Much has happened since our spring issue of SaundersBest.
In the days since – we’ve all been touched by the Covid-19 pandemic – that sadly took many lives- causing great heartache while affecting worldwide economic conditions. It is heartbreaking to see the toll of personal loss and financial hardship that this pandemic has caused around the globe.
Like so many of our neighbors around the globe – for us at Michael Saunders & Company – it has been a period of great adjustment.
As real estate was deemed to be an “essential service,” we took the necessary precautions mandated by government guidelines to keep our people and customers safe. It changed the way we did and continue to do business.
Undoubtedly, it made us focus more on what’s important in life…time with family, reaching out to friends, and treasuring memories.
The effect of Covid-19 on our local real estate market turned our seasons upside down. With so much pent-up demand, a typical slower summer season turned into a robust spring-like selling season. Our agents responded as we hoped they would – adapting to strong buyer demand utilizing video showings and virtual tours. In many cases, they secured contracts for properties sight unseen often with multiple offers due to limited inventory.
Although we remain encouraged by the strong demand in our market – what we are most proud of was how our agents responded to the pandemic and safely took care of our customers and our community. They worked hard to provide sound guidance to customers while also lending a hand in feeding our healthcare heroes across the community – helping many local restaurants as a result.
Inside this edition, we focus on our connections – to one another, to our community, and to our homes. We welcome new neighbors – as we’ll likely continue to do into 2021 with more opting to work remotely in our tropical location. In “Serene spots” and “Six to savor” we explore the places our spirits find peace despite challenge – whether that means taking a meditative walk or enjoying some good old-fashioned comfort food.
Since Covid-19 has turned our lives upside down, the way we look at homes has also shifted. Preferences for more space both within and outside the home are important – with desired features such as large kitchens, home offices, inviting swimming pools, outdoor terraces, and walkable neighborhoods. We invite you to explore a selection of homes across our beloved Gulf Coast, as well as, a special article on “Feather your nest” to discover some of the much sought-after home features.
We are incredibly proud of our community and our agents. Reminding us again that our business – above all – is about connecting and building relationships.