How's everybody holding up?
Coronavirus is the hot topic where I am located right now. We are in Northern Virginia, about 90 minutes outside of Washington DC.
My children's school system closed yesterday and will remain closed next week. Our grocery stores are pretty well plum out of toilet paper and paper towels, lines are crazy long, and hand sanitizer is next to impossible to find.
I've been getting lots of messages and seeing posts about concerns not only for everyone's health, but also for our businesses.
What about our buyers who have homes under contract? Some are afraid that they will lose their jobs.
What about sellers with homes on the market or ready to go on the market? Should they allow showings or open houses?
There is a lot to think about and much to worry about.
My best advice that I want to share with you today is some of the same that I shared during our Empowering Women In Real Estate Monthly Meet Up yesterday (the replay is posted in the group on Facebook) and also on my IGTV (@karen.w.cooper)...
#1 - Don't panic.
#2 - Educate yourself from QUALITY sources. That does not mean what you read on your Facebook scroll. Go to websites like the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization for facts, data and information. Use this to formulate your plan for your family and how you will conduct your business.
#3 - Use your time wisely. We are staying "contained" here at home for the time being, so I am using this time to catch up on the many things that get pushed off. Update your database and mailing lists. Prep your client birthday and home-aversary cards for the rest of the year. Follow up with your clients. Let them know you are calm, you are still here, and you are ready to advise and help when appropriate. If you cocoon yourself from your business you won't have a business to return to.
Lastly, be a spreader of reasonableness and calm, not panic and hysteria. Photos of empty grocery store shelves aren't helpful. Picking up some extra toilet paper or hand sanitizer if you find it and sharing with a neighbor is.
We will get through this. It's going to be okay. This too shall pass. ❤️