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It’s currently difficult to judge a home’s status by signage; since the implementation of the county and statewide shelter-in-place orders, many signs remain erect even when properties leave the market because the companies that provide the signs are unable to take them down.
Throughout the nearly 20 years Nicholas French has worked as a Silicon Valley realtor, strangers inquiring about his profession have consistently proclaimed how fortunate he is to possess such a potentially lucrative one. That all changed during the Great Recession.
“The look on people’s faces was like I had leprosy,” said French, a broker associate with Sereno Group, recalling the 2008 crash. “Everybody was like, ‘How are you doing? Oh my God. Are you getting through this?’”