Transform an Office Building into a Home

Many people are transforming rooms in their homes into home offices, but some people are transforming commercial spaces into homes.

Unused and Vacant

Today, CNN reports that outdoor retailer REI is selling their newly finished unused 8-acre corporate campus in Bellevue, WA as they redefine their experience of “headquarters.” Their new model they say will make remote working the “normalized model” for headquarters employees and the future headquarters building will be instead multiple satellite campuses in the Seattle area.

Businesses all over the US are seeing what REI is seeing and adjusting their business models. Office building occupancies are going down in the downtown areas of large cities across the US primarily because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated lockdowns. Businesses are either moving, transitioning to remote working, or closing altogether. Landlords of downtown office buildings in big cities are in danger of losing the income from their properties as companies move to small communities or have their staff work from home. If the landlord has a mortgage and cannot keep up with their payments, they could lose the building. These buildings are then left vacant.

According to STR, a global hospitality data and analytics firm, hotels are suffering as well. Their data show that a fifth of hotel properties are still closed and have been since March. Many of these hotels will not survive the pandemic.

This devastating business and economic situation may offer a sliver of optimism if we look at investing in converting office buildings and hotels into much needed housing.  

According to an article in realtor.com (https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/office-hotel-conversions-to-housing/) office buildings and hotels in urban downtowns are attractive for conversions to apartment housing because they have wifi and cable infrastructure in place, parking areas, and common areas. While offices will require more plumbing to provide bathrooms and perhaps kitchens to each apartment, hotels can be converted less expensively because they are already divided into individual spaces with individual bathrooms.

Creating Affordable Housing

One example of a hotel converted to apartments is Plato’s Cave at 3524 Keetor St. in Branson Missouri. Repvblik (pronounced Republic) LLC, a Los Angeles based firm, converted a vacant six-building Days Inn into multi-family or workforce housing. The complex includes studio apartments, renting for $495.00 a month, and one-bedroom apartments, renting for $695.00 a month. According to its website, https://www.platos-cave.com/pictures-of-units, the complex incudes a gym, commercial kitchen, large dining area, an outdoor pool and beach volleyball on the property. There is plenty of parking and it is right on the strip within walking distance to the jobs there. It is affordable housing that is so badly needed.

Living and working in crowded downtowns were very popular until the pandemic hit these communities so hard. It is not clear how many people will be willing to move back to crowded downtowns after the pandemic ends or if it lingers for years. It looks certain that there will be many vacant office buildings and hotels around by the end of 2021 or when long-term leases run out. Landlords will have to keep their prices in line with demand and it is too soon to tell what demand will be.

Too Early to Give Up

Clare Trapasso, the author of the article, “As the Pandemic Empties Office Buildings, Can Those Spaces Help Solve the Housing Crisis” says, “… it may be too early to write the obituary of urban office buildings and hotels, as many did in the wake of 9/11.”

However, development can drive what happens, so you might want to be thinking about a strategy to help cities, people in need of housing, and your own financial security by seriously studying the risks and rewards of converting vacant downtown office space and hotel space into affordable housing in your own city.

If you need funding, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.

Patrick St. Cin

W – 512-213-2271

M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

http://www.reicapital.cash/

References

Trapasso, Clare, Realtor,com, As the Pandemic Empties Office Buildings, Can Those Spaces Help Solve the Housing Crisis, August 12, 2020. com (https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/office-hotel-conversions-to-housing/)

CNN,  Leah Asmelash and Alison Kosik, August 13, 2020. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/outdoor-retailer-rei-to-sell-sprawling-new-and-unused-headquarters-to-shift-to-remote-work/ar-BB17VDuG?ocid=msedgdhp

Platos Cave website: https://www.platos-cave.com/property-tour

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Multi-Family 2020

Investing in, constructing, renting, and remodeling healthy multi-family living environments is still important and even more important now that the coronavirus has rubbed our faces in the dangers of living and working close to other people. Since more land has not materialized in most cities to give us more room to live on and in, builders and investors need to be creative about how to design or redesign compressed housing that will prevent and control the spread of an infection that is viable in air and on surfaces. People are and will be looking for homes that keep them safe from infection.

The Problem of Close Quarters

The necessity of elevators and lobbies, as well as the cost of swimming pools and on-site gyms they pay for but cannot use are scaring renters away from large apartment complexes. These are the places where dwellers must maneuver around each other in tight spaces, share air for minutes at a time, and touch buttons and handles others touched just moments ago.

