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Day 17 of COVID-19 Battle Plan

I have been researching and watching with admiration and amusement the different ways agents are working to get attention for their listings. Honestly, I really don’t know what the hell I have been doing with my life… These people are so cool, I can’t hardly stand it! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

# 3 Favorite: Because I love this song AND Wish I could dance like this!

 

#2: I don’t need to tell you why!

 

#1 – Who doesn’t love JT!!!! And this one, like the one before, really shows off…. the house as well as the moves!!!! And I give his cannonball a solid 8.5! Honestly, I feel certain I would love to meet and party with this guy! Chris Glapa, if you ever come to Florida, there is a home for you at NextHome Beach Time Realty!

 

 

My team and I are also showing and selling! We are armed with Lysol or Clorox wipes, booties, hand sanitizer and a mask. We drive separately and stay well back from one another.  In addition, we require that anyone we show complete a form attesting that they have not traveled in the last 14 days, are asymptomatic, etc. Here is a copy of the form: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3xdby898q2vql3y/COVID-19%20Screening.pdf?dl=0  Please feel free to adopt it for yourself. I was not the originator. Another dear Realtor friend sent it to me, suggesting we use it to protect ourselves and our clients. As the Realtor, we also sign the form and provide it to our Buyers FIRST, just to let them know that we are equally as concerned with their safety and health as we are for our own! So far, 100% of the people we have asked have signed and thanked us for our diligence.

I have been wracking my brain to come up with novel ideas to attract attention to my listings. We have several things in the works… Stay Tuned!  It does not involve me dancing. But… I do have some talented friends. And we all ‘Get By With a Little Help from Our Friends!’ I am glad to say, that HOPEFULLY today or tomorrow we will have one of our listings under contract and a new property coming to market this week! In the last week, we have had two accepted offers and written two others. Not exactly a BOOMING first week in April; but, not too shabby considering!

#BeSafe #BeSmart #BeKind #HUMANSOVERHOUSES

Taking Names & Kicking Big Mask Butt!

Day 16 of COVID-19 Battle Plan

Making a Difference
Emily Blasingame Making a Difference

WORLD: Please allow me, with great pride, to introduce you to two very special young women! With so much going wrong in the world, it is a delightful change to write and read about something that is going so VERY, VERY right! I am exceedingly proud to introduce you to Emily and Olivia Blasingame, Face Mask Artistes! These resourceful young women have been industriously churning out face masks and distributing them to others FOR DONATIONS ONLY to continue fueling materials! In 24 hours of solid working they made and gave away 50 masks!!!!  (Dad woke up at 4:30 a.m. the other night to find Emily still at her sewing machine! ) This, by the way, is when they are NOT doing their college homework! But before we get to the details of their good deeds, let me tell you about them. I met them the first time while they were still rumbling about their mother’s tummy! She was so heavily pregnant with her twins, that she had to use a wheelchair at work! Ultimately, she was on bedrest. And then, they arrived. (I was in L&D for a while, but I was banished for tomfoolery!) They are brilliant and beautiful both inside and out. They are exceptional artists and chefs. Both at college, they are now at home – BUT NOT – twiddling their thumbs! Last week, Emily got the idea to begin sewing masks. She is a genius at figuring out how to do things. With Emily’s plan in place, her mother drove to Bradenton to collect their great-grandmother, GeGe’s, sewing machine and her large cache of fabric. (She passed a little while ago, but before doing so, had packed everything up for Emily.) Emily was pretty sure that she had the mask concept buttoned up! (Sorry for the poor sewing pun!) A fairly unique feature in these homegrown ultra-masks is their built-in filter!  Every mask comes with one, which neatly fits into a built-in pocket! It isn’t a N-95; but, it is as good as we are going to get as laymen! The medical professionals, afterall, need the N-95s on the front lines! To create the filter, Emily and her twin, Olivia, are cutting apart A/C filters and carefully placing into the mask pocket. This is not bush-league stuff people! These masks are DA BOMB! Not only do they have a filter; they use a material, not unlike bread tie twists, to allow you to mold the nose part to fit more tightly!

A video has been circulating in support of the #MASKS4ALL purporting that the Czech Republic has managed to quickly flatten the curve through the heavily practiced use of face masks. Look at what is happening there:

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Here is the video that I spoke about for the Czech Campaign entitled #Masks4All: Kudos to my girlfriend Barbara Wiener for sending it to me!

I have problems sewing on a button! I just cannot say enough about my admiration for these two ladies. Oscar and Melissa, kudos to you for raising them! I am absolutely certain that they will share with anyone their design, as they work to help provide #Masks4All

Girls: We love you and are bursting with pride at your ingenuity, dedication and heart! KEEP SEWING EMILY! OLIVIA KEEP ABLY ASSISTING! 

Before you leave, here is a DIY face mask made from leggings. It is so easy, EVEN I could do it!

https://wyrk.com/how-to-make-a-no-sew-face-mask-from-lularoe-leggings/

#BeSafe #BeSmart & #BeKind (Like these young ladies) & Finally #HUMANSOVERHOUSES

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Day 14 of COVID-19 Battle Plan

Wondering about the SBA Loans, like the EIDL or PPP? Me too!

If you are like me and anxious to apply for your Payroll Protection Program Loan from the Small Business Administration, below are some links that the National Association of Realtors sent us. I am still confused by some aspects of this and have an email into my CPA for guidance. I use Fifth Third as my bank and they, like many others, are not yet ready to accept applications. I am worried that the money will dry up before I get my application in. This loan means that I will be able to restore my employees back to full employment. That is a HUGE deal for me and them! Below are links for more information that I hope you will find helpful. The guides are applicable to any independent contractor or small business.

If like the guy above, working in your home office is driving you B-O-N-K-E-R-S, here are some Working at Home Tips from a ADHD Queen. AND, IF it works for me, IT WILL work for Anyone! 

So if you are like me, you will be filling in the applications for these programs from your home office.

I am accustomed to working from home and have done so for many years. I do not find it a hardship. Although, I do miss terribly the interaction with my co-workers. Here are my best practices to happily working at home:

  1. Time block! I do it in 1/2 hour intervals.  Alexa reminds me when that block is over. I also keep track of what I actually did versus what I was scheduled to do.
  2. PRIORITIZE: For me, money-making actions have never been so important. I have people depending upon me for wages and no vacation rental income coming in! Do your ‘MUST DO’ items first.
  3. Do not graze all day! Just because the fridge is there is no reason to open the door and stare temptation in the face. This is vital to me, as I hate myself when I overeat!
  4. Reward yourself with breaks at defined times. Then, it is ok to open the fridge. I, for example, have a planned coffee and lo-carb cookie break every afternoon.
  5. Pick a quiet space. If you are lucky enough to have a designated spot, terrific. If not, you will have to make the other household members respect your need to work.
  6. Make sure you have a comfortable work space, or you may wind up like this poor sod in the video above!
  7. And if you are responsible for homeschooling your kiddos and working at home, I just want to say “Thank You”, “Bless You,” and if you need someone to do a liquor run for you, I hear Norman’s will deliver!   

#BeSafe #BeSmart #BeKind #HUMANSOVERHOUSES