It’s Friday, let’s sweep! |building castles through togetherness

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Welcome to Friday everyone, let’s take a sweep of this week in togetherness!  Let’s go right to a digestible talking points as we recap weekly #’s…

In looking at King County Residential Only weekly report (for the weeks ended Wednesday 5/13):

 

Good news, the number of new pending sales continues to rise and the most current week is 79% of the same week in 2019. 

The months supply of inventory is 1.0 vs 1.3 a year ago. Demand high and supply low.

Reminder: Weekly statistics are for the week ended every Wednesday. They are generally published by the end of the day Friday – here. However, we are rushing to get them out on Thursdays. *If you’d like me to email you the full weekly report for more on King, Seattle and Eastside footprint – text me: 206.227.7133

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Where I was able to join you on zooms or calls this week you may have heard me in my tone and focus in identifying moments of collective weariness. These moments of weariness within our Stay order hits each of us at different moments and in different ways. The difference right now is that the adrenaline surge we all experienced early in a time of crisis has worn off. While Covid-19 is not behind us and as we move slowly towards more re-opening of life, we’ll need to continue to find ways to work with weariness during continued unprecedented times.

Adrenaline got us through; now what?!! Bringing in Brene Brown into our mix once again to speak to this on her Unlocking Us podcast…24 minutes to help us navigate collective weariness!

*and if you want a good laugh, imagine my husband trying to go to sleep and me making him stay up and listen to Brene for 24 minutes. He was a little over me in that moment. Just calling that moment what it was! And oh, then I proceeded the next morning asking him “what your # today?” Really over me at the moment. Good laughs though! You’ll “get it” if you listen in…

Unlocking Us; on comparative suffering, the 50/50 myth and settling the ball

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Final numbers for our Neighbors in Need campaign are IN. I haven’t found the words for this just yet; it is a feeling of amazement. Head to the Windermere HUB for the graphics if you’d like to share your collective generosity.
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Let’s keep building castles.
All IN, for togetherness
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It’s Friday, let’s sweep! | focus on the good

Welcome to Friday everyone as we roll into Mother’s Day weekend…and a beautiful one anticipates us! Just tallied my Zoom meeting count for this week = totaling 22. Wow. Yet the wow I’m really focused on is awaiting a final tally on Neighbors in Need campaign. Together we have accomplished amazing. These funds will make a direct impact to our local food banks throughout our footprint. My heart is so very full.

Ps, if my mom is reading this – thank you for participating in this campaign! Love you mom! Love you Windermere.

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This weekend’s checkpoint; your “swing”

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“To be of championship caliber, a crew must have total confidence in each other, able to drive with abandon, confident that no man will get the full weight of the pull…. When you get the full rhythm in an eight, it’s pure pleasure to be in it. It’s not hard work when the rhythm comes—that “swing” as they call it. I’ve heard men shriek out in delight when the swing came into an eight; it’s a thing they’ll never forget as long as they live.”

– George Yeoman Pocock, from Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat  is one of my top 5 books of all time and today being what would have been Windermere Cup 2020 I am giving a nod to both this true tale of the University of Washington men’s rowing team’s unlikely victory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and to our annual celebration of community + sport. I miss everything about this weekend; including the grit & character I witness at the finish line from athletes around the world.

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This weekend’s checkpoint; your “swing”

Being that Gov. Inslee extended our Stay Home, Stay Healthy thru May 31st 2020, I again share the checkpoint below as a way to take a pause amidst our larger pause and see what adjustment you will decide to make in order to find your “swing.”

Keep in mind, you are not rowing alone. The moment when a crew suddenly is rowing in near-perfect sync, with complete trust in and respect for other rowers is the moment of “swing.” Continue to show up, lean on each other and trust that we’ll together reach our Stay Home, Stay Healthy order with strength and reach another level of grit & character. Our continued recovery will be a direct reflection of our focus right now.

What vital few activities can you do in the strokes ahead to increase your scores as we continue to recover? What are non-negotiable?

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Need help finding your “swing“? I’m in your boat. Ask for help at this moment of checkpoint within our extended Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

All in, for our boat.

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A “stay home, stay healthy” checkpoint

This week’s mile(s); a checkpoint.

Welcome to a new week within our Stay Home, Stay Healthy environment. As Gov. Inslee further prepares and communicates with WA State on what further reopening our economy will look like, my gut tells me this week is a good time for a “checkpoint” within our own marathon.

This “checkpoint” is of self-assessment. Sharing a tool below to help in grabbing very well earned hydration + fuel as we prepare for the continued miles ahead.

