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Real Estate Reopens:
Top Ten Tips for Safely Buying or Selling a Home During COVID-19
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:
1. DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
Your Realtor will communicate with you through telephone, email, or video/ teleconference.
2. DOUBLING THE VOLUME OF LISTING PHOTOS ON REALTOR.CA
Fraser Valley listings may display up to 40 photos now, up from a previous maximum of 20.
3. VIRTUAL HOME TOURS
Realtors can showcase listings by integrating video and 3D tours from multiple popular services.
4. LIVE STREAMING OPEN HOUSES
Realtors are now scheduling and promoting live stream open houses using popular platforms such as Facebook Live.
No sharing of pens.
Strata documents, land title documents, floor plans and others are available digitally.
7. SAFE IN-PERSON VIEWINGS
When a client is serious about a purchase, they (and their home inspector) must see the home. Realtors are to ensure that in-person viewings adhere to stringent safety protocols.
8. DISINFECTING REALTOR/CLIENT HIGH-TOUCH SURFACES
High-touch areas such as keys, lockboxes, doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, etc. are cleaned and disinfected.
9. ENSURING REAL ESTATE OFFICES ARE SAFE TO VISIT
Local real estate brokerages are reopening and are aware of the stringent public safety.
10. NEW PROVINCIAL REAL ESTATE STANDARD FORMS TO PROTECT CLIENTS
A new Notice & Acknowledgement form is available for use by your Realtor during the COVID-19 pandemic. It alerts clients of changes to real estate practice.