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Gratitude in Pandemic Times

By Martin Cross, December 11, 2020

In early March of this year the pandemic was just beginning to feel real. While most of us still had no clue as to the magnitude or impact of the problem, many of us were beginning to consider making changes to the way we moved through the world. I hadn’t started wearing a mask yet but I began social distancing, wiping down surfaces in homes I visited or held open houses, and avoided contact with buyers sellers and other agents. I remember the first weekend in March when agents looked at me weird, or giggled when I told them I wasn’t shaking hands for a while.

But, as the reality of the world situation started to settle in, I just naturally expected that people would be staying home, working from home, and planning to stay living where they were. I started circling the wagons in preparation for a slow year of business. It was still too soon to tell where things were going but of all the options I considered for what the business year would look like, there wasn’t one that looked like a fairly normally busy year for me and a banner year that some agents have experienced. I hadn’t seen the writing on the wall yet that a combination of lowering interest rates, low housing inventory, people working from home and their desires to be closer to their families or further away from the masses would combine to make for a busy real estate year. All of that said, I have been grateful for the ability to help people land where they wanted at a time that has been and is very disruptive and troubling to most of our lives.

With all of that comes mixed feelings. While I have been able to maintain a comfortable, albeit much less social and more hermited lifestyle, many people around me have struggled immensely this year and anticipate further and more difficult struggles into 2021. I can only imagine the pain and difficulty that many have felt through job losses, illness, the loss of loved ones and displacement from their homes.

As this year comes to a close I feel deeply grateful for my health, the health of my clients, friends, family and my partner. I am grateful for Living Room Realty,    the Real Estate Community and our clients willingness to adapt to doing business in a very different and much safer way. But most of all, I’m grateful for the emotional support I’ve received and especially the support I’ve been able to provide everyone around me. If I can be there for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Be well,
Martin ❤

Martin Cross

Broker | OR & WA


I have lived in Portland my entire life and spent the last 20 years in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood of SE Portland. As such, I know inner SE like the back of my hand and I am very familiar with most neighborhoods in the Portland metro area. After almost 25 years filling people's homes with great design and art I shifted my love of finding great things, for great people, towards Real Estate. My eye for quality and attention to detail serves both my buyers and sellers equally. As a business owner most of my life, I understand the concepts of problem solving, coordination with others, and hard work. I always say..."Great things rarely come from a 40 hour work week." If you want a Portland native who is hard working, responsive, and compassionate - give me a call. I look forward to working with you to find that perfect home or that perfect buyer for yours whether the house be Craftsmen, Modern, brand new, or a fixer.
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