Why the Real Estate industry is deemed an essential service

Why the Real Estate industry is deemed an essential service

I’m sure you are all aware that the Provincial government has deemed the Real Estate industry as an essential service. Let’s be clear as to what that means. There are a number of essentials which we rely on in order to have the necessities of life in this country. Simply they involve food, clothing, shelter, transportation and communication and services required to maintain those necessities. We are in the shelter business and our industry has been a responsible guardian in helping support, promote and maintain this necessity.

We have been allowed to continue to operate in order to provide a much-needed service when perhaps we are most needed. But let’s be clear, this does NOT mean business as usual. What this means is that while taking all of the precautionary measures we have been, leaving our offices closed to the public, not allowing open houses and trying to do every part of our work remotely as much as possible, that we can still assist those clients we have that may be in a critical situation. The seller who has sold and hasn’t bought and will become homeless, or the buyer who has bought and hasn’t sold which would leave them in financial ruin. I have seen a lot of social media criticism of the government's decision because the authors think this industry is about the compensation we get as opposed to the valuable and much-needed service we provide. For most of us, this is not the case. We genuinely care about our individual client's needs.

No one knows what a client’s situation is. This ruling allows us to continue to help those in dire need where we can while still practicing social distancing and all of the rules put out by the WHO. It also allows the Land Registry and lawyers to continue to close the transactions that have already been completed so our clients can move on to their new normal. We are still encouraging remote, electronic and virtual business as much as humanly possible during these next few weeks.

We are a service industry and RE/MAX Alliance’s only focus right now is how do we provide our service in the safest possible way to those who need us.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. I am waiting to hear from you!


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