If you’re planning to buy a home in the next little while, you will likely have to do
i t sight unseen. Just a few days after the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA)
urged its members to cancel all open houses, the group is now urging agents to
stop all person-to-person business. That includes “open houses, and in-person
showings, particularity of tenant-occupied homes,” OREA said in a statement
Tuesday afternoon. “While clients who may decide t o host private showings during
this time are making the decision for themselves, tenants often have no choice in
the matter, putting the health of all those involved at risk.”.
As part o f i t s state o f emergency, the Ontario government declared real estate an
essential service, allowing home sales to continue. The move was made primarily
to allow those who have already bought and need to sell, or those who have
already sold and need to buy, to finish their transactions.
We as realtors have a responsibility to protect...