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Consider in Your Budget Some New Things

To update your multi-family housing project in this time of coronavirus spread, include in your remodeling budget something new, such as, touchless and voice technologies that can improve the safety of getting into or out of a home without touching contaminated surfaces, new air handling technologies that vent air to the outside and clean air within an elevator or other room after each use.

If your project has many units on multiple stories, you may need to consider some robotic or AI technology that will keep the number of occupants in an elevator down to one at a time. Perhaps the elevator itself could be modified into a capsule that only holds one person at a time, a capsule that could be disinfected and dried automatically between uses. Ah that will be expensive. Some complexes would require numerous elevator capsules.

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It looks like fighting the virus will not be energy efficient. Supplying cleaner air includes containing contaminated air or exhausting it to the outdoors, diluting the virus in the air by injecting clean and filtered outdoor air, and cleaning the air within a room. Any of exchange of air with the outside will make temperature control more difficult and less energy efficient. Thus, to make your multi-family housing as safe as possible, you will likely need to install larger electrical capacity.

Smaller Price Tag for Separate Entrances

If a large complex seems to come with a price tag that is too high, there are smaller multi-family investment projects that have designs that handle the problem of indoor common areas by doing away with them. Small apartment buildings, duplexes, and joined houses work well as rental investments. They include individual entryways and even small yards or gardens.

Small units of 2 to 5 homes can easily be designed with individual outdoor entries that meet social distancing requirements. In one design I recently studied online at http://www.houseplans.com, the complex included 5 units. Each house was three stories, but the overall complex was only one housing unit tall. All homes included a ground-floor separate entrance. Those that had garages had two entrances counting the front door and an entrance from the garage.

Although this design might not be great for seniors because of the stairways, I found it a manageable complex size that allowed each home to be independent. Each unit in this design is roughly 1170 sq. feet with 2 beds, 2 baths, 3 floors, 1 garage, 3 levels, and separate outdoor entries. The garage and second bedroom or home office were on lower level. The living room, dining room, and kitchen with washer and dryer and utility room were on the second floor. The master bedroom, bath, walk-in closet and roof-top deck were on the third story. Five printed sets of plans cost $950.00.

If you need funding for your project, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.

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Patrick St. Cin

W – 512-213-2271

Patrick@REICapital.cash

http://www.reicapital.cash/

References

https://www.houseplans.com/plan/5850-square-feet-2-bedrooms-2-bathroom-luxury-home-plans-1-garage-33631

Fluctuating LTV

The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is the amount a borrower can borrow from a lender compared to the appraised value of the property that he or she wants to buy. The LTV determines the amount of a down payment a borrower has to supply from his own pocket to invest in the property.

Loan-to-Value ratio = Mortgage amount ∕Appraised value of the property.

For example, if the lender offers a loan at a 90% loan-to-value ratio, the borrower must supply 10% of the total cost of the purchase. In a fix-n-flip loan the same is true, the lender that supplies up to 90% (for example) of the home purchase price, requires the borrower to provide the other 10% of the price.

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed things rapidly including the market value of homes, thus affecting the LTV ratios lenders depend on. Please call for the most up-to-date loan-to-value ratios on our loans for your upcoming projects. 512-213-2271

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Default

If a borrower defaults on a home loan, which is more likely to happen if they do not have much of their own money in the home, the lender takes back the home and sells it to get back the money they lent. Market fluctuations can cause lenders to lose money if the value of a house goes down and the borrower defaults on the loan. The value of the home may be less the amount of the loan. The coronavirus pandemic may make home prices goes down, but that is not certain and may not be true in all locations.

Equity

If the borrower had equity in the home and defaults, then the borrower loses the equity they have in the home because the lender takes the property and sells it to recoup their investment and expenses as quickly as possible.

Equity is the amount of money that would be returned to homeowner if the asset is liquidated (sold) and all debts are paid off. It is in a home owner’s best interest to sell a home before they default on a loan and pay the loan off if possible both so they can get their equity out of the home and so that they can keep their credit history in good shape.

