On March 28, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee amended his statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to allow certain real estate activities to operate in the coming weeks. It’s important to understand that this change does not mean that real estate is returning to business as usual. Rather, there are protocols that brokers and their clients must follow as mandated by the order.
Our commitment during these challenging times is to safely help our clients continue moving their lives forward. To do so, here are the guidelines we must follow:
WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT DO IN THE COMING WEEKS:
- Open houses are not allowed under any circumstances
- In-person meetings with clients are prohibited, except when necessary to view a property or sign documents
- When deemed necessary, home showings of active listings are by appointment only
- Only two persons allowed in a home at a time, including the representing broker
- Scheduled inspections and appraisals for pending transactions can continue
- Buyer walk-throughs for pending transactions prior to closing are permitted
- We can provide keys to buyers at closing
- Photographers, videographers, and stagers are considered non-essential
- All real estate activities must meet social distancing, appropriate health standards, and worker protection measures
- Moving companies may operate using social distancing and other protective measures
While real estate brokers now have more latitude during Phase 2, we want you to know that our highest priority is the safety of our brokers, our clients, and our community. To minimize physical contact, we encourage using virtual tours, video chat, and other forms of technology. With these tools, you can continue to view homes, stay connected to your broker, and conduct business. [Learn about the ways were are putting virtual tools to work for our clients]
Despite the challenges, we’re are more focused than ever on taking care of our clients and helping to achieve their real estate goals. We will continue to serve you with outstanding professionalism, attention to detail, and commitment to service.