COVID-19: Northern real estate board ‘strongly recommends’ no more open houses

‘It’s crazy, crazy times,’ says Court Smith

The BC Northern Real Estate Board (BCNREB) has strongly recommended members suspend all open houses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Board supports the health authorities’ call for social distancing and other measures aimed at protecting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” notes President Leah Mayer. “I know that our members have already made changes in their practice to protect their clients and others.”

Read More: B.C. dentist petitions province to order shut-down of all dental offices

Most members stopped holding open houses before the recommendation and are actively ensuring additional protective measures during showings such as expanding virtual tours or presentations, Mayer noted.

BCNREB past president Court Smith, owner and managing broker of RE/MAX Williams Lake Realty, said his staff are mostly working remotely, they are not hosting any open houses and he encourages everyone to follow to the directives of government surrounding the pandemic.

“It’s crazy, crazy times,” Smith said Friday.

Smith said BCNREB recently relaxed the rules to allow listings to be designated “no showings” while remaining on the MLS® system.

As far as the local market goes, Smith said some deals have fallen through due to the recent lay offs from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s going to have an impact — we just don’t know what yet.”

The BC Northern Real Estate Board (BC Northern) is a REALTOR® association of 390 members that serves the real estate needs of the communities from Fort Nelson in the north to 100 Mile House in the south and from the Alberta border to Haida Gwaii.

Read More: Pacific Coastal Airlines temporarily suspending operations due to COVID-19 outbreak

Do you have a comment about this story? email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

CoronavirusReal estate

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WASHOUT: Slide at Soda Creek MacAlister Road makes road impassable

Next update on DriveBC is expected on Monday, March 30 at noon.

Quesnel’s new Digital Today team ready to offer free digital marketing support to businesses

Digital Today members have taken a 12-week Digital Marketing Bootcamp through Community Futures

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

Ranch Musings: COVID-19 and ranching

Columnist David Zirnhelt passes on resources for ranchers

Quesnel home builders win Excellence Award

Icon Homes wins the Canadian Home Builders’ Association award for Best Custom Home under $500K

Evening world update: U.S. restrictions extended 30 days; NY deaths near 1,000

Comprehensive world update, with the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

B.C. announces $3M for food banks to increase capacity during COVID-19

It is not clear how much of the money will flow towards Greater Victoria food banks

Most Read