FICO Score Requirements

The FICO score required on loans relates to the buyer’s credit history. It reflects how often they have been late or defaulted on loans in the past. Before the coronavirus pandemic set our lives, marketplace, and economy into a spin, REI Capital Resources required a FICO score of 650 on a hard money loan with a term of up to 24 months. Many people have lost their jobs and their credit scores have suffered. Watching the unemployment rate go up, lenders across the country have tightened up their FICO requirements and these requirements are changing daily. Please call me for our latest FICO requirements. 512-213-2271.

Selling to Avoid Foreclosure

Owners in default or facing default will sometimes take less than the market value for a house to avoid foreclosure. They may settle for only getting part of their equity back, reasoning that some is better than none. None is what they will get if they go into foreclosure and the lender takes back the property and sells it for the balance owed on the loan. The borrower may even give up all their equity to sell the house before defaulting to keep their credit history intact and their FICO scores high.

Buying Opportunity

The distressed homeowner’s situation becomes the buyer’s opportunity. The homeowner needs help to retain their high FICO score and some equity, and the fix-n-flip buyer needs to purchase a property for the lowest price. It can be a win-win deal.

As a direct lender, it is my job to help you get a purchase and rehab loan as quickly and as easily as possible. The perfect fit is still out there. Call me though for the most up-to-date information.

I am working online with the rest of you. If you need funding, fill out the BLN application at   http://reicapital.blnsoftware.com/ or send me an e-mail or give me a call.

Patrick St.Cin

W – 512-213-2271

M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

www.REICapital.cash

Waking Up

Real Estate is waking up. U.S. mortgage applications to purchase a home 🏠 rose 9% last week from the previous week and from a year earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. It was the sixth straight week of gains and a 54% recovery since early April. Investopedia.com.

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This is despite the sobering news from the Labor Dept. Weekly pay fell 11% in April from the prior month. That was the biggest drop on record, but it will likely be broken in May. Investopedia.com This, plus historically high unemployment, will be immense hurdles for people buying homes but might be incentive to start a business fixing and flipping homes to add to your own income and to provide homes, maybe small homes, to young and old consumers alike. Both want to get out of community living and out of big mortgages. I have the funds to help you fill this void in housing.

Real estate agents are using more virtual tours to showcase their homes. You might be able to use a video 🎥 to showcase your remodeling experience on a loan application for a private money loan for your next project.

I am working online with the rest of you. If you need funding, fill out the BLN application at   http://reicapital.blnsoftware.com/ or send my an e-mail or give me a call.

Patrick St.Cin

W – 512-213-2271

M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

www.REICapital.cash

Fixing Up Houses for Seniors

The coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow of mortal danger over senior community-living and assisted-living options, nursing home options, and the option of living fulltime on a cruise ship grazing the buffets and watching people, waves, and whales.  Instead of looking forward to being safe with others our own age, with staff to care for us, and convenient medical care, we find that living in community might expose us to a virus we have no immunity to and a particular susceptibility for.

Even if one eyes being sick alone with anxiety, aging in place, at home has become even more attractive in recent months, and it has also become more possible. Advances in electronic technology have given many seniors more tools to use to assist them in staying at home while they age. Online shopping and delivery of even groceries and the surge in telemedicine are a couple of the technologies that have taken off during the pandemic. According to the Wall Street Journal article by Peter Grant, Senior-Housing Communities Face Higher Vacancy Rates Amid Coronavirus, virtual “doctor visits through American Well, also known as Amwell, increased 1000% during a six-week period (1).”

While senior community investors are taking a beating right now, a fix-n-flip real estate investor might be able to turn a profit on small rundown houses by remodeling them into the perfect haven for a senior citizen who wants to avoid community living. The task will mean focusing on details that seniors would be looking for and then marketing those amenities when you sell the home. I’ve scoured several articles for ideas about what to remodel in a fix-n-flip for seniors.

The first Advice I found was “buy a single-story home.” (3)

ENTRANCE

Make a no-rise entry by adding a ramp instead of steps. (3)

Repair uneven or cracked walkways outside and add nonslip surfaces. (3)

If stairs must stay, add 1 ½-inch diameter rails on both sides. (3)

Add reflective strips to top and bottom of stairs. (3)

Create doorways that are wide enough for a wheelchair.

Add benches and hooks for packages both inside and outside an entrance. (3)

Make a cleanup station or mud room near the door so guests can wash hands, remove shoes, discard coats, and pick up a face mask at the entrance and not expose inhabitant to pathogens.

