COVID-19: We’re not out of the woods yet

2020-08-06T12:35:20-08:00August 6th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

This year has been challenging to say the least and you’ve likely had to pivot and adapt for your clients and your continued survival in business and in life. As we move into the final stretch of the summer, we’d like to remind all members the risks of COVID-19 and the strict health and safety [...]

BC organized real estate & regulators reach agreement re: Open Houses

2020-07-21T16:21:04-08:00July 7th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

by Baldev S. Gill, Chief Executive Officer Today’s eMemo contains the following updates: The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA), the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC), and the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) have reached an agreement on recommended safety guidelines for Open Houses during Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan. [...]

Serious risks of non-compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols

2020-06-25T14:49:57-08:00June 23rd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

by Baldev S. Gill, Chief Executive Officer Serious risks of non-compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols 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. Per the government’s guidelines, REALTORS® should refrain [...]

Must read for all REALTORS®: Showing homes in a COVID-19 world

2020-06-25T14:44:52-08:00June 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

by Paul Cowhig, Advisor, Professional Standards 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.” Please, for the sake of the profession, it’s too early [...]

COVID-19 isn’t deterring homebuying intentions

2020-06-19T11:43:16-08:00June 15th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

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. Every spring – in early April – Altus Group surveys renters and homeowners across Canada regarding their buying intentions over the next year [...]

Open Houses – To do or not to do?

2020-06-19T12:08:38-08:00June 3rd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Since Premier Horgan’s announcement about BC’s reopening of Phase 2, which includes us in real estate, we are getting a lot of calls about agents resuming open houses.I get two types of calls. One is from agents, and even a few from the public, who want to know if and how they can start holding [...]

Embrace technology and it shall set you free…

2020-06-19T11:03:28-08:00June 1st, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

You’ve no doubt been hearing about the “new normal” for a few weeks now. In fact, the Board has been ensuring it’s keeping you updated on what this means, and what you – as an essential services provider – must do to adapt to the new normal.As much as we might want to, we [...]

VIDEO: Embracing the new normal

2020-06-19T10:51:47-08:00May 27th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

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. Click here to hear Chris’ message. (Run time: 3 minutes 12 seconds) Sources: [...]

Tours and Open Houses: ‘How-to’ Guide for Live Streaming

2020-06-01T08:49:25-08:00May 27th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

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. REALTORS® are quick to pivot and adapt to the digital twists for selling homes. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, live streaming open houses and [...]

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