COVID-19 UPDATES

FVREB Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan | May 20, 2020

The FVREB has transitioned staff from a remote working environment back to regular office operations following a work interruption caused by COVID-
19. As required by WorkSafeBC, the board has developed a safety plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for returning staff. The following plan adheres to a six-step process. Read more »

REALTORS® and your reputation during COVID-19 | April 29, 2020

Pivot and adapt are words we’re seeing a lot now and it’s the advice the Board has been giving you. However, since you are your brand – and remember, your brand is you – you also need to think strategically during this crisis about what you should and should not be doing, to not only protect your reputation, but to enhance it as well. Read more »

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program to provide rent relief to qualifying small businesses | April 24, 2020

The new Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program announced by the federal government aims to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 reduce their cost of rent by 75 per cent. Read more »

Protecting clients from pandemic potholes | April 22, 2020

The pandemic has put a stranglehold on more than business and social, it’s also opened up some legal and procedural potholes and pushed some of the normal processes in real estate into some tight corners. Read more »

COVID-19’s impact on the Fraser Valley market | April 22, 2020

What do the most recent numbers tell us about what’s in store for the real estate market? No one is watching MLS® data more closely than Brendon Ogmundson, BCREA’s Chief Economist. Read more »

COVID-19: Rental subsidy application & CEBA updates | April 16, 2020

We shared updates on the BC Temporary Rental Supplement program for tenants and landlords, as well as the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA). Read more »

Tenant evictions and your clients | April 9, 2020

by Paul Cowhig, Professional Standards Advisor

What happens if a home buying client purchased a home, gave an Order of Possession in mid-March, and plans to take possession at the end of May? Does the new suspension of evictions apply to this situation? Read more »

Private showings during public health orders | April 9, 2020

by Paul Cowhig, Professional Standards Advisor

We are in a remarkable moment in time – one of those rare times where everything changes… we don’t yet know how long this situation will last, and we won’t know until we get there but, in the meantime, I want to say, be careful! Read more »

Video message from Chris Shields for members | March 30, 2020

Please click here to see a video message from our incoming Board President, Chris Shields, on what REALTORS® can do to support home buyers and sellers during COVID-19

Video message from Chris Shields for the public | March 30, 2020

Please click here to see a video message from our incoming Board President, Chris Shields, on the role and importance of REALTORS® during COVID-19.

REALTORS® of the Fraser Valley are still open for business | March 25, 2020

In light of the corona viral pandemic, COVID-19, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board has joined other real estate boards in temporarily closing its office in Surrey. At the urging of public health officials here and around the world, our REALTORS® are continuing to do what they can to provide service to their real estate clientele, without compromising the health and safety of both our members and our staff.

In order to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus further, there are necessary constraints that our Realtor members are following. This includes physical distancing, which is unusual for our Realtors, who normally meet with clients in homes, in cars, and at brokerage offices.

Maintaining a distance of two metres, dispensing with handshakes, using disinfectant wipes, etc., are now the norm. The adjustment is not easy for anyone, but a necessary caution.

In spite of this, whether you are looking to buy or sell real estate, we hope that you know the Realtors of the Fraser Valley are still working and ready to assist you, and thank you for continuing to have confidence in their skill and expertise during this challenging period.