What's essential?

Dated: March 21 2020

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It’s pretty hard for the rules-makers to define exactly which services are essential, and which are not. Of course, hospitals, banks, gas stations, and pharmacies make the cut, while dine-in restaurants, gyms, and convention centers do not. Plumbers, electricians, and laundries are essential, and apparently so are cannabis dispensaries (how times have changed!).

So how about real estate services?

I’d say that open houses are pretty clearly non-essential, and many people who would like to sell, buy, or sell and buy can put things off for a while—but others can’t. Clients who are already in escrow really need to complete their transactions. Someone starting a job in a new location needs a new home at least as much as homeowners need to have some electrical work done. Even though evictions and foreclosures are on hold, a homeowner who needs to unload an unaffordable property has a bigger problem than most people who would like to be able to go to the bank.

So, while we all take care of each other, and ourselves, most of my in-person real estate work will have to wait. But you can still call on me if there’s something I can do for you. We’ll work it out!

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DAVID DUNLAP

As a residential real estate executive with an extensive background in corporate marketing, I am able to apply unusually strong skills in marketing communications, e-marketing, strategic planning and ....

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