Real Estate

Has COVID-19 Affected California Real Estate?

Many are wondering how the real estate market will be impacted with all this uncertainty. In March, the unemployment rate in California rose to 5.3, which was a 1.4 jump from the previous month — this means a lot of people are either completely unemployed or their hours were reduced. So, it’s understandable that the real estate market will be impacted somehow. The question is how much and for how long.

The California Association of Realtors has been following the trends and recently released the following sales and price report:

This chart means the home sales decreased in March and, as of the date of this report, they were expected to be even lower in April. However, according to their research, median home prices increased. This could be as a result of less inventory. If less homeowners put their homes on the market, the demand becomes higher. Since interest rates are still at their lowest, serious homebuyers are searching for homes. Therefore, there is demand and prices increase.

So what does this mean for you? If you are a seller who has been on the fence about selling, this is the perfect time to sell because you have less competition and there is still demand. If you are a buyer, it is also a great time to buy because interest rates are at their lowest –the lower the interest rate, the lower your mortgage payment and the higher your buying power.

I believe the length of time these trends will continue will depend on how much longer the pandemic affects unemployment. This is a public health crisis, but unfortunately, it is impacting the economic stability of our nation. As of right right now, if you are in a position where you can sell or buy, I would recommend you do it. This pandemic is changing everything every day if not every hour, so waiting too long to see what happens, could be a costly decision in the future.

Pandemic Response, Real Estate

How is Your Mental Health in the Midst of COVID-19?

It’s been a while since I wrote in this blog. I got busy with my daily routine and responsibilities and gradually forgot about writing just like the many other simple and important things the busyness of this world has taken away from many of us. Unfortunately, it had to take an order to stay home for me to remember about writing in my blog. However, in the midst of all the ugliness this pandemic has brought to the world, there are some good things happening. People are turning back to the simple things in life: love, kindness, and compassion.

There are too many things going on at the same time right now. The world is changing rapidly and this can cause lots of anxiety and worry. For those of us who tend to suffer from anxiety or depression, it can be hard to balance everything at once. We can easily get overwhelmed by the new normal we are having to adjust to. Some are overwhelmed with having to balance working at home, homeschooling children and keeping up with the house chores. Others are stressed with working too much, constantly being exposed to the virus, and trying to keep their family safe. While others are worried because they either already don’t have a job or are afraid they will lose it in addition to the major impact the economy will have after all of this has passed.

We don’t really know what is going to happen or how bad it will be, but the first thing we need to do is live day by day, have faith, and not worry or fear. We need to implement some self care! I am not a mental health expert, but I can share from experience what has worked for me. Here are a few things that might help:

  1. Keep your medicine routine. You might need to set an alarm to remember but you need to keep your daily routine and not forget to take your medicine.
  2. Keep a journal. Even if you don’t feel like writing, make the time to write how you are feeling throughout the day.
  3. Set boundaries. When you are hurt, sad, or angry by someone’s actions towards you, it more likely means a boundary has been violated. Find out what it is and make changes.
  4. Watch what you eat. Eat a balanced diet. Be intentional about what you eat. Don’t eat out of anxiety or boredom.
  5. Have some “me” time. Don’t isolate yourself, but do have some time on your own to recharge. You know what works best for you. Listen to happy music. Pray and meditate. Exercise. Watch a funny movie. Read a book. Bake. Work on your garden. Listen to calming sounds and just relax. Whatever works for you…as long as it’s healthy.
  6. Lean on your support. It can be a friend, a family member, a spiritual leader, or your therapist but you need to have someone you can talk to when you are feeling down. Make it a point to talk to someone about your feelings, don’t bottled them up.