Here’s what I’m doing in my business to protect my clients, myself, other Realtors and their clients, and our community against the spread of coronavirus.
We are all concerned about controlling the spread of coronavirus in our communities, around the country and around the world. We are all making sacrifices to reduce the likelihood of contracting or spreading the virus and #FlattenTheCurve. However, many people still have a need to be active in the real estate market. Some buyers are facing an expiring lease, or must reinvest the proceeds from a prior sale to avoid unwanted tax consequences. Some sellers are forced to move because their jobs are taking them to a new town or new state, while others have moved to assisted living facilities and must sell their home to cover the costs. Whatever the reason, I have found that some people need to buy or sell even at this difficult time.
So, here are the steps I’m taking in my business to protect against the spread of coronavirus:
- If the sellers are living in the house, all showings are by appointment only, and I am present for each showing to ensure compliance with the steps below (and I will keep my distance while the visitors are in the house).
- Wearing my own disposable gloves and shoe covers, I turn on all the lights in the house prior to the scheduled visit, and turn off the lights after the visit, in order to reduce the need for others to touch the switches.
- I give every visitor disposable gloves and shoe covers to where during their visit, and provide a trash can at the front door for proper disposal. This will give comfort to the seller that the guests are not tracking any infection into the house, and they will be touching doorknobs, cabinets and drawers with gloves, not their bare hands. This will also allow visitors to open doors, cabinets and drawers with less worry about coming in contact with the virus.
- I wipe down all doorknobs, counters, faucets and light switches after the guests leave the house.
- Open Houses – Following the recommendation of the Oregon Association of Realtors, and in line with the ban in Seattle, I am not hosting open houses at this time. I will not be surprised if Oregon implements a statewide ban on public and broker open houses in the near future.
- I contact the listing agent and ask what measures they and the sellers have taken to protect visitors to the house, and then discuss the response with my buyers to be sure they are comfortable.
- I ask my buyers to drive themselves to each property and meet me there so we don’t put each other at risk.
- I provide disposable gloves and shoe covers for each person and for each property.
Social Distancing is a term we have come to know too well in the past few weeks. Embrace the concept, keep washing your hands, and take care of yourself and your families.
- Every year United Van Lines conducts their National Movers Study by tracking their customer’s movement state-to-state over the course of the year.
- While Vermont claimed the top spot, Oregon slotted into the #2 ranking of states with the highest percentage of inbound residents.
- The most common response for why someone relocated to another state was for a new job or company transfer.
Windermere Realty Trust Ranks as the #1 Most Generous Large Corporate Philanthropist in Oregon & S.W. Washington
Windermere Realty Trust matched many of the criteria I sought when I changed real estate brokerages almost 18 months ago. Among those criteria was community support, for which the Portland Business Journal has just announced Windermere Realty Trust as the Most Generous Corporate Philanthropist among large corporations in Oregon & SW Washington. Together with this firm’s professionalism and collegiality, the company’s community support is second to none. I am proud to be affiliated with Windermere Realty Trust!
The Community Transitional School is trying desperately to collect enough school supplies for its community as the school year is about to begin. The Community Transitional School serves “the hidden homeless,” the students who live with their homeless and transient families through Multnomah County. The school is always striving to achieve its mission: To provide at-risk children with a stable educational environment that promotes their academic and personal growth.
If you are able to gather supplies, please deliver your donations to the barrel labeled “Positive Charge! for Community Transition School” at my office – Windermere Realty Trust, 6443 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Suite 100 M-F from 8-5:30 (closed on Labor Day), or contact me at Jon@JonCohenRealty.com or 503-720-9393 to arrange for pickup.
The Community Transitional School has an urgent need for the following items:
Large pencil boxes
Crayola or Prang watercolors (8 or 16 colors)
90 pound water color paper
Inexpensive paper plates
Playdough (in containers, not in kits)
Snacks for Pre-K and K classrooms)
Standard size backpacks
2-pocket folders in single colors
Plain copy paper (8 ½ x 11)
Paper Mate flair felt-tip pens (all colors)
Trapper Keeper zipper binders for middle schoolers
Post It Notes
Lined and unlined self-stick chart paper
Blue painter’s tape
Construction paper – single color packets (8 ½ x 11)
Student Tri-Met tickets for after-school Leadership Program
Peel & Seal #10 envelopes
Small, disposable, single-use cold packs
Large Band-Aids for large scrapes
Lables/Name Tags (Peel & Stick)
Scotch Tape refill rolls for standard dispensers
Lice shampoo and spray
Toothpaste (family size)
Hair ties and similar accessories
Athletic/tennis shoes – kids size 11 – boys and girls
As always, your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.
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The Portland real estate market is poised to accelerate into the spring selling season. January and February brought a slight uptick in residential inventory from the end of December, 2017. Our inventory dropped back down to 1.6 months by the end of March, up from the same time last year. The median sale price for a Portland-area home was $395,000 in March, 2018. This is 6.8% higher than a year ago. Houses are also moving just a little faster, with the median number of days on the market dropping to 55 – 5% lower than a year ago.
I expect to see more houses listed for sale in the coming months, typical for the spring month. I also expect the number of active buyers will increase, maintaining pressure on inventory levels and prices generally. For more information about your current neighborhood market, the market in the neighborhood where you’d like to move, or any of your real estate needs, please do not hesitate to contact me at Jon@JonCohenRealty.com or 503-497-2980, and look for your neighborhood information on my website – JonCohenRealty.com.
The new Portland residential speed limit is in effect as of April 1st. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the 20 mph residential speed limit applies to “streets that do not have center line markings.” The “20 Is Plenty” campaign is part of the City’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. You can find more specific information about the City of Portland traffic safety campaign on the Portland Bureau of Transportation website. So, borrowing that famous line from Hill Street Blues and the late Steven Bochco, “Let’s be careful out there.”
The Multnomah County Courthouse is not for sale – yet! However, as I reinstate my real estate blog, something from my days as a lawyer is crossing into my real estate world.
Later this month I will have the honor and the duty to fulfill my civic responsibility to appear for jury duty, and hopefully be chosen to sit on a jury. While this statement may trigger memories of the creative excuses you manufactured to avoid jury duty, or the times you cringed at the thought of spending any part of a day, or several days, listening to lawyers, witnesses and judges, I’m still looking forward to the opportunity to serve on a jury for the first time.
By now, you are probably wondering why this real estate broker is writing a blog post about jury duty, and why is he using words like “honor,” “duty,” “responsibility,” and “opportunity.” I’ll explain.
Almost 35 years ago, not long after I graduated from college, I received a notice from the Boulder County, Colorado Court calling me in for jury duty. As a soon-to-be law student, I was excited about the possibility of serving as a juror. During the jury selection process, one of the lawyers asked if I was employed and where I worked. I told him that I was employed at the Denver law firm of Fairfield and Woods as an office clerk. The lawyer turned and spoke briefly with the judge, and the judge then informed me that I was excused.
The next time I was called for jury duty was in Portland, after I completed law school and began working as a lawyer. The story line didn’t change much over the years. The Court called me for jury duty, I appeared as requested, and, if called to a courtroom for jury selection, one of the lawyers summarily dismissed me because I worked as a lawyer. For so many years I’ve wanted to serve on a jury. And for so many years I’ve missed that opportunity because most lawyers prefer not to have other lawyers serve on their juries.
Now, perhaps my time has come. I’m a real estate broker now and have been for almost 14 years. Will I finally have the honor and the opportunity to experience all the responsibilities of jury duty? I’ll let you know in a couple of weeks.