Has COVID19 helped the real estate industry or is it just me? 

I will never do business the same way again.

I haven’t felt creative for a long time. I used to thrive off coming up with the ultimate tag line, eloquent description of a home, or picture-perfect e-blast. However, the last few years have been exhausting. I have been working extraordinarily hard doing a ton of transactions but at what innovative cost? Business is good but when you aren’t inspired you are slowly fading.

COVID has brought something back into my life I lost a while ago, time. I’ve had time to think, time to cry, and time to feel. All things necessary in order to create. This has helped tremendously with how I interact, react, and approach clients and tasks. It has allowed me to go from checking the boxes to analyzing, understanding and appreciating again. It has shown me the light at the end of the microbe tunnel.

COVID has also brought time back to the real estate industry. Time to sell more homes in a way more efficient manner. We have always had Matterport and virtual tours but nobody looked at them, why? We thought it was a waste of time to view a 3D tour when you could jump in a car and see it in person. Was that the best use of our time? A few months ago the answer would have been, yes. But now we have discovered efficiency in the virtual world of touring homes. If a buyer can tour 10 homes in the safety of their living room and rule out 7 of them, why wouldn’t they? Scheduling, touring, and discussing those 7 homes takes a massive amount of time. Not just for agents, but for the sellers who need to get the home ready, the coop agents who schedule and show, and the buyer who carves out half of their day to see these homes. Why did it take a pandemic for us as an industry to realize this? We are dealing with the health issues of the virus but not the mental health of all involved that could have been enhanced by having all this time back. I for one, do not plan on going back in time to the prehistoric era of not looking at videos before previewing a home. I want all the time I can get, and you should too, for your health, family and friends.

We have a new way for selling homes, and I for one hope it sticks.

Atypical Single-Family Home in Ukrainian Village

Click here for your virtual walkthrough of this atypical single-family home in Ukrainian Village. 5 bedrooms, rooftop deck, yard, and in Mitchell school district. Priced at $1,250,000 Contact us today for a tour or to sell your home this way.

 

Berkshire Hathaway Takes It Virtual

Watch Video: BHHS Chicago: Innovation, Ideas and Determination

Berkshire Hathaway and the Dowell Group are adapting with the times, with video calls, virtual walkthroughs, and much more. Technology in today’s world is keeping business moving forward, allowing access to homes without leaving your front door, and keeping everyone’s safety a top priority. While we are forever grateful to have access to devices that allow us to stay connected, from Zoom to Facebook, Instagram, and practicing our moves on Tik Tok, we are finding the best way to stay really connected is with a simple phone call. Take the time to reach out to a loved one, friends and family, or a long lost acquaintance who has been in the back of your mind. You will be surprised what a simple phone call can do to brighten someone’s day.

Sky High Luxury Living in the Gold Coast

Looking to live the sky-high lifestyle?

Just Listed:

175 E Delaware #8301-2
3 Bed, 2.1 Bath
$1,250,000

Surround yourself with breathtaking views of the city and lake from the 83rd floor of 175 E Delaware. The combined unit creates an almost 3000 sq ft home great for entertaining, with open floor plans and separate massive master suite.

Click here for full details.

Stunning Andersonville Single Family Home Under Contract in One Week

 Click here to watch this video of our gorgeous single family home in Andersonville that went under contract in one week. 

The Dowell Group agents are experts on luxury living, whether it is new construction or rehabs, and can get a premium for your home. If you are looking to sell, there is a gap in the market and we have been selling homes for a premium.

Reach out today for your complimentary market analysis.

Chicago’s Hottest Neighborhoods in 2019

Strongest Neighborhood Housing Markets of 2019
 
Pilsen, Hyde Park and Chatham stood out this past year as neighborhoods with an increase in sales and list prices, and a decrease in market time, signs of a strong market.
 
The Dowell Group has several single family homes currently under contract in Hyde Park, with another listing coming soon.
 
Check out this article from Crain’s Chicago Business reviewing sales of condos and townhomes in Hyde Park and Pilsen, and single-family homes in Chatham. Home sales across the city may have been down almost 5% in 2019 from 2018, but these neighborhoods saw more homes sold, at higher average prices in less market time.
 
 
https://bit.ly/37Jwvdq1313 E Hyde Park
 
#crainschicago #housingmarket #hotneighborhoods #pilsen #hydeparkchicago #chatham #wheretobuy #lookingtosell