REALTORS® and your reputation during COVID-19

2020-05-06T14:06:30-08:00April 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

In the span of four to six weeks, COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way we think, the way we look at the world, and most importantly for you, the way you conduct your business and ensure your livelihood continues. Pivot and adapt are words we’re seeing a lot now and in fact, it’s advice the [...]

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program to provide rent relief to qualifying small businesses

2020-05-06T13:54:09-08:00April 24th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

New Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau introduced a new Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 reduce their cost of rent by 75 per cent. In this morning’s update, the Prime Minister reported that the federal government has reached an agreement [...]

Protecting clients from pandemic potholes

2020-04-30T16:49:05-08:00April 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

This pandemic has put a stranglehold on more than business and social life. It has also opened up some legal and procedural potholes and pushed the normal processes of selling, buying, conveyance, contracts, deposits, writs and enforcement into some tight corners. Order of possession In a recent NewsReal, we shared what an Order of Possession [...]

COVID-19’s impact on the Fraser Valley market

2020-04-30T16:45:55-08:00April 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

It’s been about six weeks of the COVID effect on the housing market. How bad is it? And what do the most recent numbers tell us about what’s in store? No one is watching MLS® data more closely than Brendon Ogmundson, BCREA’s Chief Economist.On April 20, BCREA released preliminary projections on how COVID is [...]

COVID-19: Rental subsidy application & CEBA updates

2020-04-30T16:37:56-08:00April 16th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Provincial Government Renter Subsidy Application now open As part of the Province’s $5 billion action plan, the BC Temporary Rental Supplement Program gives tenants and landlords temporary support toward rent payments for renters impacted by COVID-19. The renter subsidy application process has been opened and the government has provided clarity on eligibility criteria. Further details [...]

Tenant evictions and your clients

2020-04-14T14:47:48-08:00April 14th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

by Paul Cowhig, Advisor, Professional Standards Last week we covered the new emergency measures in place affecting tenancy in BC suspending evictions during this COVID-19 pandemic, (except in “specific” circumstances.) But 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 [...]

Private showings during public health orders

2020-04-14T14:57:05-08:00April 14th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

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! We are all [...]