Social Distancing & The Real Estate Market

Social Distancing & The Real Estate Market

March 19, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Allison

I will admit, the last few days have been rough.  I allowed myself to eat cookies for breakfast (OK I might continue to do this…), absorbed every piece of news coming my way, worked from my bed, and generally felt pretty grim about the current reality of our lives during this pandemic. 

But, today, I woke up with a renewed sense of purpose and positivity.  I’ve looked at the reality of the situation – and that we are likely to be doing this social distancing thing for a while – and committed to the following:

  • I looked at the actual numbers of the impact so far we’ve experienced on our team.  Please look for another post coming from us soon about the current state of the real estate market in the face of COVID-19… in the meantime, here are some of our recent numbers: 
    • Our team has sold 7 homes in the past 7 days!  
    • Also in the last 7 days, we’ve met (mostly virtually) with 9 new buyers or sellers looking to move in the near future.  People are still moving!
  • Our team will be keeping a daily pulse on the market and will be reporting back to you on at least a weekly basis, if not more, as we see how things unfold.  
  • Let’s face it.  No matter the circumstances, there are always people who NEED to move. Just this week alone we’ve met with nine new clients who need to move due to job relocations, illnesses in their family, new additions to the family and divorce.  Life goes on during these tough times and so must we. Since we need to adjust to a new normal of social distancing while still helping clients, our team came together and created a list of ways we can SAFELY help our clients during this time.  You can read all of them here. 
  • Next month marks a year since my family and I moved into our new house in Rosemont. I am embarrassed to admit that there is still one room in my house that has several unpacked boxes… that room is my home office! With two toddlers in the house, it’s been easier to work out of the house at the office or coffee shops around town.  But now, I need a dedicated space tucked away from toys and toddlers, especially while I am on virtual client appointments!  I’ve committed to unboxing at least one box per day so I have a functional and peaceful home office to work from for the foreseeable future. You can read some of our tips for having a functional home office here and tackling spring cleaning while practicing social distancing here
  • It is also critical that as a community we support our local business during this time. I’ve committed to ordering at least one thing (or buying a gift card for those businesses that have closed) per day.  Last night, I had take out from Mason Social. Curbside pickup from Taqueria Poblano with some of their amazing margarita mix is next on my list! 
  • Lastly, I’ve been committing to get outside and enjoy this beautiful time of year at least twice per day. Flowers and trees (like our beloved cherry blossoms) are blooming and the sun is setting later.  Whether that means going for a walk or a run or playing in the backyard with my kids, getting out of the house (while keeping social distance of course) is critical to my mental well-being!

If our team can help you in any way during this time, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  Contracts are still going to closing, buyers are still buying (with low interest rates and now, less competition) and sellers are still putting homes on the market.  It is our job to help our clients through this time while keeping everyone as safe as possible.