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I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe right now. We're having our monthly Spyglass realty meeting. And we're going to do it on all the realty hack groups. Right now is just like such a trying time in our life and I don't think anyone has seen anything like this.

What we need to do is to try to normalize our lives, we need to be engaging with our clients, we basically what are you gonna do, you're gonna sit home or go crazy, or you're gonna like try to make the best of this. And the way that we can do that the number one thing that you can be doing, anybody that you have worked with, or potentially work with is conversations.

That is the hardest thing to do, because it requires picking up the phone and making calls. But, it's the most

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Looking for the ultimate quarantine home survival kit?  We’re building it day by day and piece by piece. Now that the “shelter-in-place” is going to be required until April 30th, we need as much guidance as possible to help us stay busy and avoid “Cabin Fever”.  We’re going to try to keep this blog up to date and current and try to include activities for all ages. But since the adults are the ones that need to keep control of all this chaos so we’ll start with them.  

Adult Activities

Learn:

  • Here are 450 free Ivy League online classes to boost your knowledge about

  • And here are a handful of free educational courses offered due to school closings.

  • Play Chess on Chess.com

Read:

  • 50 best nonfiction books of

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A Retreat in El Salvador

In February, Chris and I took a trip to El Salvador with our friends Andrea and Kelly. Andrea is a fitness coach in Austin, and she was leading the retreat along with a yoga instructor from El Salvador.

This is usually the type of thing I would propose, but this time, it was Chris' idea. When he said, "Do you want to go do a fitness, yoga and surfing retreat in El Salvador?" My first thought was, "Who are you and what have you done with my husband?"

So in late February, we boarded a plane to El Salvador with Kelly and Andrea, and no idea what to expect.

The house where we stayed was about 45 minutes from the airport in San Salvador. It was in the beach town of El Tunco, which is apparently the most touristy

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Y'all. I tried a cardio-dance class yesterday, and it was such a fun, awkward, train wreck! 

Are you looking to avoid the Quarantine 15? There are lots of apps and web sites offering lengthy free trials and more. Find the list below of all the sites and apps currently for free while we are all stuck at home!   *Nutrition - Check out this FREE 2-Week Challenge by David King, and if you're READY, PLEASE - DO THIS with me and let's hold each other accountable! I have done it in the past and IT WORKS. **Free Fitness Videos and Apps**   -305 Fitness – Free 10-45 minute dance classes   -Barre3 – 15-day free trial of unlimited barre3 workouts   -Barry’s Bootcamp…
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Happy Friday Friends!

We're all getting used to this more virtual lifestyle, so today, While we are all still in quarantine, we will continue our online exhibits and tours!

This week we are going to D.C., then to NASA, then visiting the Google Art Project and finally, to The Vatican!

Visit the National Gallery of Art in D.C. virtually, and see their children's tours, here:
https://www.nga.gov/audio-video/video/kids.html

You can also download some coloring pages and other activities, here:
https://www.nga.gov/…/…/lessons-activities/pre-klessons.html

Or, take a tour of NASA, here:
https://www.nasa.gov/glennvirtualtours

And visit arts & culture opportunities on Google, here:
https://artsandculture.google.com/

Lastly, check out the

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Mark Sprague of Independence Title, who is a real estate and financial analyst in the Austin market, has provided this awesome resource is to offer insight and context on how COVID 19 is currently impacting the Austin economy and real estate. 

Hopefully, this will help provide some answers to questions that you may have about what to expect to happen next. Thank you, Mark, for the great insight. 

1. What impact do you think COVID-19 will have on Austin’s economy?

SXSW was a loss of $500+ million annual to the local economy.

Housing is a positive light in Austin. Locally there is not enough shelter inventory in all channels. So real estate will probably have another good year.

If builders quit building, that actually causes values to

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Courtesy of  Michael Sprague of  Independence Title Company

 

1.    What impact do you think COVID-19 will have on Austin’s economy?

SXSW was a loss of $500+ million annual to the local economy.

Housing is a positive light in Austin. Locally there is not enough shelter inventory in all channels. So real estate will probably have another good year.

If builders quit building, that actually causes values to increase due to the lack of enough shelter being built.

Locally however, many of our restaurants and businesses are dependent on the many festivals and conventions that are part of our history and culture (SXSW, ACL, F1 races and events, etc.) and their loss of income will definitely be felt. At this point it’s hard to say how deep that will affect us

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