COVID-19 UPDATES

Serious risks of non-compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols | June 23, 2020

It has come to the Board’s attention that some members and brokerages are not complying with WorkSafeBC’s required protocols for the real estate industry for the safe return to business during COVID-19. Read more »

Must read for all REALTORS®: Showing homes in a COVID-19 world | June 22, 2020

by Paul Cowhig, Professional Standards Advisor

Whether you believe it is necessary at this time or not, all Realtors need to be vigilant in demonstrating care and concern for the health of others. Without a doubt, COVID-19 is impacting “every step a Realtor takes.” It’s too early to relax! Read more »

COVID-19 isn’t deterring homebuying intentions | June 13, 2020

FVREB is seeing a surge in new listings and sales in June compared to May. And that interest in homebuying is also reflected in the latest national research from Altus Group. Read more »

VIDEO: Running your business during COVID-19 | June 9, 2020

FVREB President Chris Shields shares his thoughts on how REALTORS® can continue to operate and enhance their business during the pandemic. Read more »

Open Houses – To do or not to do? | June 3, 2020

Since Premier Horgan’s announcement about BC’s reopening of Phase 2, which includes us in real estate, the Board is receiving a lot of calls about agents resuming open houses. Here are some answers. Read more »

Embrace technology and it shall set you free… | June 1, 2020

As much as we might want to, we can’t go back to doing things the way we used to. Fortunately, or otherwise, our world has changed, and we need to find ways to continue working and operating, especially since we are with COVID-19 for some time to come. Read more »

VIDEO: Embracing the new normal | May 27, 2020

This week, President Chris Shields discusses how the path forward for REALTORS® has changed and how we must adapt to, and embrace this change. Watch him dive into and talk about what Realtors should do to successfully pivot to the new normal. Read more »

Tours and Open Houses: ‘How-to’ Guide for Live Streaming | May 27, 2020

Live videos are not something new, but we saw their popularity skyrocket in recent months when most parts of the world went on lockdown due to the pandemic. With that in mind, we’ve created a handy ‘how-to’ guide to help you embrace new innovations and make sure that your client’s first (virtual) impression of a home is spectacular. Read more »

News Release: Top ten tips for safely buying or selling a home during COVID-19 | May 27, 2020

If you are currently considering buying or selling a home, here are the top ten actions REALTORS® are taking to meet WorkSafeBC’s new guidelines to serve the public. Read more »

Reminder: COVID-19 safety protocols still required in reopening phase | May 22, 2020

As outlined in WorkSafeBC’s detailed reopening guidelines for the real estate sector, it is not business as usual for real estate. Read more »

BCREA and FVREB have answers to many of your COVID-19 questions | May 14, 2020

You’re probably finding it as challenging as we are to keep on top of all the COVID-19 related news and resources available to you as a BC Realtor. We thought it might be helpful to highlight a few of BCREA’s key resources as well as FVREB’s in case you haven’t had the time to check them out. Read more »

Sharing your videos on how you have been coping with COVID-19 | May 13, 2020

At the Board, we are always looking to hear from our members. With that in mind, we are reaching out to request a short video from you on how you’ve been coping with living under quarantine during COVID-19. Read more »

Using drones to elevate your business | May 12, 2020

In the face of COVID-19, are you seeking a competitive advantage in the marketplace? Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones, might be the key. Read more »

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.