I doubt anyone could argue that 2020 hasn’t been one of the strangest years yet. From COVID-19 symptoms and virus hotspots, to masks, to dust storms, to killer hornets and beyond. This year is historical on so many counts. Yet, arguing is all we seem to do lately. It seems as if families and friends are truly divided on just about EVERYTHING! What seems true today is likely disputed tomorrow.
Who can you trust? Everyone has their “go to” source for the facts, but the contrast of information has never been more divisive and confusing. With easy access to social media and worldwide news programming, it is nearly impossible to zero in on the facts or even determine the definition of a “fact.”
On an average day, Realtors face a great deal of unknowns. However, add COVID-19 to the mix and we are subject to an entire new layer of uncertainty. Though we’ve always taken on the role of counselor, the new expectation is that we have become health advisors as well.
This selling environment can be extremely challenging. Do we allow potential buyers to see the interior of homes or should we expect them to make a buying decision based on photos and a video? Must buyers wear masks and booties? Can they open doors, touch cabinets or open closets? Who turns on the lights, the fans, adjusts the AC, etc.? What about greeting new clients? Do we elbow bump, fist bump, or shake hands of those who still extend theirs? You get the point. Every single business has been challenged to re-think HOW to do business.
Adding to the confusion is the market. Inventory is low. Is that because sellers are fearful of strangers in their homes? Is it because everyone is self-quarantining? Is it the realization that if we must work from home, we need a home that works? The interest rates are favorable, and buyers are plentiful. Maybe it is all that pent-up energy after months at home watching HGTV!
As I write this, I must chuckle. There is no way to know with any certainty that my words will be considered factual next week; we are truly living and making up new rules daily.
In an aim towards becoming less divided, let’s all make a pledge today to stop saying “the new normal” and “we’re all in this together.” It is new, and we are all experiencing whatever “it” is, but the time has come to move forward and try to be respectful of each other’s ways, fears, and individual realities.
Fly your flag, honor your country, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!