Not to be outdone by the Singapore government, Singapore real estate agency ERA has pledged help its 7,000-plus property agents cope with Covid-19, an outbreak that has evolved into a full-blown recession. One of things ERA will start doing with immediate effect? Deliver meals from Michelin-starred or Bib Gourmand restaurants to property agents’ and their clients’ homes. (Yes, clients too.)
This initiative, called the ERA Home Quarantine Support (HQS) scheme, is one of three response plans from one of Singapore’s largest real estate agencies. Under the HQS, ERA clients who are served Quarantine Order (QO) during the Option Period, as well as eligible ERA salespersons (i.e. property agents) serving a QO, will receive three meals a day during the QO period with lunch from a Michelin-starred or a Bib Gourmand restaurant.
At the time of writing, ERA is “still finalising the details for [sic] the Michelin starred restaurants”. According to the agency, the complementary meals will be delivered to their homes only, meaning those who are serving their QOs at government assigned facilities and hospitals will have to make do with, um, regular makan.
Like the other schemes introduced by ERA, the food delivery will be effect throughout the entire period of DORSCON Orange and above. But there’s a catch: the deliveries could cease in the event of a nationwide lockdown that shuts down restaurants, so ERA agents and their clients should probably ensure a sufficient Maggi supply in their pantries.[Recommended article: Covid-19 Circuit Breaker: What Singaporeans should know]
Income relief for agents down with Covid-19
Food aside, ERA has also addressed the “what if?” of its agents being diagnosed with Covid-19 with complimentary insurance cover. Under the ERA Real Estate Salespersons Income Relief Schemes, cheekily named Real SIRS in short, ERA Salespersons will receive payouts of $500 for every day they are hospitalised due to Covid-19 (up to a maximum of 30 days, or $15,000).
“In the unfortunate event that an ERA agent loses the battle against the coronavirus, an additional lump sum of $30,000 will be paid out to the family of the deceased,” said Jack Chua, CEO of ERA. Real SIRS is on top of an existing scheme already in place to support agents’ families financially in unfortunate circumstances.
The third scheme, the ERA Agency Support Programme (ASP), helps property agents “conserve their cash outflow during this challenging period”. The ASP includes free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes, training on video streaming, and a ‘Task Force’ to file appeals for property agents who are unsuccessful in their applications for the government’s Self-Employed Person (SEP) Income Relief Scheme scheme, or SIRS.
Other real estate agencies also stepping up
As 99.co discovered, most of Singapore’s major property agencies have introduced support measures for their salespersons during Covid-19, and are in the midst of coming up with more measures as the situation evolves. Most, such as PropNex and SRI, have training programmes in place to help salespersons leverage digital marketing tools.
A number of agencies we spoke to, like OrangeTee, also indicated that they are putting together additional relief packages for property agents.
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