REBGV strongly recommends no Open Houses

With concerns about the spread of COVID-19, your Board strongly recommends that all members refrain from holding Open Houses.

We’re making this recommendation after consulting with our Broker community and assessing the latest information and commentary from public health and other government authorities.

“It’s important that all of us in the real estate profession do our part to help prevent the further spread of illness in our communities,” Ashley Smith, REBGV president said. “This is one step we can and should all take immediately as good corporate citizens.”

We’re in the process of disabling the Open House feature on Paragon. We encourage you to consider other approaches to Open Houses, such as virtual showings and other technology-based solutions.

In keeping with the social distancing recommendations from health care officials, we encourage you to use strict control measures to limit the number of people who view a home at one time, ask participants to sanitize their hands before and after a showing and encourage them to avoid touching doorknobs and other surfaces in the property.

Discuss COVID-19 preparedness with your clients. Ask them not to view or show properties if they, or anyone they live with, has recently travelled abroad or are unwell.

Earlier this week, REBGV also removed the rule requiring that properties listed on MLS® be made available for showings.

We’d like to thank all members who provided feedback to us this week. We’ll continue to assess the COVID-19 situation and provide updates and resources as necessary.