Adapting to selling houses during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Some REALTORS are going out with masks and gloves to look at houses with clients.  One first time home buyer said she is excited and wanted to make the most of her time working at home during the pandemic.

Many REALTORS thought buyer interest might slow as the coronavirus spreads across the country, as governments tell residents to stay home.

Many people at home want to take advantage of the low mortgage rates, one lender says they’ve actually seen an uptick in applications.  This is a great time to buy a home.  It seems like that wouldn’t be so, but it is a very good time to buy a home.

Before the pandemic started, people had plans to move – for a job, a bigger house, or a new lease, and those plans are moving forward as best as they can.  What is usually the busiest season of the year, the industry faces new challenges in the form of government orders that restrict business and the number of people allowed to gather in one place.

Thankfully, our Mayor has deemed the real estate industry essential and agents are conducting business over the phone and online.  Closings, which had been taking place from the six-foot distance health officials recommend, now are done remotely.  In-person showings are becoming rare, and open houses aren’t happening.  Agents are using technology any way they can to keep the ball rolling.  REALTORS are a creative group of people and will adapt to how they do their business and will work with clients to keep transactions moving. Supply and demand has not changed, just the way we do business.




St. Patrick’s Day Ideas For Family Fun

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday that is celebrated every year in March, but it’s not just the Irish that enjoy this festive occasion.  In fact, people around the nation celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, green attire and even parties that bring family and friends together.  Speaking of family, there are a number of ways that you can make St. Patrick’s Day a festive and fun-filled family holiday.

Take Part In a Parade

Whether you are involved directly or simply enjoy watching a St. Patrick’s Day parade from the sidelines, make sure that you attend at least one.  These festive events include everything from music to floats and local residents coming together to celebrate this annual holiday.  You can enjoy a parade with your family by participating together, or simply by watching from afar.

Dress The Part

One of the longest standing traditions for St. Patrick’s Day is the requirement of green attire.  Whether it’s a shirt, shamrock pin, pants or even a jacket, not wearing green often means you get pinched from good-natured family and friends.  If you want to join in on the celebration as a family, make sure that everyone is wearing green before leaving the house.

Have A Party

If you really want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, do so by hosting a party in your home.  You can invite family, friends, neighbors and other local residents who share in your festiveness.  Because the color green is so commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day, it’s only natural that you would want to serve lime JELL-O, ice cream and even green KOOL-AID to your guests.  Don’t forget to decorate with the green theme in mind by using holiday plates, cups and napkins, table coverings, streamers and even balloons.

Festive Dining

For Thanksgiving, many families eat turkey.  For St. Patrick’s Day, many families eat cabbage because, well, it’s green.  Green beans, vegetables, spinach, fruits and other green foods also remain popular choices for those looking to dine with the green theme in mind.

Look For Luck

When it comes to luck, the four-leaf clover is a very common symbol and it is also associated with St. Patrick’s Day.  This means that one of the best ways to enjoy family fun on this festive holiday is to go out in search of four-leaf clovers.  Children especially love this and they feel a great sense of accomplishment if they locate the rare find.  One of the greatest places to start looking is in your own backyard.