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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty Washington LLC


This just in according to NWMLS


May 20, 2020

On May 1st, Governor Inslee announced an extension of the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order (the "Order") and introduced a four-phased approach to re-open business in Washington.  All counties start in Phase 1 and will be admitted into Phase 2 by the Governor, based on epidemiological and other indications specific to each county.  


On May 19th, in cooperation with Washington Realtors, Governor Inslee announced modifications to the Order for real estate activities in counties that have been approved for Phase 2 re-opening, provided specific protocols are followed. 

The modifications for Phase 2 include:

  • Real estate firms may open their offices in a limited fashion;

  • Commercial brokers can engage in the same in-person services as residential brokers;

  • Three persons (as opposed to two persons) are allowed on site for permitted in-person real estate activities for both residential and commercial brokerage (for both improved and unimproved property); and

  • Sign installers may install real estate signs.

For both Phase 1 and Phase 2 in-person real estate activities, real estate brokers and industry partners (e.g. appraisers, inspectors, photographers, stagers, etc.) must wear cloth face coverings and should encourage clients and customers to do the same.


Public and broker open houses and similar invitations to view a property without an appointment are not permitted in Phase 1 or Phase 2. Only previews and showings by appointment are allowed.


Brokers must adhere to the "phase" protocols for the county where the property is located, regardless of the location of the broker's office or home. Brokers conducting real estate activities in a Phase 1 county, must continue to abide by the Phase 1 protocols, which include only allowing two persons in a property, including the broker, at one time.

If real estate brokers do not comply with the required protocols or violate other provisions of the Order, the Governor may place further restrictions on the real estate industry.


This announcement provided by the NWMLS…


Posted by

 and courtesy of 

Paul S. Henderson, Residential Real Estate Broker 

Tacoma Washington 

Realtor ® BPOR, CRS, GRI, CDPE

Fathom Realty WA LLC


South Puget Sound in Washington State





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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Nice update, Paul... then again, I'm of the school of thought that we should just be allowed to make sensible decisions on our own as to how to protect ourselves, our clients, our colleagues. I'm more than a little tired of having restrictions imposed on me.

May 23, 2020 06:06 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I complete agree with Nina Hollander .  There is a tendency by politicians act as if they are the sheperds and the people are just dumb sheep...A

May 23, 2020 11:55 AM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - It is nice to see that things are easing up. I am sure you are happy about that. 

May 23, 2020 12:47 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Nice to see the changes, Paul, although it might seem a bit complicated. We are moving through our Stage 2 and into Stage 3 - it seems as if there are new or modified restrictions almost every day as they open up other businesses.

Now we will see in-store retail (if the county approves it), churches can hold services (with capacity restrictions) and restaurants are allowed dining in. The real estate restrictions have not changed as far as I can tell - still no open houses - but offices can open if they have specific plans in place.


May 25, 2020 06:24 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - as your state Governor announces the phases and plans for reopening again it will seem like new beginnings. The good news is, hope is near and that gift of freedom is very dear to Americans everywhere. I often think of men and women like yourself who served your country in previous wars and what's rumbling through your heads. Of course, I'm not asking you personally to explain but I want you to know, I think those like yourself who were trained to serve our country should always be revered. The wisdom you have is education others without military training can never get on-line or in a regular classroom setting. May you have the opportunity to lead your buyers and sellers with confidence as you always have sooner rather than later or indefinitely. Let freedom ring....


May 30, 2020 05:18 AM #5
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Until we rip the bandaid off we are not going to get to phase 3 - and we are all going to be miserable - there was a fascinating piece in the NY TImes yesterday that even with the virus running loose in NYC, they are only at 19 percent immunity - you need 60 percent to get to herd immunity - Stockholm which was going for herd immunity of a sort is only at 7% and London is at 17%  we are going to be in a lockdown mode for a long time unless we accept that we can't protect everyone.  It isn't as easy as everyone thinks to get immunity - We should concentrate on protecting the elderly.

May 30, 2020 06:34 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS ,

Thank you for your update and I'm sure you will all start to feel like there is a new beginning! 

May 31, 2020 07:43 PM #7
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