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Real Estate is an Essential Service

Social Distancing and Real Estate

Since March we have been practicing social distancing and it has had us make some adjustments to how we operate our real estate business. Since these measures were put in place, they have caused many business to close, and because of this, many people have wondered whether or not real estate is in fact an essential service.

The truth is, REALTORs are an essential service, as it has been classified in both Canada and the U.S., some believe that it isn’t an essential service. While that might come from a good place, it just isn’t true. The consequences of closing down this type of business would be detrimental to so many and for many reasons.

RE/MAX

It’s true that RE/MAX lobbied and continues to lobby for real estate during this time, that it is an essential service. With some agents advertising to their clients to hold off on selling, it’s important to understand that in a normal situation, waiting isn’t an option for many people.

One issue is that when someone has already sold their home and now has to look for a new one. It’s can be true that many of Canada’s housing markets were in the sellers territory earlier in the year, and with a low housing supply and a growing demand. it has motivated a lot of homeowners to list their property.

Anther issue is that, for some, it might be that they have to sell to finance the new home they’re already agreed to purchased. There might be a situation where a family is living in a precarious place, and have no choice but to sell and move. Other reasons could be that the neighbourhood has crime or there are unsafe conditions within the home, these issues along with many more, might be what forces someone to sell.

Spring 2020

It was reported recently that Canada’s unemployment rate in March 2020 reached 7.8%, that’s up from 5.6% in February 2020. Also, incomes are down, while monthly bills continue to come in.

This Spring has made it clear that the real estate market is not as busy as it would usually be. This is due to the fact that there is a global pandemic, preventing Open Houses to take place. The real estate industry has taken steps to ensure the safety of clients and REALTORs, but using virtual tours and other technologies to limit face-to-face contact.

Real estate agents have been able to adapt their business procedures to make sure they are following the guidelines set out by the government. These include digital listing presentations, virtual open houses and showings, video conferences, e-signatures and more. RE/MAX agents have been doing completely digital transactions, and clients have been open to these new ways of conducting business.

Contact Lori VanDinther

If you’ve been thinking about selling, buying, or have any questions about COVID-19 safety measures, please contact Lori today. We know this is an unprecedented time, Lori and her team are working hard to make sure clients safety is number one. 

Market Updates for May

Despite COVID-19; showings, offers and sales in the GTA have continued to trend upwards. Although we are still considerably behind where we should be, the month over month statistics are trending in the right direction. Showings are up 149%, offers are up 158%, new listings are up 38.2% and sold listings are up 72.4%

Things are improving month over month and the numbers are up 15% this past week prior to the previous week. All aspects of the real estate market continue to trend upwards. With all of the positive signals and our wealth of virtual tools, there is no longer a reason to continue in a holding pattern with your real estate needs.

If you have any questions regarding the real estate market or how we are working to meet the needs of our sellers and buyers, or if you’re interested in selling, please contact us today. I know that we will come through this time stronger and by supporting each other, we’re keeping ourselves safe and our communities as well.

Creative Activities to do at Home Family making cookies

Creative Activities To Do At Home

Creative Activities That Are Fun For The Whole Family

We’ve all be practicing social distancing and isolating at home for almost 40 days. You might be home with kids and are now looking for more creative ways to spend a few hours. Here are a few creative activities to do at home. Get the whole family involved and turn off the screens.

Make a Cardboard Dollhouse

Let’s talk about cardboard dollhouses. They’re not too difficult and can be fun for all ages. There are some great creatives activities to do at home. And they can be so much and the results can offer hours of play time for the kids. What you’ll need to make a cardboard dollhouse are as follows:

  1. You’ll need flat cardboard to make 5 walls
  2. Gift wrapping paper for the wallpaper
  3. Utility knife
  4. Duct tape
  5. Glue stick

Now you can get started and create the walls, roof (optional) and decorate the interior. You and your family can get as creative as you like. It’s time to go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. It’s time to wash the car and even have a water fight.

Time To Wash The Car

There are a lot of creative activities to do at home. And washing the car doesn’t need a lot of instruction. We’re here to encourage you to get outside on a nice day and enjoy the fresh air.

You get to accomplish two things here; getting fresh air and getting a chore done. All you’re going to really need is a bucket of soapy water, some cloths and room to get your car clean. And time for a family water fight. Once you get inside and dried off get to the kitchen because it’s time to bake.

Time To Bake

Baking can be a very wonderful learning experience. Getting your kids measuring and learning how to pour ingredients into a bowl. You’re helping with hand-eye coordination and learning how to get the right measurements.

let’s get the kids learning how to cut cookies with cookie cutters. Practicing their reading skills with you by reading the recipes and then seeing their hard work done and they get to eat it. It can be a fun activity for the whole family and even just for yourself. There are other activities that are a bit more quiet to consider as well. Let’s sit down with a puzzle and a cup of tea.

Puzzle Time

It’s been very popular right now to order puzzles and challenge yourself and your kids too. Why not make it a family event one afternoon and see how fast you can finish it. Puzzles offer creative, cognitive and problem solving practice.

And there are so many out there that you can try. You can find a wonderful list of 87 fun things to do at home here and you can still get looking at new listings with Lori.

Contact Lori And Team

The world is going through an unprecedented time and we want you to know that Lori and the VanDinther team are here and working hard. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us by phone or email.