A Message from Michelle Talbott Rogers, Mobile Area Association of REALTORS® President 2020
Greetings, my fellow associates and friends,
What an interesting time we find in our market and in our country amidst the ever-changing news of COVID19. But do not lose hope throughout these days, as this too shall pass!
Please know we here at your Association are here for you. While our staff are working remotely from home, we are staying on top of news and will continue to share with you as we have it as well as continue to provide you with the same service you have come to rely on us for. Stephanie has shared staff contact information on our GCMLS home page. Do not hesitate to reach out to them, should you need to.
Both the National Association of REALTORS®, Alabama Association of REALTORS® and our Mobile Area Association of REALTORS® are issuing information, quickly and accurately. Please be sure to read these messages as you receive them and educate and arm yourselves with the resources these materials offer so that you may respond appropriately for yourself and your family and for your companies, clients, and customers. AAR has posted FAQs for your resources which can be found at ALRealtor.com which is also shared on our MAAR webpage.
Classes, meetings, and events have been canceled or postponed locally and statewide for the time being. Primary election run-off voting has been rescheduled for July 14, 2020.
Different areas are being affected differently. We are all adapting to the daily change. I very much like what AAR President Morgan Ashurst shared, paraphrasing, we have a choice – a choice to ignore the reports or a choice to adapt to the rapid and ever-changing events that unfold before us daily.
No doubt our market will change once this has settled but we are poised to come back strong – stronger than ever! There is still consumer confidence and financial institutions are still lending money. Mortgage interest rates are still historically low. Inventory is still moving and is still a challenge to find. People are still buying and selling real estate. We are still selling real estate! Be the Voice in Real Estate. Take this time to reach out to your clients and customers.
Be smart. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and consumers. Many of us are likely conducting business as usual, as much as we can. Please continue to do so utilizing the proper precautions as set forth by your companies, NAR, and our health officials. Use appropriate care when showing property, when meeting clients/customers in person, when conducting open houses. If you are sick, or you think you are sick, stay home. Encourage your clients and customers to do the same. With seller permission, consider utilizing video showings.
We are so good helping take care of others. Remember to take care of YOU, too. If your business has become a little slower, take some time now to reorganize, work on your C2EX certification. If you are busy, be sure to create some downtime. Find a few minutes to reach out to your fellow REALTOR® and encourage them. Offer some words of support. We can all use it right now!
Faith over Fear. Be strong. Stay informed. Encourage. Success is on the other side of this hill. Together, we can do it! That’s Who We R!
Michelle Talbott Rogers
Mobile Area Association of REALTORS® President 2020