How To Help Your Sales Teams Avoid Work-From-Home Burnout

I am CSO of the Bridge Group, responsible for sales and customer success.

While there are a lot of good and positive things about remote working (especially avoiding lengthy commutes and traffic), there are also downsides that we’ve never had to deal with before. At first, working at home was kind of a nice change. Many sales reps who used to travel three out of every four weeks of the month could now spend more time with their families or have more time to themselves. However, as the work-from-home situation continues, many of them are starting to feel even more isolated because they are not used to being at home this much. They miss being on the road, spending time with their team and visiting with clients face to face. It’s been a real adjustment.

Here are some tips to help your sales team feel connected and avoid

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Home sales rise despite low inventory and pandemic

New-home sales also rose sharply in August to their highest level since September 2006. Sales of newly built homes reached an annual rate of 1.01 million in August 2020, 43.2 percent higher than in August 2019, according to the Census Bureau. New-home sales were also up 4.8 percent compared to July 2020.

Low inventory and high prices

While demand for houses is strong despite the coronavirus pandemic, the shortage of homes for sale means that prices are rising rapidly in many markets. The number of existing homes for sale dropped by 18.6 percent in August 2020 compared to August 2019, according to NAR. Inventory of newly built but unsold homes also dropped dramatically by 40 percent compared to August 2019 to the lowest supply since the data has been tracked beginning in 1963.

For the Washington area, the median listing price was up 9.2 percent for the week ending Sept.

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Home improvement and stockpiling boost September UK retail sales

Consumers increased spending on improving their homes and stockpiling goods in September in preparation for a tightening of restrictions, providing a boost for retailers.

Sales in the UK rose 5.6 per cent last month compared with the same period a year ago, according to data from the British Retail Consortium and the consultancy KPMG. That was above the six-month average decline of 1.1 per cent and the best annual growth rate of any month since December 2009, it found.

“September saw a big improvement in retail sales growth,” said Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the BRC, whose survey covers about 60 per cent of the industry.

“With office workers still at home for the foreseeable future, the sales of electronics, household goods and home office products have remained high,” she added. In contrast, more time spent at home and the cancellation of public events “have continued to hold back clothing

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27% surge in September home sales sets record for North Texas

North Texas home sales surged in September — up 27% from a year ago. It was the largest such annual price gain in more than a decade.

Real estate agents sold 11,408 single-family homes, a record number of purchases for the month of September, when sales typically slow.

But not this year.

Record low mortgage rates have caused a run on home buying even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month’s huge home sales increase is the fourth month in a row of double-digit percentage sales gains compared with 2019 levels, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

September’s year-over-year gain was the largest yet.

“It’s amazing that sales are up 27% over last year’s but not surprising based on what I have been hearing,” said Paige Shipp, a housing analyst for CDCG Asset Management. “D-FW

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Columbus Day Weekend sales: Prices slashed on home, outdoor and fashion items

Columbus Day, a federal holiday, and Indigenous Peoples Day are Monday, Oct. 12, and retailers once again see this long holiday weekend as a time for sales.

Online home retailer Wayfair is slashing up to 70% off on select items during a clearance event. Bedroom furniture starts at $99, bedding sets at $39.99 and storage solutions at $19.99.

Kitchen and dining furniture and ceiling and wall lights are up to 50% off, living room seating and wall art are up to 60% off and area rugs are up to 70% off.

Save up to 50% on outdoor furniture and up to 55% on TV stands, living room tables and bathroom upgrades.

See more sales on kids furniture, entryway furniture, table and floor lamps, kitchen essentials as well as small electronics and appliances.

If you’re already shopping, here are highlights:

  • Coach Outlet is offering up to 70% off sitewide At Coach,
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Columbus Day Sales 2020: 13 Tech, Furniture, and Kitchenware Deals To Shop This Weekend

Columbus Day sales, unlike Labor Day sales or even Fourth of July sales, aren’t really a thing. If you consider it for a second—and remind yourself that Christopher Columbus was a monster who didn’t discover anything—you realize Columbus Day shouldn’t really even be a holiday. This year’s “holiday,” which we will now only refer to as Indigenous Peoples Day, is even stranger, thanks to its proximity to a delayed Amazon Prime Day. The mega-retailer will flex its muscle with an onslaught of discounts literally the day after the occasion. Based on our initial scans, it seems like most of the other tech and home goods retailers are holding their sale cards close to the chest, waiting to unleash their best deals until Prime Day begins in earnest. But for now, there’s still some decent price drops available on a range of gear, especially home tech and furniture upgrades. Here’s some

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Orleans Parish property transfers, Sept. 7-11, 2020: See a list of home and other sales | Real Estate News

Below is a compilation of properties sold in Orleans Parish from Sept. 7-11. Data is compiled from public records.

