The word “unprecedented” has been bantered about quite frequently lately. I feel compelled to ask…is the era we are in unprecedented? It is unprecedented for most living people, yes, that is true. We have never faced anything so robust as to challenge the entire framework in which we live our lives. History tells us that there are precedents to a pandemic and that, historically, most of those crisis’ were met with their own levels of pandemonium congruent to the time period in which it took place. What is fascinating to see now, is how adaptable some people and businesses have become. They are pivoting their business approach with little to no plan in order to continue to meet the needs of their clients to the best of their abilities.
After it was announced on Monday evening that gatherings should be limited to 10 people or less a large swathe of businesses, particularly those that rely on a crowd, have been forced to re-strategize. Restaurants and bars that have had to close their doors to diners are suddenly offering curbside pickup and delivery options. Personal trainers and yoga instructors from all over the country have switched to an online platform to keep their clients moving forward and stay healthy from home. Our own office has been busy at work arranging for our team of hourly employees to be set up for teleworking. The real estate industry was dealt one useful tool by the Federal Reserve in order to keep things moving but the real inspiration is seeing creative ways agents are rising above challenges like showing homes in a time of “social distancing.”
In response to the need for quick adaptation to the new playing field, the National Association of Realtors has created and released Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS®. We hope you use it and come with creative solutions in your own backyard. Please share with us so you can inspire other agents facing the same challenges as you!