Spring is in full effect in the northern hemisphere and as restrictions on some outdoor spaces begin to lift, here are five ways you can enjoy some much-needed sunshine and fresh air while practicing safe social distancing guidelines.
First and foremost, take care of yourself and the members of your household. While some of the heavier restrictions are being lifted, it’s still important to make sure that you stay up to date with CDC guidelines and ensure that you’re washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering when in public spaces – even while outside.
Just Get Outside
It’s no secret that sunshine offers many health benefits – the good news is that you don’t have to go far to get it. Carve out a part of each day to get outside, even if it’s an hour on your patio, yard or doorstep to get that all-important boost of vitamin D. Enjoying the sunshine doesn’t have to be complicated; if social distancing guidelines in your area permit, take a walk by yourself or with members of your household.
Camping in Your Backyard
You can take your family on a camping adventure in your own backyard. Set up a tent, have a bonfire, roast some marshmallows and tell campfire stories. Try leaving cellphones and other electronics in the house for a truly authentic camping experience.
Go for a Hike
Some trails and parks are beginning to reopen their gates, which means you can lace up your hiking boots and get back into nature. The National Recreation and Park Association offers some guidance like warning other trail users of your presence, allowing proper space or stepping off trails as you pass others, and keeping the recommended distance at all times.
Towns in Southern Maine are making plans to open beaches and hiking trails. Starting Monday, May 18th, a soft opening of York's beaches, Mount Agamenticus trails and other walking paths like the Cliff Walk, Fisherman's Walk, Wiggley Bridge and causeway, and kayak launch under Route 103 will be accessable to residents. Rules are in place to limit gatherings of groups of people. On Monday, May 11th Wells opened its public beaches with restrictions for Mainers allowing them to swim, fish, walk, work out or surf and social distancing rules are to be followed. Note: A 14-day quarantine remains in effect for visitors from out of state, as well as for Mainers returning to the state. Enjoy your time outdoors!
There are many famous quotes about home – "home is where the heart is," "there’s no place like home," and "home is where your story begins," to name a few. These are sentiments we can get behind now, more than ever. Let’s settle into our favorite spots and take a look at the importance of home.
A Place to Reflect
Home is a place where you feel most comfortable, which is why it feels so good to come home after time away. It’s a place where can you curl up with a good book and the place where your bed and pillow await after a long day. Now that many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before, we may forget that special feeling of "coming home," and how nice it is to walk through our own front door every day to a place of warmth and familiarity. Now is a perfect time to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go in the future – and yes, that can include a travel bucket list.
An Expression of Lifestyle
As many of us are spending more time at home, we’ve been able to better evaluate the everyday functionality, layout, and aesthetic of our households. Our time at home right now affords us the opportunity to experiment with our space and whether it is truly working to best fit our needs. Consider reorganizing drawers, pantries, and closets as an easy weekend project. For something new, consider rearranging the layout of a room, ordering some new accessories or a new patio set, and if you have the time, trying a new paint color. Making small updates to your surroundings helps your home continue to be a place of comfort and inspiration.
Memories and History
A favorite coffee mug from a special trip, a treasured family photo, memories of funny kitchen mishaps, and the first time you walked through the door and called this space home are all things to remember during a time like this – especially if you’re beginning to feel restless. Take a moment to look around your home and take stock of all it has provided over the years – let those memories bring a smile to your face. Remember, just because you’re home doesn’t mean you can’t make new memories; virtually visit a museum or take in a live performance to help pass the time.
In accordance with Governor Mills' executive order, we are closing our offices to the public until further notice. As always, the health of our clients, our community, and our team remains the top priority at Anne Erwin Sotheby’s International Realty.
As we adapt to the evolving circumstances, we are grateful for the technology that allows us to stay connected in the virtual world. We are continuing to leverage technology to ensure our agents and clients are fully supported in these uncertain times.
We will continue to adjust our business engagements as necessary to ensure our clients’ needs are met, and to stay within State and Federal guidelines. We are still very much committed to our business and active in the marketplace. Our team will continue to work remotely and our office phone numbers are being forwarded.
There is an opportunity for growth in every challenge and we intend to make the most of this moment.
This is uncharted territory we are all trying to navigate through. We are in this together.
All the best, Anne Erwin Sotheby’s International Realty
We are writing to update our clients of Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty on our status and how the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects our business interactions. Please be assured we are monitoring the situation carefully. At this time, we are open for business. In the event our office closes, we will continue to work and respond remotely to the needs of our clients. We ask for your patience and understanding as we adjust to the current circumstances.