Put a roof over at least one entryway. (3)

KITCHEN

Install appliances with easy-to-read controls and push buttons. (3)

Install a wall oven. (3)

Make a microwave drawer. (3)

Use lazy Susan’s, rollout drawers, glass doors, and open shelving in cabinets and pantries. (3)

Install a single lever kitchen faucet. (3)(4)

LIVING AREA

Removing small step ups and down between rooms and replacing them with ramps.

Install flooring that is nonslip even when wet in bath and kitchen. (2) (3) (4)

Install outlets where they will be most useful, such as on walls where a flat screen would be used so cords don’t show and a little above desk height on walls and in the corners for charging devices or plugging in computers.

BATHROOMS

Install u-shaped and vertical grab bars in the shower and near the bathtub (2) (3) and add back bracing to the walls in these areas. (3)

A walk-in tub.

Install a curb-less entrance to the shower. (4)

Give shower floors a non-slip coating. (4)

Install shower seating, some are fold down. (2) (3)

Install adjustable handheld shower sprayers. (2) (3) (4)

Add extra lightening to shower area. (3) (4)

Install tall or comfort-height toilets and bars to grip when one is lowering and lifting themselves off the toilet. (4)

Add lever faucets to bathroom sinks. (3) (4)

OUTSIDE

Install new decks with handrails and no splinters.

Add Raised garden beds to the landscaping.

I can have private funding for your project. Let’s get our economy going again.

Fill out the BLN application at   http://reicapital.blnsoftware.com/send me an e-mail or

give me a call.

patrick@reicapital.cash

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M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

http://www.REICapital.cash

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Keep Moving

I am sharing with you a blog from a science writer that contains information about respiratory coronavirus transmission. The blog, The Risks – Know Them- Avoid Them, by Erin Bromage, offers information that we laymen and women might not have processed yet. The information is biological and physical and spelled out very clearly. We need to reopen for business, but we need to do so safely, and in order to do that, we need to know the risks and how to avoid them. I was most impressed by how the article, highlights how being in an enclosed space, sharing the same air for a prolonged period increases your chances of exposure and infection. Our guidelines for reopening our economy tend to emphasize distance but have not mentioned much about exposure to the virus over time.

“Infection could occur, through 1000 infectious viral particles you receive in one breath or from one eye-rub, or 100 viral particles inhaled with each breath over 10 breaths, or 10 viral particles with 100 breaths. Each of these situations can lead to an infection (Bromage Blog).”

Although we have not determined just what the infectious load is for COVID-19, for other coronaviruses the number is 1000 virus particles. It is this principle that is behind why grocery stores can open and bars and restaurants must close. It is this principle that should concern you if you share a small office or work in an open space with a lot of people, or work 8 hours on an assembly line 6 feet from another human being who is potentially infected. In the grocery store you pass through quickly, shelves break up the aisles, and you typically don’t talk much as you shop. In bars and restaurants, you linger and talk. At work, you talk and breathe for hours near or in the same room with others.

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Taking this to heart, I would suggest that real estate buyers, agents, and lenders pass through homes that you are viewing quickly. Don’t linger too long. Don’t carry on discussions face to face in small rooms or cars.  If you must discuss things, do it outside the home and stand more than 10 feet apart with the wind behind both of you.

Keep greater than 6 feet of distance between you and another person, especially if that person is talking, yelling, or singing and is upwind of you. In an Indoor situation, up wind means between you and an open window, the air conditioner blower, or a fan.

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Don’t drive in the same car to a property.

If you are showing a house, make sure it has been vacant for several hours before showing it, so all airborne virus particles have had time to fall out of the air. This doesn’t address surface contamination, but at least your clients won’t breath in an infectious dose as they move from room to room. You should wipe down counters, door handles, and surfaces that will be touched.

Do in-person showings and meetings by appointment only. This way you can judge how many people are around you.

Always pay attention to the physical situation when you are moving about the community. Ask yourself, how many people are here? How big is this room? Is there ventilation and enough of it?

Be sure to read this great article by Erin S. Bromage and apply the knowledge you gain to your work and play.

I am working online with the rest of you. If you need funding, fill out the BLN application at   http://reicapital.blnsoftware.com/ or send my an e-mail or give me a call.

patrick@reicapital.cash

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Patrick@REICapital.cash

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Vote Your Numbers

There is one thing that we can all be sure of: no one knows what will happen next.