If you are finding your scores lower than you had hoped at this “checkpoint” – focus on this > what vital few activities can you do in the miles ahead to increase those scores as we prepare for recovery? What are non-negotiable?

 There will be a finish line to our Stay Home, Stay Healthy marathon. Our recovery will be a direct reflection of our focus right now. I’m still very much laced up and running right alongside of you…

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Welcome to Friday, let’s sweep! | what we haven’t done + weekly #’s + Yale’s most popular course in 300-year history!

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Welcome to Friday! A focus today on what we didn’t do this week, what we haven’t done during our Stay order and what continues to clutter (and frustrate) our minds. In our house, we call this the “shoulds” list. Let’s bring some welcomed perspective (at least for me) to this conversation from a 4.7.20 article published on Upworthy. Cliff note version: let’s not forget to give ourselves a sense of grace and a reminder of why we are in this Stay order in the first place.

ps, the end of today’s post I’m share the most popular course in Yale’s 300-year history, The Science of Well Being…complimentary to you + me! The course is 10 weeks and teaches students how to be happy; without having to go to Yale to take it. This too we can do from our living room as we slowly + safely begin to further turning the dial on real estate. As a psychology major (which I am), I would have eaten this content up within my degree! Might just have to add to my coursework.

First though, this…

A trauma psychologist weighs in on the risks of ‘motivational’ pressure during quarantine. 

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A “motivational” message has been circulating during the coronavirus lockdown, which is allegedly supposed to kick our butts into gear since most of us now have more time on our hands.

On its face, it may sound logical. We often don’t do things because we lack time—or think we do—so now that we supposedly have more time, we should be doing those things now, right?

Just one thing though—there’s a deadly global pandemic and massive economic crisis happening, which might be just the tiniest bit distracting right now, Jeremy.

A trauma psychologist from Beirut weighed in on this idea that we should be extra productive right now, and she didn’t mince words. Alaa Hijazi’sFacebook post has been shared 19,000 times, so people are clearly appreciating her wisdom. She wrote:

I thought I was spared the horrid ‘motivational’ phrase going around now—’If you don’t come out of this with a new skill, you never lacked time, you lacked discipline’—until I saw it on my local yoga studio page.

As a trauma psychologist, I am utterly utterly horrified, enraged, and bewildered about how people can believe and spread this phrase in good conscience.

We are going through a collective trauma, that is bringing up profound grief, loss, panic over livelihoods, panic over loss of lives of loved ones. People’s nervous systems are barely coping with the sense of threat and vigilance for safety, or alternating with feeling numb and frozen and shutting down in response to it all.

People are trying to survive poverty, fear, retriggering of trauma, retriggering of other mental health difficulties. Yet, someone has the nerve to accuse someone of lack of discipline for not learning a new skill, and by a yoga teacher!

This cultural obsession with [capitalistic] ‘productivity’ and always spending time in a ‘productive,’ ‘fruitful’ way is absolutely maddening.

What we need is more self-compassion, more gentle acceptance of all the difficult emotions coming up for us now, more focus on gentle ways to soothe ourselves and our pain and the pain of loved ones around us, not a whipping by some random (person) making us feel worse about ourselves in the name of ‘motivation.'”

Indeed. Even those of us who are still employed full-time are finding it difficult to focus some days like we used to. The enormity of this pandemic and the global shutdown over it weighs heavy on all of us. Our sense of normality has been turned upside down and the uncertainty over what even the near future holds makes sustained attention a challenge.

Add in the fact that many people now have children at home who used to be at school or childcare, many are struggling to figure out how they’re going to pay rent or buy groceries, many are watching businesses or careers they’ve spent years building crumble before their eyes, many have health conditions that make them anxious about catching the virus, and it’s not hard to see how neither “time” nor “discipline” are our big problems right now.

If you want to go read books on hustling and build up some skill set, Jeremy, go for it. But let’s not lay a guilt trip on people who are going through a traumatic experience that none of us have experienced before and none of us were prepared for.4.7.20 article published on Upworthy.

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Need some weekly #’s to better understand where our market is this week?

For King County, new sales increasing and are trending up (The low was 40% of prior year increasing week by week to 44%, 56% and 65% ). New listings and new sales are increasing every week since the Stay Home Order went into effect.  When performing real estate activities outside of your home, please continue to take extreme caution (masks, gloves, social distancing, normal body temperature) to keep the community, each other, your clients, and yourself safe.

