Following up on a recent post to have a separate thread for the economic fallout from COVID-19 and the downturn many were anticipating because of the yield curve and other data. There’s plenty to say about the administration but I’m also curious about what the average person can do to protect themselves and also contribute to the recovery. And what happens with real estate? Zero interest rates and falling stock, bond, and even commodities markets notionally make real estate a haven—except no one is looking at 20 open houses if they’re isolating. And taking on debt even at the most favorable rates is tough when you’re worried about layoffs. Most of all I don’t want people to lose their homes (whether they are mortgaged or renting). I’ve had to exit a few discussions that took on a bit too much schadenfreude or gross profiteering. I anticipate a bit more humanity from this group, fortunately.