COVID-19: Measures and guidance to the real estate agency industry

This page consolidates updates, resources, and frequently-asked questions and answers on real estate agency work during COVID-19.

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Visits to CEA 

Visits to CEA are strictly by appointment only.

Our e-Services will continue to be accessible throughout this period. For those with prior appointments with us, we will be contacting you on the changes. We seek your understanding on the inconvenience caused during this period.

  

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Guidance on estate agency work

From 26 January 2021 until further notice  

CEA has issued CEA Notice 03-21 (PDF, 196KB) on 25 January 2021 to provide guidance to estate agents (EAs) and real estate salespersons (RESs) on the conduct of real estate agency work from 26 January 2021 until further notice. This follows the Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s announcement of a cap of eight visitors per household per day with effect from 26 January 2021, during Phase Three of re-opening.

Download CEA Notice 03-21 (PDF, 196KB) Advisory and Guide for EAs and RESs on conducting property transaction activities during Phase Three and this new measure.

From now till 26 January 2021, download CEA Notice 49-20 (PDF, 255KB) Advisory and Guide for EAs and RESs on conducting property transaction activities.

We seek your continued cooperation to ensure your own safety and that of all Singapore residents during this challenging period.

 

 CEA advisories

Date Advisory Status 
25 January 2021 Notice 03-21: Advisory on property transaction activities by Estate Agents and Real Estate Salespersons under Phase Three of re-opening (PDF,196KB) Active
11 January 2021 CPD Notice 02-21: Conduct of Real Estate Salesperson (RES) and Real Estate Agency (REA) courses in Phase Three of re-opening (PDF,109KB) Active
11 January 2021 CPD Notice 01-21: Conduct of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in Phase Three of re-opening (PDF,109KB) Active
23 December 2020 [Superseded] Notice 49-20: Advisory and Guide for EAs and RESs on conducting property transaction activities during Phase Three of re-opening (PDF,370KB) Superseded by Notice 03-21
18 September 2020 Notice 40-20: Tips and Resources for Budgeting and Managing Debt during the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF,1.4MB) Active
2 July 2020  [Superseded] Notice 30-20: Supplementary information on record keeping to facilitate COVID-19 contact tracing (PDF,132KB) Superseded by Notice 49-20
19 June 2020 [Superseded] CPD Notice 04-20: Conduct of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in Phase Two of the post-circuit breaker period (PDF,203KB) Superseded by CPD Notice 01-21
19 June 2020 Notice 29-20: Conduct of Real Estate Salesperson (RES) and Real Estate Agency (REA) courses under Phase Two of the post-circuit breaker period (PDF,160KB) Active
19 June 2020 [Superseded] Notice 28-20: Supplementary information on contact tracing for property transactions (PDF,129KB) Superseded by Notice 49-20
17 June 2020 [Superseded] Notice 27-20: Contact tracing requirements under Notice 26-20 advisory on Phase Two resumption of property transaction activities by Estate Agents and Real Estate Salespersons after the circuit breaker period (PDF,105KB) Superseded by Notice 49-20
16 June 2020

[Superseded] Notice 26-20: ​Advisory on Phase Two resumption of property transaction activities by Estate Agents and Real Estate Salespersons after the circuit breaker period (PDF,236KB)

 

*Updated Paragraph 7(b) and Appendix II of Annex on 2 July 2020

Superseded by Notice 49-20
27 May 2020 [Superseded] CPD Notice 03-20: Conduct of CPD courses under Phase One of the post-circuit breaker period (PDF,151KB) Superseded by CPD Notice 04-20
27 May 2020 [Superseded] Notice 25-20: Conduct of Real Estate Salesperson (RES) and Real Estate Agency (REA) courses under Phase One of the post-circuit breaker period (PDF,149KB) Superseded by Notice 29-20
26 May 2020 [Superseded] Notice 24-20: Advisory on Phase One resumption of property transaction activities by Estate Agents and Real Estate Salespersons after the circuit breaker period (PDF,317KB)  Superseded by Notice 26-20
9 May 2020 [Superseded] Notice 23-20: Advisory on real estate agency work during suspension of non-essential activities to minimise further spread of COVID-19 (PDF,291KB) Superseded by Notice 24-20
4 May 2020 Notice 21-20: List of assistance schemes during COVID-19 pandemic (PDF,659KB) Active
28 April 2020

