There is No Place Like Home Especially After Covid Freedom Rings

Real Estate Agent with HomeStarr Realty RS143922A

 The times they are a-changing. We have been isolated and quarantined for so long. Wearing masks living in a kind of science-fiction-like environment. Let's face it did you ever think we would live our lives in fear of catching a deadly virus. I know I did not. I was truly scared 



In 1918 There was the terrible influenza flu that killed 25 million people in the first six months this virus originated in Spain and we still get a Flu shot every year to prevent it 

I recently saw a news show showing that people were so relieved that this epidemic was over that it is believed that it may have sparked the mood of the Roaring Twenties. The Roaring Twenties was a time of gaiety and prosperity. Everything was going right, fashion was outrageous, yes bold and exciting and so was the music. Life was good.


There is a lesson we should perhaps learn from history and think about and read about as it was followed by the great depression. History is known to repeat itself so perhaps we should think and learn 


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Everyone now is so happy to be out without a mask to see each other again I was asked what is your plan for the future? 


As far as traveling I am not planning to travel further than my own front yard as Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz said there is so much to do here. I love to swim and last year during the COVID 19 restrictions our pools were closed. So this year I intend to enjoy the pool and see my friends and neighbors. I am enjoying my found freedom. I carry a mask in my handbag and try to remember to keep one in the car for a few places that still make you wear one. Otherwise, it feels good to walk about without a mask, and thank goodness for the vaccine and the freedom it has provided  



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Eating out at local eateries was also prohibited so dining at local eateries will be enjoyed.  We have so many wonderful places to eat here in Philadelphia and New Jersey. I know I was craving a Great Philly Cheese Steak. Sadly many have closed their doors permanently.



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How am I changing how I am going to do business?



Many of you know I have changed my office but I am still the same person I have always been I work from referrals and past clients. If you read my blogs and call me then we have a connection. I feel I can help you I will if not I will refer you to an agent that can. My office has over 300 local agents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  I have a National referral base called Active Rain that hosts the top agents across the country so if you need an agent outside the local area I have the best to refer you to from all the top agencies. 


Last but not least I want to thank all the members of Active Rain who participate every Tuesday in our Zoom Meetings we learn so much and create real lasting friendships 


This is my entry to Debe Maxwell, CRS and Kathy Streib  challenge Let Freedom Ring 

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Comments (34)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Endre Barath, Jr.  I understand how you feel. I have lost friends and business associates. Their lives were lost to COVID 19 virus. My friend had the virus before they knew what it was she was on a ventilator she almost died but thank God she did not. Pennsylvania decided Real Estate was not essential and closed us down. Many worked anyway but I wasn't  going to put my license on the line or my health 

Jun 05, 2021 06:27 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Brian England  You do not live in a largely populated city, believe me, I knew many people who lost their lives to this dreaded virus. It was unfortunately a horrid time in history for many of us. I personally lost friends and have friends who lost parents. Thankfully there is now a vaccine to combat this horrible virus that could have wiped out the humane race  

Jun 05, 2021 06:34 AM
Brian England

Hmm, I would contend that I do indeed live in a largely populated city since Phoenix is the 5th most populated city in the United States.  The Phoenix-Metro area, which I live within has a population of close to 5 million people, which would rank it in the top 10 nationally.  Mesa, where I actually reside has a population of over 500K and is the 35th highest populated city in the nation.  I feel like I live in a largely populated city, haha.

Jun 05, 2021 07:07 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Hannah -  on Monday I am doing my first in person faciliation since 2019.  It will feel good.

Jun 05, 2021 07:42 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Hannah,  Look for a air fryer recipe for breakfast tomorrow.  Always glad to see you on zoom meeting but will missing some for the time being.


Jun 05, 2021 10:28 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, it does feel like freedom again going places without a mask.  People again have smiles, white teeth, and nice to hug again!   It was sad to see many of our restaurants not make it.

Jun 05, 2021 10:32 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Grant Schneider  It is so nice today I actually got to go to the pool but we had to get out of the water every hour for 15 minutes Red Cross Rules for life Guards and there is a shortage of lifeguards and we do not want to lose them.  Then we had to leave the pool at 3 for them to sanitize - come back at four  

Jun 05, 2021 12:44 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I sure hope we all remember to appreciate the simple things. Going around without a mask is joyful - and  hugging my family and friends again is worth gold! It's simply the best feeling. I really enjoyed reading about your own take on the past year - it wasn't easy, but it sounds like you handled it with grace and dignity. 

Jun 05, 2021 12:44 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Will Hamm I sure will check it out .. I may be missing in July have so much going on 

Jun 05, 2021 12:46 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Joan Cox  I agree it is so nice to be out and about again. I am out looking for a new place to live - not fun 

Jun 05, 2021 12:48 PM
Joan Cox

You are thinking of moving?   Thought you like your place?

Jun 05, 2021 01:07 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Oh Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  You are so sweet to say so. I just came back from the pool with wild restrictions that must be obeyed or we could lose our lifeguards. Wish freedom was truly ringing but just so happy to sit by the pool and swim see friends and neighbors and watch the boats go by  

Jun 05, 2021 12:52 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Dolores and I have been close to home during the pandemic.

I made an appointment to have my car serviced and it was obvious that I have driven less than any other year.

Jun 05, 2021 01:22 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We didn't have big issues with the restrictions but appreciate the opening up a lot as it allows for outside restaurant dining with less tension.

Jun 05, 2021 05:10 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 Hannah Williams 
I enjoy being home but just knowing we can move about is a welcome FREEDOM. That said, I do plan to make my big road trip this Fall that was canceled last Fall.  I hope we can meet up when I'm in the Philly area. 

Jun 06, 2021 08:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Hannah Williams ,

Thanks for sharing your experience and I'm sure you will enjoy swimming in the pool this summer! Many after being sequestered in their homes for a year are thinking of moving? Where are you thinking of moving?

Jun 06, 2021 11:40 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Roy Kelley Thank you for the reminder I need to get my car inspected soon 


Ed Silva  As you have read we have had many restrictions and still do even at the pool where I live - so many hope they will be lifted soon - maks still required inside the clubhouse and no guests allowed -  but eating out is so much fun once again 

Jun 06, 2021 05:25 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

OH, Carol Williams, I am looking forward to it hope our dates can

co-ordinate will give you a call 😍

Jun 06, 2021 05:26 PM
Carol Williams

It will be the latter part of September. 

Jun 07, 2021 03:32 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Not planning on going far - somewhere along the Riverfront or perhaps in the same development -we shall save it for another post later when the timing is right  😎 Yes I did enjoy the weekend we had a heatwave and it was beautiful by the pool and seeing my friends and neighbors 

Jun 06, 2021 05:29 PM
Jeffrey Richman
Immediate Home Solutions - Waxhaw, NC
Creative Real Estate Specialist

Hi Hannah,

As things get back to somewhat 'normal', we have done what we have done for many years and that is to adapt to what is going on around us.  We may not always agree on how things are handled, but adapt we do.

Jun 07, 2021 06:17 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There's no place like home to do normal things every single day because we can! ;

Jun 14, 2021 10:08 PM
Dr,Benjamin Owen
Autaugaville, AL


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