Have you ever seen a bored real estate agent? Well you might find them in an office on a quiet afternoon sometimes doing "phone duty." But actually if you know your niche, first time home buyers, short sales, farm and ranch, luxury homes, relocations, etc. there is a great activity that can give you a lot of market knowledge for your future buyers. Grab your popcorn and remember
Sneak Previews Are Not Just For Blockbuster Movies
I am talking about "previewing homes." You have that two to three hour gap in time in your morning or afternoon where you are tired of dialing for dollars. Through a centralized showing service or by setting up appointments, LOOK AT HOUSES IN YOUR NICHE.
I am amazed at agents that think they have to have an office "tour", association "tour", or Broker Open to see the insides of houses. GO BY YOURSELF. Take notes. If the homeowners are there, strike up a conversation that you are getting familiar with the local inventory. Maybe they don't have a "buyers agent" with where they are going and you can end up doing business there.
Previewing homes (even without a buyer) shows you have a love for real estate and understanding what is happening in your backyard.
And while you are at it wave at Rover who is keeping an eye on you over there at the fence from the neighbor's house. Bring dog biscuits just in case one or two slats in the boards are loose LOL.