COVID-19 Updates for Sellers & Buyers
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Thank you for visiting our COVID 19 information page. We will provide relevant links to information available from Health Canada, and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) as it becomes known to us.
Our services are fully available Canada-wide. In many areas of Canada, we are quickly becoming one of the best, AND SAFEST ways to sell your home during these difficult times many homeowners are now facing.
We say "safest", because when you sell with For Sale By Owner you are in 100% control of who enters your home for the viewings, making you the best line of defense against any "symptom-showing" buyers or agents who may be rummaging through your home. Many people don't realize this; but the fact is even before COVID-19, most of our sellers already insisted on being present in the home when the buyers were viewing the property.
And today, if someone shows up to tour your home and you don't like the look of things or the vibe you are getting, you simply say "sorry folks, we will have to do this another way because I don't feel good about this". That's it. Nothing else happens. You can't get into trouble, even if the buyer is standing there with an agent and there is a confirmed viewing appointment. You are the boss - you call all of the shots. Period.
We remind all clients to practice safe selling techniques when interacting with buyers and the buyers' agents when one is representing the buyer. Please see below for the latest updates from our government and CREA.
We wish all of our users a safe and successful sale of their property.
- FSBO Inc. Management
Provincial Real Estate Association Regulator Alerts
Alberta Update - December 9, 2020
COVID-19 Property Viewing Consent Form - from CREA
As provinces and territories begin to loosen COVID-19 restrictions, REALTORS® may start to receive requests from potential buyers to view properties for sale or rent.
To assist REALTORS® and their clients in mitigating the risks associated with such requests, CREA has prepared a template form that asks potential buyers to confirm, among other things, that they do not have any COVID-19-related symptoms.
The form also outlines how contact information collected may be used by the REALTOR® and their brokerage.
Please note that use of the form is optional. Where forms have been prepared in the REALTORS®' jurisdiction by their regulator, board, or association, such forms should be used instead.
Information About Open Houses - from CREA
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) strongly recommends following the guidelines set by federal and provincial governments and is urging all members to practice safe physical distancing techniques. It's essential for the wellbeing of our colleagues, clients, neighbours, friends and families that REALTORS® follow all recommendations from health authorities. REALTORS® should limit travel outside their home to essential trips only, such as seeking medical attention, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy or buying groceries.
CREA fully supports the recommendations made by many boards and associations as well as regulators across Canada that members avoid face-to-face real estate practices, including conducting or taking part in open houses.
We've already taken steps to ensure that REALTOR.ca is consistent with these recommendations. We've removed references and promotional features that take visitors to information about open houses on REALTOR.ca and all DDF® partner sites. We're also working on making virtual tours and links to social media sites that support broadcasting (Facebook Live and Instagram Live) more visible on your listings.
We know open houses and showings traditionally play an important role in the purchase and sale of a property; however, the health of our REALTORS® and the public must take precedence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Remember, REALTORS® determine the services they offer clients and they are never obligated to either conduct or attend showings or open houses.
We have been asked by many for our views about the market, how it's doing and when we can expect to see a return to a "new normal." We believe the response to this question will depend on how well we respond to the advice of health authorities and how quickly and completely we remove ourselves from circulation to beat the spread of this virus. We are all feeling stress and uncertainty from this pandemic but we wish to reiterate that at this time only essential business should be conducted, and that it should be done following the best advice of health authorities. If we all do our part, we can expect to come back to healthy real estate markets before long.