By Annie Manfredi

I have a real temptation to say, “Thank God 2020 is over!” when I think about this past year. So many of us, our families, loved ones, friends and co-workers suffered heartbreaking losses, dealt with the soul-crushing isolation of the pandemic, the constant fear of the unknown, and continue to wonder when our lives will ever return to normal. The year has brought significant challenges for us all, but there have been many blessings and bright spots for which we are thankful!

Thankful to our Clients & Team |  We’re grateful to have an amazing team who holds each other up and exceptional clients who are quick with a kind word as we all face unprecedented challenges. Within 48 hours of the announced pandemic and shut down last March, every RealtyCom team member was up and running, fully equipped to work from home. From home offices, dining rooms and kitchen tables, we kept “we-can-do-this” attitude. Our clients have been wonderful and understanding and we’ve all shared laughs when our children or pets made impromptu appearances on a Zoom call.

Thankful for Technology |  We are proud of the incredible culture that we’ve built at RealtyCom, but we’d be kidding ourselves if we said we could continue to  keep that alive during these times without technology.  Our company is built on bringing technology advantages to multifamily communities, but I don’t know that I’ve ever quite fully appreciated technology in quite the way I do today. We have all had to hone and expand our use of new online tools  from Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Amazon, Uber Eats, Instacart and yes, Netflix – none of which were even available, just 20 years ago. Technology allowed us to continue serving our clients, while they faced more challenging issues in multifamily operations and development.

Thankful to Family & Friends | Perhaps most important, we’re proud to have rekindled relationships (albeit virtually) with our families, our friends, our coworkers and clients – who are like family to us. The endless Zoom and FaceTime calls are definitely wearing me thin, but spending a few minutes on a FaceTime with my 86-year old Mom, quickly reminds me how grateful I am to live in a time where this is possible.

From our resilient senior leadership and our hard-working staff members, to our amazing clients, we are thankful for each person who plays a part in our success. We wish you good health and prosperity in the New Year and reflection on what you’re thankful for. As always, we appreciate your confidence in our team and look forward to a bright new year together.