On March 23rd, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for a period of at least two weeks. As a part of this order, all “non-essential critical infrastructure” businesses have been forced to close, including real estate brokerages. But that doesn’t mean we’re closed for business!
That’s the message we aim to communicate in this piece, as well as a reassurance that you and Windermere are “All in” for our clients and community, especially during these unique times. We will update this piece as needed if changes are made to the Governor’s order as it pertains to real estate.
DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING
❱ Real estate brokers may: Provide services to their clients remotely from their house using technology services that enable remote business, including online forms, electronic signatures, virtual tours and property videos, and mobile applications to allow brokers to continue to facilitate real estate transactions. We can also just be a friendly ear if you need it.
❱ Real estate brokers may not: Conduct any business outside of their home, including physically showing or previewing properties, conducting in-person listing presentations, taking property photos, staging homes, etc.
***First and foremost, talk to your real estate broker. Certain “Financial Services Sector” businesses have been deemed essential, including those needed for processing financing transactions and services, such as mortgage lenders, escrow, and title insurers. Because of this, real estate transactions that are under contract are expected to be able to proceed to closing. In partnership with the Washington REALTORS®, we are working closely with Governor Inslee’s office to continue to have clarity on this process and keep the industry moving forward during the next two weeks and beyond.
~Despite the challenges we’re facing, homes will continue to be bought and sold thanks in part to the abundance of technology out there that allows us to stay connected and transact real estate. It’s also thanks to our brokers who are more focused than ever on taking care of their clients and helping them achieve their real estate goals with outstanding professionalism, attention to detail, and an over commitment to service.
We recognize that the coming weeks are going to be challenging for real estate buyers, sellers, and brokers. But please know the entire Windermere family is here to support you for however long the COVID-19 pandemic lasts, and beyond.
We Are All in For You!