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IMPORTANT MEMBER NOTICE

It is clear that some brokers are misinterpreting the Governor’s March 28 Memorandum. Brokers cannot conduct “business as usual”...

IMPORTANT NOTICE

MESSAGE FROM WASHINGTON REALTORS LEGAL HOTLINE LAWYER ANNIE FITZSIMMONS AND NWMLS LEGAL COUNSEL JUSTIN HAAG

March 28, 2020

It is clear that some brokers are misinterpreting the Governor’s March 28 Memorandum. Brokers cannot conduct “business as usual”...

The recent modifications to the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Healthy Order (the “Order”) were based on numerous discussions with the Governor’s office.

We know for a fact:

The Governor’s intent is to limit in-person real estate brokerage services to the services listed below and only if the required protocols are followed.

This is true regardless of any reference in the Governor’s Memo to “essential services.”

This means you cannot “send your photographer in” or “hire a mover” or do anything else that is not specifically identified in the Governor’s Memo.

If real estate brokers engage in additional activities beyond those identified in the order or do not follow the protocols – the Governor will likely revoke the recent modifications and place additional restrictions on the real estate industry.

Please carefully review the information published by Washington REALTORS® and Northwest MLS so that you understand what is permitted, and what is not permitted.

If you are not sure an activity is permitted, it probably is not. If brokers creatively interpret the modifications to the Order, the entire industry will be negatively affected and might lose the privileges the Governor just extended.

The protocols that must be followed for the permitted in-person activities include:

  • In-person activities must be by appointment only;
  • No more than two people, including the broker, may be at the property at any one time; and
  • 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.

The revisions to the Order are limited to allow the following in-person activities, provided the above protocols are followed:

  • Previews and showings of listings by appointment only;
  • Listing presentations, photography, and creating virtual tours for new listings [Note: professional photographers are not considered “essential,” thus all photos must be taken by the broker or seller];
  • Inspections for pending transactions;
  • Appraisals for pending transactions;
  • Buyer “walk-throughs” for pending transactions prior to closing; and
  • Providing keys to buyers at closing.

No other in-person real estate brokerage activities are permitted.

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