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.




As the state of Washington enters the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Inslee has issued an order easing some restrictions on the commercial real estate brokerage industry for counties that have been granted Phase 2 status.


On May 19, 2020, Governor Inslee announced additional counties in Washington are eligible to apply for Phase 2 reopening status. The Governor has also approved and released new, limited activities and safety protocols for commercial real estate practitioners for listings in counties that have been granted Phase 2 status.  





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. Commercial brokers conducting real estate activities in a Phase 1 county must continue to abide by the Phase 1 protocols, outlined in the initial Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, which still apply. 


Although the new Phase 2 Real Estate COVID-19 Requirements still call for strict social distancing rules and protocols, they do explicitly state that:


  • CRE brokers may open their offices in a limited fashion (if their office is located within a Phase 2 county) 

  • CRE brokers may re-engage with in-person services, similar to residential brokers.  

  • Three persons are allowed on site for permitted in-person commercial real estate activities for both improved and un-improved property, including facilitating inspections, appraisals, buyer “walk throughs,”and other activities typically required to complete a real estate sale or lease.  

  • All in-person real estate activities, Phase 1 or 2, require participants to wear cloth face coverings.  

  • Sign installers may install real estate signs 

In partnership with our legal counsel and the Washington REALTORS, we have updated our series of Commercial Real Estate Practitioner FAQ’s based upon the newly released guidelines for Phase 2 counties.


If you are a CRE broker working on a listing located within a Phase 2 county, please review the NEW information outlining the counties currently granted Phase 2 status, and the strict measures that must be adhered to by real estate professionals in order to ensure the safety and well being of those involved in your property showing.




If you are a CRE broker working on a listing located within a Phase 1 county, please review the PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED FAQ information, which is still relevant.






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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