Compass parted ways with an agent after the company says he held showings for a home in Altadena, where the sellers were allegedly infected with COVID-19.
According to a Compass spokesperson, Gary Wat was aware the household had contracted the virus but failed to disclose the infections to prospective buyers who visited the home, and thereby failed to follow local guidelines regarding COVID-19.
“The safety of the communities we represent is of paramount importance,” a spokesperson for Compass said in a statement. “We swiftly parted ways with this agent when it was discovered he failed to adhere to local guidelines regarding COVID-19.”
When reached by phone last week, Wat declined to comment on his departure from the company. He joined Compass from The Agency in November 2019, according to his Facebook page.
A public Facebook post in a local community group for Altadena, where the home was listed, first disclosed on June 23 that the sellers had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Hi folks. If any of you attended the open house at [address] over the weekend, please be aware that I’m told both residents are COVID-19 positive, one in the hospital,” the post reads. “I had a conversation with one of them on Sunday and she did not disclose it to me and was not wearing a mask. I’ll be in quarantine for the next 14 days.”
The user who posted the message on June 23 did not respond to a Facebook message requesting comment. The homeowners could not be identified and it was unclear if either of the two sick residents were present during any of the showings.
Compass Denies an Open House Was Held
A Compass source clarified that there was never an open house for the property, just showings by appointment. The source said Wat failed to disclose to the individuals viewing the three-bedroom, single-family home that the sellers had tested positive for COVID-19.