Market Brief is compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS). For more information on details of this month's report, please contact the Board at 770.866.1397.

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About the Paulding Board of REALTORS®

The Paulding Board of REALTORS® (PBOR) has been an instrumental factor in the growth of real estate in Paulding County, Georgia for more than a decade. PBOR serves as a central source of information for its members, with mainly focusing on real estate education, the promotion of professionalism in the industry and representing REALTORS® members with legislative initiatives to create positive change for the real estate community.

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