Real Estate and COVID – 19 – NOT Business As Usual

Real Estate and COVID-19 – NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL

As a realtor for the last 25 years, I never thought I would hear myself say this, but if you don’t absolutely have to buy or sell a home right now, DON’T.

On Tuesday Real Estate was listed as an essential service, which I agree with. That doesn’t mean full steam ahead. The intent of this designation is to help people that NEED to buy or sell to do so. There are thousands of pending transactions that are dependant on the purchase or sale of other properties to be completed.

Real Estate has historically been an in-person face to face business and that is in direct conflict with the current realities of the world we are living in today. All scientific and medical advice is telling us to maintain social distance to help get this global crisis under control. The Ontario Real Estate Association has put out a bulletin to realtors stating:

“ALL REALTORS® should stop face-to-face business, including open houses, in-person showings, and maintaining agents and public office hours.”

For Realtors to be conducting business the way we have been up until just recently is socially irresponsible. The industry as a whole has always been innovative. We must adapt and utilize all the technology that we have at our disposal to continue to serve the public and still keep people safe.

Here are just some of the things we are doing to keep people safe.

Using Video Conferencing in place of meeting in person.

Using Electronic documents and signatures instead of paper documents.

Using iGuide tours and floor plans instead of in-person viewings. https://youriguide.com/1_torr_ln_ajax_on (SAMPLE ONLY)

Using Electronic fund transfers instead of certified cheques.

If you NEED to buy or sell you we are here to help. I must emphasize that NEED is not the same as want. If you need help with Mortgage Relief, or Property Tax Relief we may be able to give you some guidance.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me directly at 905-718-0173, and I will provide you with the most up to date information available.

And just as a reminder, PLEASE take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. For the health and well being of everyone, listen to the health professionals and maintain social distancing.