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Katherine Rixon

Happy Friday!

Is anyone having a hard time with re-entry? Anyone just need a hug? I went on a hike the other morning with a girlfriend and have to admit that halfway thru I burst into tears. She stopped, turned and gave me a great big hug. Sure, I've hugged my husband and kids these past few months but man did that hug feel good.

Coming back to our new normal has been harder than I expected. Figuring out everyone's various levels of comfort surrounding social-distancing, safety protocols and how/where/when to go out is tricky and mentally exhausting. Predicting the market and navigating people's fears surrounding their homes, their careers, where to live, how and where to put their kids in school next year and what is going to happen with the economy is also trying. None of us have been through a global pandemic and this lack of certainty and control promotes stress and anxiety.

In the past I've been able to juggle what seems like a million balls. And through the pandemic I have had a business coach, a supportive husband, friends and family I can talk to and have even taken a course on how to coach others on grit and resilience.

I am one of the lucky ones.

I also recognize very clearly the signs of stress. I can't seem to juggle very well right now. And when I look inward, other signs are glaring back at me. I can only imagine how many of you are in the same boat and how hard things must be for those who aren't as lucky as I am. Just thinking about that makes me sad.

I am trying to remember to slow down, take life one step at time and just breathe...

We are all craving stability and social connection as we come back into the world. Figuring out how to navigate it is the tricky part.

The New York Times published an article yesterday on How to Hug During a Pandemic. Perhaps that is where we start?

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Rob Cronin

For those of you who feel safe knowing the data, here are the local real estate statistics for the past month:

May, 2020
164 New Listings
101 Properties went under contract
45 Price Reductions
38 Sales

Of the Sales;
Low: $32,000 (lot in West Magic)
High: $4,250,000 (home in Lake Creek)
Average Days on Market: 216
Median Sales Price: $330,000
10 Properties sold over $1 million

Compared to 2019:
Active Listings: Down 12%
New Listings: Down 42%
Number of Properties Under Contract: Down 10%
Number of Properties Sold: Down 46%
Volume Sold: Down 19%

Year to Date, Compared to 2019
Active Listings: Down 15%
Number of Properties Under Contract: Down 21%
Number of Properties Sold: Down 22%
Volume Sold: Down 1%
Average Sales Price: Up 27%

What's interesting to note is that while both the number of properties under contract and the number sold is down more than 20%, overall closed volume for the year is almost exactly where we were at this time last year. This combined with the increase in average sales price indicates that more expensive homes sold -- mostly at the beginning of the year. Then, while the market came to a standstill during the lockdown, very few transactions came together. Now that the doors have re-opened and people are getting out and about again, activity has started to pick up.

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Shannon Brandenburg, Marketing Director

Rob held a meeting with local business owners earlier this week and was encouraged to hear that many restaurants and retail stores recorded record highs in the month of May. The Valley Club and Sun Valley golf courses also had a record-breaking month. Flight and hotel reservations are picking up and as people go back to work the unemployment rate has dropped.

So on the good news front, our local economy is kicking back into gear.

Now we just need to figure out how to hug again.


Katherine Rixon & Rob Cronin

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