The new reality or Day Ten of how we conduct our real estate business...

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The new reality or Day Ten of how we conduct our real estate business and business in general  under the California Shelter in Place order. How are you coping?

The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, was the first to issue Angelinos this directive and the following day, California’s Governor Newsom followed suit. This directive of course  created numerous changes which we all had to make and continue to make as things are evolving.

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Our most important role, in my opinion, is  that we need to provide leaderships to our clients. There are many who are paralyzed by the events that came upon us so unexpectedly. Some are in ‘panic mode’ fueled by the barraging of emails, texts and social media inundations by well-intentioned people. Others are in ‘survival mode’; while I deeply empathize with their feelings, neither is the mode I am in. The Federal and local governments have taken unprecedented action to prop up the economy during this crisis while putting plans in place to keep us safe (provided we are smart and adhere).  Real Estate is about making deals that both buyers and sellers feel good about. We can do our best now to achieve that by keeping in touch with our clients either by phone or email.  The information we provide needs to be truthful and convincing, not phony and alarming. So answer your phone and respond to your texts and emails.  If clients are reaching out to us, they clearly want and respect our thoughts and guidance.

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We are so fortunate to have so much - mild weather, great opportunities just to name a few. We should be grateful to modern technology and a nice home from where we can continue to conduct business. Most of my clients make a comfortable living so they have a cushion to fall back on. If that’s the case, perhaps we should focus on this moment of the clock being turned back 50 years or more. I see parents walking and bicycling with their kids, folks walking their dogs.  The list goes on and on. It’s back to the pre-Internet, pre-social media, pre-300 TV channels, pre-streaming, pre-texting, pre-cell phones.  If not for the threat of CV-19, it really would be a much more relaxed and appreciative time.

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A big change for me (and Diane, to be fair) is we are now sharing “working from home” space.  For example, I love pacing the house when I am on the phone.  But now Monday through Friday I need to close my office door when I’m having an involved conversation or if I am part of an on-line Zoom meeting.  We also share Holly walking duties now, so my step count is down and as is my routine style of relaxation.

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 ‘Sheltering at Home’ is not the same as being ‘Quarantined’. I still go shopping for necessities, one of which is the quest for toilet paper and paper towels, neither of which I have had the good fortune to come across in the past two weeks.  Although we all are taking precautionary measures, I notice that when paying by credit at the cashier, the credit machine is not wiped down after the person in front of you (even though we are told to stand six feet apart until we pay.) The gas station payment pad and gas hand-held nozzle is the same – not wiped down.

If we try to somehow put a positive spin on all of this, we can start by looking at opportunities and strategies on how to handle life as we know it, for now anyway. Let’s be real, just one example is all the complaints about traffic to get from point A to point B in Los Angeles. I speak from experience as Diane would complain EVERY SINGLE DAY how long it would take her to go 8 miles from Westchester to West LA/Century City.  Now she is looking forward to traffic and promises me she will never complain again. On the flip side of that, whenever we walk Holly it is quiet and peaceful now and I don’t worry about our being run over when crossing our residential street which is typically overrun with LAX traffic. There were only two planes that were in the process of landing, and two taking off on a recent walk – please note I am not saying this is a good thing from an economic or real life standpoint, I’m just trying to look for a positive in the current situation.

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In talking with people who have been laid off working at LAX, I was told that 85% of the airport activity has stopped. This of course has a huge impact on the workforce. We need to focus not on political divisiveness, but rather on uniting and solving the challenges to the point of making them manageable.

In the meantime, keep a cool head and be aware that real estate is an essential part of the economy; and buyers and sellers need to buy and sell no matter what adversity with which they are faced with. So, let’s make it easier for them in a time of need. If you are looking for a level-headed Realtor in the greater Los Angeles area please reach out to me. Stay safe and healthy and try to manage the barrage of information coming your way.

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If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly!

