He said, “It looks like the same thing happened with Delta and the previous variant before that. I think we’re going to be dealing with variants for years to come now. It seems there will always be some kind of fear, but a lot of people across the country have gotten vaccinated, and it looks like the cure for the virus Better than it was a year ago.”
He said the general mood was against shutting down the country again, and that the mortgage industry was resilient enough to weather a new wave. “If the housing market doesn’t close in 2020, the housing market won’t close in 2021. We’ve already kind of learned how to live with it. We’ll obviously have our challenges, but I think we’ll be fine.”
Ben Schweitzer, co-founder of commercial real estate finance company GPARENCY, which employs less than 100 people, has expressed caution about vaccines and the new variant.
He said, “I don’t think there is anything worse than a directive, especially if it’s not mandatory without people feeling they have a voice. COVID is here and it’s not going anywhere, and people are starting to accept that.”
Philadelphia-based broker Yuri Schreibman expressed strong concerns about the vaccine mandate in August, adding that removing individual selection would be “extremely dangerous” from a civil rights perspective.