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Offices expanding at home? Not the only change....

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)

More closures?   More invitations not to visit?  

In my small rural island, with a tourism based economy, the closures earlier this year brought many small businesses to near extinction.  The openings over the summer season, throughout this province, allowed many to "hang on".  

Now we are in our traditional wet coast moment (yes, the great Pacific Northwest Coast is a rainy area), and it's not possible to sit out in patio dining spaces or coffee stops.   What will the restaurants and coffee places do, between now and March?  

What about those tourism based businesses?  Everyone can't pivot to the online platforms.    Everyone can't work from home.

Some very beautiful (but very small) areas on the wild west coast are asking city dwellers not to visit right now. 

Lots of online think tank meetings, using words like Resiliency and Recovery...but so many changes underway that it's not yet possible to consider the "new".   Maybe we are still in mid-leap between two worlds...before the pandemic and after. 

One thing that is on the shopping list for anyone looking for a new home or considering renovating their current dwelling: an office.   The office needs to have its own entrance and to be very separate from family life.   For many, there need to be two separate offices.   Hmmm....shrinking the floor plan of family life and expanding the work concept? 

Well, we did say that this pandemic would change lifestyles.  And your thoughts are?   Always welcome.







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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Li - I am struck by your description of the "Wet Coast" description of your area.  In a way, that sums up much.  Good luck for the rest of 2020 and in the coming year.  

Nov 16, 2020 01:38 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Li you hit it home just how challenging the pandemic has been, especially for businesses in your area as well as other areas.  I feel for all those people, tought trying to make it through a winter with little to no business.  And you're spot on, the need for a home office or two at this point in time....is very important.  All the best to you! Stay warm!

Nov 16, 2020 03:34 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Li Read - This topic has been on my mind. I wrote something similar awhile back but never thought about a business having "its own entrance and separate from family life."  That makes perfect sense, and should probably include it's own public bathroom too and a separate insurance policy. 

You're right about the tourist industry - they have all been hit hard and the future is yet to be seen. 

Take care!!!

Nov 18, 2020 09:29 PM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

It has changed a lot of lifestyle, Li. Hope you are doing well. D

Dec 04, 2020 10:25 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Li Read  Thanks for another marketing idea! 

"The office needs to have its own entrance and to be very separate from family life."

Jan 10, 2021 08:22 PM