The New Normal After COVID-19

Eventually, scientists will develop a vaccine for COVID-19 and life will return to some semblance of normal. Kids will attend school in classrooms with peers, grocery shopping won’t require masks, and we’ll be able to gather with friends and family to celebrate special occasions. However, some things will never go back to the old normal. … Read more

Landlord-Tenant Relationships Now and After the Pandemic

COVID-19 will eventually fade from the daily news. I don’t know if it will ever go away completely, but once there’s a vaccine, it won’t be on our minds the way it is now. Some effects, however, will stick around, including our awareness about how viruses spread—and that will likely alter expectations between landlords and … Read more

Delayed Mortgage Payments

Although the shelter-in-place order continues to lighten and allow more economic activity, it’ll be a long time before things return to normal—if they ever do. For some lucky people, the shut-down simply meant working from home, but for others, it meant being fired, furloughed, or forced to stop work because of a coronavirus illness and … Read more

Real Estate and COVID-19 Part II

As I mentioned last week, in the wake of COVID-19 the real estate industry, like many industries, is in the process of completely rethinking its service delivery model. People can’t very well meet in-person and then go through one another’s homes, touching things as they go and breathing in virus-laden droplets. We need to move … Read more

Real Estate and COVID-19 Part I

Until recently, homes for sale throughout Mendocino County were full of potential buyers ready to put a down-payment on their next home. Buyers spent weekends visiting open houses where they picked up finger foods before walking from room to room, opening cabinets, looking in closets, and sizing up spaces to see if their furniture would … Read more

No Evictions?

On March 16, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-28-20 with much fanfare, paying homage to COVID-19 and declaring an emergency in California and worldwide. His order recommended that local jurisdictions follow the state’s lead and do two things: Enact a moratorium on tenant evictions for commercial and residential properties if tenants can prove financial … Read more