To assist in our nation's prevention efforts, we have stepped-up our office cleaning and personal hygiene practices. We are also practicing social distancing. We are not shaking hands and we're adhering to the recommended distance of 6' between individuals. Any members of our team feeling ill will remain at home. At this time, no members of our team have presented with any symptoms or have any known exposure to the Coronavirus. We will continue to meet with clients in person on an appointment basis - but we ask you to consider your health, the people around you, and the CDC's recommendations for limiting the spread of the virus to others. We are strongly encouraging clients to utilize programs like FaceTime or Skype for virtual showings or meetings, and services like DocuSign to sign contractual documents online.
We appreciate your patience throughout this transition, and we will keep you all informed to any additional changes.
Be Well, The Team at Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty
Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved more than $114billion USD in global sales volume, the highest annual U.S. sales volume performance in the history of the brand. $102 billion USD of the global sales volume was achieved in the U.S., marking another record accomplishment for the brand.
"In 2019, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand continued to achieve solid growth,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer for Sotheby’s International Realty. “The brand expanded into new countries and territories and entered new markets in the U.S. We continued to make strategic business decisions that benefitted both our independent sales associates and affiliate companies. I am immensely proud of the hard work and dedication from our vast global network, and I look forward to continuing this momentum in 2020."
Propelled by a strategic business move in March 2019, when Sotheby’s International Realty integrated its affiliate network and company-owned brokerage into one global organization, 50 new Sotheby’s International Realty offices were opened, bringing the brand’s presence to 1,000 offices in 70 countries and territories and more than 23,000 affiliated sales associates worldwide.
Sotheby’s International Realty continued to lead the category with the roll-out of exclusive marketing affiliations and first-ever technology launches, announcing it will soon unveil a new, fully integrated website. The brand’s existing website, sothebysrealty.com, saw another record year with more than 34 million visits, a 14 percent increase year-over-year. In addition, Sotheby’s International Realty was the first real estate brand to launch and implement mixed reality to its Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty sm augmented reality app, which merges the real world with virtual home staging. The platform can be utilized in various homebuying and selling scenarios, and particularly benefits agents and developers to help prospective buyers envision their new home. To support the daily business needs of the network’s more than 23,000 independent sales associates, the brand unveiled Current by Sotheby’s International Realty® a robust marketing suite of technology tools consisting of best-in-class and exclusive apps, which provide sales associates with a distinctive and competitive edge in the market. For partnerships, the brand entered into an affiliation with Bloomberg.com as the exclusive launch sponsor for a new luxury properties marketplace.
The Sotheby’s International Realty brand and its independent sales associates continued its support for New Story, the brand’s charitable partner and a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As a result, 83 families, who were among those who lost their homes in the 2017 earthquakes, were able to move into their new homes in Morelos, Mexico. A total of 153 homes in Haiti and Mexico were funded through the initiative.
This year observed significant growth for the brand’s existing affiliate companies in the United States through recruitment efforts and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Most notably, the brand increased its market presence in Brooklyn, New York; the Greater Boston area, Massachusetts; and Indiana. The brand also entered several new key markets last year, expanding the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s presence to 43 states across the country.
Outside the U.S. the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved more than $12 billion USD in sales volume and continued to expand into key markets around the world. In Europe, the brand grew its presence in Monaco; France; and Berlin and Binz, Germany. New offices were also opened in Doha, Qatar; and Paphos, Cyprus, expanding the brand’s global presence in marketing luxury listings. In the Caribbean and South America, the brand saw growth in Zapallar, Chile, an upscale residential community located two hours outside of Santiago; and agreements were signed to expand into the Anguilla territory. In the Asia-Pacific region, new offices were opened in Tauranga, New Zealand; and Port Douglas, Hobart, and Perth, Australia.
On this episode we talk to John Passerini, Global Vice President of Interactive Marketing with Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC about how AR and VR are influencing the real estate world and Noah Wunsch, Senior Vice President of eCommerce at Sotheby's about the future of tech and auction.
Search for "Sotheby's" on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Apple TV App Store for all of the Sotheby's International Realty® brand apps.
On this episode we talk to Eugene Hernandez, Deputy Director of Film at Lincoln Center about the 57th Annual New York Film Festival before traveling to the Principality of Andorra to talk with Angel Balanche from Andorra Sotheby's International Realty about an incredible art event they hosted.