Think and Create, a new book

Real Estate Broker/Owner with CastNet Realty TREC#263257

The October challenge, To Think is to Create was right on for me.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, my husband and I went into survival mode.  We immediately social distanced by canceling all our get-togethers, personal and business.  We stocked up on masks, gloves, cleaning supplies and of course, food and medicine. hand sanitizer and masks

We decided not to wait around until everything was in short supply.  We went shopping together with separate shopping lists and tried to get everything on our lists.  We came home wiped everything down with bleach wipes before putting it away.  We even waited 3 days to open our mail, keeping it in a container in the garage to make sure any virus particles were not still active.

The first time I felt fear was when I went to Sam's and was looking for hand sanitizer.  A Chinese lady was in front of me, and she proceeded to take every unopened case of hand sanitizer on the shelves and place them on her cart.  She was coughing.  I did get scared at that moment.  I have not shopped at Sam's since that day in March.

I am not scared of the virus but I do not take unnecessary risks either.  With health issues, the virus is more dangerous to me than to younger people without health problems.  I hope everything opens and our lives return to normal soon.  I am tired of being isolated but only have limited visits with friends and family.

I have taken advantage of the down time.  I wrote a new book entitled PANDEMIC Real Estate during this time.  PANDEMIC Real Estate I wanted buyers, sellers and Realtors(R) to know we will get through this pandemic like we have done many times before.   Fear can paralyze people and my last chapter in this book is a reminder of why we need not be afraid.  It is an encouragement to all and is my way of wrapping my arms around people I cannot touch right now.  I wish I could hug everyone that is feeling afraid or discouraged and let them know, "It will be alright."

 As my book says, there will be permanent changes when all this is over but that is nothing new.  Nothing stays the same at anytime.  Change is always happening.  Sometimes, we are not as aware of it as at other times.


Ricki McCallum                         CastNet Realty                   CastNet Press




Comments (11)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Ricki good for you for taking the opportunity to create something that will assist people move through this period.  I am one of those that doesn't approach  covid with fear. But I do know some do with reason, others just believe every fear media story out there.  Living our life with risk is what we've been doing for years and can't imagine not doing so.

Oct 24, 2020 10:21 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Saturday and great to hear about yur story here in the Rain.  We all have different things we have done over this year.


Oct 24, 2020 10:41 AM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Thanks Anna Banana Kruchten,  I hope people get a lift from my book. :)

Hi Will Hamm,  Yes, I think Realtors are very creative people and I look forward to reading everyone's stories.

Oct 24, 2020 12:08 PM
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 Ricki,
As you say, change is always happening. Change was put on steroids over the last few months. You need to either keep up or step aside, don't ya?

Oct 24, 2020 02:29 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

How wonderful to write a book about how to manage real estate right now. I also understand your process of finding your center through the fear. We wear masks to protect other people - period. Covid doesn't make me fearful, nor do I feel persecuted to have to wear a mask. If it saved one life, it would be worth it. My 93 year old mother has some fear around it, and we all do what we can to protect her. I think knowledge is important and doing what we can to minimize  risk makes good sense. Today at a public park in Portland, everyone wore masks except the younger children. We all smiled (with our eyes), said muffled hellos, and waved - and it was a happy experience. 

Oct 24, 2020 03:15 PM
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

 This pandemic has challenged many of us and it's great to see you have taken full advantage of the opportunity given to write a book. Be safe and have a wonderful warm Halloween season.

Oct 25, 2020 05:33 AM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Carol Williams, That sounds harsh but it is true, it's always been true.  Step up or step aside.  That is a real motivator! :)

Oct 25, 2020 03:26 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Debb Janes,  Masks are for the safety of other people mostly.  I wear one when I am in close contact but not when I am outside.  I'll be glad when this is all over.  We have to go on living and make the most of every day. :)  Eye smiling is in vogue! :)

Oct 25, 2020 03:29 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi ba 'B Ratliff, Thanks, hope you have a great Halloween selling season too.  Check out my book for any potential clients. It might help some to get busy.

I love your area.  I used to have an office in Kerrville. I worked Bandera, Helotes, Boerne areas too.

Oct 25, 2020 03:34 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We are right back into flu season again. Glad you took advantage of your down time and wrote a book, well done Ricki!

Nov 29, 2020 04:18 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Thanks Wanda!

Dec 11, 2020 07:01 AM