Realtors pausing open houses

The Saskatchewan Realtors Association has issued a news release announcing it was pausing open houses organized by realtors across the province until the new year.

In making the announcement, the organization said they take the safety of Saskatchewan people seriously. Among the actions they have taken, the organization states, included access to COVID-19 Buyer Clients waivers to aid in contact tracing and screening for the virus, the minimization of touch points by allowing only the realtor to touch surfaces in a property, utilization virtual showings via Facebook and Instagram along with 3D tours wherever possible, requiring sanitization, and limiting the number of visitors to a home to two people, should showings be required.

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“We were the first province to pause open houses in March before the government placed the province on lockdown,” said SRA CEO Jason Yochim in a statement. “We expected all members across the province to wear masks when meeting with clients before the government’s mask mandate was expanded beyond Prince Albert, Regina, and Saskatoon. And effective immediately, we are placing a pause on open houses to do our part to prevent the further spread of COVID.”

He adds the real estate profession has “done well to date monitoring each other and making sure that they are following health guidelines to keep themselves and the public safe.” He also noted a well-documented complaint process is in place to ensure realtors “continue to act in an ethical and responsible manner.”

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