Sault Real Estate Board and OREA Urge Realtors to Cease all Face-to-Face Business


Board Presidents call on REALTORS® to use modern technology in situations where a client must buy or sell a property during this time

The Sault Ste. Marie Real Estate Board (SSMREB) and Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) are calling on Realtors stop all face-to-face business, including open houses, agent and public office hours, and in-person showings during the Province’s COVID-19 State of Emergency. In these unique situations, where a property listed for sale is occupied by tenants, the health and safety of those tenants, the Realtors and their clients is of utmost priority.

“As Realtors and community leaders, we must do our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Sault and surrounding area, which is why we are calling on our Members to stop face-to-face interactions, including open houses and showings, during this time,” said Anne Thomas, SSMREB President. “Ceasing face-to-face business constitutes safest practice for our clients, general public and our Realtors. The Realtors of the Sault Ste. Marie Real Estate Board remain available to help with your real estate needs using technology in order to help ‘flatten the curve’ in Algoma.”

In instances where a client has an urgent need to sell or buy a home during the COVID-19 crisis, Algoma’s Realtors are ready to assist using virtual meetings, video and picture showings and other modern tools in order to facilitate remote interactions.

“As a society, we are experiencing extraordinary times and moving into uncharted territory of how we work and live,” said OREA President Sean Morrison. “As Realtors, it is our responsibility to give clients the best advice possible – and that includes ending all face-to-face business until this crisis is resolved.”

Guided by the advice of Public Health Officials, the SSMREB and OREA hope that all Realtors will continue to do their part to keep themselves, their families, and their communities healthy.

“Our Real Estate community is a great source of volunteers and always willing to help our neighbours,” said President Thomas. “If we can help anyone, in any way, please feel free to contact our Board and we will do our best to help as our communities pull together to overcome this virus.”


  1. Its going to be a hard decision to buy real estate in an economy like this one.
    Realty Brokers are really going to have earn their money now.

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