The coronavirus has thrown all the cards into the wind and the stock market goes up even along with virus infections and deaths while main street eyes reopening a percentage of their business capacity keeping their distance and wearing masks. Forecasting is impossible.

REI Capital Resources would like to know your plans so we can put funding strategies together and find private lenders that will fit your plans and goals as you forge ahead into the murky future. Please take this brief pole for us.

Funding the BUY

Many jobs have been lost, at least temporarily. Texas has lost 50,900 jobs in the month of March. Louisiana had lost 21,000, Georgia, 7,000, and Florida 36,600. Nevertheless, homes are still selling. Realtors are advising home sellers to be flexible and willing to negotiate if they want to sell their home right now in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic (Forbes.com). Many people may not be comfortable committing a lot of money on a property when they are unemployed.

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However, if you are in the business of real estate investing, such as fix-n-flip house buy and selling or buying for rental income, this may be a good time to buy. With fewer houses on the market, competition will be even more intense than usual, but sellers might be more amiable to negotiating.

I can help you get private funding for a real estate purchase for an investment. The terms would be 6 to 9 months. No appraisal is required, you can fund up to 90% of the purchase price and up to 100% of the rehab cost. Interest rates would start at 12% with points as low as 3.0%.

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When you go to see a house, make an appointment and take safety precautions, such as wearing gloves and a mask when you see the home and discarding the gloves as you leave before you touch your car handle or steering wheel. Limit close contact with the real estate agent, seller, or lender. Complete as much paperwork electronically as you can. Wash your hands often. Avoid touching your face.

Let’s get our economy started again but be safe about it.

Fill out the BLN application at   http://reicapital.blnsoftware.com/ or send my an e-mail or give me a call.

patrick@reicapital.cash

W – 512-213-2271

M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

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Investing in Apartments – Commitment and Study

Even in the coronavirus pandemic crisis investing in rental apartment property can still be a good way to add thousands of dollars to your income in the long term. If you buy apartment real estate that is in a good location with growth potential, but that is not too expensive, this real estate investment will likely recover after the crisis passes according to (Brad Hunter, Forbes.com). However, the investment takes funds and commitment over the long haul.

Appreciation

There are two way to make money from rental real estate. The first, appreciation, is a rise in value over time. This profit can only be realized by reselling the property after some time has passed or after you have made upgrades that add to the value. Generally, real estate appreciates in value over time if you are in the right location. Be sure to study employment and home buying trends in your local area before purchasing rental property.

Cash Flow & Coronavirus

You can also make money in the form of cash flow by collecting rents as income. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting the apartment rental real estate industry because many people, more people than we have ever seen before, have lost their income in only a few weeks, unemployment claims are up all over America, and tenants may not be able to pay their rents for the next couple of months. This will impact the ability of landlords to make money. Either the landlord forgives the rent and eats the loss for a while to keep the tenant, or the renter is evicted, and the property becomes vacant. In either case, the landlord is not receiving income on the property and may have to seek forbearance from their own lenders.

If a landlord has paid off his or her own mortgage on the property or if he or she has established an emergency fund as Dave Ramsey suggest (daveramsey.com), they will be able to weather the storm caused by the jobs lost in the pandemic shutdown.

Jobs and Renting

Either the jobs come back after the danger from the virus is past and businesses reopen, and the renters stay, or a new set of renters materialize because those people who are no longer able to afford their own homes move to apartments and construction of new homes slows because of coronavirus-driven delays caused by labor shortages, and supply shortages. More people may need to rent. In this case. It is likely the landlord’s income will return after some shaky months.

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Asset Rebound

Because the income potential should rebound, rental apartment property should not lose its value overtime as an asset. If the building itself remains sound, there is no reason why the property value will not increase as other investments tank and real estate once again looks solid and reliable compared to stocks. Also, if interest rates remain low, investors will be willing to take on more debt and are not restrained from purchasing property at higher prices. This will help investors who plan to sell their rental properties make a profit.

Single-Family Rentals

Investments in single-family rental homes may also benefit in the long run as more people work from home and need more room than apartments afford. Brad Hunter also suggests in his article on Forbes.com that the single-family-built-to rent-industry may benefit as people need that specially designed home office space with its own door and bathroom.

Due Diligence

Investment in rental real estate should remain attractive but be sure to do your due diligence.

