Back in my Navy days we had a saying: "Semper Gumby!". Perhaps a play on the Marine Corps saying of "Semper Fi" (which was short for Semper Fidelis), "Always Faithful".
So you can probably put two and two together to get that Semper is Latin for Always.
And unless you're of a certain age you might have no clue about Gumby, either in the original cartoon form or the Eddie Murphy version from SNL (I'm typing and realizing just HOW LONG AGO ALL OF THIS WAS!!).
Bottom line, Gumby was a very flexible guy, thus "Semper Gumby/Always Flexible!" makes a lot of sense for military folks. You make your best possible plans with the available information and then the real world intervenes and you'd best be Semper Gumby.
If you're in real estate (or anything associated), you know you have to also be Semper Gumby to succeed.
A lot can change in a day.
The home your buyers were THINKING about buying. Under contract already.
The home you thought would have no problems at home inspection? BIG problem.
The new construction home for your buyer that was going to close in a month? Major plumbing flood, the builder is going to have to build them another home.
And that's without even putting a global pandemic on the table.
Our flexibility is being tested.
From a blogging perspective, my priorities have shifted. The COVID-19 situation is volatile, and new information is coming out frequently, so rather than my normal market reports, I've written a few posts to answer some basic questions about what this all means to local home buyers and sellers. While normally I'd prefer to write a more evergreen post, I'm hoping these COVID-19 posts are soon a thing we're looking at in our rear view mirror.
And of course our blogging isn't all we need to be flexible with during this current environment. Depending on your state you've been told you're essential or non-essential. Regardless, getting through the near future requires evaluation and flexibility.
If you've got a niche, is it more impacted than most? (e.g. most of our patio home niche work involves people in the higher risk age group).
Has it changed the way your partners do business? (most of the local builders are now appointment only)
Has it impacted your primary means of advertising?
Do you need to communicate with your clients MORE? (probably!)
The list of questions could go on for quite a bit.
So take a moment, evaluate and decide where you need to be flexible and make those changes.
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,
Bill & Liz aka BLiz