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BC Northern Real Estate Board recommends closing open houses amid COVID-19 concerns

Prince George-based firm also encourages buyers to not view properties
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No open houses for real estate listings and sick buyers must stay home!

That’s the message from the BC Northern Real Estate Board (BCNREB) to local realtors, buyers and sellers in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as there are still just four cases have been confirmed in Northern Health’s region as of Thursday (March 19).

In a statement this morning (March 20), BCNREB President Leah Mayer recommends all realtors, including those in Prince George, to suspend all open houses until further notice.

“The Board supports the health authorities’ call for social distancing and other measures aimed at protecting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she explains, adding that members have already adjusted to the unusual times of social distancing.

“Most members stopped holding Open Houses before our recommendation and are actively ensuring additional protective measures during showings. Many members are expanding virtual tours or presentations. If you are a buyer or seller, please speak to your REALTOR® about COVID-19 preparedness.”

Mayer also stresses, for buyers and sellers who are feeling sick or have travelled out of the country since the pandemic began, to not view or show properties.

The BCNREB has also changed its MLS system to allow listings to display ‘no showings’ during this time.

More information is available on the BC Northern Real Estate Board’s website.