Dear friends of Team Berkhout Bosse – please be advised that during the Province’s COVID-19 State of Emergency our business is operating in full compliance with the Advisory Notice published March 24th, 2020 by the Ontario Real Estate Association. (as posted below)
While real estate agents are included on the essential service list this pertains only to transactions already in progress. Lucky for us, in this age of technology, real estate agents have access to some great solutions to provide virtual services to our customers.
THANK YOU To all our front line medical and emergency personnel, transportation specialists, utility companies, grocery-pharmacy-gas stations, people and companies who are our ESSENTIAL service workers. It is our responsibility at this time to keep you safe by staying home.
Interested to learn more about about our virtual real estate services? We are happy to chat with you via our Facebook Page, arrange a ZOOM meeting, respond to your email to info@TeamBB.ca – or a good old fashioned phone call works too!
Would you like a no obligation Market Evaluation for your Home? Email us anytime to request our online Report.
Enjoy your day. Be safe, stay in.
John & Cathy
OREA Urges REALTORS® to Cease All Face-to-Face Business, Including Showings of Tenant-Occupied Homes, During Ontario State of Emergency
Association calls on Members to use modern technology in situations where a client must buy or sell a property during this time
The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) is urging Ontario’s REALTORS® to stop all face-to-face business, including open houses, agent and public office hours, and in-person showings, particularity of tenant-occupied homes, during the Province’s COVID-19 State of Emergency. In these unique situations, where a property listed for sale is occupied by tenants, the health and safety of those tenants, the Realtors and their clients is of utmost priority.
“Just yesterday, the Ontario Government declared Real Estate an essential service, in order to permit transactions to close. I want to make it clear that this does not mean business as usual for Ontario’s Realtors. It’s time to stop all face-to-face business including open houses, maintaining agent and public office hours and in-person showings, especially in cases where a property is tenant-occupied,” said Sean Morrison, OREA President. “As Realtors and community leaders, we must do our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Why put your health on the line – or the health of your client or community – for showings that can simply be postponed for a few weeks? It’s not worth the risk.”
If a client – especially one with a tenanted property – has an urgent need to sell or buy a home during the COVID-19 crisis, Realtors have the modern tools and knowledge at their disposal to do virtual showings. OREA is calling on its Realtors to work with the landlord and tenant to ensure the health and well-being of our province’s home buyers, sellers, and families remains a focus by encouraging the use of modern technology that facilitates remote interactions, such as virtual tours, video conference calls, and digital signing.
“As a society, we are experiencing extraordinary times and moving into uncharted territory of how we work and live,” said President Morrison. “While clients who may decide to host private showings during this time are making the decision for themselves, tenants often have no choice in the matter, putting the health of all those involved at risk. As Realtors, it is our responsibility to give clients the best advice possible – and that includes ending all face-to-face business until this crisis is resolved.”
OREA has previously called upon its Members to cease open houses during this time, as well as repeatedly encouraged its Members to follow Government and Public Health recommendations to help stop the spread of COVID-19 including following the clear advice of the real estate regulator, the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). Across Ontario, real estate companies, brokerages and local real estate boards have asked their Members to follow government recommendations, practise sensible social distancing and end face-to-face business, including open houses, during the crisis.
For more information contact:
Ontario Real Estate Association
Specialist, Media Relations
416-445-9910 ext. 246