March 19, 2020
REBGV strongly recommends no Open Houses
With concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Real Estate Boards strongly recommends that all members refrain from holding Open Houses.
The Boards are making this recommendation after consulting with Brokers in the community and assessing the latest information and commentary from public health and other government authorities.
“It’s important that all of us in the real estate profession do our part to help prevent the further spread of illness in our communities,” Ashley Smith, REBGV president said. “This is one step we can and should all take immediately as good corporate citizens.”
The Real Estate boards are in the process of disabling the Open House feature on Paragon MLS. Members are encouraged to consider other approaches to Open Houses, such as virtual showings and other technology-based solutions.
In keeping with the social distancing recommendations from health care officials, realtors are encouraged to use strict control measures to limit the number of people who view a home, require guests to register, sanitize their hands before and after the viewing and encourage guests to avoid opening cupboards, touching doorknobs and other surfaces in the property.
Clients are asked not to view or show properties if they, or anyone they live with, has recently travelled abroad or are unwell or not feeling 'quite right'
Earlier this week, REBGV removed the rule requiring that properties listed on MLS® be made available for showings.
We will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation and provide updates and resources as necessary.
Cut and paste these COVID-19 resources
• BC Centre for Disease Control
• Provincial and federal governments joint statement
• World Health Organization COVID-19 resources