4 Weeks Later…

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The Psychological Effects of Quarantine

+ Charitable Mentions & Employment Opportunities

It has been four full weeks since the President announced COVID-19 was officially a pandemic disease infecting people around the globe (see video that aired on March 11, 2020 here). The word ‘quarantine’ has officially become part of my daily vernacular, and fear of the unknown has spread like wildfire. From the economy to our school systems and interpersonal relationships: everyone’s day-to-day life has been impacted in one way or another. There are those that argue the changes taking place will be for the better in the long run, but there is no denying the pain and hardship this pandemic has caused to the majority of people.

for those of you at home alone, reach out... 'this too shall pass...'
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As far as our nation goes, specifically, according to the New York Times,

“At least 316 million people in at least 42 states, three counties, nine cities, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are being urged to stay home.”

“…Wisconsin: About 5.8 million people”

See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home By Sarah MervoshDenise Lu and Vanessa Swales

I find myself obsessing over this virus’ short and long term psychological impact. After all, that was my major in college (graduated in 2009 from Marquette University). Specifically, I recall Erik Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development. According to this theory, personality is determined by how he or she deals with life’s many crises. We should all recognize, there is one guarantee in life: change. The way in which one assesses, and subsequently deals with, the inevitable changes of life over the ceaseless forward motion of time determines a person’s personality.

His theory helps illuminate and clarify how an individual meets and processes intrinsic change and, by inference, may contribute to an understanding about whether or not an individual is able to rise to the task of making change for him-/her self in the world.

The Nature of Change: Finding the predictable in the unpredictable by Abigail Brenner M.D. of Psychology Today

I’ve been watching the press conferences from the White House, taking vigorous notes while watching news on the stock market, and, obviously, I’m still active in the real estate market. Never before has the world been impacted like this, all at once. We’re all on the same playing field; everyone will look back and remember how they handled the Corona Virus Pandemic.


Memories of the months I spent analyzing psych research data, on behalf of Dr. Kristi Nielson, have resurfaced creating an insatiable hunger to hear how people are handling all of this, mentally and emotionally. My awesome nephew helped me create a google doc where I asked folks to tell me his/her three favorite and three least favorite things about the quarantine, anonymously. I wanted to point out a few, but I hope to get more responses (please feel free to submit your answers by following this link).

Least Favorite Things About Quarantine:

“This is very isolating for those with family issues or who depend on their friends for support.”

“Losing track of what day it is”

“craving routine & earning money”

“I do not have the patience to be a teacher”

Thank you for your honesty…

Favorite Things About Quarantine:

“More time with Online friends”

“I’m not the odd ball. Apparently my lifestyle has a name – quarantine!”

“Online school is a lot more student-led, and we can do things at our own pace.”

“seeing my coworkers MORE! due to virtual conference calls”

Submit your anonymous response here, and see what others are saying!

I sincerely hope you are being safe and staying healthy, during this uncertain time. Reach out if you need anything; I am here for you. I’d like to help in any way I can.

On that note, I’d like to point out some amazing local charities and opportunities that are rising up out of this disaster, in hopes it brings light to your day. Although we are physically separated, we are all in this together.

Charitable Mentions:

United Way of Walworth County

Eat Well, Support Local Restaurants: Lake Geneva Area Take-Out by Visit Lake Geneva

Distance Dining in Walworth County by Visit Walworth County

Buy Now, Spend Later: Lake Geneva Area Gift Card Directory by Visit Lake Geneva

Six Ways to Support Small Business From a Social Distance by Visit Walworth County

Charity Navigator: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

GoFundMe: COVID-19

Employment Opportunities:

Amazon Jobs: Wisconsin

Working at ALDI

Temporary Positions at Brunk Industries

National Retail Foundation: Job opportunities for workers displaced by COVID-19

Job Listings on Facebook


If there are any other organizations/opportunities that deserve a mention, please feel free to mention them below. Let’s finish this fight strong! And, again, please don’t hesitate to ask me for help – be it groceries, prescriptions, or just a phone call. I want to hear from you. I want to be there for you, in whatever way I can.

Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy Weekend in Wisco, across this great nation, and beautiful planet… ❤ , Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com



Sources:

President Trump Addresses the Nation

See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home By Sarah MervoshDenise Lu and Vanessa Swales

The Nature of Change: Finding the predictable in the unpredictable by Abigail Brenner M.D. (of Psychology Today)

United Way of Walworth County

Eat Well, Support Local Restaurants: Lake Geneva Area Take-Out by Visit Lake Geneva

Distance Dining in Walworth County by Visit Walworth County

Buy Now, Spend Later: Lake Geneva Area Gift Card Directory by Visit Lake Geneva

Six Ways to Support Small Business From a Social Distance by Visit Walworth County

Charity Navigator: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

GoFundMe: COVID-19

Amazon Jobs: Wisconsin

Working at ALDI

Temporary Positions at Brunk Industries

National Retail Foundation: Job opportunities for workers displaced by COVID-19

Job Listings on Facebook

Pre-Pandemic Status Market: February 2020

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The Metro-Milwaukee Multiple Listing Service gathers real estate stats for each month; they compile data points into graphs and highlight recent events to provide a comprehensive Local Market Update. The following is from their latest report, released Tuesday, March 10th***, regarding our hyper-local, Southeastern Wisconsin area for the month of February 2020.

***The Presidential Pandemic Address (regarding COVID-19) was Wednesday, March 11th

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“As we progressed through February, the actual and expected impacts of COVID-19 continued to grow, with concerns of economic impact reaching the stock market in the last week of the month. As the stock market declined, so did mortgage rates, offering a bad news-good news situation. While short term declines in the stock market can sting, borrowers who lock in today’s low rates will benefit significantly in the long term.

[…]

The recently released January ShowingTime Showing Index® saw a 20.2 percent year-over-year increase in showing traffic nationwide. All regions of the country were up double digits from the year before, with the Midwest Region up 15.7 percent and the West Region up 34.1 percent. As showing activity is a leading indicator for future home sales, the 2020 housing market is off to a strong start, though it will be important to watch the spread of COVID-19 and its potential impacts to the overall economy in the coming months.”

Monthly Indicators: February 2020, by Metro MLS Report © 2020 ShowingTime

Take a second and re-read that; I don’t think anyone truly could see how fast and vast the corona virus pandemonium would arrive. The following charts echo the positive trend we were riding:

Showings were up, more homes were coming onto the market, and median sales price continued to climb. When this virus hit pandemic status, Americans were told to stay home and jobs were lost. Our country has endured a massive blow over these past two weeks that has reverberated down to our local community and economy, including the real estate market.

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Now what? How are we faring so far??


It is definitely too early to tell. However, from March 1st to March 11th, a total of 76 single family homes were listed and 27 single family homes closed. Since then, from March 12th through March 23rd, only 54 single family homes have been listed, but 25 single family homes have still sold, regardless.

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February seems so long ago. I’ll be curious to see the pandemic’s overall impact on the real estate market, once it’s all over. Primarily, I just want an end to COVID-19! Don’t forget: be prepared, not scared. Stay home if you can, be safe if you can’t. We will bounce back!!

Sellers and Buyers: there are still options during this unprecedented time, stay tuned!

Upcoming Posts:

  1. Effects of Quarantine on Local Real Estate Market
    • Restrictions, Options & Opportunities for Sellers & Buyers
  2. Honorable Charity Mentions
  3. Home Décor Projects & Spring Cleaning

How are you doing? How has this virus infected your life and/or loved ones? Let me know how I can help. Shoot me a quick email here (anniezrealty@gmail.com) or give me a buzz (262-215-1982) and keep me posted, please.

Looking for a reliable source of market information, aside from real estate? Check out Paula Pant’s Afford Anything, with special coverage during this official Bear Market.

Let me know if you found this helpful in the comments below, or shoot me a message on my socials!

Stay safe & healthy ❤ , Annie Z.


ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Data Sources: Market data from Metro MLS. Report © 2020 ShowingTime.

Other Market Resource Suggestion: Paula Pant’s Afford Anything

Weekend in Wisco!

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Welcome! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Walworth County this weekend, you’ve come to the right place… Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

Weekend in Wisco | March 5th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Apparently, it’s spring already! Well, meteorological spring, at least! We’ve made it through another winter… Follow this link for the weather forecast.

Here are some great events I found in our neck of the woods for this weekend:

Friday, March 6th

  • 5 to 8 pm Eat, Drink and Shenanigans: Calling All Characters @ Monte Carlo Room (Elkhorn)
    • Dress as your favorite super hero, movie character, cartoon, historical figure, or athlete, and check out this annual event featuring more than a dozen vendors offering samples from local wineries, distilleries, breweries, upscale butcher chops, bakeries, gourmet food stores and more. Read article here…

Saturday, March 7th

Sunday, March 8th  


Side Notes:

The Best of Walworth County (2019): Fish Fry

For the other “Best of Walworth County” spots: follow this link

                      This event sells out every year!

                      February 27th through April 12th

Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules

Open Houses:


But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around!

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:

see last blog with moving tips


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

Weekend in Wisco!

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Weekend in Wisco | December 12th, 2019 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Before we jump into the ‘must do’ list for this weekend, just wanted to know if you’ve experiences any of the local, reoccurring holiday events before? The following are a few examples. If so, let me know which you’d recommend the most!

  • Santa Cause Tree Festival at Gage Marine Boat House in Williams Bay, open after 4 pm nightly with a ton of prizes to win and charitable organizations to recognize.
  • Trolley Tour of Lights at the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva with tours available nightly at 5, 6, 7 and 8 pm throughout the holidays!
  • Igloo Experience at the Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva, open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 am to 9 pm.
  • Jungle Bells at Safari in Lake Geneva at 1:30 pm on weekend throughout the holiday!

What’s the weather for this weekend? Check it out here!

Here’s what I want to do over the next few days:

Free Wine and Cheese Tasting at the Delavan Lake Store on North Shore Drive tomorrow, Fri., Dec. 13th from 6 to 8 pm.

Burlington Ice Festival & Wisconsin State Ice Carving Competition at Wehmoff Square Park on Sat., Dec. 14th from 9 am to 5 pm.

Cookie Exchange/Bake Sale at the Delavan Lake Store on Sat., Dec. 14th from 2 to 5 pm.

A Charlie Brown Christmas will be performed by the Lakeland Players at the historic Sprague Theater in downtown Elkhorn playing this weekend and next (Friday’s and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm)

PACKERS BEARS GAME!!!! Will be shown on NFL this Sun., Dec. 15th at 12:00 pm!

Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick Sightings:        

Santa on the Square in Downtown Elkhorn this weekend! tomorrow, Fri., Dec. 13th from 5 to 7 pm, Sat., Dec. 14th and Sun., Dec. 15th from 1 to 3 pm.

Visit Santa in the Chalet in Burlington’s Wehmhoff Park tomorrow, Fri., Dec. 13th from 6 to 8 pm, Sat., Dec. 14th and Sun., Dec 15th from 2 to 4 pm.

Santa & His Reindeer are back for their annual visit to downtown Lake Geneva from 11 am to 2 pm on Sat., Dec. 14th.

Visit Santa at Bradley’s Department Store in historic Delavan on Sat, Dec. 14th from 11 am to 1 pm.

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my faves… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! 🙂

❤ always, Annie Z.


Sources include: Visit Walworth County; Facebook Events


ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 

Weekend in Wisco!

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October 31st, 2019 | Annie Z Realty – Keefe Real Estate

Happy Halloween!

It feels like winter already with all this snow, but I’ve lived in Wisconsin long enough NOT to let the weather slow me down – I even had a closing today! Plus, snow or shine, I’ve got things to be excited about doing this weekend!

