Governor Inslee issued a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order” (the “Order”) that became
effective on midnight on Wednesday, March 25th to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The order will
initially last for two weeks (and may be extended) and requires the closure of all “non-essential critical
Workers that are considered non-essential, must work only from their home.
On Saturday, March 28th, Governor Inslee issued certain modifications to the Order for the residential
real estate industry that acknowledge the importance of providing housing to the public. The Governor’s
directive balances housing needs with the over-riding importance of protecting public health through staying
home and social distancing.
The real estate brokerage industry shares the Governor’s priorities. The industry’s paramount concerns
are safety of the public and the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, real estate brokers
will limit personal interactions to the greatest extent possible and will engage in-person only when necessary,
and by following these strict protocols:
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.
Real estate brokers, who strictly follow the above protocols are permitted to engage in the following inperson 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; and
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
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 (www.cdc.gov) and from the Washington State Department of Health’s website
(www.coronavirus.wa.gov). If you have specific questions about health concerns related to COVID-19, you
should consult with a health professional.
Northwest Multiple Listing Service & Washington Realtors