Is it just me or has the year flown by? Thanksgiving rolls in next week and Christmas is just around the corner (or in my household, Chanukah) and then that pretty much wraps up the 2021 calendar.
Whether it's one of these familiar holidays you celebrate, or your own cultural/family tradition, or simply winter solstice, the slower work pace brought on by the holidays gives us all a chance to reboot, regroup, and breath as we look ahead to 2022 . . . .
"We're interviewing Buyers Agents and wonder if you have time to take a call?"
At which point Sarah and I set an appointment and met up with the prospective out-of-area clients via Zoom.
"What type of communication do you prefer?"
"What's your timeline?"
"What's your budget?"
"What's your avenue of financing?"
"Do you have kids?"
"Do you have pets?"
"Are public schools important?"
"Is walking for coffee a priority?"
"What neighborhoods have you identified?"
"What are you looking for in a house?"
"What style do you prefer?"
"What's on your wishlist?"
"Will you take on a house that needs work or do you prefer turn-key?"
"What's non-negotiable?" (There will always be compromises.)
"Who else are you interviewing?"
On Wednesday, I received my Coronavirus Booster, met a garage repairrman for a service call, and then promptly put myself to bed for the afternoon to watch "Good Will Hunting" (a fave) and take a nap - something I NEVER do in broad daylight. But truthfully, aside from a very sore left arm, I felt nothing more than slightly light headed as the day progressed. I didn't develop a fever, chills, or anything close to what my husband, Cliff experienced after his third shot. even though I'd expected to. Hmmm, I guess women really are the stronger sex . . .
All kidding aside, I don't regret the afternoon off. Sarah, Jill ,and I have been running full steam ahead since the pandemic hit with little time for a breather.
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 17 years and has published more than 650 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.