- The coronavirus pandemic has caused many city residents to reconsider their living arrangements, and some have already begun moving to the suburbs.
- Robin Kencel, a real estate agent in Greenwich, Connecticut — a suburb outside New York City — told Business Insider that she has seen a massive influx in prospective buyers from the city and that she has “never had such an intense work pace.”
- In an email to Business Insider, she lays out what her daily schedule as a suburban agent currently looks like.
Back in mid-March, the coronavirus pandemic brought much of the country to a halt, largely pausing the housing market. And while the outbreak has impacted things like inventory and sales, it has also shifted buyer interest.
The reality is, cities are crowded and some urbanites want out. With the shift to remote work becoming a permanent reality for many along with social distancing, city residents are considering moving to less densely populated areas that come with much more space. There’s also the fact that the pandemic disappeared virtually overnight all the biggest attractions of city life, such as eating out at restaurants, going to bars, and visiting museums.
Robin Kencel, a real estate agent in Greenwich, Connecticut, told Business Insider that she’s seen a massive increase in prospective buyers from New York City, resulting in a very busy market. “I have to say that in my 20 years in real estate, I have never had such an intense work pace,” she said.
In the first weeks after sheltering-in-place orders, Kencel told Business Insider, most people from the city were looking to rent for a month or two. That trend eventually shifted to entire summer rentals, and now the market is flooded with city residents who have decided to either accelerate plans to move out of the city or have enjoyed renting in the area so much that they want to move there full-time.
“Manhattanites are really understanding what it means to be a bedroom community, are understanding how emotionally restful and mentally relaxing it is to have green space around you,” she said.
Kencel said she has already been involved in two bidding wars and anticipates there are more to come.
In an email to Business Insider, She shared her daily schedule.
5:30 a.m. — 8:15(ish) a.m.
Meditation- I use the Headspace app. I usually select a 10-minute meditation; having a guided meditation makes the process very doable.
Spiritual Practice – 75-90 minutes, depending on how I feel
Fitness Training – 45-60 minutes. Normally, I would be at the gym, cross training in cardio, strength and practicing my ballroom dance technique (I’m a competitive dancer). With gyms closed, training is now a Peloton cycling class with some yoga/dance drills on the back end.
- Shower, grab breakfast
- Review my daily to-do list and daily calendar to be sure I know what time outside meetings are.
- Begin working on the to-dos, which generally consist of marketing activities supporting listings, talking with my teammate/colleague (which is pretty much constantly throughout the day), follow up on showings from the previous day, returning emails, and digging into any number of special projects I have on a running list including writing articles, building content and expanding relationships.
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Greenwich has had a tremendous influx of New Yorkers since mid-March and I have to say that in my 20 years in real estate, I have never had such an intense work pace. Attending building inspections for deals in process, showing properties as the listing agent or taking renters or buyers out, and working with contractors, engineers, attorneys, and other professional colleagues to answer questions for buyers or sellers take up the bulk of my day.
Somewhere during the day for one hour:
- With no ability to work with my dance partner, I had to figure out some way to keep my dance training moving forward. I am fortunate to have found an ex-Broadway dancer who teaches Floor Barre via Zoom and whenever possible, try to slip into one of her classes in lieu of lunch for training.
5 p.m. — 6 p.m.
- Sit down to respond to all emails and calls that I couldn’t focus on during the day.
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