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COVID-19 Real Estate Guidelines

This page will post COVID-19 Real Estate Guidelines for activities allowed in Washington State.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, real estate activities were limited to prevent further spread of the virus. Originally classified as “non-essential”, there was a nearly complete shutdown of the industry. No public or broker open houses, very limited showings, no contractors in the home made it very difficult to list and buy homes.

However, right after the first declaration, real estate was quickly reclassified and recognized as an essential industry. Yet, activities are still restricted. Guidelines are in place to help agents continue the business of listing and buying homes, while protect the public.

COVID-19 Real Estate Guidelines

Effective June 1st, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued
the statewide “Safe Start Proclamation” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its goal is to safely facilitate the re-opening of Washington’s businesses, including real estate activities. And his office updates these on a regular basis. The current guidelines are from his October 7, 2020 updates.

Different counties have different guidelines, depending upon which phase they are in. The Governor admits counties into phases based on health data and other criteria. A list of counties and their current stages is available on the Washington State Coronavirus Response website. Also an interactive state map is available here.

We strictly observe all guidelines to protect our buyers and sellers This includes wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting showings as allowed. Also, we restrict open houses to the guidelines currently in effect. We continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our clients.

COVID-19 Real Estate Guidelines.

Here are the FAQs for real estate from the Washington Association of Realtors. Contact us for detailed instructions.