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How Does the Stay at Home Order Work for Realtors in Washington State?

There have been a lot of changes in our society over the last few months with Covid-19. In real estate, we ARE still able to conduct business tand help you make the right move - even in these uncertain times. We just have to do business a bit differently, and follow these strict protocols:

In-person activities must be by appoinment only

No more than two people (including the broker) may be in the home at any one time

  • Those two persons must strictly follow social distancing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) by remaining at least six feet apart at all times.

Real estate brokers, who strictly follow the above protocols are permitted to engage in the following in- person activities related to the purchase and sale of homes:

  • Conduct listing presentations, take property photos, and create virtual tours for new listings.

  • Facilitate signing of contract documents.

  • Preview and show listings by appointment only.

  • Facilitate inspections, appraisals, buyer “walk-throughs,” and key delivery.

All other real estate brokerage services will be limited to services that the broker can provide from the broker’s home.

There are risks associated with leaving the safety of your home and viewing homes for sale, as well as having prospective buyers enter your home. Buyers and sellers must be attentive to and abide by the mandates and guidelines from public health officials and work with their real estate broker to make informed decisions about listing, selling, and purchasing real property. Brokers will exercise their best judgment under the circumstances to provide advice regarding all aspects of the current real estate market.

Updated information about COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website ( and from the Washington State Department of Health’s website ( If you have specific questions about health concerns related to COVID-19, you should consult with a health professional.

Feel free to leave a comment below. For more information on what real estate services are permissable during this time, make the right move and call, text, or email me today.

Dani Carpenter

(509) 879-2226

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