Day 37: Day One of My New “COVID-19 Battle Plan”

Moral of this story:  EVERYTIME you smugly think to yourself, “I got this!” THIS, GETS YOU!  

Before I begin, I want to say two HUGE THANK YOU’s:

  • To Pinellas County Sheriff Todd Brien, who was kind enough to drive my husband home, despite the blood – You Saved his life! Thank you. He never could have walked home. And as he had a heart attack shortly thereafter, I know he never would have made the 1/2 mile walk back home that morning. You are our hero!
  • To the Staff of St. Anthony’s Hospital in Downtown St. Petersburg, which is more than just a beautiful spot! Downtown St. Petersburg is also a hub of incredible medical facilities and practitioners, to whom we all owe a huge debt of gratitude.

fIRST reSPONDERS FRONTLINE WORKERSThank you! 

On April 13th, (which would have been Day 23 of my battle plan), I began the day full of vim and vigor and a concerted desire to get EVERYTHING back on track. I finished my morning Zoom “huddle” with my Team, during which time I presented my COVID-19 Battle Plan Challenge:

  • Continuously
  • Operating
  • Very
  • Intentionally
  • Daily for
  • 19 Days!

Feeling quite pleased with myself and my team’s reaction, I went through the thought process that turned this around for me. Because while this is FOR SURE, a dreadful time, it is also an opportunity to change, focus and plan. Things are going to be different. Some things will be negative, some will be positive. For example:

EXAMPLES OF BENEFITS OF THIS PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL INTROSPECTION:

  • I cut the fat from many unnecessary expenditures that have lightened my bank account and drained resources that I could very well use right now. (Frankly, I am ashamed at how uncontrolled some of my spending had been!)
  • I am focusing on core business growth activities and redefining my 2020 Business Plan.
  • I am spending quality time with my husband, once again working from home.

WHAT MY COVID-19 BATTLE PLAN LOOKED LIKE ON THE MORNING OF DAY 23, Monday 4/13:

  • I time blocked my day and had recorded in 30 minute intervals what I was doing.
  • I signed up for webinars that included education that I have been meaning to do.
  • I made a pledge to myself via the webinars to learn how to use FREE technology from my marvellous franchise, NextHome.
  • By 10am, I had a $300,000 closing on a listing. (Of course, it was in absentia. But the check was in the mail!)
  • With terms verbally agreed, I wrote a listing agreement.
  • I started going through emails and completing office work when….

My husband returned from his bike ride, bloodied and injured. An SUV pulling a trailer failed to heed the red light and hit him on the crosswalk. He was banged up and bloody. He was experiencing chest pain. He was reluctant to go to the hospital because of COVID-19.  We went. (I am a force of nature when required.) In addition to the multitude of other injuries, he had a ‘mild’ heart attack. I am so glad that we went to the hospital. Yes, COVID-19 is there; but, the staff are doing their level best to separate those poor individuals from the general population of patients hitting the ER for the normal things that happen.

I tell you this because  EVERYTIME you smugly think to yourself, “I got this!” THIS, seems to GET YOU!  

However, we live to fight another day. And today, twenty days from my last blog post, I have done my best to to get back on track; to be intentional. THIS is Day One of my Continuously Operating Very Intentionally Daily for 19 Days!

Thank you again to the First Responders, Medical Professionals and Frontline Workers, (lest we forget people such as our devoted Publix staff.) Thank you for all you do in the face of the adversity we are experiencing. My days are easy next to yours. My challenges are not life threatening. My sacrifices are inconsequential. Thanks and blessings to you all.

Asbestos

Day 15 COVID-19 Battle Plan

Dear Friends,

Real Estate Services are regarded as being essential. I have not personally heard any grumblings about this. However, I have heard of other Realtors getting flack. I think that this is primarily due to a lack of understanding and thought. The people that are selling their homes, typically have a VERY good reason. They don’t usually wake up and on a whim say, “You know what? Let’s just sell this house!” Buying a house can be a more whimsical notion. But, not many people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a whim. (Regrettably! ;o) On the other hand, let’s face it, some people DO wake up and say, let’s look at some houses today! If you are messing around on Zillow and asking to see houses right now with no intention of purchasing, shame on you! Inherently there is a risk in our job when showing property to strangers. However right now EVERY TIME we leave the house to take someone out, we are taking a chance! Indeed in my office, we have Buyers sign a disclaimer that they are asymptomatic and that they have not travelled in the last two weeks. It is a scary time! But, we are still serving our clients.

