As we enter the summer season, it feels like this whole Covid19 thing is settling down.
Maybe it is, or maybe people are simply tiring of talking about it, but here in Utah, things are getting pretty busy again.
This may not be for everyone, as many restaurants are still limiting themselves to takeout options only, a lot of things related to your summer related activities are really hopping.
At Leisure Villas, where we build communities for folks 55 and better, we’ve also seen a lot of activity recently.
For Better or Worse, Utah is Opening Back Up
Last week, I found myself visiting Lowe’s, Home Depot, IFA, and a couple of garden stores. In nearly each instance, the parking lots were jam packed, and there was up to a 10 minute wait time at the checkout stands.
With everyone being cooped up all spring, it seems that folks want to get out and work around their yards, regardless of the risks of visiting the stores.
We’ve noticed here at Leisure Villas, that our active adult communities have also seen a healthy amount of sales. About a month ago, when the quarantine was in full effect, I wrote an article about how we were experiencing low traffic, and only slightly lower sales.
Since then, our traffic has gone up, and we’ve been selling more homes than normal! It’s been a surprising boom. I still believe that home prices will remain flat for the year, but it is interesting to see how this unusual recession is playing out.
Even the stock market appears to be shrugging off much of the bad news we’ve been flooded with.
It remains to be seen how the rest of 2020 will play out, but the dire predictions for this recession seem to be mellowing out, at least in the short term.
As for our clubhouses:
For those of you living in our communities, or those of you who are considering moving into one of our lifestyle-oriented neighborhoods, you might be wondering what the status of our clubhouses are.
Last week, I met with the Utah County Health department. For the time being, the clubhouses will be remaining open, but the swimming pools have yet to receive authorization to be used. They didn’t know themselves when they’d be able to give the green light on a blue dip in the pool, but we’re likely to hear about it soon.
So as temperatures start climbing, and you want to cool off, we’ll try to keep you posted on when the summer splashing may begin.
On that note: The swimming pool in our Vineyard community, the Villas at Waters Edge, we’re finishing the construction of the swimming pool this week. As soon as we get the pool cover on, the city’s inspection, and the health department’s blessing, that pool will also be ready for use.
Cautiously moving forward
As the state slowly reopens, we’ll continue to observe sanitary practices to promote a safe and healthy environment within our communities. Our Sales staff is doing their best to practice social distancing, and sanitation.
So as you consider moving, know that we do care about you and your health, and are doing our best to promote an environment that you can feel safe in. We are open for business, and look forward to meeting you.