OREA urges open houses as a last resort

Ontario is experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, and REALTORS® must do their part to minimize the spread of the virus. That means, among other things, conducting an open house should be a last resort when working with your clients.

Conduct business using virtual tools

​​​​Earlier in the pandemic, OREA advocated for a ban on open houses. We knew that the risk to public health of continuing with open houses was too great.

When the Province moved to Stage Three of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province they permitted home buyers and sellers to host and attend open houses.

While open houses are allowed, they should be used as a last resort. Instead, OREA urges Members to work with their clients to use virtual tools, such as virtual open houses, virtual showings, and electronic signing of documents, and scheduled safe showings first.

These tools have been successful in limiting in-person contact and saving buyers and sellers time. Open houses should only be employed at a seller’s request and with the seller’s approval and in accordance with all applicable health directives.

Reminder: OREA safe open house practices

If an open house is insisted upon by the client, OREA is recommending a series of measures in conjunction with all relevant advice and recommendations from public health officials.

To read OREA’s Stage Three Guidance for real estate transactions, including open houses, click here.

Each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and REALTORS® are trusted professionals in the communities where they work. We must continue to put Ontarians’ health and safety before business by taking a virtual tools and safe showings first approach.

Thank you for your help and stay safe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@orea.com

Author: bramptonrealestateboard

At the Brampton Real Estate Board (BREB) we believe in the ownership of Real Estate. Our objective is to contribute to the capability and growth of our members in their endeavors by marketing all forms of real property throughout the greater Brampton, Halton Hills and Caledon marketplaces and beyond. The Brampton Real Estate Board is dedicated to providing an environment in which it’s Member REALTORS®, employees, Board of Directors, and Committee volunteers are encouraged to grow, succeed and develop in order to provide the highest level of professional conduct and service.

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