A Note to Our Clients About Masks & COVID Precautions

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Over the past 18 months, whenever we’ve had to wear masks and observe other COVID-related restrictions and guidelines, our team happily obliged in the name of keeping our team members and our clients safe, as well as wanting to do what’s right for the community as a whole. We’ve been blessed throughout the pandemic to have clients who didn’t balk at those safety requirements.

As cases rise and our state/local governments issue new requirements and recommendations, we will continue to follow them for the same reasons listed above.

But there’s another reason we’d like you to know about.

If your Washington state real estate agent is asking you to wear a mask during a showing, even if you’re vaccinated, this is why:

“Effective Monday, August 23rd, Washington State will reinstate the mask requirement for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor settings. This means that brokers, clients, and industry partners (e.g. appraisers, inspectors, photographers, etc.) must wear masks for listing appointments, showings, inspections, walk-throughs, open houses, and other indoor interactions. Real estate firms must require masks at their offices for all individuals, clients, brokers, and staff, regardless of vaccination status. As always, brokers should be respectful of others and continue to follow all recommended health guidelines.

In addition, brokers and their clients must adhere to any additional requirements or restrictions imposed by the seller of a property, including required appointments, capacity limitations, or other instructions. Listing brokers should detail any requirements in the listing and post signs at the property regarding any specific instructions.

Real estate firms may continue to open their offices at 100% capacity, provided that firms comply with the mask requirement and all other recommended health guidelines.”

With that in mind, please don’t get upset when your agent asks you to wear a mask. We need to abide by the rules of our industry since we are a licensed-by-the-state occupation. If we allow our clients to not wear masks, or if we don’t wear them ourselves, the penalties are pretty severe.

Thanks to all of our past, current, and future clients for understanding.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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