Study everything from location, jobs, virus hotspots, distancing trends, supply chains, virus rebounds as they occur, and what the kids are doing now.

References:

Dave Ramsey online at https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/how-to-invest-in-real-estate

Forbes online: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradhunter/2020/03/24/coronavirus-impacts-on-real-estate–why-you-need-to-think-short-term-and-longer-term/#6f2133345f6f

Investopedia, The Impact of Interest Rates Changes by the Federal Reserve. https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/010616/impact-fed-interest-rate-hike.asp

We have funds available so let us invest in something together.

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Patrick St.Cin

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No-Handshake Survival

I have had to really watch myself with this social distancing thing.  I am a toucher. I lean into hugs, always shake hands, pat shoulders. I soak up touch. When I’m talking, I find myself creeping closer to the person I am talking to as if I can’t see them or hear them well enough at a distance. 

I am certain this economy will recover. People still need homes and loans, but we still may not be able to shake hands for a long time.

In some American states, selling real estate is still an essential occupation as is banking. When we are selling homes or signing loan papers, we are working with others in small groups, but we may be working with people from other states or countries and need to keep ourselves and our families safe during this Covid-19 pandemic.

FIRST & IN THE FUTURE

Use only appointment-only open house formats this way you know who is coming when and you are not surprised. But advertise this new situation on the door so people don’t come in unannounced. This will help you assure that only one group is walking through a house at a time.

Use social media to make virtual tours, even if people will want to see a property before they buy. They can spend more time exploring the house online and visit the website multiple times without having to worry about personal protection equipment.

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YOUR DAILY PREP

Prepare business cards and signs to reflect appointment-only restriction.

Place a separate set of clothes and shoes for home just inside the door to your home or in your mudroom if you have one.

Remove your wedding ring.

Stop using a purse or briefcase and instead use a plastic or washable cloth bag for business cards, open- house guest books and pens.

Place a fresh set of business cards and other items in 6 or 7 bags and label them for each day. Take a fresh bag of supplies with you to an open house or to the office every day.

Equip yourself with gloves, face mask, face shield, and booties for your shoes (For open house).

AT THE OPEN HOUSE

Spend time cleaning doorknobs and surfaces before and after a showing, A glossy kitchen counter can be a magnet for a tactile person. They just have to run their hands over the surface. Windowsills might also need some disinfectant. If your store is out of prepared disinfectant use original unflavored Listerine in a spray bottle.

Wash your hands before and after a showing.

Invite your potential buyer to wash their hands before and after touring the house. And, provide a hand sanitizer.

Remind everyone to be aware of where they set down their mobile phone so they don’t set it down on counters or in the bathroom or on other shared surfaces.

Stay alert to what is touched during a showing so you can be sure to clean these surfaces with extra attention after the showing.

You can wear gloves but know how to take them off and dispose of them correctly without contaminating your hands and everything around you when you take them off. Peel them off before you touch your car, turn them inside out and place them in a plastic bag and tie it shut. Put the plastic bag in the trunk of your car for later disposal if there is no trashcan nearby.

Keep your distance from each other. This is the best way to prevent the spread of a respiratory disease.

Wearing a mask will protect you and your client. While wearing a mask, smile more, wink and speak so you are sure to acknowledge people even if you keep your distance and do not touch.

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COMING HOME

Hang up the bag of supplies you return with near the door, spray it with disinfectant and Let the bags hang unused for a week to 9 days so the virus will have time to die out before you use the bag again.

Strip out of your outside or work clothes and shoes near the doorway or in the mudroom.

Wash your hands.

If you are wearing gloves, dispose of them before touching your clean clothes. If you want to reuse them, place them in a plastic bag so you can disinfect them later.

Dress in your indoor clothes.

With gloves on, bag us your work clothes and wash them immediately.

Let jackets and hard items rest for a week or 9 days at room temperature before using them again to give the virus time to die out.


An open house is not as dangerous as a concert or a basketball game. Usually there are 3 people involved and they are usually adults.  Perhaps sometimes parents bring their children, but that is something that can be avoided right now.

Unlike a family, the 3 people involved in the showing usually do not know each other intimately.  The buyer does not know where the realtor had been recently and neither know where the homeowner has been recently if they are still living in the home being shown. Precautions need to be taken so you don’t catch the coronavirus or bring it home to your family.

I hope that I can be of help to you this month. I can be reached at

Patrick@REICapital.cash

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas