Real Estate Agent with The Medford Real Estate Team DRE#01223788

My crystal ball is sheltering in place. Therefore, reception from that medium is blurry. At least my wifi is consistently strong. I do know the future is coming. As Scarlett O’Hara said: “After all…tomorrow is another day”. What am I doing to make that future beneficial?

For my business, I am spending a lot of time on the phone. I am calling family and friends and past clients and client leads. I am calling, among others, people with whom I have had no contact in quite some time. I am going through my data base and making calls that are “check-in” in nature. “Touching base.” Taking the mental temperature of the folks. Asking how they are doing. Asking what they are doing. Are the still employed? Are they working from home? Are they well? Are they planning anything special in their future? Is there something that I can do for them?

My conversations have been of value to me and, I believe, to those to whom I have reached out. I am often met by surprise that they should receive a call. Some do not even remember who I am. Once I reference our past meeting, at an open house, for instance, they have a foggy memory of me and the conversation becomes about today and our current situations. Sometimes, the conversation touches on real estate. Mostly, it does not. I mostly feel that they appreciate that I am thinking about them in a caring manner and I am not simply trying to generate business. I know I feel good after one of those call. It helps me to remember that we are all in this together right now.

For my personal well-being, I get out of the house each day for a walk around my neighborhood. A mile. Maybe two miles. Sometimes three miles of marching down various sidewalks which I have covered numerous times. It gives me an opportunity to breath fresh air in our beautiful San Francisco Bay Area weather.

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I am getting more exercise than I was getting pre-pandemic. No comparison! It is an excellent counterpoint to my daily WFH (work from home) routine. No door knocking, of course. No flyers. Few conversations. Conversations in the new world of masks and physical distancing seem less spontaneous. Lots of waves and head nodes and greetings of “Good morning” or “Good day” or “Nice day, huh”. I live in a suburb in the East Bay so the neighbor is usually quiet and traffic is sparse. Walking for exercise is something that I have planned to do forever but allowed procrastination to rule. I will make it a staple of my routine going forward.

Long term…travel…Hawaii…maybe Europe…maybe ?? That is a ways off. It is hard to want to board an airplane right now. Cruise ship…NO…not now, anyway. Time will tell.

On the plus side, I am saving money on gas that I am not buying since I do not go to my office and have not except for a couple of special trips in the last few months.

Has life changed? Yes, I think so. Is life still good? You bet it is!

Comments (13)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed reading your post.  As I am reading various articles outside of Active Rain regarding marketing, the common theme I am seeing is that many are rethinking their values...I was in the preliminary stages of booking a biz trip to France for this fall, and stopped because the EU has put a ban on Americans so far...And life is still good regardless.  A

Jun 30, 2020 08:18 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

We celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary on March 15th. It was supposed to be at a fine restaurant in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Our trip was also to have taken us to Florence, Italy.

Of course, Ron and Alexandra Seigel, that did not happen!

Jun 30, 2020 08:37 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

John Juarez You're got an infectious upbeat approach to this strange new world. I admire that. There's even some research about how healthy it is for us to explore, even if it's just a new street in the "old" neighborhood. Keep going! Lauren

Jun 30, 2020 08:19 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Of course, I try to pick different routes for variety Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO 

Jun 30, 2020 08:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello John,  like your outlook on things in these times that we are in.  I listed a home in Denver and within had 25 showing and 9 contract.  Did not figure that.


Jun 30, 2020 09:32 AM
Will Hamm

The strength of our local market contiues to surprise me, Will Hamm  Attractive, well priced houses are flying off the market.

Jun 30, 2020 08:05 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi John Juarez you are a great guy.Glad to hear you're out and about walking.  Walking is so good for the soul and it's just so relaxing being outside isn't it!


I love what you shows who you truly are, a kind man who cares about folks.


I mostly feel that they appreciate that I am thinking about them in a caring manner and I am not simply trying to generate business.

Jun 30, 2020 10:49 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

You are very kind, Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! 

Jun 30, 2020 08:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

John- I absolutely love your post. And, I do hope that you'll continue your daily walking...even if just for 1 mile. We've been walking daily since 2007 and have only missed when the weather did not permit or we had early appointments we could not reschedule. Keep it up!!!  

Jun 30, 2020 07:22 PM
Kathy Streib

I also like the mental energy that I get from exercise.

Jun 30, 2020 08:06 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning John.

Loved it, just loved it.  We all need to do exactly. what you are doing.  Carol Williams here you go

Jul 01, 2020 01:24 AM
James Dray

Thank you, James Dray 

Jul 01, 2020 06:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello John - I understand how procrastination can lead to all sorts of things - typically not a wise choice but you have turned these times into things that "magically" become better.  

PS - Happy Belated Anniversary to you and your wife.  Here's to more good times.  

Jul 01, 2020 07:24 AM
Michael Jacobs

Thank you, Michael Jacobs 

Jul 01, 2020 09:05 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like you are doing that right things for your business and your personal life.  I am glad that you are getting out daily for some fresh air and sunshine!

Jul 01, 2020 11:15 AM
Brian England

Two more miles today, Brian England, in beautiful weather.  

Jul 01, 2020 09:33 PM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi John Juarez, relationships are important. Caring for others is fundamental. The calls you've made and the posts you've shared are making this difficult period a little easier.

Jul 02, 2020 02:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Dolores and I are still staying at home in the social distancing mode.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding summer.

Jul 02, 2020 04:48 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning John Juarez - thanks for sharing this positive outlook.  We have some much to enjoy and we have also been given new opportunities.

Jul 02, 2020 07:37 AM
Grant Schneider

Thanks for stopping by, Grant Schneider 

Jul 02, 2020 12:36 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

John Juarez 
Congratulations on the milestone anniversary.
Paris awaits when you can reschedule!
All the best - Lynn

May 22, 2022 05:47 PM
John Juarez

Paris will have to wait, Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727. The plan now is Maui for two weeks in October and, perhaps, a trip to some French islands in the Pacific next year.

May 23, 2022 07:19 AM