Preserving Public Trust During COVID-19: A Self-Directed PDP Opportunity for REALTORS®

Feb 09, 2021

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On February 18th, BCREA and the province's ten real estate boards are offering a free two-hour interactive webinar on how REALTORS® can continue to safeguard public trust during BC's COVID-19 pandemic. By attending, participants will be able to claim two hours of self-directed learning towards their Professional Development Program (PDP) requirements.  

Why attend?

With BC's public health orders on gatherings extended and a housing market hotter than it's been in years, Realtors are increasingly caught in a conflict between clients' expectations and the lack of clarity around some of the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Serving clients' best interests and helping slow the spread of COVID-19, while managing relationships with colleagues, tenants and neighbours - who all have different perspectives on COVID-19 risks - means Realtors are facing more pressure and risk than ever.

This webinar aims to give you the skills and confidence to better manage these risks so you can preserve public trust in the profession and work within COVID-19 safety guidelines. You will also learn to advise clients and colleagues more effectively on the shared risks everyone faces if they are perceived to disregard public health orders when buying or selling a property.

What to expect

The webinar will start with a panel discussion with George Greenwood, CEO of the Association of Interior REALTORS®, Phil Moore, Vancouver-Realtor and past president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, and Bruce McCoubrey, Professional Standards Advisor at the Real Estate Council of BC. Moderated by Ari Indryk, VP of Crisis and Risk for the global public relations firm Edelman, it will explore what Realtors are seeing on the ground as well as highlight the latest COVID-19 guidance and best practices.

The webinar will then lead into a presentation on the evolution of public trust during the pandemic. After a short break, participants will have the chance to participate in tabletop exercises with realistic scenarios where Realtors face risk in today's hot market. About half of the webinar will focus on interactive explorations of risk and how to manage it.

Webinar details

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 1-3 pm
Format: Zoom webinar with panel discussion and interactive exercises
Cost: None
Reporting self-directed PDP hours: BCREA will submit attendee report to member boards directly - attendees do not need to report their attendance
Questions:  Contact BCREA Communications Assistant Mackenzie Smith at [email protected]

A video recording of the webinar will be sent to all Realtors but viewing the video will not qualify for self-directed professional development hours.

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