PHOTO: Juliette Hohnen. Juliette

Juliette Hohnen is a prominent Los Angeles realtor known for her negotiating skills and drive; she’s one of Douglas Elliman’s top salespeople in California. These days, however, she’s focused on keeping business alive. The COVID-19 crisis led her to cancel two of her open houses on Tuesday, a day when brokers usually invite other brokers to privately tour their listings. Instead, she did open houses on Facebook Live.

“In the interest of social distancing and to protect those who are most vulnerable, we decided to cancel,” explains Hohnen, a former MTV VJ. “But agents can still see it on Facebook Live and Instagram.”

Like others in her industry, Hohnen is just trying to adapt to a quickly changing situation. “People are constantly calling to see if I’m still showing,” says the agent, who is still doing private showings complete with hand sanitizer and shoes off. One couple asked if they could tour a particular home by themselves while both agents cooled their heels in their cars. “I said I thought that would be highly unlikely, but I’ll ask,” Hohnen says with a laugh.