Choltida  Searle

Choltida Searle

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Nicholas  Searle

Nicholas Searle


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The New Normal in Toronto Real Estate

In Ontario, we are starting to get a sense that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is slowly being brought under control, as more businesses and parks starts to reopen, gas prices stabilize, and we see more property coming back on the market. Yes the number of cases per day is still significant and people are still dying from this terrible virus, however the key indicator is that the epidemiological curve is starting to flatten.  The government has declared we are now entering “Stage 1” for “reopening the Ontario Economy”. There are 3 stages in this process. Progressing from one stage to the next will depend on public health officials seeing a consistent two–to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases.  So what are the key trends you can expect for Toronto real estate during “Stage 1” of restarting the economy?

Realtors and Clients Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

As long as there are no vaccines available, we all need to adapt to a new normal for real estate. Expect to see your Realtors wearing PPE, including wearing protective masks and gloves during showings and meetings. The nature of real estate includes personal interaction however physical distancing should become the norm. While individual showings might be possible there will be numerous requirements, including legal waivers of liability to be signed by Buyers, Sellers and their Agents. Open houses are still highly risky and not recommended by the Ontario Real Estate Association, so we must be proactive and use 3D video and video tours to compensate for in person showings. If an in-person showing is essential, expect to be asked to wear PPE if you are a Buyer or seller or agent. The traditional “western” handshake is a thing of the past. No more contact is permitted in the “new normal”. Some alternative greetings have been suggested. One of these is a greeting practiced in SE Asia and especially in Thailand. Called the “Wai” it’s a sign of respect used for greetings by keeping your palms together in front of your chest. Whatever way you choose to greet people moving forward, resist the urge to do the old fashioned handshake, since we know viruses can easily spread by contact.

Safety Procedures and protocols for property showings

We are part of Right at Home Realty Brokerage, Inc. and our agents operate under strict guidelines throughout the pandemic. There may be subtle differences between Brokerages. While many professional real estate organizations (TRREB, OREA, CREA) have recommended against in person showings, this is slowly being modified to include special protocols for the new normal. Here are our Brokerage safety procedures and protocols which will be a part of the new normal:

  • Agents doing showings must sign a legal waiver that they have not exhibited any of the symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus including: Cough, Fever, Difficulty Breathing in the last 14 days. All showings must be cancelled in this case.
  • Agents and clients must maintain at least a 6 foot (or 2 metre) social distance from all persons that seller’s Listing Salesperson or any Co‐operating Salespeople brings onto seller’s premises. This also means that agents can no longer drive clients around inside their vehicles.
  • Before and after any showings, a property must be cleaned. The Agent and Seller must ensure there is Disinfection and cleaning of all surfaces after each showing in the Premises. A wipe down of all door handles, switches, windows, counter tops or any other surfaces people might touch. Buyers and sellers will be requested to wear PPE and use hand sanitizer and refrain from using the washrooms in any properties for sale.
  • Our offices are physically closed to the public but open by telephone and email and video conference. We expect to see many new technologies to connect with our clients.

Virtual Real Estate is the New Normal in Toronto

We have done virtual showings in the past and they are not new, however they will become the “new standard” for both local and out-of-town and overseas Buyers. Common tools include high quality photos and videos to e-documents and signatures, everything can now be done online. 3D virtual tours or having an agent walk you through a property using Facetime or WhatsApp or Zoom will be the norm. 3D Video features simple options such as interactive floor plans, and more sophisticated options, such as full-service virtual reality in which you need to have special head gear to “walk though” the property! An interactive floor plan shows photographs of a property with the aid of a floor plan and arrows to indicate where you can walk up stairs or even onto a balcony! Clicking on arrows moves the user through the property and scrolling the mouse allows you to look up at the lights on the ceiling or down at the flooring. Its really a huge time saver and will get a lot more Buyers interested in a property sooner, rather than waiting for the appointment time and driving all over the city to view property. These tend to be more easily done with condos than homes. However, condos have a greater risk for contracting the virus because of the common areas and elevators where PPE would be needed.


