COVID-19 Updates

Now that Premiere John Horgan has announced plans to slowly open up the province Under BC’s Restart Plan, we have implemented safety protocols to safeguard consumers in need of essential real estate services.

Our single-page brochure based on WorksSafeBC guidelines can be found here: COVID-19 Safety Measures For Clients

It has come to the attention of *RECBC that some real estate professionals and homeowners are becoming victims of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before you click on a link in an unsolicited email or accept an unexpected delivery, take steps to verify the legitimacy of the email, invoices for products, or deliveries you may receive. If you think you have been the victim of a scam or an attempted scam, please contact your local authorities.

Here are just a few of the more well-known scams currently operating in relation to COVID-19: Read More Here

A Message from the Regulators: COVID-19 and the Role of Real Estate Professionals

Erin Seeley, CEO of RECBC, and Michael Noseworthy, BC Superintendent or Real Estate, share an update and their support for Real Estate Professionals in a brief video:

COVID-19 Contract Clauses and Liability Waiver Agreements

During these unprecedented times, it has come to the attention of *RECBC that COVID-19 clauses are being used in contracts of purchase and sale.  Some consumers are also being asked to sign liability waivers aimed at absolving a real estate professional of any liability resulting from COVID-19. While *RECBC does not prohibit these clauses or waivers, you are encouraged to seek independent legal advice to ensure you understand any ramifications of entering into these agreements. Your real estate professional is not a lawyer and therefore, to protect your interests, they will always point out when it is important for you to get external advice from a legal professional. More Details for Real Estate Consumers on COVID-19

My home is listed for sale, but I’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and now I need to self-isolate. What should I do?

If your home is currently listed with a real estate professional, you have entered into a contract that outlines the details of what you and your real estate professional agree to do to facilitate the sale of your home. This includes provisions for showings.

If you are self-isolating you should not be permitting people to come into your home. Speak to your real estate professional about different options. This may include cancelling showings until your isolation period is over or amending the term of your listing agreement. If you are unable to come to a satisfactory resolution with your real estate professional, you may wish to contact their managing broker. Your contract is with the brokerage and the managing broker will have the authority to assist you. Read More on What Should I Do?

*RECBC – Real Estate Council of British Columbia