The Somewhat Deserted streets of San Francisco

Real Estate Agent with The Virtual Real Estate Team 104556

I am about to leave San Francisco after arriving on Friday afternoon. I come here to speak to a large real estate investment group 4 times a year but this one was different. We went into town Friday afternoon and I was shocked at how empty the streets were. The line for the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market which is usually a wraparound had only 30 people waiting. When we went to dinner at La Mar, instead of being packed with people waiting only about 20% of the tables were occupied. When I spoke at the meeting on Saturday only about 200 people showed up with over 300 no shows. Hands were not shaking, and very few were hugging. Instead of being asked about the frequency of tornadoes in Oklahoma I was asked if the virus had reached out state. The world has changed since this outbreak started and maybe if was foolish for me to go but are we going to hide in fear or live our life? Yes, caution is a welcome idea and one has to hope that the government will step up in a crisis like government was designed to do. Let's also hope this doesn't reach pandemic proportions like the Spanish Flu achieved. But when medical specialist end statements with good luck to all of us it gives me pause. So I will live my life but with caution, I will work to be even more caring about others because we should bond together even more, and yes, I wish everyone good luck as I think about walking those almost empty streets.


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Joe... caution, yes. Panic, no. But I think what you saw in San Francisco will be seen in many of our cities.

Mar 08, 2020 08:09 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It is amazing how quickly people have changed their regular routines. I can only imagine how weird it must be to see the streets of San Francisco relatively empty.  Good time to visit? ;) 

Mar 08, 2020 08:11 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Joe Pryor we must all use care and common sense.... wash your hands.... and stay out of crowds for now.... 

Mar 08, 2020 08:16 AM #3
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

I guess it's just a matter of time before it happens here in the Antelope Valley. Not that it is a place to go walking, it is built for cars. Reason to panic? No. To be cautious? Somewhat.

Mar 08, 2020 08:57 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joe - enjoy your time in San Francisco especially with no crowds.  Common sense, good manners and keeping things in perspective seems like good advice to follow.  Each and every day.  

Mar 08, 2020 09:35 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We were is Solvang yesterday, and it was business as usual.  And the restaurant was packed.  This morning at Trader Joe's, no one was in panic mode.  The media is making way too much out of this...A

Mar 08, 2020 10:54 AM #6
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

People need to use common sense but I'm sorry to see so many buying into the frenzy. It's going to have a significant effect on the economy which will hurt a lot of businesses.  It is kind of nice not to have to fight the crowds, though. 

Mar 08, 2020 11:58 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm in the age group that has been advised to stay away for crowded places, shopping malls, etc.  I'm heeding the warning!

Mar 08, 2020 02:46 PM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joe Pryor - These are crazy times, aren't they! Your visit to San Franciso is symbolic of strange new times. 

Mar 08, 2020 04:40 PM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joe Pryor - I choose to live my life and not panic, just use good common-sense.

Mar 08, 2020 05:01 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joe- it really is a shame that people are letting the talking heads get to them. I do agree we should all take precautions, especially anyone who has a compromised immune system. 

Mar 08, 2020 05:11 PM #11
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Joe.

The fear that the media keeps up is hurting everyone.  More people die from the flu, than Coronavirus.  But common sense needs to be used, regardless.

Mar 09, 2020 02:06 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There is quite a panic going on and I am seeing it in my area as well.  I have no idea what to think about it.  I think our President said it was fake news, didn't he?

Mar 09, 2020 08:47 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Joe -on Monday I went to the Restaurant Show in NYC.  There were a little less than last year and hand sanitizers everywhere.  A sign said feel free not to shake hands.

Mar 11, 2020 07:50 AM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. Many events and meetings are being cancelled in our area.

Mar 12, 2020 05:56 AM #15
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