Note: if you want me to forward you a longer #’s recap for this week: text me! Just ask. 206.227.7133

Want to go back to school during our Stay order?

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As hinted at the start of today’s blog post, sharing Dr. Santos most popular course in Yale’s 300-year history, The Science of Well Being, which teaches students how to be happy. Related Upworthy article and your back to school portal here.

Next week, I will begin messaging where I believe we are headed as our new normal in our real estate practices and in supporting our clients that need our services. As Gov. Inslee hinted this week; May 4th will not be the day we “flip a switch” in turning on our economy fully, yet we will continue to “turn the dial” safely in doing so. Next week I will also be sharing a Stay Home, Stay Safe self-assessment. As we get even further into this marathon, I believe it is a very good time to take current inventory of our mindset + skillsets + actions as we continue to plant seeds towards a strong recovery.

Continue to Go Slow & Do No Harm. #healthbeforehouses

Committed to “calm + caring thru crisis.” All in, for you. All in, for us.

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It’s Friday, let’s sweep! | dancing + weekly sales + VCR vs streaming movies

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Welcome to Friday, FWL readers. Here’s a little drive-by dance to get you in a weekend mood. Creative! On to my sweep…

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Weekly sales on Windermerestats.com are updated through Wednesday 4.15.2020. A handful of digestible bites below in recap within the weekly #’s.

Note: if you’d like to look at the weekly #’s yourself and drill down to a specific mls area > go to Windermerestats.com, login and go to the weekly tab (upper left on homepage). Need April password? text me: 206.227.7133

King County pending residential sales are down 42% (367 this year vs 635 last year). *up from last week (309 last week)

In-city/Seattle pending residential sales are down 41% (124 this year vs 209 last year). *up from last week (106 last week)

Eastside pending residential sales down 48% (96 this year vs 185 last year). *up from last week (67 last week)

*The Eastside is down more than King County likely due to its’ higher price points.

Based on what I’m hearing, as the Stay order continues expect more new listings and more new sales.  We are deeper into in our Stay order and yet I expect people will slowly become more comfortable working within our restrictions + limitation from Gov. Inslee. If choosing to perform real estate activities outside of your home, please continue to take extreme caution (masks, gloves, social distancing, normal body temperature) to keep the community, your clients, and yourself safe. Go Slow + Do no Harm.

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Difference between the VCR & Streaming Movies ?  Or better yet, difference between 2008 Great Recession vs 2020 current Covid-19 health crisis? 

Steve Harney, on April 7th 2020…

“What we’re going through right now is like a snowstorm. There’s six feet of snow on the ground, it’s still snowing but eventually the snow is going to stop – and after that, the snow is going to melt. All the buildings are still intact. I’m not saying we’re going right back to the way it was immediately, but it’s not going to take us long. We don’t have to rebuild anything. We just have to get back to work. Another analogy I like to use, remember the VCR? We used to have this little cassette and we’d plug it in. We couldn’t stream movies. We actually had to buy a cassette with the movie on it. Well, if we use that metaphor or analogy going back to 2008, someone took their VCR and smashed it with a sledgehammer and it took us a long time to put it back together again; the electrical, wiring and everything. This time around, we’re watching a streaming movie. Someone hit the pause button. As soon as they let us hit the play button, there’s no restructuring. We just have to get back to work.” – Steve Harney, Keeping Current Matters

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KCM’s April market report is 34 minutes. Steve Harney again takes us beyond his analogies and backs everything up with research. As Steve has coined, “keeping current does matter.” I’d suggest adding to your late cup of weekend coffee. Being a voice of reason during uncertain times will be remembered by your people. No greater time to bring the heart of a teacher (educator) into your real estate craft. KCM has helped me along the way. If you do not have a KCM account…

Go to keepingcurrentmatters.com and take advantage of the 14 day free trial. Worth it! Or text me: and you can check it out under my account.

That is a wrap for this week. It’s go time in finding our reasons to dance heading into the weekend. Control what we can control. Dancing we can control, right!?! Again, drive-by dance to get you in a Stay Home, Stay Healthy weekend mood…

Committed to “calm + caring thru crisis.” All in, for you. All in, for us.

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It’s Friday, let’s sweep! |EM vigilance + feeding the front lines + big 3 Q’s

 

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Welcome to Friday, I’m very pleased to be saying that. Why? Because I do believe we’ve reached a moment to which I’m back to my “Friday” blogging vs daily need – which says a lot. This gives me a sense of calm and normalcy to an otherwise continued uncertain  environment. So, let’s say it again – welcome to Friday, let’s sweep!

