Today is the start of Day 2 of Colorado's Stay at Home Order aka Shelter in Place. The mood here in Downtown Fraser is pretty good. I go out for walks with my dog Ozzie around our neighborhood and people are out getting fresh air while keeping their distance from one another. Parents were picking up school work from the teachers outside the elementary school. Moms out pushing their kids around in strollers and push tricycles. Kids out on their bikes. People out on their decks. And even construction workers out finishing up new homes.
We are also very lucky to have so much public land accessible nearby. Even though Winter Park Resort closed uphill skiing, I've been getting a lot of x-country skiing in and walks in the woods. Which is one of the main reasons we chose to live here - the amazing soul charging magic of nature!
In the world of real estate, we are classified as an essential business in the Governor's Stay at Home Order. You are still able to buy and sell real estate - we just do it a little differently now. Banks are still open. Title Companies are still open. As an industry, we are getting creative to get things done for our clients. Most title companies are doing closings in parking lots with the buyer or seller in the car since they still require ink signatures on a lot of documents. Closings are taking a little longer with the influx of refinancing bogging down lenders and appraisers. Inspectors and appraisers and other people that need to get inside a property requiring it be vacant for at least 3 days - which is easier up here in the Winter Park area since a lot of our homes are second homes and vacant right now. If a property is occupied, we've seen them ask the seller to turn on all lights and open all doors so they don't have to touch anything.
We don't know how long this new reality will last, but it won't be forever. And what lessons can we pull from this difficult time for the world? How can we grow? I've been reflecting on this a lot lately and I'm not quite sure, but am open to the possibilities. And have been focusing my energy on studying, researching, reading, discussing ideas, connecting with people and listening. What are you doing? How will this difficult time change you? Will you be a better person? One mantra I keep coming back to is from my mentor Darry Hardy - "Be better everyday." The little things we do everyday add up to big things! Take this time to develop and grow and be a better person and translate that into your life for the rest of your years. This other lesson is that life is short and trying times always put that into perspective and wake us up and we see with clarity what is really important - the people in our lives, our family and friends and keeping those connections strong. Reach out to someone today and ask how they're doing. There are lots of people that live alone or have spouses in the healthcare field that are stressed more than I can even imagine and need our support.
(the photo above is from a Zoom Meeting with some of my good friends from a few days ago - it was so good to see and hear them!)
Author:Julie White Phone: 970-531-7155 Dated: March 27th 2020 Views: 9 About Julie: My goal is to help people with real estate. I am invested in helping people achieve their real estat...
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