The Virus choices I am making

Real Estate Agent with The Virtual Real Estate Team 104556

I live in two cities, Oklahoma City and Jupiter Florida. I flew back a week ago after speaking at a conference in San Francisco. My wife stayed in Florida and was flying to OKC to join me but no more. Today I fly to Florida to join my wife there on a one way ticket, unsure of when I will be back to OKC. I take this pandemic seriously and I trust the experts who say that 1/3 of the US will be infected. The inability for testing is worrying me also. South Korea has tested more people in one day than we have tested throughout this crisis. I live in a country supposedly better than others but when Nigeria has a more robust response then yes I worry.

If any of my California investors do not cancel their travel here then we do cancel them. Most of these folks are extremely intelligent tech engineers so I have had to only cancel two and are are grateful for our caution. Am I over reacting? That may be possible but that is also human nature. I am also looking at economic impact that adds to the personal toil. Many Americans who are less fortunate will suffer. This week we canceled a OKC Thunder game because two Utah players tested positive and the NBA was postponed as well as many other sporting events canceled. Some of the folks who take tickets, sell beer, drive Ubers, etc. need this extra income for themselves and families and I feel for them. For me I am one of the privileged ones and can weather this storm.

I also have empathy for our industry. Will people want to go to open houses? Will people be in the frame of mind to make a big decision on buying or selling a home? The answers are uncertain and uncertainty is the big picture. We can adapt and adjust not only to protect those we serve but also to continue our business activities because after all we have families and bills to take care of. I work with out of state investors and even without a crisis about 50% of them come visit, they are buying on metrics including significant data we share. We are doing more sophisticated mapping with Zee Maps, drone photography with local photographers, outsourcing economic and demographic information, and detailed return on investment analysis.

I know your business model is different and will require different adaptations. Even without the virus crisis we deal with change all the time. I can go back to the early 90s with the advent of buyers agency that changed the business and on from there. This in that respect is no different and appropriate action will happen. Let us all hope that the problem becomes minimized, that sheer panic will not drive actions, and the federal government will get its act together and play catch up to the world. I am planning for 90 days of this with the hope that by June we are safer and sanity will reign. But as they always said at the beginning of NYPD Blue, "be careful out there".

Comments (13)

Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

The Corona virus should be on everybody's mind by now. One thing that you mentioned was "I trust the experts who say that 1/3 of the US will be infected." I'm cautious but not in a panic mode and out of respect, I'm cancelling my Open Houses that I was supposed to do this weekend. Better safe than sorry.

Mar 13, 2020 06:56 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joe. I share your thinking and am feeling that the only good that may come from this is the recognition that elections do have consequences. I was in Chile until the day before yesterday and felt safer there than at home. No screening at JFK and that is unacceptable. Enjoy the sunshine.

Mar 13, 2020 07:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Joe... I would definitely be and am cautious these days. That being said I refuse to panic... it adds nothing to the exercise. Panic only results in poor decisions. Let's not forget the swine flu in 2010... it infected some 61 million people in the US and caused almost 12,500 deaths here (almost 600,000 deaths world-wide).  Then it returned in 2014. We survived that pandemic and I suspect many people hardly remember what all happened 10 years ago.

Mar 13, 2020 07:28 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Joe,
I do hope testing capabilities become readily available to anyone who wants it.  this alone could alleviate a lot of the fears currently being experienced.

Mar 13, 2020 07:39 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am glad you are following your instincts.  I agree with Nina Hollander 's comment, and she is right I do not remember the swine flu at all.  A

Mar 13, 2020 07:53 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joe - While I wasn't a loyal watcher of NYPD Blue the "Be Careful Out There" line was a familiar one to me.  Being mindful, staying aware and remaining cognizant of change is important.  

Mar 13, 2020 07:59 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I also feel that it is ridiculous that we supposedly live in the best country in the world yet it has gotten to where it has.

Mar 13, 2020 08:00 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Hi there, Joe. We are also being cautious and mindful of how we can prevent spreading this to other more vulnerable members of our community - and household. 

Mar 13, 2020 09:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Take care and be safe. Those of us in the advanced seniors category should be concerned. Tests are not available in our area.

Mar 13, 2020 11:54 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Joe.

It is crazy in my area.  Empty shelves of hand-sanitizer, toilet paper, etc.  

Mar 14, 2020 12:55 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joe- we aren't in a panic mode, just cautious. We had lunch with friends yesterday and the waitstaff all had gloves on. and of course, we sanitized our hands several times and again when we returned home. 

I am particularly cautious since I do have allergies, asthma, and bronchial issues. That said. I'm more concerned about those who are a higher risk. 

And, I agree with Ron and Alexandra Seigel , I'd forgotten about the swine flu. 

Mar 14, 2020 12:16 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm not in panic mode, but I'm listening carefully to the medical and science community.  I agree with Brian England . . .I have no idea how we have gotten to the place where we are.  Well, actually I do, but I don't want to go on a rant.  In the meantime, I'm staying home more, catching up on reading, listening to some great music, and working in my backyard garden. 

Mar 14, 2020 12:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joe:

We all have important choices to make, in our personal lives and in business...for ourselves and for others, too. Good for you for the choices you are making, and will make.

It is a particularly important time to be kind and thoughtful of others, as many are or will be suffering...not only if they are sick but financially through job loss or reductions, and in other ways.

Be well and be safe!


Mar 21, 2020 04:18 PM