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Closing Out 2020

Closing Out 2020

As we enter the last week of 2020, I think it is safe to say most of us will be glad to get this one in the record books and move on. There are no words to describe what we have been through this year, and we all hope that 2021 will be dramatically different.

This year does not seem to want to end quietly. As I was writing this post, my phone sounded with a County wide COVID-19 alert for everyone to shelter-in-place and stay at home due to the surge in confirmed cases. In the meantime, and in sharp contrast, our phones have been ringing off the hook with buyers and agents trying to get in to view our listings.

Pandemic guidelines have limited showings to 2 buyers and their agent, with no children allowed. To effectively administer these guidelines, many agents have conscripted various showing services or calendar platforms to schedule buyer tours in 15 to 30 minutes slots. It is a strange situation: sellers need to sell their homes and move on, yet buyers are being told to stay at home. Listing agents are adding offer deadlines to facilitate offers resulting in a steady flow of buyer tours in spite of the posted restrictions. In some cases, all available slots for viewing homes are gone within a day of the home hitting the market.

The paradox is this: at a time when families are being discouraged from gathering for Christmas or other holiday events, the real estate market is as hot as it has ever been. We have not seen any of the normal slowing we would anticipate during the holiday season OR as a result of the pandemic as buyers are out in hordes.

This is the strangest Christmas I have ever seen.

As 2020 comes to a close, I am reminded of the lyrics of Silent Night, which during the 1914 Christmas Truce of World War I, were sung simultaneously by both English and German troops. “Silent night, Holy night … sleep in heavenly peace.” With the racial tensions and riots of 2020, the pandemic, the chaos in the stock market, the increasing numbers of COVID-related deaths and a general state of fear and unrest … peace would be welcome indeed.

The Realtors of the Central County wish you all the best this Holiday Season and our prayers are for much better times in 2021.

Carl Medford is a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty and a licensed general contractor. This article is sponsored by the Central County Marketing Association.

Carl Medford is a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty and a licensed general contractor. This article is sponsored by the Central County Marketing Association.

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