Here are my highlights:

5th Annual Keefe Kares Celebration: Fri., Nov. 1st at 5:00 pm at Hawk’s View Country Club – Elkhorn, WI

I’m so excited to be volunteering this year for the biggest fundraiser Keefe Real Estate has EVER had; now with ONLINE bidding available on raffle items.

6th Annual Dine Around The Lakes: Walworth County Restaurant Week: Fri., Nov. 1st through Sun., Nov 10th – Throughout Walworth County, WI

Dine Around The Lakes is a restaurant week for the Walworth County area offering a unique 3-course menu for lunch and/or dinner, at participating restaurants, during the Dine Around The Lakes week. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Magical Musings of Lake Geneva: Sat., Nov. 2nd from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, throughout downtown Lake Geneva!

Hosted by Queen Bee Artisan Market, this FREE town-wide event for all ages, with discounted movies after 3:30 at Geneva Theater!

Sports : NFL & MLB   

Open Houses:

I’ll be holding an Open House, as well! W4298 Oriole Dr Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147 Sat., Nov. 2nd from 12 – 2 PM

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my faves… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know!

I’ll see ya around! 🙂

❤ always, Annie Z.


Sources include:  

Visit Walworth County

Facebook Events


Soon to come: My First Closing!

#OpenHouses

#WalworthCo

#WassupWisco

#WeekendinWisco

Weekend in Wisco!

October 17th, 2019  

The events below were found using www.VisitWalworthCounty.com; follow the link to see this useful resource in action for yourself! There are so many things going on!

There are SO MANY things going on locally this weekend! Here’s what I’ll be looking into:

  • I’d like to see you at the open house I’m holding this weekend:

W5641 Lakeville Rd., Walworth, WI 53184 : 12 – 4 pm on Sat., Oct 19th!

this home could be exactly what your friend/family member is looking for!

Food, drinks, games, activities, music and much more fun throughout the day!

Food, live entertainment, community activism, local crafters and vendors and more!

Corn maze, pumpkin carving, live performances/entertainment, free hayrides to pumpkin patch & lunch available!!!

Live music, performances, and tons of food – don’t miss it!

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my faves… what are you up to?!

Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! 🙂 ❤ always,

Annie Z.


Sources include:  

Visit Walworth County

Facebook Events

#OpenHouses #WalworthCo #WassupWisco #WeekendinWisco

September 2019 Market Update

A recent CNBC post, entitled: Lower mortgage rates are causing an epic housing shortage, made the following points about the September National Real Estate Market:

National housing inventory fell 2.5% annually in September… …Homes priced below $200,000 down 10% compared with a year ago. The supply of homes priced between $200,000 and $750,000, which make up 60% of the market, flat-lined in September…

Diana Olick @IN/DIANAOLICK @DIANAOLICKCNBC @DIANAOLICK

The Southeastern Wisconsin real estate market mirrors the national trends. Locally, the Metro-MLS (Multiple Listing Service) uploads Market Updates on, or shortly after, the 15th of the each month for each participating county. Here are the key graphics for Walworth, Kenosha & Racine Counties:

Here are the stats for my hometown area, as well. Although, again, I will remind you that on a hyper-local level, the numbers can get skewed/aren’t always reliable.

Still a seller’s market folks – stay tuned to my next post; I’ve got exciting personal news to share about MY experience with the October real estate market.

❤ always, Annie Z.


Sources include:

Metro MLS Local Market Updates

Diana Olick “Lower mortgage rates are causing an epic housing shortage

Weekend in Wisco!

October 10th, 2019  

This weekend I want to check out:

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my faves… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know!

I’ll see ya around! 🙂

Annie Z.


Sources include:  

Visit Walworth County

Facebook Events


This weekend I plan to check out the nifty, local events listed; however, do yourself a favor and check out VisitWalworthCounty.com yourself! There are so many things going on!


#WalworthCo

#WassupWisco

#WeekendinWisco

#OpenHouses

Photos taken by yours truly at Lake Geneva’s Library Park after shooting my new listing, already under contract; check that one out here: 1250 Wisconsin St Lake Geneva