If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m)  homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com  I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

 

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Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. oh, how times have changed.... but we're all survivors or we would not be doing this for a living!!  you and Diane stay healthy, strong and safe Endre.... 

Mar 31, 2020 05:46 AM #8
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Beth Atalay
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Good morning Endre Barath, Jr. , I never would've thought something like this could happen in the entire world all at the same time. For the most part, people changed the way they go about their daily lives overnight. It's important to be the voice that speaks the truth and not panic others. 
I too pace the house whenever I'm on the phone, just a habit, I even do this when I'm outside of my home. 




Mar 31, 2020 06:08 AM #9
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Excellent points and attitude, Endre. It sounds as if you and Diane are making the best of "sheltering at home." We are so fortunate to have a warm home, good food, and people to share it with. 

Mar 31, 2020 09:47 AM #10
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Endre,

I echo your sentiments, truthful without including one's ego is most helpful.  The moment that rascal EGO appears, it is no longer the truth.  We are blessed, no doubt about that.  A

Mar 31, 2020 10:09 AM #11
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George Souto
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Endre not a whole lot has changed for me during all of this, because I was working several days a week from home already.  However, the loan process has become more challenging, which keeps the old gray matter busy coming up with solutions to new obstacles.

By the way don't worry about the toilet paper.  The tress are budding so there will be plenty of leaves very soon

Mar 31, 2020 12:16 PM #12
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Definitely agree about the leadership role needed, Endre Barath, Jr. ... not an easy role to navigate when rules/information changes so quickly and non-stop.  There is something very comforting and "stress-relieving" in working with someone that actually firmly leads.  That has to be us ...

Gene

Apr 01, 2020 09:01 AM #13
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Kristal Wilson  it has been ages since I saw you on AR, how exciting, thank you for getting into the conversation. Stay well and healthy and we look forward to more interaction from you, Endre

Apr 01, 2020 09:05 PM #14
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets  great minds think alike, glad we are on the same page, Endre

Apr 01, 2020 09:06 PM #15
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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James Dray  when I read your comment I thought to myself there is hope, now I wish Chevron, Shell and the others would follow suit, Endre

Apr 01, 2020 09:07 PM #16
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Michael Jacobs  I remember running track and cross country and my father was laid off from work and he would be at every "meet" it meant so much to me even a hundred years later...Endre

Apr 01, 2020 09:09 PM #17
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Nina Hollander  I get too many "alarming...scary" emails and it does not motivate me to buy into their product...Endre

Apr 01, 2020 09:11 PM #18
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Wayne Martin  it is not easy every day is a work in progress:)Endre

Apr 01, 2020 09:11 PM #19
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Sheila Anderson  yes I am now we just need to get Diane on board:)Endre

Apr 01, 2020 09:32 PM #20
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Barbara Todaro  thank you for stopping in and indeed you are a survivor too, stay strong and healthy, Endre

Apr 01, 2020 09:33 PM #21
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Laura Cerrano
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It’s the time to make lemonade for sure but only with seeing the opportunity within the weirdness.

Apr 01, 2020 10:11 PM #22
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Anne Corbin
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When I work from home, I'm usually at my desk. If I have a longer phone call, I drift over to my recliner chair to sit in while I'm in conversation. Maybe I should rename this chair to my "doing business" chair. LOL I don't generally pace. I wonder what that says about our personalities. Who else is a pacer LOL

Apr 02, 2020 08:46 AM #23
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
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Business will not be conducted the same as it has been for a very long time...we must adapt and work through it!

Apr 02, 2020 05:59 PM #24
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Beth Atalay  thank you for the Feature, no wonder we have been friends over the years... one more thing in common pacing back and forth:)Endre

Apr 02, 2020 06:07 PM #25
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  some people thought we would kill each other, turns out we work well together and around each other 24/7and yes we consider ourselves fortunate too, Endre

Apr 02, 2020 06:08 PM #26
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel  yes Egos  need to be parked all the time and especially  now at times like this. Endre

Apr 02, 2020 06:12 PM #27
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