Updated: Apr 24, 2020
Greetings! I hope this finds you all safe and healthy, immersed in family, and enjoying the slower pace of life that this unique time is offering.
Like many, I am balancing the logistics of 5 people in my house on Zoom calls much of the day, the demands of work, and learning to manage the education of my children. We will get through this!
Many have asked me about my opinion on the real estate market in these evolving times. As I shared in a recent email, it truly changes day by day. What I will tell you is that buyer demand is still high and inventory is still low. In fact, with more homes being temporarily taken off the market, there is less for buyers to choose from right now. For sellers that can keep their homes on the market safely, multiple offer situations are still very common. Title companies and lenders are working hard to ensure that closings can still be completed without issue. It truly is a team effort and the collaboration in our industry right now is really positive. Real Estate services have been deemed essential (this changed from original messaging from the Mayor) and we are working smart to ensure the safety of everyone involved in a real estate transaction.
Thinking ahead, I do think we will see a surge in inventory once we are able to more freely move about the world. Sellers that were considering listing this spring may be waiting to go active and the sellers who took their listings off the market will be re-listing. If you’d like to discuss your specific situation, please call me directly. I’m always happy to share my thoughts and love connecting in a more personal way.
We are all in this together! Be well, be kind, and live in the moment.
Real Estate in the News
Austin real estate pros predict resilient market after COVID-19 setbacks.
Wall Street Journal / REAL Trends Names Compass the #1 Independent Brokerage in the United States and the #3 brokerage by sales volume.
Austin Market Stats | February 2020
Virtual Home Buying Program
The health and safety of my clients and partners continues to remain my #1 priority. The Virtual Home Buying Program ensures we stay connected while making the buying process as simple as possible. I have enjoyed helping countless of out-of-state buyers find their home using this process for years - and I will continue to help local buyers and sellers now as we embrace our new normal.
We are excited to announce that meredithalderson.com is now live!
Be sure to check it out for some great neighborhood guides, helpful home buying/selling resources, and more info on our team!
Things may be shifting...but we continue to find unique ways to stay connected and give back to the city we love. Here are some uplifting articles and fun activities for what to do while quarantined.
Signs of Encouragement Around Austin
Although the emptiness can be startling, it feels good to know that the people that make our city what it is are still here—they’re just at home. Here are a few of those messages.
Austin Restaurants Adding Pop-Up Markets to Their Lineups
Local restaurants are selling surplus products and pantry essentials directly to customers during the coronavirus pandemic. See the list of Austin restaurants adding pop-up markets to their lineups here.
9 ways to stay Positive
When the news is all doom and gloom—as it has been since the outbreak of the coronavirus— it’s hard for even the most optimistic among us to stay positive.
Click here for ways to stay positive during the coronavirus pandemic.
These museums are offering free virtual tours
Life in the times of Coronavirus means a halt on travel. However, the following museums are offering an exciting insight into some of their exhibits, at no cost.
Take your pick and enjoy this virtual journey through art and time.
21 easy home projects to tackle while you’re hunkered down
Upgrade your space with things you probably already have at home - from restyling your bookshelves to prepping your planters for spring, here are 21 easy projects you can do while social distancing at home.
How YOU can Help
1. Donate Blood to Neighbors in Need
As coronavirus cases continue to climb and more local residents are in need of medical care, there’s no better time to donate blood. Local organization We Are Blood donor centers and all mobile donor sites are taking strict social distancing measures to facilitate the process.
2. Donate Meals
The Central Texas Food Bank anticipates a dramatic increase in the need for its services in the coming weeks and months. The food bank says a $25 donation provides 100 meals for neighbors in need. You can donate here.
3. Continue Supporting Local Restaurants
Though you can’t go out to restaurants and bars right now, you can still order food and alcoholic beverages to-go. Here is a list of where to order from.
Lifestyle Tips & Tricks
7 Design Insiders Reveal Their Favorite Spring Trends
A change of season is always the perfect excuse to infuse a little newness into your home, courtesy of the hottest trends. And if you’re not sure where to start? Well, that’s where House Beautiful comes in. They tapped several design experts, from bloggers to designers, to disclose the trends they’re most looking forward to bringing home this spring.
Prepare to be inspired.
Trend Alert: Mixing Neutrals With Emerald and Aqua
Whether you're looking for the light brightness of aqua or the rich dimension of emerald, these two jeweled hues are a guaranteed way to amp up your neutral color palette. While designers often suggest sticking to neutrals for your main furniture pieces, one statement piece in a bold color choice takes your living room from ho-hum to dazzling. HGTV's trend alert is everything we needed and more.
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