4 Weeks Later…

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The Psychological Effects of Quarantine

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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

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!

November 14th, 2019 | Annie Z Realty – Keefe Real Estate

   

Good News: There are only 37 days until the Winter Solstice; December 21st will be the shortest day of the year, which means we only have about 1 more month of darkness to endure before the sun starts heading back our way! … Follow this link to see my desktop background for the next 37 days!

Here’s what’s on my itinerary this weekend…

Karaoke Roulette – Special: Showtunes: Fri., Nov. 15th at 9 pm at Delavan Lake Store

‘Nuf said

Holiday Window Display Competition: Starts this weekend and runs until the end of November, on the streets of Lake Geneva!

Celebrate our local vendors and check out their cool decorations and discounts!

Bonkerz Comedy Series – Mark Timms: Sat., Nov. 16th 8:30 pm at the Geneva Theater in Lake Geneva!

Enjoy Marz Timms, from Netflix original series Easy, as he headlines Bonkerz Comedy Series.

Sports : NFL & MLB   

 Open House(s):

Join us at my NEW CO-LISTING, with Mary Kilkenny,

Sun., Nov. 17th from 12 – 2 pm at

830 S Second St., Delavan, WI 53115

I’ve also got an open house on Saturday, November 16th from 2 – 4 pm at 9304 226th Ave Salem, Wisconsin 53168!

Here are other open houses happening this weekend:

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.

   
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    

Sources include:  

Visit Walworth County

Facebook Events

TimeAndDate.com

Weekend in Wisco!

Where’d all the pretty fall colors go?! November has stormed in with a fresh layer of snow, but there’s much more where that came from! Check out this cool 30-year average snowfall records across the state of Wisconsin, courtesy of weather.gov!

That being said, it’s not quite sledding season, yet, so here’s what I’ll be up to this weekend:

Holiday Affair Craft Show: Sat., Nov. 9th from 9 am to 4 pm @ the Walworth Co Fairgrounds in Elkhorn

       The Round Robin of Craft Shows with SEVEN locations, and continuous shuttles throughout the day to the different spots!

6th Annual Dine Around the Lakes: Walworth County Restaurant Week: Daily through Sun., Nov. 10th throughout Walworth County!

       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. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Holiday Open House at the Barn: Sat., Nov. 9th from 10 am to 4 pm and Sun., Nov. 10th from 12 to 4 pm at Terra Yard Creations in Elkhorn

       Join Terra Yard Creations home and gift barn for their annual Holiday Open House & be the first to see their barn all decked out for the magic of Christmas!

A Christmas Story the Musical: Tickets Available 4 – 5 x per week until December 22nd at the Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson

       Yes, the classic movie, A Christmas Story, in musical form; what else could possibly be on your Christmas list?!

Sports: NFL & MLB   

Open Houses:

Walworth County      

Kenosha County

Racine County

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

Weather.gov

Maintain the Canopy | Live in Community

As the photos on my social feeds will show, I adore trees.

From the pink buds of Cherry Blossom Season to the fire-y leaves of an Autumn red maple, trees exhibit life in a miraculously beautiful way. I recently saw a TED talk about trees, from which I grew gratitude. I was even able to draw similarities between the canopy-sustaining actions of a forest to the community/culture structure of my company, Keefe Real Estate (who’s logo also happens to be a tree).

Beneath the tree tops and down the trunks, at the bottom of the trees lies the forest floor. Roots, soil, fungi, and other organisms connect together as one, and synchronize their actions toward a common goal as growth. When one tree is sick, the nearby trees & overlaying fungi and other multi-cellular forms of life, living in symbiosis, send nutrients to that suffering tree, restoring it to health. Why? Because if one tree goes down, the whole forest suffers; the canopy creates a metaphorical steal trap door against all other elements of earth.

Just like a canopy makes a group of trees stronger, live longer, and thrive, the place I work has a similar mentality. When someone passes, we cry together. We’ve got a network of support, from veterans top-producing agents in this field to cutting edge technology pulled from other industries. Coaching, mentoring, sponsorship, and partnership are all encouraged, creating a symbiosis towards growth.

No matter how isolated one may become, you cannot deny the benefits exemplified when living organisms work together toward a common goal. Whether its the forest floor networks or a community-based work culture, 2 is always better than 1. You are a resource that works best when used in conjunction with another’s resource, & vice versa.

With this in mind, I leave you these 2 questions:

1) Who have you learned from lately?

2) What can you do today to help?

<3, Annie Z.


Sources Include:

June 2016 TED talk, How Trees Talk to Each Other | Susanne Simard

May 2018 Smithsonian Magazine, The Whispering Trees | Richard Grant

November 16, 2015, Trees Talk | Italia Peretti


Keefe Kares 5th Annual Fundraiser has Online Bidding Available! Help your community out by supporting the local charities and vendors participating in this year’s event!

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