How Do Real-Estate Agents Show Homes During Covid? With Face Masks, Gloves and Some Ingenuity

Heather T. Roy & Learka Bosnak

Ms. Bosnak: Heather and I have been working together for 15 years and we are very comfortable doing showings together. Then Covid shut everything down. We did a showing and I came back completely frustrated, because we were wearing masks. I felt muzzled. I was constantly running around saying, “I’m smiling under here!” This business is all about rapport, comfort level.

Ms. Roy: We’re like, “We need new skills. We need people to know what we’re thinking, and we also need to know what they’re thinking.” It was almost like we needed a body language expert. I am single and I had met with a couple of matchmakers in L.A. One had her clients meet with a body language expert—Mark Edgar Stephens.

Ms. Bosnak: Heather’s still single, but we love this guy.

Ms. Roy: So we called Mark and told him what we were

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S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices show Chicago home values rose 0.8 percent in July

That’s essentially flat from a year ago. July was the seventh month out of the past 12 when Chicago home values were flat, according to the index. In the other five months, values were up 1.5 percent or less. 

Nationwide, home values were up 4.8 percent in July, or six times the increase in Chicago. The national figure has been up more than 4 percent in six of the past 12 months.

“The strength of the housing market was consistent nationally,” Craig Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said in prepared comments that accompanied the data. All 19 cities in the index showed stronger performance in July than in June, he noted. That includes Chicago, where home prices were up 0.6 percent in June and 0.8 percent in July.

This report from Case-Shiller does not conflict with Crain’s story last week

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Buyers Set To Show Their ‘in-tent’ As Classic Kiwi Campground Is Placed On The Market For Sale


A classic ‘Kiwiana’ campground with its own swimming
river and native bush surrounds has been placed on the
market for sale.

The
1.17-hectare property on the North Island’s Coromandel
Peninsula houses the Whitianga Campground which has been a
destination for campers and holiday-makers since the
1970s.

The campground – a short walk from
Whitianga’s famed Buffalo Beach – is reflective of New
Zealand’s rustic camping psyche where guests are
encouraged to ‘make their own fun’ through everything
from outdoor sports activities to sharing a glass of beer or
wine with the neighbours at the end of the
day.

Camping accommodation options at the Whitianga
Campground include:

  • 59 powered non-powered tent
    and motorhome sites available for $17 per night
  • Six
    budget cabins capable of sleeping up to five guests
    available from $71 per night

and

  • Four
    self-contained ‘tourist flats’ capable of sleeping
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Leaked Bank Docs Show Money Laundering Ties to Real Estate

2701 Jockey Circle in Davie, FL (Google Maps, iStock)

2701 Jockey Circle in Davie, FL (Google Maps, iStock)

A group of South Florida property owners’ alleged ties to global money laundering are revealed in newly leaked bank documents.

A family who owns a home worth more than $2 million in the Jockey Circle neighborhood in Davie and a man accused of buying an $850,000 Tudor cottage in Davie with drug money are among the property owners emerging from a trove of suspicious activity reports, according to the Miami Herald.

The reports are documents collected and analyzed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, to find potential money laundering.

The Ceballos family of Davie were flagged for $260 million in transactions from April 2013 to January 2014 that looked suspicious to a bank. Venezuela’s national oil company and an anti-poverty program were among the government agencies that made large payments to Ceballos companies, according to the Herald. Companies tied

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