In addition to putting food on our tables, WHY we still show houses right now is very eloquently expressed in these excerpts from a post that a friend sent me this week:

“A message to my NON REALTOR friends:

Based on what you see on TV, you may believe Realtors are concerned because they can’t sell homes or hold open houses. The Federal Government labeled residential real estate “essential” last week, & let me explain why…. it’s not about “sales”. In reality, our government & the real estate industry are much more concerned about people with these sorts of challenges:

The 80-year-old couple who just moved into a small condo to cut expenses and put their 4-bedroom colonial up for sale. They lost most of their life savings this month in the stock market crash. They must now sell their previous house immediately because they need the proceeds of that sale to sustain them financially.

A couple with an infant daughter who has special long-term medical needs. They must move closer to the hospital that specializes in the type of procedure required to heal their little one. They need to move now.

A woman and her two small kids who has been in an abusive relationship and finally had the courage to say enough is enough! Her priority is to get her kids to a safe home, she needs to move now.

TV concentrates on the glitz & glamour of our profession. In reality, Realtors serve many people through some extraordinarily difficult times. Death, divorce, sickness, job loss-an endless list.

–            Credit is given to an unknown, but much appreciated author!

I am glad to say that I have not experienced all of the above in my career. But, I have helped divorced/divorcing couples sell the marital home, where one party is sheltering elsewhere and struggling to make ends meet. I have helped others, for example, with a spouse suffering from dementia/Alzheimers who are needing a more controlled environment. I have assisted many during times of financial difficulty where a sale was an absolute necessity, sometimes due to medical bills, sometimes stock market losses…. 2007/8 and beyond was one sad story after the other. Happily, MOST of my job occurs within a happy forum where we are making dreams come true, and not helping people through nightmares.

To all my Realtor pals out there, I have a great form that a friend shared with me to help protect you and discourage ‘lookey-loos.’ I would be delighted to email you a copy. Just leave a message on the blog page. In the meantime:

#BeSafe #BeSmart #BeKind #HUMANSOVERHOUSES

 

SH209

Day 12 of COVID-19 Battle Plan

Yesterday I reported on the measurable differences between the real estate market for the 33708 zip code over the previous fifty-six days.  Today, I have done the same for the 33706 zip code, which encompasses St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island.  Since it is important to understand the timeline, especially as it pertains to Florida, here are some milestones:

  • Jan 21st – 1st US case is reported in Washington State
  • Jan 30th – WHO declares a Global Health Emergency
  • Feb 11th – The virus has a new name: COVID-19
  • Feb 29th – 1st death in the US
  • Mar 1st – 1st Florida cases appear, both in neighboring counties to 33706 (Hillsborough & Manatee)
  • Mar 9th – Florida Governor declares a State of Emergency
  • Mar 15th – Disney World and Universal Studios close
  • Mar 17th
    • All 50 US states officially are host to the virus
    • In Florida we have 261 cases and 5 deaths
    • Locally Spring Breakers at Clearwater Beach make a shameful debut nationally
    • St Paddy’s Day 5pm – Locally all bars and nightclubs are banned from food and alcohol sales as of 5pm
  • Mar 20th – Florida Governor orders restaurants to offer only carry-out food and alcohol
  • Mar 25th – Pinellas County implements a 1-week “Stay At Home Order’
  • Mar 29th – 4,950 cases reported in Florida
  • Mar 31st – 6,741 case reported and 85 deaths
  • Apr 1st – Florida Governor FINALLY issued a State-wide ‘Stay At Home Order’

Here is a compilation of the data for 33706:

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Conclusion: We are MOST DEFINITELY holding our own on one of the most beautiful beaches in the US and indeed, the world! Want to buy your own piece of 33706/St. Pete Beach Paradise? Today’s featured property is 4103 Gulf Blvd #209 St. Pete Beach, offered at $289,000!  Here is the website: https://client.nexthome.imprev.net/61/2161/59008350/index.html      AND, be sure to let your fingers do the walking through the Matterport 3-D Tour:https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=3fuXZxnDMck&mls=1 

#BeSafe #BeSmart #BeKind #HUMANSOVERHOUSES