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Red zones: Low impact on visits and new listings

The passage of several regions into red-alert zones, this fall, fortunately will not stop activity in the real estate industry. Housing remains an essential need. As such, in-person property visits can still take place but must follow the public health authority's recommendations.

The government’s September 30th announcement specifically states that you are allowed to invite someone into your home for “a visit for the sale or lease of a residence.” Radio-Canada lists the various situations considered “receiving or offering a service or support” in this article (in French) : Zone rouge : 5 nouvelles règles de Québec qui sont mal comprises, or in the original government decree.

Planning a safe visit

First, we advise owners to start the process with potential buyers by phone, email or video call. Martin Desfossés, real estate coach at DuProprio, recommends the following: "After going over the listing together, they can discuss elements like the desired occupancy date, whether the sale would be conditional on the buyer selling his/her home and whether the property meets the buyer’s needs and budget."

If the conversation is conclusive and a visit is the next step, it is important to respect the hygiene measures issued by the public health authorities. In addition to checking the health status of the people present, only one person will be able to visit the property at a time. Since maintaining a two-metre distance can sometimes be difficult in a house or condo, it is strongly recommended that all parties wear a mask.

Temporary suspension of open houses

To help in the shared effort to slow the virus, we are asking you to not hold open houses until further notice. Organizing an open house would run counter to the public health directives that aim to limit movement and non-essential gatherings.

Is now the right time to put your house on the market?

Even with all these measures, the summer of 2020 has gone down in history at DuProprio for having been the busiest in terms of sales, listings and traffic on its website. Buyer enthusiasm has remained high in September, leading us to believe that the potential impacts of a second wave will not be as serious as in the spring.

"Whether in lockdown or not, buyers who need to relocate never stop looking. With online listings, photos and 3D virtual tours, they can continue to do so remotely. So, property owners who are planning to sell have every interest in optimally positioning their home on the market," explained Desfossés.

Finally, almost all of our teams have been working from home since the beginning of the health crisis, so we are prepared to continue serving you seven days a week. Also, our representatives follow very strict guidelines when visiting our clients' homes, to ensure the meeting and photo-taking are done safely.

Have questions about our services or about selling a property in the current context? Call our advisors at 1-866-387-7677. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have!