With COVID-19, we are in truly unchartered territory. However, as we face the challenges of this pandemic together, our commitment to our buyers, our sellers, our REALTORS, and our community remains steadfast. While we will be conducting business differently for the foreseeable future, our agents will be working as hard as ever to serve you.

"We are definitely in unsettling times right now. While we at Kazantzis Real Estate are making adjustments to the way we conduct business, one thing we're not changing is our focus on providing the best service for our buyers and sellers. We're here to help them navigate any challenges that may arise in the coming days, weeks and months," said Owner and Broker Andrea Kazantzis.

Changes We're Making

In order to keep our customers and REALTORS safe, here are some of the changes we've made:

Appraisers will now conduct drive-by appraisals. 

While we are still conducting in-person showings, we are limiting them to five people to reduce the potential for exposure. During in-person showings, we will have hand sanitizer, disposable gloves and wipes available.

Of course, customers also have the option of virtual tours and virtual meetings if they are more comfortable with that.

At closings, agents will no longer attend. Only required individuals will be allowed to gather for a closing and proper social-distancing protocol will be followed at all times.

How We're Giving Back to the Community

In addition to changing the way we do business, we realize the profound impact this pandemic has had on our entire community. To that end, we at Kazantzis Real Estate have pledged to set aside 5% of all commissions earned to buy gift cards from local businesses in the town in which the transactions occur. We will then donate the gift cards to local first responders and others on the frontlines of the pandemic.

"I could not be more proud of our agents for stepping up to help in this time of need," Kazantzis said. "We not only conduct business in communities, but we also live in them. We raise our families in them. We are truly all in this together."

On April 3, Agent Keri Roy used part of her commission to buy food at Broken Crust in Putnam and delivered it to Day Kimball Hospital. Broken Crust is also collecting $5 donations in order to send lunch daily to workers on the frontlines.

Roy said Broken Crust delivered the lunch to a department at Day Kimball after she learned it was inundated with patients.

"Hopefully, this puts a smile on their faces on this rainy Friday. They're out there doing everything they can to keep everyone healthy," Roy said. "Everyone can play a part. Something small can go a long way to making someone's day better."

Kazantzis also bought a gift card at Giant Pizza in Danielson and delivered it to KB Ambulance.

Most recently, Kazantzis purchased seven pairs of nurse shoes at The Shoe Smith in Willimantic and will raffle them off on social media daily to health care workers.

On behalf of the entire team at Kazantzis Real Estate, we wish you all health and happiness through this difficult time.