Phase 2 – How “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Impacts Real Estate

On May 19, in cooperation with Washington Realtors, Governor Jay Inslee announced modifications to the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order for real estate activities in counties that have been approved for Phase 2 re-opening, provided specific protocols are followed.

Windermere brokers are committed to safely helping their clients move their lives forward during these challenging times. To do so, here are the guidelines we must follow:

 

WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT DO DURING PHASE 2:

❱ No open houses are allowed under any circumstances
❱ Real estate brokers and industry partners (e.g. appraisers, inspectors, photographers, stagers, etc.) must wear cloth face coverings and clients are encouraged to do the same
❱ Home showings of active listings are by appointment only
❱ Three persons are allowed in a home at a time, including the broker, and they must remain six
feet apart at all times
❱ Scheduled inspections and appraisals for pending transactions are allowed
❱ 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 have more latitude now to perform certain duties, we want you to know that Windermere’s highest priority is the safety of our brokers, our clients, and our community. To minimize personal contact, we strongly encourage using virtual tours, video chat, and other forms of technology to view homes, stay connected to your broker, and conduct business.

Despite the challenges we’re facing, our brokers are more focused than ever on taking care of their clients and helping them achieve their real estate goals with outstanding professionalism, attention to detail, and an over-commitment to service.

For additional information about the amended order, and what it means for real estate, please visit the Northwest Multiple Listing Service FAQ.


Posted on May 29, 2020 at 4:48 PM
Firm - Windermere Walla Walla | Posted in Community, Covid-19 Resources |

Virtual Buying & Selling

We continue to work cautiously with buyers and sellers while following our Governors guidelines for delivering essential real estate services.  Our community’s safety is our utmost goal.

Whether you are buying or selling, there are many ways we can continue to work with you and put our virtual tools to work for you. Windermere continues to be All In for you!

 

VIRTUAL HOME BUYING

1. Virtual Consult

We will schedule a virtual meeting to learn what you are looking for.

2. Favorites

We will email you listings matching your criteria right when they hit the market.

3. Virtual Tours

We’ll send you virtual tours of any home that you like.

4. Electronically Sign

Sign all documents with the click of a button and from the comfort of your own home.

5. Earnest Money

Wiring funds has never been easier or more secure

6. Inspection

Receive a digital inspection report detailing the property so you can get to know it.

7. Closing Time

Local title companies will coordinate a safe and secure closing with you.

8. Welcome Home

Welcome home! We’ll deliver your keys directly to you.

 

VIRTUAL HOME SELLING

1. Virtual Broker’s Open

We will invite local brokers to view a virtual tour of your property.

2. Just Listed Digital Ad

Your home will be advertised across top websites online.

3. Staging

We will work with you to stage your home for success to appeal to the most buyers.

4. Photography

Your home will be thoroughly photographed to best show the layout and features.

5. Online Exposure

Your property will appear on the top real estate sites with more than 300 million combined views.

6. Virtual Open House

We will invite potential buyers to view your home virtually.

7. Check In & Review

You can review offers digitally and sign online at home.

8. Successful Closing

Receive your closing documents via email and leave a review.


 


Posted on April 6, 2020 at 11:56 AM
Firm - Windermere Walla Walla | Posted in Community, Covid-19 Resources |

How “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Impacts Real Estate

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 strict protocols that brokers and their clients must follow as mandated by the amended order.

Windermere brokers are committed to safely helping their clients move their lives forward during these challenging times. To do so, here are the guidelines we must follow:

 

WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT DO IN THE COMING WEEKS:

❱ No open houses are 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 are allowed
❱ Buyer walk-throughs for pending transactions prior to closing are allowed
❱ Providing keys to buyers at closing is allowed
❱ Photographers, videographers, and stagers are considered non-essential and remain prohibited under the order
❱ 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 have more latitude now to perform certain duties, we want you to know that Windermere’s highest priority is the safety of our brokers, our clients, and our community. To minimize personal contact, we strongly encourage using virtual tours, video chat, and other forms of technology to view homes, stay connected to your broker, and conduct business.

Despite the challenges we’re facing, our brokers are more focused than ever on taking care of their clients and helping them achieve their real estate goals with outstanding professionalism, attention to detail, and an over-commitment to service.

For additional information about the amended order, and what it means for real estate, please visit the Northwest Multiple Listing Service FAQ.


Posted on April 1, 2020 at 11:53 AM
Firm - Windermere Walla Walla | Posted in Community, Covid-19 Resources |

Community Resources during COVID

Local Resources and Connections

Let’s be All In for supporting local businesses, providing resources for those in need, and keeping our community safe and healthy. The following organizations have compiled links and resources to aid businesses and individuals through the changes caused by the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

SHOP LOCAL

Local Curbside, Takeout & Delivery Restaurants Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/2805141982933756/

Discover Walla Walla Business Updates – https://discoverwallawalla.net/blog/walla-walla-will

 

COMMUNITY AID

Walla Walla Mutual Aid Network – https://wallawallahelp.org/

City of Walla Walla Volunteer Registration – https://www.wallawallawa.gov/our-city/volunteer

City of College Place – http://www.cpwa.us/residents/covid-19_resources.php

 

BUSINESS AND WORKER RESOUCES

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation – https://www.downtownwallawalla.com/

Small Business Administration – https://www.sba.gov/

Oregon Governor – https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19#forEmployers

Washington Governor –https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources

 

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

Walla Walla Public Schools – https://www.wwps.org/news/news-events

College Place Public Schools – https://www.cpps.org/o/District/page/covid-19-resources–5

Oregon Department of Education – https://oregonearlylearning.com/COVID-19-Resources/For-Families

Virtual Learning and Entertainment – https://www.cnn.com/style/article/what-to-do-at-home-streaming-art- museums-concerts-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

 


Posted on March 23, 2020 at 4:03 PM
Firm - Windermere Walla Walla | Posted in Community, Covid-19 Resources |