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The office of Governor Jay Inslee has issued a memorandum which changes some of the original limitations of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, for real estate and mortgage activities. The amendment is meant to facilitate the closing of ongoing mortgage and real estate transactions in the State and to provide relief to homeowners in distress related to the COVID-19 event.
This means that some real estate activities and mortgage lending activities are now considered essential activities under the Memorandum. We here at John L Scott are adhering strictly to the guidelines Governor Inslee has issued to date as well as CDC protocols for safety. Under these guidelines we are able to help many home buyers and sellers safely.
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.
The safety of our clients, co-workers, and community are our primary concern. We will continue to serve you by offering virtual meetings, virtual tours, and by practicing safety protocols. We are committed to providing clients with the finest advertising and marketing efforts and will keep you appraised of the current state of the market as well as the latest developments out of the Governor’s office pertaining to real estate. Stay Home and Stay Healthy!