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Palm Coast Thursday, Apr. 16, 2020 5 months ago

New world of doing business during the coronavirus outbreak

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Brady and I are still showing houses in our real estate business — wearing gloves and shoe coverings.
by: Megan Farrell Contributing Writer

I didn't expect to have to revisit my 2020 business plan barely into the second quarter of the year, but here we are! We were planning for a strange year due to the uncertainty a presidential election brings; a global pandemic never even crossed our minds.

For those of you who don't know, I run a real estate business with my husband, Brady, here in Flagler County. We have experienced tremendous changes in the last three weeks and are continuing to experience them almost daily. One thing that's for sure is people are still moving! We are seeing relocations for work, babies being born and weddings still happening (virtually, of course). These people still need help finding their home!

Fortunately for our family, real estate is considered an essential service, but what does that really mean? There is a global pandemic! Who really wants to leave their house right now? Luckily, we are able to continue to conduct business with current clients with minimal interruption. As for new business — that looks a little bit different! Masks, gloves, shoe covers, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer are now required when I am entering a home. We have also been asking some different pre-qualifying questions. Sure, we still ask about motivation and some financial information, but questions like "Have you come in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?" are new to our questionnaire.

One thing that's for sure across all businesses right now is the need to adapt. We have turned to virtual showings and listing consultations as well as even more video than what we were doing before to continue to keep business going. I have seen local boutiques turn to social media groups to continue to thrive during these times. I see restaurant owners offering daily specials. What I love most is seeing our community come together to continue to support those businesses.

And speaking of those businesses: We want to hear from and support our mamas! Starting this week, we will be interviewing local mamas in the Flagler County Working Mamas Facebook group. We want to know how it's going at home, balancing working and momming, often at the same time. We know it's not easy, but we also know you're not alone!

Do you want to share your story? Call or text 386-597-3545, email [email protected], friend me at Facebook.com/MeganFarrellREALTOR, or join Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyWorkingMamas.

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