Please continue to be vigilant with Earnest Money: PSA

We have heard that there was a fraudulent situation where there was someone standing out front of an escrow company who collected a large cashier’s check (EM or down payment) who was not with the escrow company. If you are delivering checks checks to escrow please be aware of this type of potential scam. I recommend that you obtain instructions from a verified source at the escrow company prior to sending or delivering any payment. Each escrow company will have instructions specific to its own procedures to identify/verify proper personnel

*Continue to work with your office on safe practices in handling Earnest Money*

“Feed the Front Lines” Campaign

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If you’ve been looking for a way to help our city’s medical front-liners fighting COVID-19, Windermere Real Estate Co. has created an easy solution. To show our appreciation for the folks at UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics who are working tirelessly to care for a high volume of patients, we’ve started a drive to get these medical professionals lunch twice a week. 

We are proud to partner on this project with Renee Erikson, a James Beard Foundation award winner, and her restaurant The Whale Wins. Meals will be carefully constructed and individually packaged, then delivered by Windermere brokers to UW Medicine’s in-city clinics. This drive will serve both as a thank you to our medical front-liners and as a boost to a beloved local business. 

So far Windermere brokers have raised $5,000 for this drive. Our goal is to raise $19,000 to provide over 1200 lunches. I invite you to join the drive if you feel you are able. These are challenging days for everyone, so if you prefer not to participate at this time that is completely understandable. If you do wish to contribute, you can donate here on the Windermere Foundation’s website. Simply type “Feed the Front Lines” in the Office Name box and choose your donation amount before continuing through the easy and secure checkout. 

Regardless of how you choose to proceed, thank you for considering this request and for standing together with Windermere Real Estate Co. and me at this incredibly challenging time. We are All in, for Seattle.

Donate here.

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Big 3 Challenge Questions

As we approach this weekend, I have 3 challenge questions for you to begin to think about. This is where I’m spending my thought as we settle further into these “longer miles” of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy marathon. I am hopeful we will never experience this sort of this global pause again, yet such pause does also allow for true critical & inspired thought. These big 3 questions are on my mind; sharing with you.

1.  What can you do RIGHT NOW (ABSOLUTELY MOST IMPORTANT) to come out in 3-4 months in GO MODE?

2.  What MUST you do to THRIVE not SURVIVE?

3.  What is the OPPORTUNITY in front of you?

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Next week (actually today) marks the start of spring break for our kids. I’m hopeful to find these beach chairs at our family cabin, breathe deeply, critically think, find stillness and take in what spring is giving us – all of it.

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And oh, let’s wrap this week up with an “idea worth spreading” as shared by Peter Hedlund (fab staffer at our Ballard office!)…
…”So I got really bored of drip coffee during the stay at home order, so I researched into making at home cappuccinos and lattes. 
I bought a cheap moka pot for making espresso, and discovered this easy way to foam milk using my french press. I heat up milk, poor it into my french press and use the plunger to pump the milk until it’s nice and foamy! Then poor it into my espresso.”

Welcome to Friday everyone, feels good to say that.

Committed to “calm + caring thru crisis.” All in, for you. All in, for us.

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It’s today | “When purpose is bigger than pain, purpose wins.”

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Originally I shared this blog post on Sunday 4.5.2020. I’m leaving it here as many people have appreciate these  24 minutes as much as I did and I want to make it easy access for others to digest. A good friend of mine share this with me…thank you Mike Ferreri! Mike, looking forward to our next sushi lunch when we can gather again!

Mike had the luxury of talking with the Seahawks High Performance psychologist Michael Gervais this week. There is a lot here. Yes, we can perform at a high level from our living rooms during our Stay Order.

When purpose is bigger than pain, purpose wins.”

“When pain is bigger than purpose, pain wins.”

I hope you too will find something within these 24 minutes that assists in “purpose” winning your days to come…

Tune in here. 

And let’s take moment to digest a few numbers today too…

[below written 4.5.2020 – will continue a focused on weekly #’s]

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Thank you broker Sol Villarreal for sharing “the science” you are following – week by week. These #’s are for single family homes, townhomes and condos within the city limits of Seattle.

Sol ran the below numbers comparing March 25th – April 4th of this year (the period from the day the stay-at-home order went into place through to today) to March 25th – April 4th of last year.

