For MilwaukeeMag.com‘s series, How Are You Coping, photographer Alexis Gleason is creating portraits via Facetime. “I started this project as a way to connect with people. In the process, I’ve seen that these sessions are giving people a reason to get dolled up for a special occasion—even if its just posing in their living room.”
WE ASKED WILL STALLÉ, a real estate agent with the Stallé Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty. He’s using the time mindfully and staying connected, whether it’s Zoom calls with his family or getting outside for some much-needed recreation.
How are you staying sane?
There are so many things we can’t control. I went into it with the mindset of “what I can control.” I’m reconnecting with family and friends I haven’t talked to in years. I have a regular Tuesday night poker night. [Now] we do a Zoom call and use the poker app. It’s been interesting adapting to the changes. I’ve noticed my focus has changed. Physical and mental health are really important. Staying active – going for walks, riding my bike and, now that courses are open, golfing. I’m not really a big reader but I’m reading. My wife and I have a house we bought in January, and we just finished the remodeling. It was a blessing to be able to keep people employed during that time.
What do you miss doing, seeing or visiting the most that you can’t right now?
Honestly, just regular face-to-face interaction. Sitting at a desk all day is not what a typical real estate agent does. I miss the people. That’s why it’s exciting to go grocery shopping.
Do you think the pandemic and our need to social distance will have an effect on what people will look for in homes in the future?
I certainly do think it will play a factor. It’ll give people insight into what they’re looking for. And I think this will push [what is typically] a hot, hot spring buying market into June through October.
What’s the first thing you plan to do when social distancing orders are relaxed?
What I’m most looking forward to is a regular routine. I’d like to sell houses, in person, again. [And] I’m forever grateful to the people who are dealing with this on the front lines. Although there are so many negatives, we are getting through this together. And along the way, I think many businesses are realizing other ways to operate, like restaurants. We’re definitely doing our part to support them by ordering from our favorites – Hotel Madrid, Merriment Social, Bavette.