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COVID-19 AND REAL ESTATE SERVICES - REDUCING THE RISK Category: Victoria BC

Real estate services were identified as essential services by the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General in March 2020. They were encouraged to remain open and to follow public health orders to reduce the spread of the virus. WorkSafeBC, in consultation with the real estate industry, subsequently formalized safety guidelines in the form of a six page set of protocols in May 2020. They were designed to mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the conduct of real estate services. The following is extracted from this document and outlines some of the key measures directed to Realtors®, which have direct implications to buyers and to sellers, The full document can be found at https://www.worksafebc.com.

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REAL ESTATE IN BC - SOME INSIGHTS Category: Victoria BC

The real estate market in Canada has been in a slump during the past couple of years. BC has been particularly hard hit. Despite this, BC still has the most expensive real estate in the country.

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THE MARKET INVENTORY Category: Victoria BC

There were 1,910 properties (including lots and acreage) active on the VREB’s MLS® database for the Greater Victoria area (i.e., excluding the Malahat, Up-Island and the Gulf Islands) on July 1, 2018, up +50.3% from 1,271 a year ago. As an additional point of reference, the inventory was 2,796 on July 1, 2015.

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