New Orleans

District 1

Banks St. 4517: $355,000, Gayle Farrington and Larry Farrington to Amanda Elise Johns.

Baronne St. 339; Baronne St. 341: $1,775,000, Jon Vaccari Fleming and Stephen Fleming to Anvil South LLC.

Baudin St. 3916-18: $495,500, Pasadena Development Co. Inc. to John P. Moreci and Rebecca A. Moreci.

Baudin St. 4620: $575,000, Haley Goshert Sulser and Michael B. Sulser to David B. Akers and Rita Scheck Akers.

Coliseum St. 1765: $259,000, Louisiana Coastal VIII LLC to Joseph W. Lewis IV and Monica Stewart Lewis.

Coliseum St. 1765: $319,000, Louisiana Coastal Viii LLC to Debra M. Hensley and Phyllis M. Guedry.

Constance St. 1339 – 1341: $727,000, Lauren Ashley Owens Libby, Robert S. Libby and Russell P. Libby to Austin Durant Mozee Carr and Erica Grubbs Carr.

Magazine St. 1552-54:

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Home sales in Q3 2020 rise 2.5 times, launches surge 4.5 times: Knight Frank India



a tall building in a city: Home sales in Q3 2020 rise 2.5 times, launches surge 4.5 times: Knight Frank India


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Home sales in Q3 2020 rise 2.5 times, launches surge 4.5 times: Knight Frank India

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, home sales volume jumped by 2.5 times to 33,403 units in the third quarter of 2020 compared to 9,632 in the second quarter of 2020. New residential unit launches increased by 4.5 times to 31,106 units in third quarter, compared to 5,584 units in the previous quarter, a Knight Frank India report has said.

Sales saw an uptick in the third quarter of 2020 over the preceding quarter on account of innovative schemes offered by real estate developers. These included financial benefits, discounts and easy payment options to attract buyers during the period of lockdown. Developers were also able to garner buyer interest through active usage of digital platforms during this period to engage with customers.

Lower home loan interest rate also supported pick-up in residential sales. The

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IKEA gets sales boost from shoppers’ new stay-at-home focus

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – IKEA sees sales returning to growth this year after the coronavirus crisis boosted shoppers’ interest in spending more on their homes, a trend the world’s biggest furniture retailer believes is here to stay.

IKEA is shifting focus from its traditional large out-of-town stores towards e-commerce and smaller inner-city formats as it adapts to the growth of online retailing and new shopping habits.

Jon Abrahamsson Ring, an IKEA veteran who became CEO of brand owner and franchisor Inter IKEA in March, said that, including test formats stores, some 50 new stores would open in the current year, against around 30 in 2019/20. Most of IKEA’s new stores are in inner-cities.

Retail sales – sales of products and services at the 445 IKEA stores and online – shrank 4% in the year through August, to 39.6 billion euros ($46.7 billion).

Abrahamsson Ring told Reuters retail sales at comparable stores

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Lowe’s Gains From Home Improvement Business & Online Sales

Home renovation and maintenance activities have been gaining prominence lately, thanks to increased stay-at-home practices amid the coronavirus pandemic. The trend has been benefiting certain home improvement market players, including Lowe’s Companies, Inc. LOW. This apart, the company’s efforts to expand digital offerings is worth appreciating. These upsides were well-reflected in the company’s second-quarter fiscal 2020 results, with the top and the bottom line improving year on year. Let’s dig deeper.

Bright Prospects in Home Improvements Market

Growing inclination toward home improvement projects is quite visible in Lowe’s second-quarter fiscal 2020 results. Comparable sales (comps) for the company’s U.S. home-improvement business increased 35.1% in the second quarter, following an increase of 12.3% in the first quarter.

In the reported quarter, comps gained from sturdy project demand from DIY and pro customers across channels, product categories and geographies. It saw comps growth of more than 20% across all its merchandising divisions,

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