Thanks to our friends at the Portland Press Herald for sharing our perspective and what we're doing to continue to serve our clients during these challenging times. See a exerpt below and read the full article on thier website.
Tom Landry is standing in front of a brick building at 316 Congress St. in Portland. He’s wearing a high-filtration respirator and saying what has become an understatement for many business owners today.
“This is clearly unprecedented,” he says. “But we’re still trying to do the best we can for our clients.”
Inside, wearing his mask and gloves, Landry shows off one of the apartments. After the walk-through, he’ll sanitize all the surfaces he touched, he says.
This is how some Maine Realtors are coping, in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Getting an accurate statewide read on the impact of coronavirus on home sales activity is impossible at the moment, because events are changing daily, and most of the available market data relates to activity that occurred before the outbreak. The process of selling a home takes weeks or months.
Still, southern Maine real estate professionals say virus fears and social distancing restrictions already are having an obvious chilling effect on the housing market.
Their profession became even more challenged on Tuesday, when Gov. Janet Mills ordered the shutdown of nonessential public-facing businesses, and Portland, Bangor and Brunswick enacted emergency stay-at-home orders.