Welcome to our 10th edition of Velasco Chronicle and Buzz. We hope this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and safe. As we shelter in place for yet another month, we must remind ourselves that staying homes = saving lives, and we must keep positive momentum moving forward. We at JVG want to continue to spread good vibes your way and continue to hope/pray your family is safe and healthy.
In our monthly newsletter, we have always shared local activities in the three counties:
San Mateo and Santa Clara.
With most business being closed under SIP, we wanted to share our favorite virtual activities online. We believe that we as society need more than just the virus news daily, and must focus on what we can control and what makes us happy. We need comfort, friendship, and activities that will help escape. Here is a few activities we researched, that will help us get through this next month of SIP.
As always, we have included our up to date Compass Market Reports from Patrick Carlisle, Compass Chief Market Analyst. Also, below are our Active/Coming Soon Listings, and Video of the Week (2019 JVG Year in Review).
At the end of our newsletter, we have provided a segment of frequently asked questions regarding buying or selling during Covid-19.
There has never been a time in history where people have depended so completely on their homes as they do right now. It's never been clearer how much the work we do MATTERS. The work my team and I have already done and will continue to do has allowed my clients to be in the right home for them during these challenging times. Right now, HOMES, are becoming classrooms, exercise rooms, restaurants and even quarantine rooms . Homes literately are saving people's lives.
The government lock-down on real estate sales loosened 4 weeks ago — allowing agents and other professionals to be deemed essential workers. New strict Bay Area guidelines still ban open houses and close contact. We at Joe Velasco Group are promoting virtual open houses, doing all we can to minimize touching and practicing social distance. We can only show vacant homes and are following strict protocols established by the CDC and local governments to ensure safety for all.
You may have more important questions like, what is the right home for you, the right neighborhood, the right community, or what are the dreams for the experience around the home?
JVG is always here to answer your questions. We look forward to connecting with you soon over ZOOM. Until then, enjoy!
Bay Area and Beyond,
Let's Explore Virtually!
With gyms closed and #socialdistancing in practice, it can be challenging to incorporate physical activity into your everyday routine 🏃♂️🏃🏻♀️
Perhaps you are looking for exercises that require minimal equipment? Or just a bit of motivation? Whether you're looking to continue exercising or want to start today, check out our favorite
Nike Training App
Normally $15 per month, the Nike Training app is now free, offering streaming strength, cardio, core, upper body, lower body, and full body workouts.
If you're looking for an app with a wide variety of workout types, Nike Training is the one. From strength training and core workout to cardio sessions and upper and lower body-focused routines, the Nike Training app has over 185 workouts available, ranging from 15 to 60 minutes.
The HIIT-style studio is hosting equipment-free cardio and body weight workouts via IGTV on its official account, @doyourumble.
No matter the circumstance, we move together as a strong & united #TeamRUMBLE 💪 >>> Rumble will be posting Rumble-inspired, cardio & bodyweight workouts (NO equipment necessary‼️) for you to do at home via IG Live ⚡️ check out this week’s workout schedule #doyourumble
Virtually experience Walt Disney World attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas, and more within an interactive 360º video environment. Virtual Disney World offers a complete immersive experience like never before. Relive the attractions and places you love anytime, anywhere! Virtual Disney World 360º videos are best experienced with a VR headset or a smart phone and a virtual headset such as Google Cardboard or Samsung VR.
It’s called Netflix Party, and although it’s not an official Netflix product, it seems to work fairly smooth. The idea is relatively simple: a party ‘host’ downloads the extension, and it provides them with a shiny ‘NP’ button in their browser. They then head to Netflix, select a film/show, and then hit that button. It’ll provide them with a shareable link to send to anyone who wants to join in (so long as they have a Netflix account, of course).
Skip the airfare (turbulence included) and tour Machu Picchu by internet — a special 360° technology allows you to feel as if you're exploring this Inca Citadel by foot. There's even an audio guide that details each section you explore.
As we're all dealing with the effects of COVID-19 on our lives, I want to share encouraging news: the government has approved the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act which will help millions of people in this critical time. Perhaps even you.
This sweeping legislation is unprecedented in the history of our nation and provides significant economic assistance to address the impact of COVID-19. The CARES Act is over 800 pages long, but here are some of the economic provisions most relevant for you.
What this means for you
and your loved ones
If you're eligible for a cash payment
Most individuals earning less than $75,000 can expect a one-time cash payment of $1,200. Married couples would each receive a check and families would get $500 per child. That means a family of four earning less than $150,000 can expect $3,400.
If you or someone you know has lost a job
States will still continue to pay unemployment to people who qualify. This bill adds $600 per week from the federal government on top of whatever base amount a worker receives from the state. That boosted payment will last for four months.
If you're a small business owner
The bill provides $10 billion for grants of up to $10,000 to provide emergency funds for small businesses who qualify for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan to cover immediate operating costs.
The Small Business Administration has rolled out the Paycheck Protection Program applications and guidelines. This program is a $350 billion program to provide loans of up to $10 million per business. Certain portions of that loan will be forgiven used to maintain payroll, keep workers on the books, or pay for rent, mortgage and existing debt could be forgiven, provided workers stay employed through the end of June.
If you would like to learn more about all the contents in the CARES Act, please see this article.
Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions, or if you would like to chat.
Stay safe and healthy.
JVG Team Success During
Closed : 2
New Listings: 4
"Joe it was really nice meeting you via ZOOM and we enjoyed how detailed your online listing presentation was. We were happy with our end result of multiple offers and getting above list price."
Closed Escrow: 1
Pending Escrow: 1
"Marylou I really enjoyed the private showings as opposed to the large gathering open houses, and all your wonderful insight via Zoom."
Closed Escrow: 3
Pending Escrow: 4
New Listings: 2
"My buyers said if they need to quarantine during SIP they'd rather quarantine in a beautiful house with a pool than a 2 bedroom apartment."
Closed Escrow: 1
New Listing: 1
"I was extremely surprised to get multiple offers during the SIP, as we didn't have very many showings. After understanding the 3D virtual tours that you prepared for I was ecstatic to see the number of online showings we had leading to multiple offers, keeping my family safe and sound."
Two new buyers house hunting.
“You're correct Paul, from all the home reports you have shared with us via Zoom, and in person showings at vacant homes, we agree this is a great time to buy with low competition and great interest rates."
“We are ready to make an offer Paul, and as you said, “It is not a housing crisis, it's a health crises”
Frequently Asked Questions About Buying and Selling During Covid-19
Questions about listing your home during Covid 19?
So me of the more frequently asked questions are :
1. How do we meet safely?
2. How do you tour my home, price it or make improvement suggestions?
3. How will you show my home?
4. How do we stage my home during the pandemic?
5. How do we sign documents and contracts?
6. How many homes have you listed during SIP, and have you sold any?
If you would like answers click the photo below!
Feel free to reach out to us if any other questions arise.
Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California operating under
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herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable
but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without
notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square
footage are approximate. Equal Housing Opportunity.
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