Although Ontario REALTORS® have been declared an essential service and can “keep working”, the reality is this is not a time for “business as usual”. As advised by our professional bodies, like the Ontario Real Estate Association, Buyers, Sellers and their Agents should stop all face-to-face business, including open houses, in-person showings (especially of tenant-occupied homes), and public office hours during the Province’s COVID-19 State of Emergency. However the good news is that using technology can be highly effective and indeed save time (and money) over traditional methods of real estate. 



Ontario Real Estate Association President’s Message to Realtors

Reopening Ontario after COVID-19 (Government of Ontario Official Site):

Right at Home Realty Inc COVID-19 information

Toronto region real estate board (TRREB) Issues Warning to Avoid in-person Business




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Real Estate services have been declared an Essential Service in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Team Property416 are independent Realtors for Right at Home Realty (RAHR).

The health and safety of our team members, our agents, and the communities where we live, work and serve across Canada, is the top priority for us. This enduring value guides us as we face the difficult challenge of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As the situation continues to evolve, and with the World Health Organization declaring the outbreak a pandemic, we have been closely monitoring the situation and following local health department guidelines to keep ourselves and our clients and customers safe during this time.

Our Sales Representatives continue to serve our clients in the safest manner possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to know more about our policies and procedures please contact us.


TEAM Property416:


Nicholas Searle MSc. REALTOR

Nic has been a licensed Realtor since 2012. Initially with Royal LePage Your Community, he was one of the top leasing agents in the downtown office. In 2014, he joined Right at Home Realty Inc., Brokerage and began to expand into the detached housing market. In recent years he has been working in the commercial market, with a focus on restaurant sales and leasing. Real Estate is his passion and he enjoys helping his clients find the perfect property! Prior to real estate, his professional business background involved medical publishing and educational training. He is a supporter of Habitat for Humanity ( and volunteers at the Canadian Blood Services. He is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to travel. He holds a Master of Science degree from McGill University and a Certificate in Teaching English as Second Language (TESL).



Choltida Searle BBA. REALTOR

Choltida (Ann) is with Right at Home Realty Inc., which she joined in 2016. Her expertise is on the Buyer side and she excels in property research and analysis. She also has valuable experience in home and condo staging, and professional photography. Ann loves to promote our client's properties on social media, especially intragram! She is a supporter of Habitat for Humanity ( and practices meditation at . Ann loves to travel and explore new cultures and cuisines. Her professional background prior to real estate was in the jewellery industry where she focused on sales and marketing.  


Nicholas Sider CPA, CGA. REALTOR 

Nicholas has been with Right at Home Realty Inc. since 2019.  Real estate has been a passion since he began buying property for investment in Toronto and Florida. He has worked in the Accounting field since 1993, and brings a wealth of financial knowledge to the table which is of great benefit to any clients who want to invest in commercial or other property. He is a Certified General Account (CGA), and he continues to remain in good standing with the CPA of Ontario. He did his foundational studies at the University of Toronto. Nicholas has a strong interest in property management and can assist his clients well beyond the initial transaction to ensure that they have long lasting investments!







Education: Our Team have all completed the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) Sales Representative exams and are members in good standing with the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). We are required to do mandatory training courses every 2 years to ensure we keep up to date with professional developments in this rapidly evolving industry.

Specialty: We sell Property! All types including Residential and Commercial. Sales of Homes, Condos, Detached, Semis and Towns, Commercial Leasing for Office and Restaurant spaces. Apartment leasing and Landlord representation.

Experience: Our Brokerage has been in business over 16 years.

Awards: Number One Real Estate Agents in Toronto based on MLS sales volume for the past 6 years (TRREB data on file),

Area Covered: During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Coronavirus) we are offering virtual services to our clients and customers by using video and online tools to help in the purchase, sale or lease of residential and commercial properties across the Greater Toronto Area.

Languages Spoken: English, Greek, Thai