The Real Estate Council of BC asks realtors to suspend open house amid raising COVID-19 cases

The Real Estate Council of BC asks realtors to suspend open house amid raising COVID-19 cases

  • British Columbia
  • Business
  • Coronavirus
  • Real Estate
November 10, 2020

The province of British Columbia observes a sharp increase in COVID-19 after Halloween. The fear that a rapid spread of virus engulfed the province. To help slow down the virus from spreading, the Real Estate Council of BC asked realtors to suspended public open houses until further notice.

The COVID situation is grim after a record breaking 1,120 new covid cases was reported the day after Halloween. The number of cases in the following days continues to reach new height well into the 400 to 500s.

Real Estate Brokerages also need to take precaution and additional measure to stop the spread of the virus since it is a high traffic area. We suggest realtor should avoid using brokerage facility unless necessary to conduct their businesses. Rent delivery and other document requiring signature should be mailed instead of dropping off at the office. Shared workspace and computers should be sanitized after every session.

Realtors should explore alternative ways to market their client’s properties. Many innovative technologies were introduced to the market since the outbreak started in March. The world is aware the importance of online business models. Online showing by appointment and adaptive VR technology are some approach realtor can take to conduct their business.

“This limit on gatherings applies to both inside and outside the home, meaning consumers cannot wait on the property if another showing is already underway. Consumers should also understand that in the case of smaller properties, six people might be too many to still allow for safe physical distancing,” according to the latest real estate bulletin. When realtors attend a property for any purposes, they need to consider not only the property in question, but also neighbor in a multi-strata location.

Yoyoe Lu

Founder and managing principal

Yoyoe is the founder and managing principal of Claridge. She was ranked one of Vancouver’s top real estate agents. Currently, Yoyoe is our strategic mind leading the team to success. Her affiliation with industry professionals put her ahead of our competitors. Yoyoe is also part of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver, Canadian Homebuilders Association, Urban Land Institute and Urban Development Institute.

Ashley Osborn

Development Site and Investment Specialist

Ashely is our lead land and investment advisor. He has been consistently featured in the annual top 100 real estate deals of British Columbia ranking. With over $15 billion worth of domestic and international real estate investments under his belt, Ashley is one of the top agents in the province. His 20 years of real estate and financial experience make him a master in negotiation and acquisition.

Patricia Wong Chong

Investment and Leasing Specialist

Patricia is our investment and retail leasing advisor. Her experience in brokerage and market research analysis has helped her comprise over $550 million in commercial real estate transactions. Patricia is responsible, detail-oriented, and professional. Her strong work ethic and positive attitude have led her to surpass all her competitors.

Schumann Li

Land Assembly & Residential Specialist

Schumann is a top-producing realtor in the Lower Mainland with more than 30 years’ experience. Over the years, Schumann hasn’t just garnered awards, but the trust of countless customers. Her clients continually refer to her outstanding professionalism, work ethic and poise.

Wendy Kaip

Sales Associate

Whether it’s decoding city policies, strategizing relocation plans, home sellers looking for a trustworthy advisor to unlock their property’s maximum potential- Wendy is here to help every step along the way.

Prior to real estate, Wendy spent over a decade in the mining industry with her attention to detail, keen negotiation skills, extensive network and strong reputation for getting the deal done, bringing endless value to her current real estate clients.

Whether you are thinking about selling to a developer, or have more questions about commercial real estate, Wendy invites you to connect, to see how she can utilize her expertise and team to help create value and maximize your real estate goals.

Simon Chan

Managing Broker

Simon is the managing broker of Claridge Real Estate Advisors Inc. His expertise has helped our agents resolve many difficulties. Not only is Simon knowledgeable with real estate legislation, but he is also very detail orientated. With Simon on our team, our agents are confident to conduct businesses and will always get the support they need to ensure they’re not walking on dirty water.

Frank Zhou


As the analyst of the company, my key job is to help brokers to find marketable clients and locate feasible development sites by collecting and analyzing up-to-date market transaction data and conducting target market and property-level research. Meanwhile, I am also in charge of maintaining the company’s property database to ensure accuracy and comprehensiveness and continuously upgrading the level of knowledge by staying up to date with hot topics, and market trends, and incorporating findings into everyday work. Before joining the company, I worked for CR Group as a real estate investment manager, focusing on capital raising, equity and debt financing, acquisition and renovation. I hold 2 master’s degrees, one in Housing Management and the other in Economics.