[Superseded] Notice 18-20: Advisory on real estate agency work during suspension of non-essential activities to minimise further spread of COVID-19 (PDF,175KB)

Superseded by Notice 23-20
9 April 2020 [Superseded] Notice 16-20: Advisory on real estate agency work during suspension of non-essential activities to minimise further spread of COVID-19 (PDF,163KB) Superseded by Notice 18-20
9 April 2020 [Inactive] Notice 15-20: Providing urgent assistance to affected sellers and tenants during COVID-19 circuit breaker period (PDF,79KB) Inactive
8 April 2020

Notice 14-20: Measures and grant support to help firms address urgent COVID-19 challenges (PDF,170KB)

Active
5 April 2020 [Superseded] Notice 13-20: Advisory on real estate agency work during suspension of non-essential activities to minimise further spread of COVID-19 (PDF,151KB)  Superseded by Notice 16-20
5 April 2020 [Superseded] Notice 12-20: Conduct of RES and REA courses through online learning from 7 Apr 2020 to 1 June 2020 due to COVID-19 situation (PDF,66KB) Superseded by Notice 25-20
5 April 2020 [Superseded] CPD Notice 02-20: Conduct of CPD courses through online learning from 7 Apr 2020 to 1 June 2020 due to COVID-19 situation (PDF,89KB) Superseded by CPD Notice 03-20
25 March 2020

Notice 09-20: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training through online learning during COVID-19 situation (PDF,68KB)

Active
25 March 2020

Notice 08-20: Conduct of RES and REA courses through online learning during COVID-19 situation (PDF,126KB)

Active
25 March 2020

CPD Notice 01-20: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training through online learning during COVID-19 situation (PDF,110KB)

Active

 

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Continuing Professional Development courses

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training remains a priority.

In-person CPD classes have resumed since 19 June 2020, with safe management measures in place. CPD course providers are encouraged to continue to conduct CPD courses via online learning and virtual classrooms, where practicable.

Visit the CPD microsite for more information

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Real Estate Salespersons Examinations

In 2021, the RES examinations will take place in February, June, and October. These dates are subject to change should there be any escalation in the COVID-19 pandemic or any unforeseen event that presents risks to public health and safety.

Click here for more information about the RES Examination

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Real Estate Salesperson and Real Estate Agency Courses

In-person RES and REA classes have resumed since 19 June 2020 with safe management measures in place. Approved course providers are encouraged to continue to conduct RES and REA courses via online learning and virtual classrooms, where practicable.

More information about the RES Course

More information about the REA Course

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Estate Agent licence and Real Estate Salesperson registration matters

CEA continues to process Estate Agent (EA) licence and Real Estate Salesperson (RES) registration applications.

The payment for 2020 EA licence and RES registration fees are to be done through GIRO, or by a cheque mailed to the following address:

Attention to: CEA Licencing
480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
#13-01 HDB Hub East Wing
Singapore 310480

For newly approved EAs, payment for your EA licence fee is strictly by cheque only, to be mailed to the address mentioned above.

More information about EA licence

More information about RES registration

 

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Dispute resolution

Our dispute resolution centres may have changed their operating hours in light of COVID-19 due to current safe management measures. Please contact the dispute resolution centres directly for any enquiries.

More information about the dispute resolution centres

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Information for consumers

CEA has issued guidance to property agencies and agents on how they should conduct property transaction activities in Phase Three of re-opening, and the Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s announcement of a cap of eight visitors per household per day with effect from 26 January 2021.

Download the answers to frequently-asked questions (PDF,244KB) from consumers on how property transactions can be managed from 26 January 2021 until further notice.

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