COVID-19 has changed a few things in our world, including the real estate industry.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver has encouraged its members to follow government recommendations on limiting social interactions due to the current pandemic. REBGV is recommending to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in today’s environment, to contact their REALTOR® to discuss current conditions and COVID-19 preparedness.
Effective July 7th, Open Houses have been re-enabled in our systems for those clients and relators choosing this option.
New safety practices will focus on limiting attendance to serious buyers only, documenting attendance and consent, enforcing public health protocols, and employing enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices.
These include but are not limited to using technology to pre-screen buyers and requiring that attendees wear masks and other PPE when appropriate, keeping six feet of physical distance between everyone in attendance at all times, using marked signage and instructions at all entrances and elsewhere.
'OPEN BY APPOINTMENT' will likely continue for now.
For new listings, particularly those in high demand, many REALTORs® are 'open' on weekends in slots of 15-30 mins that are booked in advance. Space can be limited. Most agents require that buyers are working with a REALTOR® and have been pre-approved for a mortgage. Some will require that you have driven by the property, and that potential buyers have reviewed all strata/housing documentation, Matterport/floor plans, and virtual tours in advance.
Some listings are permitting viewings at select times only, particularly when tenanted.
Most REALTORs® will require that all parties electronically sign a COVID-19 liability waiver and/or a declaration that you are feeling well prior to a showing, and have not traveled recently. Gloves and masks may be required but not necessarily provided.
Whether you are buying or selling, I’m happy to help you navigate the waters through these interesting times. Feel free to get in touch.
Stay Safe, Kerri