It’s Not All Bad!

Covid 19, in all its variants, has affected our lives dramatically. We’ve all experienced social and economic change and life will be different going forward. Not all of these changes will be negative, however, and some Covid experiences have become positives. Let’s look at a few:

A recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change ( https://www.livescience.com/carbon-dioxide-reduction-coronavirus-lockdown.html ) found that the daily global carbon dioxide emissions dropped by nearly 17% in the first half of 2020 compared to the previous year. This is one of the largest drops in recorded history.

Most new vaccines take years, if not decades, to develop. Researchers in the U. S and around the globe were able to create an effective vaccine in just under 12 months.

In many Canadian cities, animal shelters reported a dramatic increase in cat and dog adoptions. Lack of human social interaction created waiting lists for “Pandemic Puppies” as demand outstripped supply.

Coronavirus has also affected North Shore Real Estate. Over the past 12 months, inventories are down and prices are up dramatically for detached homes.  Homes are selling more quickly and the process is more streamlined.  For example,  many “Open Houses” have now been replaced by two hour showing blocks where serious buyers reserve a viewing time, making it more convenient for the seller.   No more “snoopy neighbours” coming through the house.  Also, offers are often reviewed at specific times, creating less need for negotiating as Buyers will usually present their best offers instead of waiting for a counter-offer.  Considering some of these points, and if selling your home has been on your mind, I’d love to hear from you.

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