2020 to date - Is it Business as Usual?

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

Hello friends! The first half of 2020 is almost behind us. Part of the year is a blur due to COVID-19. Despite the blur, my digital calendar reminds me of what I've been up to:


The year started off with a bang. January and February were filled with buyers, sellers, inspections, and closings. I stayed busy with volunteer activities, networking meetings, and seminars. Plus, I completed my Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation at the end of February. 


March, as the expression goes, came in like a lion. Surrounding states were experiencing coronavirus outbreaks. Spring break was in full force in the south, and many residents were vacationing on the beaches and mountains. Mississippi's first case was diagnosed March 12. Our Collage of masksgovernor declared a state of emergency March 14. Everything from hand sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towels, Lysol and certain foods were sold out. People panicked because supplies were hard to find.


Governor Reeves declared a shelter-in-place order for the State of Mississippi on April 1. Non-essential businesses were required to close. School let out for the remainder of the year while parents  began home schooling. Mississippi real estate professionals were declared "essential", so we were able to work. Zoom calls became the norm. Instead of birthday parties, we planned drive-by birthday celebrations, drive-by senior appreciation days, etc. 


Attorneys offices remained open, but buyers and sellers signed documents in their vehicles. Applications with lenders were taken online and over the phone. Masks were made and worn for showings. Sellers and Realtors scrambled to provide hand sanitizer for showings.When you Close a Sale During a Pandemic


By May, everyone was frustrated with being sheltered. A Zoom call was scheduled almost daily for one group or another. (Once excited about zoom calls, I have grown weary of them.) Businesses began to reopen. My daytime hours were filled with work. My night-time activities consisted of staying home. But there was a little excitement. Along with the activity for my "regular" clients, I became a client, too. I purchased a fixer-upper in a neighborhood affordable for first-time buyers, and am excited to make it beautiful.


June brings the reopening of businesses and restaurants. We are advised to remain safe, wear a mask, etc., but at the time of this post, coronavirus numbers are on the rise. Senior citizens in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, etc., remain sheltered in place. Friends and families cannot visit. Thankfully, I was able to join the Fathers Day parades for two facilities, which was the highlight of my weekend. Seeing the joy in the residents faces and waving to them was such a treat.

Fathers Day Parades


Despite COVID-19, it's a sellers market. People are moving and homes in Central Mississippi sell fast, sometimes in multiple offer situations. The coronavirus has changed HOW we do business, but we continue to represent our clients while taking the necessary precautions to remain safe.


Comments (13)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat:

Wow, sounds like busy, and eventful, times for the first 6 months of 2020. Congratulations on the new property! Hope the rest of the year continues in the same busy vein for you!


Jun 29, 2020 05:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat it has been a while nice to see you posting again, loved the picture and the message... I hear you are getting a new flag??Endre

Jun 29, 2020 11:19 PM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
WordPress Real Estate - IDX, RESO Web API, CRM

Wow, just six months into the year. Feels like it's been twice that. Wishing everyone a healthy and productive second half.

Jun 30, 2020 02:37 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

It is amazing how this year seems and feels to have slipped by. I think doing anything that helps makes others smile is a good deed, and that helps us feel good about ourselves. Have fun with your fixer.

Jun 30, 2020 03:51 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - nice to "see" you on ActiveRain.  Sometimes and in some ways, I can understand how 2020 can seem like a blur.   However, when we have the opportunity to reflect on how much has been achieved(and continues) we realize that time flies at times yet also proceeds like molasses at others. 

Good luck with your latest real estate fix and flip as well as everything else in life.  

Jun 30, 2020 05:23 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 / Property Manager

Hi Pat,
You're right, COVID19 has changed HOW we do business... and live life. Life does go on and I"m glad to see more businesses be able to open, even if on a limited scale.  It's awesome that YOU became a real estate client too!  Anything we can do to bring a smile to the elderly in lockdown is a good thing. It's been a challenge.  Kudos for doing that.  Stay healthy!

Jun 30, 2020 06:02 AM
marti garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...



Jun 30, 2020 07:16 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We are creatures that learn to adapt to situations regardless of what they may be.  It is nice to see you blogging again.  A

Jun 30, 2020 07:27 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Miss Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty ! Great to see your entry!  We've missed you in the rain.  Here it is almost July 1st. Holy smokes.....the year is flying by twice as fast and as slow at the same time.  Love that you did the Fathers Day car parade...very sweet!

Jun 30, 2020 10:41 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Thanks for being the first to comment Jeff Dowler, CRS . It's great seeing you. I'm ready to set goals for the next six months of the year. Hope all is well with you.

Endre Barath, Jr. , yes, there will be a new state flag. I hope we are able to choose a beautiful design with ample color. I've seen several good contenders. Great to see you, as always.

Jun 30, 2020 12:46 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - great to see you, you are looking well! Time with the assisted living group has blessed me beyond measure. I miss the seniors so much but understand they need to be isolated. The staff does a great job keeping them entertained.


Jun 30, 2020 12:50 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

It's great to see you Michael. There was one particular 4 - 6 week period Michael Jacobs I hope to never repeat, not because it was a blur but because one week seemed six weeks long! I hope you and your family are doing well.

Carol Williams - I've volunteered with the senior citizen groups for close to a year now. They bring me as much joy as I may bring to them. Most are still physically active and mentally sharp. I definitely enjoy spending time with them. I look forward to starting on the fixer upper. I love taking something old and neglected and bringing it back to life. And painting is SO therapeutic. 

Jun 30, 2020 12:57 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat it hasn't been business as usual for me, but business has continued.  We are an industry of survivors, and we will survive.

Jun 30, 2020 02:42 PM