Updates

Tennessee Association of REALTORS

Virginia Association of REALTORS

National Association of REALTORS

Updated BTVAR Schedule:

  • RPAC Committee Meeting Cancelled March 19th – New date TBD
  • New Member Orientation March 24th – RESCHEDULED for May 7th
  • Membership Mixer March 24th – RESCHEDULED for May 7th
  • Bristol Success Series March 25th RESCHEDULED for April 14th
  • Code of Ethics March 26th RESCHEDULED for April 23rd
  • Membership Committee Meeting Cancelled March 27th – New date TBD
  • Board of Directors Meeting March 31st – Will possibly be held remotely


As we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in our surrounding areas, it has required staff and leadership to have serious discussions regarding in-person meetings scheduled at BTVAR. Your health and that of our staff are our first priority.
 
We know there is already a confirmed case in Sullivan County and about 39 cases overall in Tennessee and 41 in Virginia. Virginia has also closed all K-12 schools for the next two weeks and Tennessee is now starting to follow a similar path. Many local universities have also made the decision to move classes online, some for the rest of the semester. TN Governor Bill Lee and VA Governor Ralph Northam have both declared a state of emergency as the virus continues to spread.
 
After much discussion, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person meetings, classes and events beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3. The BTVAR office will be open by appointment only during this time.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation and will re-evaluate this decision to ensure it is still the best decision for our members and staff.
 
The following events will be affected:
 

  • RPAC Committee Meeting March 19th
  • New Member Orientation March 24th – RESCHEDULED for May 7th
  • Membership Mixer March 24th – RESCHEDULED for May 7th
  • Bristol Success Series March 25th RESCHEDULED for April 14th
  • Code of Ethics March 26th RESCHEDULED for April 23rd
  • Board of Directors Meeting March 31st

A notice will be sent out as soon as the new dates are confirmed.

While the BTVAR office will be by appointment only, staff will still be working full-time but this could possibly be from another location. The best way to contact us will be via email at info@btvar.com or to call 423-968-1192. If you do not reach a live person, please be sure to leave a message and feel free to follow up with an email.

Brokers, if you have a new member, please find the BTVAR membership application on our website www.btvar.net. Completed applications should be emailed to info@btvar.com. Once the member is set up in our system, they will have the option to pay online or drop a check in our secure mailbox. The entire process can be done by phone and/or email. For MLS questions, please call 423-477-0041 or email monicaberrymls@gmail.com.

We would also like to point out that the FLEX MLS training that was scheduled for March 25th at the MLS office has been canceled but will be conducted online instead. Please visit https://tvr.flexmls.com/ to view the schedule and log into the training. 

In the meantime, please help keep our community safe by keeping the following in mind:

  • Be aware of the symptoms – fever (100.4 degrees), cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms have typically presented within a 14-day time frame, usually between day 5 to day 11.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home until you are symptom and fever-free without the aid of medication for a minimum of 24 hours.
  • If you’ve traveled to China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Iran or Italy, stay home for 14 days.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, scrubbing vigorously for at least 30 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Use your elbow or a paper towel to open doors.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover mouth/nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue away immediately.
  • Take a break from hugging for a while. Give everyone the “elbow bump!”

Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization. If you experience symptoms, call your doctor prior to going to their office or a clinic so they can prepare for your visit. Until then, stay home and quarantine yourself.

Below is a list of resources for you to find accurate and updated information.

CDC.gov

World Health Organization

Tennessee Department of Health

Virginia Department of Health

National Association of REALTORS®