November 6, 2020

Open houses going virtual to help flatten BC’s COVID curve

The real estate boards, together with BC’s real estate regulatory bodies, advised REALTORS® this week to stop holding open houses given the worsening COVID-19 situation in our province.

Click here to read the announcement.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), which represents nearly 14,000 Realtors across the region, supports this position.

"We’ve advised our Realtor community to halt open house activity until we hear further direction from our public health experts," said Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair.

With new COVID-19 cases setting records in BC of late, Realtors are committed to limiting in-person interactions as much as possible.

To help you meet your housing needs during this pandemic, you can expect your Realtor to optimize technology-based solutions to showcase homes, assess neighbourhood amenities, and complete paperwork. Where in-person meetings are necessary, your Realtor may ask you to meet outdoors or in a location with a detailed COVID-19 safety plan.

“Realtors are committed to acting in the best interest of the public. As a profession, we’re consulting with the health experts in our province and doing everything we can to operate in a safe and responsible manner through this health crisis,” Gerber said.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in today’s environment, talk with your Realtor about COVID-19 preparedness and safety.

To learn more about the latest public health recommendations, the BC Public Health Office’s has set up a COVID-19 resource centre.

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