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Thinking of putting your home on the market? You’re not alone. As of May 25th, new listings in the Fraser Valley have increased by over 46 per cent compared to the same period in April.
And last month, even though transactions were down significantly compared to April of last year, on average on a daily basis, 23 families in the Fraser Valley relied on the guidance and advice from their REALTOR® and purchased a new home, while on average, 47 sellers per day listed their home.
Chris Shields is the President of the FVREB. “Housing needs do not stop during a pandemic. It’s why we were declared an essential service early on and why the real estate industry was included in BC’s phased reopening for businesses.”
“We have been working hard since the beginning of the lockdown to serve our clients in innovative and effective ways that limit personal interaction yet showcase homes and facilitate sales,” added Shields.
If you are currently considering buying or selling a home, here are the top ten actions REALTORS® are taking to meet WorkSafeBC’s new guidelines to serve the public:
- DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
Your Realtor will communicate with you through telephone, email, or video/teleconference. During this period, Realtors have been connecting virtually with their clients more than ever through FaceTime, Zoom and other videoconferencing technologies.
- DOUBLING THE VOLUME OF LISTING PHOTOS ON REALTOR.CA
As you search Canada’s most-viewed real estate website, you’ll notice that Fraser Valley listings may display up to 40 photos now, up from a previous maximum of 20. This allows your Realtor to provide more visual depth and detail for your listing.
- VIRTUAL HOME TOURS
In April, Realtor.ca introduced a new feature that allows Realtors to showcase listings by integrating video and 3D tours from multiple popular services. Since mid-April, traffic to Realtor.ca has increased by 14 per cent and inquiries to Realtors have increased by 25 per cent.
- LIVE STREAMING OPEN HOUSES
Realtors are now scheduling and promoting live stream open houses using popular platforms such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom and YouTube. They walk through the home videoing each room describing while you watch live and in real time. “What’s behind that door?” They’ll show you.
No sharing of pens and much more efficient. For many years, Fraser Valley Realtors have guided their clients through the completion of MLS® contracts electronically using PDF and e-signature technology.
If you haven’t sold your home in a while, you may not be aware that strata documents, land title documents, floor plans and others are available digitally. Your Realtor will email them to you.
- SAFE IN-PERSON VIEWINGS
When a client is serious about a purchase, they (and their home inspector) must see the home. Per WorkSafeBC’s reopening guidelines, Realtors are working with their buyers and sellers to ensure that in-person viewings adhere to stringent safety protocols including physical distancing; handwashing and sanitizing; the use of masks, gloves and shoe covers; viewings by appointment only; limiting the number of viewers and allowing time to disinfect between viewings.
- DISINFECTING REALTOR/CLIENT HIGH-TOUCH SURFACES
When appropriate, Realtors are taking extra precautions to ensure that high-touch areas such as keys, lockboxes, doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, etc. are cleaned and disinfected.
- ENSURING REAL ESTATE OFFICES ARE SAFE TO VISIT
Like many businesses, numerous local real estate brokerages are in the process of reopening and are aware of the government’s stringent public safety guidelines including physical distancing policies, personal protective measures, and disinfection protocols.
- NEW PROVINCIAL REAL ESTATE STANDARD FORMS TO PROTECT CLIENTS
A new Notice & Acknowledgement form is available for use by your Realtor during the COVID-19 pandemic. It alerts clients of changes to the real estate practice and supports your safety by helping you make informed decisions.
For more information about how the FVREB and its 3,671 members are working to keep real estate transactions safe during the pandemic, see our dedicated page at www.fvreb.bc.ca/about/covid-19-update/
In addition, the province’s real estate licensing body, the Real Estate Council of BC has a COVID-19 page devoted to consumers.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼
❤️MONEY RAISED FOR LANGLEY FOOD BANK – $4,085 | Tons of non perishable food donations!!!!❤️
WOW, HUGE THANK YOU to everyone in our community for supporting our Langley Food Bank food drive and fundraiser the past weekends!! The community response absolutely exceeded our expectations. It was incredible how many people took time out of their day to drop off non perishable food donations at the Royal Lepage Wolstencroft Office for those in our community that are in need. We initially organized this mainly as a food drive since we understood that people may not be in a position to donate cash during these uncertain times however the amount of people that wanted to help and donate cash for those in need was incredibly overwhelming. So again we want to give a massive THANK YOU as well for the generous cash donations from our friends, family members, work colleagues and the community to help the Food Bank during this time. Again THANK YOU to everyone who contributed for helping spread the word and for their support. Thank you Royal Lepage Wolstencroft office and the very generous colleagues and Realtors within the office #bestofficeever for their support as well as the other local Rockstar Realtors who supported the fundraiser in the Real Estate community!!! You know who you are!! With your help we raised an incredible $4,085 for Langley food bank and dropped off multiple loads of non perishable food items. You guys ROCK. we rallied as a community to help our community we live in. That’s what it’s all about. We will get through this together ! Cheers
Special thank you to:
@cotalamarketing for donating the sign
@whitecloudproductions for filming the awesome promo video
@rlpwolstencroft for allowing us to use the parking lot
@langleyadvancetimes for the feature
@langleyfoodbank for helping with everything @ Langley Food Bank
BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
Around the world, governments have taken different approaches to try to bend and flatten the curve of transmission — from complete lockdowns to quarantines and varying intensities of physical distancing.
From the outset, B.C. established clear guidance, transparency and an evidence-based approach as hallmarks of our fight against COVID-19.
Protective measures B.C. has taken have included:
- Providing physical distancing and hygiene guidelines for people, businesses and essential services to follow
- Banning mass gathering of more than 50 people to reduce the risk of outbreaks
- Closing bars, dine-in service at restaurants, and personal service operators, like barbers and dentists, to reduce the risk of transmission
- Reducing in-classroom learning and child care
- Requiring travellers to develop and stick to a 14-day isolation plan when arriving in B.C. from abroad
- Restricting visitors to health care and assisted living facilities to protect some of our most vulnerable people
- Postponing non-urgent and elective surgeries while maintaining urgent and emergency procedures
Working together we’ve made a lot of progress. These protective measures and restrictions have directly saved lives, but we also know that the public health benefit has come at some expense, including the economic, social and personal well-being of many British Columbians.
Check out the BC Government website for more info.
In the unprecedented times we find ourselves in, more and more people are struggling financially and need extra assistance to get through these very difficult times.
One of the support systems they can reach out to is the local Food Bank. Unfortunately, food donations are way down and they are struggling to keep up with the needs of families that need them more now than ever.
Donations at the Langley Food Bank are way down and they are in dire need of all non perishable goods but most specifically the following items:
• Canned vegetable
• Canned fruit
• Canned soup
• Baby wipes
• Snack foods, crackers, cookies etc.
We know that going to the supermarket is daunting right now and we are all trying to avoid it as much as possible. However, if you do make the trip in the near future, please consider picking up a few extra items for the Food Bank or if you have items in your cupboards at home that you could donate we would be extremely grateful!
The Food Bank is also happy to receive donations of cash or supermarket gift cards.
We would be extremely happy to swing by and pick up any items (at a safe distance) and we will also be having a safe drop off day (we will let you know soon the day, time and place) where you can drop off items and safely say hi.
You can also donate directly to the Langley Food Bank
Thank you in advance for any items you can donate!!