Well, the Spring market is bustling. In fact, Spring came early to our real estate market. I have lived through many a busy real estate market since 1988, which even back then was fast and furious, but this current market has beaten every previous market record. For those fortunate enough to remain working, and with the record breaking interest rates, this pandemic has made people spend their spare time house hunting. Perhaps it is the fact that many families have had more time at home that they have decided it is time to look for a new one; a “change of scenery” to accommodate the life style of this past year, that may remain with us after this pandemic.
It is tough to predict how Covid-19 will impact business in the next six months. Yet currently, it seems to be “business as usual” for me, “usual” being a relative term. I currently maintain listings but how Covid-19 impacts the Real Estate business here in British Columbia is dependent on the same factors it will affect everyone around the world. As it is, I am grateful for the technology such as secure e-signing and video conferencing, 21st-century conveniences that were unimaginable when I started that now help to mitigate the risks of spreading the virus. Until things are better, Realtors® will continue to follow our board’s mandated health protocols that are in place: masking, limited essential viewers, social distancing, cleaning before & after showings and... NO ON-SITES OPEN HOUSES! The BCREA and Fraser Valley Board has mandated no open houses and strict rules to view properties, including limiting people visiting a property to view. Appraisals and inspections are often done remotely or with very limited numbers of people allowed present in a property.