It's a lovely Monday morning here in Rochester, Minnesota. I looked out my window this morning to see the world famous Mayo Clinic shrouded in a foggy haze. No, it wasn't actually fog, is was a cloud of ice crystals hanging in the air. Oh yes, it was 22 degrees below zero and the wind was blowing 20mph.
Schools are closed thoughout the entire state. Several business have closed, while others are encouraging non-essential workers to stay home.
Even though it's a lovely, sunny day, I've cancelled all of my showings for the day. Not that I'm afraid of the cold, I'm thinking of the sellers I would be forcing into the cold. With windchills exceeding 50 degrees below, I don't have the heart to ask people to leave their warm houses and get into their cold cars and head out into winter's worst for the next 60 minutes.
There are two people involved with each transaction - a buyer and a seller. Remembering to be courteous to a seller at the showing time can and often does make a difference in the negotiations later on. I can't think of anything kinder that helping sellers prevent frostbite.
Will I be out showing homes again soon? Of course I will. But while it's this cold, I'll let sellers stay home and keep warm. Oh yes, I'll be working home office, staying warm myself.