Realogy Exec: 3 Ways the Pandemic Changed Real Estate for Good

Realogy expansion brands released a new 27-page oral history of the pandemic and how it has altered the industry.

From the early days of the pandemic and through the housing market explosion, the real estate industry has been moving fast, leaving little time for reflection.

Sherry Chris | Photo credit: BHGRE

But a new undertaking from Realogy’s expansion brands portfolio — which encompasses ERA Real Estate and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate — attempted to catalog what’s taken place over the past year and the lessons learned.

“We really wanted to capture what had taken place over the past several months in the hopes that — and this is exactly what happened — some best practices would emerge that we would be able to share within the Realogy expansion brands, and with the industry as a whole,” Sherry Chris, the CEO of Realogy expansion brands, told Inman.

Chris and the team at Realogy decided who better to tell the story than those who lived it? The result is a 27-page oral history, with interviews and insight from more than a dozen broker-owners under the Realogy flag, titled, Real Estate in the Time of COVID.

Chris, in compiling the

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Satterfield’s ‘2.0’: From the design to the menu, here’s what’s changed at the Cahaba Heights restaurant

Satterfield’s restaurant in Cahaba Heights spent the first portion of January working on a redesign. After closing for more than two weeks for interior renovation and menu development, the restaurant reopened on Tuesday, January 19.

“I’ve been blessed to have such a long-standing loyal following even through a pandemic,” chef and proprietor Becky Satterfield said in a press release. “I’m excited to give our community a fresh new take on the restaurant, both with the menu and the décor.”

Patrons of Satterfield’s may remember the restaurant’s previous interior: red walls accented with oil paintings of vegetables and baskets of bread. A collaboration by Creative Design Properties and Jessica Brasfield Mackin of Nadeau Birmingham, Satterfield’s renovation boasts a more modern design with pendant lighting, black and white photography, and a new metallic gold bar.

Becky Satterfield is back on board as executive pastry chef. Chris Harrigan now helms the kitchen as executive chef and Leah Harrigan is the restaurant’s new general manager. The husband and wife team, who joined Satterfield’s from sister restaurant  El Zun Zun, replace executive chef and general manager Rita Bernhardt and William Barial III.

Satterfield's staff 2021

(left to right) Satterfield’s executive Chef Chris Harrigan, chef and owner Becky Satterfield,

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Al Borland Was Originally a Place Holder on the ’90s Sitcom, But Richard Karn Changed That

In the 1990s, Home Improvement took the world by storm. The series became known for Tim Allen’s stand-up comedy bit about men being ill-equipped cavemen who’s joy in life revolved around power tools. But fans also celebrated the show for the iconic guttural sigh of dads across America and Richard Karn‘s portrayal of Al Borland. Oddly enough, Al almost wasn’t a character on the hilarious ’90s sitcom. 

Tim Allen and Richard Karn
Tim Allen & Richard Karn | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives

Richard Karn’s career took off after ‘Home Improvement’ 

Home Improvement fans know and love Karn as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor’s (Allen) Tool Time assistant Al Borland, the sensitive guy in touch with his emotions. Allen’s hyper-masculine portrayal of Tim “The Tool Man” made the duo a perfect pair. 

Thanks to Home Improvement‘s success, Karn became a recognizable face, warranting him several commercial deals and guest spots in the 1990s. When Home Improvement ended, Karn continued to work in films and shows like Family Feud and Bingo America

Karn also had roles in the Air Bud franchise, including Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch and MVP: Most Vertical Primate. More recently, Karn appeared in two episodes of 

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