COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES 

We understand how difficult it is right now for you to conduct your business. To help our members and their clients navigate a rapidly changing and increasingly difficult business climate, we have compiled a list of resources for Brokers, Landlords and Investors, and Commercial Tenants. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update and add to the list as new information becomes available. 

 

FEBRUARY 2, 2021 UPDATE: Governor Inslee announced that limited, in-person open houses are now permitted in regions that have entered Phase 2 of the state’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan. In-person open houses are not currently permitted in Phase 1 regions. Brokers in Phase 1 regions may still conduct virtual or live stream open houses.

 

To check the status of your region/county, click here.

In addition, real estate offices in both Phase 1 and Phase 2 regions may allow clients to make appointments for in-person services at the office, provided that office capacity is limited to 25% and all other protocols are followed. 

For in-person open houses in Phase 2 regions, brokers must ensure that no more than ten (10) people are on-site, including the broker, and that all other required protocols are followed (face coverings, social distancing, sanitation, etc.).

 

Also, firms should develop processes that brokers follow to ensure compliance, including the following: 

 

  • Post signs at the property (e.g. on the open house signs, at the front door, inside the property, etc.) alerting the public to the occupancy restriction and reminding the public to wear face coverings and social distance.

  • Brokers need to carefully monitor the number of persons on-site at any one time and not admit more than the allowed number of persons into the property.

  • Brokers need to constantly monitor the front door and potentially lock the door from time to time to prohibit additional persons from entering.

  • Firms may consider assigning two brokers to an open house – one to stand outside and monitor the number of persons admitted to the property, and the other to be inside the property.

  • Brokers must enforce the face-covering requirement.

  • Persons waiting to enter the property must social distance and wear face coverings.

  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces, before and after the open house, and have sanitizer placed around the property.

  • Because contact tracing in the event of an outbreak is important, brokers should maintain a sign-in sheet that includes contact information for all attending an open house.

Please Note: A firm or broker hosting an open house are at risk of criminal and civil liability for failure to fully comply with the required protocols.

 

Our friends at Washington REALTORS® have provided updated COVID 19 Real Estate FAQs for additional guidance:

REVISED COVID-19 REAL ESTATE FAQ

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 

Click on the links below for more information:

 

Resources for Brokers
Resources for Landlords and Investors

RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS 

Resources from Our Managed Associations 

Other Helpful Resources

If you have any questions in the weeks and months ahead, our Executive Team stands ready to assist you personally at (425) 820-3348.

 

On behalf of the CBA Board of Directors and our staff, we appreciate your continued support and membership of our organization, and we are committed to being a trusted partner and reliable resource to you throughout the course of this emergency, and beyond.

 

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