COVID 19 and Real Estate
So I am pretty sure if you are local to Southern NJ, or the Northeast, the US, heck- the world, you are well aware there is a pandemic situation right now that most likely is affecting your life and normal daily habits. I wake up every morning, go to the gym, walk the dog, get my Starbucks on Main Street, then stop and talk to neighbors and friends on my way back home before getting ready to go to the office. This has all changed dramatically. The gym is closed. Starbucks is closed. The office is closed. And I learned that one of my morning friends that I saw each and every day on his walk was a victim to COVID-19 and lost his fight. This was an eye opening moment for me. He appeared to be healthy and vibrant, full of life. Walked every day, worked hard, and was of no apparent risk to my knowledge. We shared our love for our children and grandchildren. We talked often about work and the town. And we always knew even on dark cold mornings we would most likely pass each other for a simple wave and comfort of knowing we were not the only ones on the road at this time. Life is forever altered for many people right now, and you might not even realize how much it has changed till this is all over and the new norm sets in. I started my year off the strongest I ever had business wise, and am now forcibly humbled and remembering what is really important.
So I am tormented with the idea as I hear some saying “it’s business as usual”. It is not, not at all. Business is forever changed for many and alternative ways to best serve my clients have been put in place and will continually be tweaked till I know I am doing the best I can. But keeping basic safety measures is so important right now! The risk is not worth the benefits of hosting open houses or some showings. Most important to all of what is going on is respecting the fact that sometimes the best thing we can do for clients is to be safe and protect them in any way possible. Yes, people still and will forever need housing. Have the rates changed and the ability for some to get a mortgage? Yes, 100%. Do some of these clients that were buying and now can no longer get a mortgage need to find a rental? Absolutely! And are people still selling homes because of previous plans or job changes? Without a doubt.
So I am creating new ways to market your home to keep you safe. That is now a huge part of my job beyond helping you buy or sell your home. I am working within guidelines and with my company to add a different type of marketing to my portfolio, as well as taking heightened safety measures to ensure all parties stay safe. Please look in the upcoming weeks on how myself and Compass can show you a different way to buy or sell your home. And in the meantime, business is not usual but it is still going on. And when you can, hug your loved ones or call to tell them how you feel. Life is so incredibly unpredictable and precious.