3/25/19 – 4/4/19

New listings: 582

Listings that went Pending Inspection prior to 4/4/19: 32 (5.5%)

Listings that went Pending prior to 4/4/19: 72 (12.4%)

Listings that were still active as of 4/4/19: 478 (82.1%)

3/25/20 – 4/4/20

New listings: 241 (down 58.6%)

Listings that went Pending Inspection: 13 (5.4%)

Listings that went Pending: 27 (11.2%)

Listings that are still active: 201 (83.4%)

Listing volume is down 58.6%, but in terms of the number of homes going pending and pending inspection, the rates are almost exactly the same this year vs. last year, even with the stay-at-home order in place.

Take in the sunshine where you can. It has a way to keep us powered up as we settle into the longer miles ahead in this marathon.

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Home. Healthy. Grateful. #healthbeforehouses

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It’s Friday, let’s sweep |the miles ahead

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It’s now a marathon not a sprint (I think) as we head into this weekend after navigating another week in a changed real estate environment.

The “marathon” wording feels very cliche yet TODAY it feels most appropriate. Two years ago I had a good friend training for his first marathon along with his daughter. During their long training run he would tell his daughter when she became fatigued to focus + watch his legs as they continued – taking each mile stride by stride.

Today, in this changed environment and in Gov. Inslee extending our Stay Home Stay Healthy order until May 4th 2020, when you get fatigued – find that right running partner and take that mile(s) stride by stride. There will be times you’ll need to watch their legs and there will be times when someone else needs to watch yours. There is a beginning, a middle and an end to every marathon. I have my running shoes on and the miles ahead we will run together and pace each other.

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This week as we sweep I’m focused on the beginnings of putting resources around what unemployment may look like for agents; aka – financial relief for independent contractors. This is a new frontier for our economy. With “new” will come bumps. This week I had my first call with a very smart  group – CFO, CPA, HR, WINDERMERE SERVICES, LEGAL – these minds have created a task force if you will to help us navigate this new frontier. Our collective goal is to share what is available and when.

Let’s set the stage for what will become an ongoing conversation:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides relief to families, small businesses, and individuals who are self-employed and independent contractors. A key provision in the law creates a temporary “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” program that extends unemployment benefits to those not traditionally eligible, including self-employed individuals. Below is a summary of the program that will be updated with guidance anticipated from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Last night, April 2 2020, NAR posted their FAQs for unemployment for agents [as part of the CARES Act]. We’ll start here for today with more to come (hopefully, next week)…

You can find them here.

Ps; your first point of contact should also be your CPA in navigating how the CARES Act may provide you some relief. I’m probably stating the obvious here however it’s a confusing world right now – so obvious shouldn’t be assumed.

…back to our marathon. There will be a finish line. I’m laced up until we both see and cross that finish line; running right alongside of you in the miles ahead.

#healthbeforehouses

Thank you Alexandra Riede Cummings for this hashtag! It’s spot on.

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[yes, those are my actual running shoes]

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It’s today. | The Current Real Estate Landscape

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You are most likely expecting more changes and adjustments to our current real estate landscape from me TODAY. Nope. Instead, providing a sample client/sphere message if you are finding it hard to find your voice in messaging with your people. Hope this helps!

And oh, yes – Gov. Inslee did extent Washington’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order until May 4th 2020. Ok, I gave you one adjustment for TODAY.

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The Current Real Estate Landscape

Everyone loves real estate.

But during these challenging times, it’s not most people’s focus. Nor should it be. We are all busy trying to figure our way through the “new normal” or social distancing, sanitizing groceries, working from home (or worse, filing for temporary unemployment), and homeschooling kids. It’s a lot. The last thing most of us need to dial into is what’s happening in real estate. Even though it’s my passion and how I earn my livelihood, I understand that now is not the time to market my services or update you on your current home value or let you know about what new listings are coming on in your neighborhood. Instead it’s a time just to say hi, to reconnect, and to let you know I’m thinking about you. I’m also looking forward to the time when we can meet again in person. In the meantime, I’d enjoy hearing from you if you feel like reaching out. While I can assure you that residential real estate is not business as usual, I’m proud that Windermere has helped set the tone for what the industry landscape should look like while Washington’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is in effect. Our guidelines prioritize your safety and wellness.

From the very early days of COVID-19,  our mantra has been “Go slow and do no harm.” So while we’re working hard to help those clients who are already under contract on a purchase or who had a home listed at the time of the governor’s order, we are slow-rolling new business until the coast is clear. Our bigger priority these days is to live one of Windermere’s core values: putting people over transactions, which right now is more important than ever.

Stay healthy, be safe, and feel free to connect in any way at any time.

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