With BC in its second COVID-19 wave, it’s time to reaffirm our shared commitment to slowing transmission. As a REALTOR®, that means continuing to demonstrate leadership in your community by following public health orders and professional safety guidelines. Here’s a reminder of three steps you can take to help make yourself, your clients, your families and your communities safer.
1. Prioritize Virtual Tools Above all, we need to continue reducing our in-person interactions whenever possible. Realtors and other real estate professions were quick to adapt in the early days of this pandemic, with new technology tools to facilitate virtual transactions. Continue, to encourage your clients to take advantage of the many impactful virtual marketing tools to make buying and selling safer for everyone.
2. Wear a Mask Dr. Bonnie Henry recommends that all British Columbians wear masks in public places. In July, BCREA and the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) recommended that Realtors require anyone entering a home for an open house or showing to wear a mask. Be sure to communicate your expectations around masks with consumers before meetings or showings. Realtors are often well-known members of their communities. Wearing a mask whenever in public – whether for business or personal reasons – is a great way to show leadership in your community.
3. Review and follow COVID-19 guidelines Now that we’re in the second wave, it’s a good time to review WorkSafeBC’s Real Estate Protocols for Returning to Operation and the guidelines for safer open houses we issued in partnership with Council earlier this summer. Reassess whether there are any additional measures you can take to increase your clients’ and your safety and make sure to have a plan to communicate any changes to clients. If you have any questions or concerns, make time to discuss them with your managing broker.
Remember that things are still changing quickly. We all have to remain prepared to adapt to new public health guidance as it comes available. BCREA continues to stay in close contact with RECBC, WorkSafeBC and member boards to support Realtors in adapting their practice to meet the challenges of COVID-19. By taking steps like these, we can help the whole province bend the curve so that our businesses and schools can stay open and our loved ones stay safe.