Q: How are you communicating with clients and co-workers, and showing homes while working remotely?
A: Communication has actually gone very smoothly. In March we certainly felt the challenge. But my clients and co-workers have adapted beautifully and fallen right into step with the times. In literal terms, the masks are cumbersome, hot, and make it a bit hard to be understood. We laugh and try saying our words again!
Q: How will this shape the future of how you operate?
A: Initially the changes seemed drastic. Masks, gloves, and booties became de rigueur and people accepted them with tremendous respect, not only for themselves, but for our sellers. Some of my clients are compromised from a health standpoint and we must be extra cautious with the way showings are conducted. I see these changes remaining in place for quite some time. Our clients are realistic and have accepted this new mode of showings.
Q: What can sellers do to improve their home’s curbside appeal in these warming months?
A: Curbside appeal is extraordinarily important. A sound, and not too expensive investment, would be some annuals, perennials, mulch, planters to frame your front walk or doorway. Make sure that your trees and bushes are trimmed nicely. Cut your grass in a diagonal pattern! An orderly appearance of the front of your home speaks to the condition of the home’s interior.
Q: Anything else we should know about the Greenwich?
A: The Greenwich market is very active at the moment. The trend of leaving New York City is growing by the day. Most brokers that I speak to are very busy. High end rentals are virtually disappearing if they are in top locations and have a pool and/or a tennis court. Contracts and sales are increasing as the worry of COVID-19 seems to be lingering. This is real fear and weighing heavily amongst young families.