Pandemic Freedom ~ Is Your State Open to Business, Fun and Family?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

Sedona and Arizona Are Open!

Tristan on coffeepot Trail hike

Why Arizona Did It Right...

As other states are opening up, Sedona and Arizona have been open for some time. The mask mandates were lifted on March 25, a year and one week since the initial lockdown which was on my husband's birthday, March 18th, 2020. Restaurants opened for limited indoor dining around May 12th, 2020. By May of 2021, the mask mandate was lifted and restaurants could be at capacity. 


There was a plan put in place...

Charts were developed with specific benchmarks for reopening. If your county met those guidelines your businesses were able to move to the next phase of reopening. Real estate was never shut down.  But guidelines were set up for safety. 


My Real Estate Business Flourished in 2020...

I adjusted my business to meet the needs of my clients.  This has not changed in 2021.  One thing I did differently from others was to use video and live facetime for clients. Clients loved it.  Many agents and brokers paused their business.  I did not. I had the best year of my career.  The only issue,  I have been way to busy to enjoy a work-life balance. More on that below...

In 2021, we continue to drive separately from our clients.  Again, I will be flexible and work with clients the way they want me to work with them.   We all look at this pandemic differently.  I respect that and the concerns a client may have.  As for dining with clients and friends. Last year, my husband and I still took clients out to lunch or dinner.  No changes in this area are planned.  


Networking Is A Priority In 2021...

  Because our market is so tight, I have resorted to calling my network of agents and brokers to find out what they have coming on the market.  I have about 10 clients that are in a holding pattern.  We have had clients offer $200,000 over asking.  How do you compete with that?  So when I have a client that really wants a home that I have previewed and is about to hit the market, I  find out what the bottom line is to get the deal done.  I have been able to close two homes using this strategy. 

I am spending more time on the MLS than ever before looking for that new home that is hitting the market today. 

The last thing new I am doing is working with a couple of other agents so that we can make sure clients are taken care of.  While I was on vacation, one client of mine wanted to continue to look for their dream home.  I got an agent to help show properties that I picked out for my client while I was away.  This may be something that I continue to do to get a better work-life balance. 


Ricky-Tristan-Nani - Mothers Day Hike

As For My Personal Life and Vacation Time...

Family is very important to me, especially spending time with my grandson.  In 2020, we never stopped seeing the family, so not much is new on this front.  We have already been on a mini-vacation and have 2 more planned.  A mini-vacation is where we can enjoy a Scottsdale resort but are only 2 hours away if I need to get back.  I also continue to work while enjoying the time away.  It's in my blood and Rick is ok with it. 


Vacation Plans - 2021 and 2022

Rick and I took Tristan to the Westin Time-shares a couple of weeks ago. He went crazy!  It was so much fun to see his enjoyment.  He is only 5 and just starting to swim without floaties.



We will do 3 or 4 mini-vacations in 2021 but 2022 is a special year and that will have at least 1 special vacation.  Rick and I will celebrate our 50th Anniversary and a couple of milestone birthdays.  So either a cruise and or Maui is in the works.  Right now, we are planning a family celebration in Maui.  We have a 2 bedroom oceanfront vacation ownership at the Maui Marriott and it would accommodate all of us.

We are just in the planning stages now.

Maui Marriott 


Comments (41)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It has been a tough year and a half but I do appreciate freedom now, just a little bit more Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Jun 14, 2021 10:07 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Looks like you managed both your professional and personal life really well during this past year.  Even though masks are optional now, my sellers wanted everyone at our Open House this past weekend to wear them and booties were mandatory too. Everyone looks at all that has happened differently. Glad you had such a strong Real Estate year!

Jun 14, 2021 11:58 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Rocky Dickerson - Our mindset is - constantly moving forward.  Have a great meeting today.  Unfortunately, I have to meet with a client. 

Jun 15, 2021 07:48 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel - You have the right attitude.  There is always a solution to be had and you make it work. Kudos! 

Jun 15, 2021 07:50 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - I have to drive an hour to get to the nearest Trader Joes. I love shopping there when I am close by.   

Jun 15, 2021 07:52 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Will Hamm and Joan Cox - I am glad to see that everything is loosening up.  Your state will be having business as usual before you know it. 

Jun 15, 2021 07:54 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - Isn't that the truth!  We are blessed to live in the good ole USA.

Jun 15, 2021 07:55 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - I had some sellers at the height of last year who wanted all protocols followed.  I followed those protocols with a smile and an "absolutely" attitude.  After a couple of days, they relaxed the protocols.  They trusted that I would do the right thing.  (Of course, I did that!)

Jun 15, 2021 07:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

As you no doubt know there are big changes happening here in California today as things open up! It will have an impact on real estate, too. We are seeing more open houses now, and we will no longer need to have the Property Entry form (PEAD) signed. Yay!


Jun 15, 2021 12:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sheri- Love the positive, let's move forward attitude you have. Texas was very much like FL and probably AZ in that our mask mandate was lifted in March. Our salons opened early last summer and our restaurants went from 25% capacity to 100% in a short time. 

I know how much it means to have family nearby so I know that you'll enjoy every minute you have with Tristan. 

Jun 16, 2021 11:14 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I really believe we're going to get to The end of this pandemic soon enough. I have a lot of hope

Jun 16, 2021 10:00 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Sheri - I love seeing the pictures and love mini vacations.  My business has been similar to yours.  Of course, it was easier to adjust in my business.  But I love getting back on these fun family mini vacations and glad to be with you in the grandparents club.

Jun 17, 2021 03:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Dolores is having lunch with a friend today. A regular practice that she missed for many months.

Jun 17, 2021 07:27 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, we were almost shut down for a while, but glad to see everyone open now, and very few masks seen!  

Jun 18, 2021 05:45 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It's good to be Sheri Sperry. It looks like you have had a great year and it continues. We also look back on a great year, albeit very different from yours. We did shut down very tightly for a time. It's wonderful to be reentering a phase that feels nearly normal. 

Jun 18, 2021 07:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I've been out working in our garden. 

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Jun 19, 2021 12:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri, don't get me started, from one extreeme to another... you should see pictures of Disney Land, people are butt to butt... people are back to caughing and neezing with no hand in front of their faces.... what is wrong with society?:)Endre

Jun 20, 2021 11:53 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Sheri - sounds like you handled things much like we did...with a few adjustments as necessary.  We are so fortunate to be living in an 'open minded' state with a Govenor who followed real science, not political science mumbo jumbo.  Here's to another fabulous guys are the best!

Jun 21, 2021 04:17 PM
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Autaugaville, AL


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Jun 22, 2021 10:16 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Our state opened in stages but it seemed to be far slower than it should have been.  We do want to travel as well, but flights are still an area where we are cautious.

Jul 02, 2021 10:40 AM