April 2, 2020, For Immediate Release
Home and property owners are being impacted throughout the region and across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. Real estate services have been deemed an essential service by the federal and provincial governments to facilitate certain transactions that are pending closing. For example, those who have already bought and need to sell and those who have sold and need to buy. Or, in the event of a divorce, death, transfer / job loss, or a foreclosure / bankruptcy that may be pending.
“Our REALTORS® are committed to maintaining safe practices to ensure the health and safety of our employees, members and community in order to curb the spread of COVID-19,” emphasized Lorraine Clark, President of the Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS® (WECAR). “ Our message has been clear to our REALTORS®, it’s not business as usual and we encourage members to selfisolate and stop all face-to-face meetings that are non-essential. We have also implemented numerous health and safety measures in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Canada for in-person appointments and in-office transactions, if necessary. We strongly recommended REALTORS® and their clients conduct all transactions through electronic and virtual communications where possible.”
Even though real estate has been included as an essential service announced by the Ontario government, WECAR initiated measures in early March to cancel all Open House showings and avoid face-to-face contact until further notice. Furthermore, our members are well-experienced in facilitating many aspects of the home buying and selling process without in-person contact, including documentation and signing, and in many circumstances, closings.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS® and our 1,100 REALTOR® members, we urge everyone to join us in this unprecedented challenge to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please heed the advice of our public health experts and practice the safety measures they have set forth. Together, we can bring back the vibrant lifestyle our community is accustomed to, sooner than later.
Krista Gionet, CAE, CRAE, Executive Officer