It's time to make thoughtful choices

Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

I believe we are just at the tip of seeing our way of life change change quite drastically for an extended period of time while we wait to see the extent of the Covid-19 virus.

Living in the midst of an urban area, quite likely we are at the leading edge of this change.

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, schools have been closed for anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks. Public gatherings of larger than 50 people are banned; gatherings of 10 or more discouraged for older adults or those medically compromised. The public libraries are now closed. Some restaurants have closed, while others have removed tables to spread remaining tables further apart.

"Social distancing" (a term which I hadn't heard about until a few days ago) has become the norm. As these pictures I took yesterday at Ocean Beach in San Francisco just below the Cliff House show, it's not difficult to find ones own space.

I believe our local real estate market will soon be changing, but I'll address that in another post.

Even with all the uncertainty and change, and the need for "social distancing" we don't need to become isolated.

  • I'll be setting up Zoom conferences rather than coffee and lunch dates with clients and service providers.
  • I will send more hand-written notes and cards.
  • I can telephone friends and others.
  • When I do go out to dinner, generous tipping is in order.
  • Buying gift cards to support our local stores and services can help them weather their drastic loss of business, and be used in the future.
  • Shopping at off hours works. Yesterday I went to the post office during the rainy morning; 3 people were there and we instinctively left space between us.
  • This is a good time to patronize local grocers and smaller stores. While throngs of people head to Safeway, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, our smaller groceries have better stocked shelves and are far less crowded.
  • For now, my husband's water aerobic classes at the YMCA continue--chlorine is felt to be an effective disinfectant, and the practice of a 3-foot minimum separation between people is followed.

Healthy eating, meditation, proper sleep and rest, and exercise all help strengthen our immune systems, so we're continuing our habits, just without the groups for now. It's time to make thoughtful choices--and that doesn't include hoarding.

Ocean Beach, SF, looking south



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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Lottie Kendall - I will be posting on managing virtual teams.  I am using both Webex and Zoom for virtual meetings.

Mar 15, 2020 11:33 AM #1
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I look forward to reading your post, Grant Schneider - Webex is new to me.

Mar 15, 2020 11:45 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Lottie. This is thoughtful and focused. Life is changing and there isn't much we can do about it except follow your thinking.

Mar 15, 2020 12:22 PM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lottie, this disease has definitely changed the way we live and think.  Hope all these measures keep our society safe.

Mar 15, 2020 02:19 PM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lottie - social distancing was a new-to-me term until a few days ago and the usage of it seems abundant now.  Thoughtful consideration is definitely in order now more than ever.

Mar 15, 2020 02:35 PM #5
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Lottie-Very well written and thought out.

Mar 15, 2020 02:37 PM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lottie, there is much that is unknown about this virus, but whatever it sends our way I am confident we will adapt.  The biggest thing I see so far is decision being made based on assumptions and that always leaves the door wide open for bad results.

Mar 15, 2020 03:29 PM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thoughtful is a good one. We are also experience big social changes around here - and the idea of staying home as much as possible. Bernie and I did hit the trail today and we were quite surprised to see many fellow runners/joggers/walkers along the path. 

Mar 15, 2020 04:16 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Lottie - Just because we're social distancing, doesn't mean we can't enjoy the fresh air. Being able to do this every morning boosts any mood I might have. We're all capable of making thoughtful choices!

Mar 15, 2020 06:09 PM #13
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Lottie... it is a time not to panic, but to make those thoughtful choices... one of the ones I made very early on was to avoid my gym until these issues are resolved.

Mar 16, 2020 05:29 AM #14
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I find it hard to believe that this lasts very long at all.  The advances that have been made with regard to health and safety along with technology should be able to remediate this sooner, rather than later.

Mar 16, 2020 06:24 AM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Life will go on and so will business. We don't have the safety net provided other workers so we must adapt fast.

Happy Monday Lottie Kendall 

Mar 16, 2020 09:04 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your plans and your advice.

Dolores and I are staying at home this week and have cancelled our appointments.

Mar 18, 2020 05:59 AM #29
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lottie Kendall - What a thoughtful and timely post! I am also noticing that the morning news is already old by the time noon comes or the evening news. Staying in touch, not just to get business, is the right thing to do. With your caring heart, people will know how much you care, and isn't that what all humans crave?

Mar 19, 2020 08:30 AM #32
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dear Lottie Kendall - This was such a thoughtful post written on March 15th. So much has changed since then. I wish you well always. I am so thankful I found you here as a result of ActiveRain. You're supportive to all! You are good inside and out, always thinking of others, representing the best in the real estate industry, always looking out for the greater good to provide shelter. You truly are an inspiration to me and I'm sure to many, many others. 

Mar 31, 2020 11:16 AM #35
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

As I re-read my post today, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  I couldn't help but be surprised by the many changes in our lives have happened in 2 short weeks. More to come, I suspect.

One glimmer of good news from San Francisco (if we continue to be diligent in our Shelter in Place efforts.)


Mar 31, 2020 08:27 PM #36
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