A bit of silver lining in them clouds up there!!

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Yes, it really sounds bad and I am not going to go over the negative aspects of the current worldwide situation.  There are segments of our working people that will be adversely affected quickly and this is sad.  Hopefully, there will be assistance to mitigate the cash crunch that is inevitable and of course a quick remedy to the medical crisis.


However, in the last few days, I have noticed a few things that warmed my heart...

  • People are coming out of their houses and walking with their families.  They are exercising, walking dogs, playing with their kids.  Moms and Dads are at playgrounds more than I've ever seen before.  Since the bars and restaurants are limiting patronage, families must spend more time at home together and that is good.
  • Parents are working with their children at home with more time spent together.  This has to be good.
  • Multi-gen families will depend on each other more and that will bring them together closer.
  • The streets are not so crowded with cars so there must be fewer accidents.  There is less pollution.
  • The political vitriolic has calmed a bit although there is some bickering.
  • People are cooking more at home which is healthier than the typical burger or pizza dinner.
  • Enjoying nature and the outdoors is a plus.
  • The extra time we have from less commuting means the mind can wander and get creative and also that things that have been left undone, covering a myriad of issues, can be tackled now.  Ideas for new business ventures, methods, tactics, etc. are brewing.
  • People are getting a sense of what it means to be economical.  Saving money by doing simple things pays off.
  • A little more house cleaning must be going on and some thinking about where one lives, perhaps that there might be some other options out there.
  • I heard that Venice's waters are crystal clear right now due to a heck of a lot of less flushing!
  • And most importantly for us: people are stuck at home with their TVs and... computers and smart phones!!  Guess what.  I have seen an uptick in my web impressions and clicks.  It means that the extra time at home doing office work, etc. means that there are people poking around online looking for ideas  -- seriously thinking about where they live now, where they might move to, maybe about remodeling, maybe about buying a second property or investing their money in real estate development.  This should be good for us all here on AR and it is promising at least for me, and I hope for all of you!

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello John - Not-so-idle time can lead to silver-lining thoughts.  And hopefully some realizations as well. 

Mar 16, 2020 07:11 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

John- we've been out at our walking preserve about twice a day now (have to check on the bluebird boxes) and I have to agree. It's uplifting seeing people at the park enjoying each other and the fresh air. This afternoon alone I counted 8 kayaks on the lake that's there. 

Mar 16, 2020 07:54 PM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning John.

While I can't speak for the rest of the nation, I can say, nothing has slowed down in my area.  Agents are as busy as ever.

Mar 17, 2020 01:25 AM #3
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hello Michael Jacobs   I like that: 'no idle-time'.  We may have extra time at least to ponder, realize, and put some silver in that dark lining!!

Hi Kathy Streib There's a whole world out there, isn't there?  All of these people seem happy as well.  What a relief!  Thanks.

Hello James Dray   I am glad to hear your area is not affected much and that the biz of real estate is chugging along well!  Hope things stay that way!

Mar 17, 2020 04:34 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning John. Caution is the key. In many areas real estate is as strong as ever, even with the exercise of caution. We will beat this! Enjoy your day.

Mar 17, 2020 05:08 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Finally and at long last a positive post...I am so sick of the "C" word, and since we have traveled so much, we are getting assurances from all kinds of  vendors of their focus on keeping their hotels clean, their rentals clean, etc..It just makes me wonder what the hell were they doing before?  Thank you.  A

Mar 17, 2020 07:46 AM #6
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hello Wayne Martin  Being aware and cautious is always a good plan.  Thanks

Hi Alexandra, it just seems like things will be fine and this is a time to 'gird loins', etc.  I think as far as cleanliness goes... a talking head mentioned that throw-away paper bags were intended to minimize germ and virus issues.  There has to be some logic in what we do and not get carried away by the latest PC scare... hmmm   Thanks, Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Mar 17, 2020 07:53 AM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That you for the words of encouragement! Nice having positive words to read amongst all the gloom and doom. My husband and I are being very cautious, staying put at home. We plan to continue doing so and I have to admit...I'm just fine with it!

Mar 17, 2020 01:17 PM #8
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