Cruising in Alaska and Still Taking Care of My Real Estate Business

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Cruising in Alaska and Still Taking Care of My Real Estate Business..

This is an entry for the Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul Group Contest! | Fun in the Sun While the Business Still Runs!Join in on the Challenge!

Frankly, I had not been on a vacation in years as I always felt I was too busy to get away. My spouse wanted to go to Alaska and booked a trip in January. So all I could do was prepare to be away for 11 days.

·       My assistant could take care of most emergencies.

·        A back-up Realtor was there for negotiations, contract issues or listings.

·       My BPO assistant could handle any new or re-do BPO’s.

·       My Contractor could handle any repairs, emergencies or trash-outs.

·       I had my Smart Phone to text, email or telephone if necessary.

So off we go on our cruise to Alaska. We had a great time and cruised for 5 days and then took a land package that took us to Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Mt. Denali.

We had Sprint as our phone carrier and they said we could get service in Alaska. Wrong! I should have known when I asked one of the employees at the Sprint store and he said “Where is Alaska?” My friend had Verizon and said “Oh you will have service so don’t worry.” My husband’s carrier was Verizon so I had service.

Luckily the ship had internet and the Princess hotels had internet computers so I was able to conduct business daily.

Here are some pictures of us on our cruise.

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I had one funny thing happen while up at Mt. Denali. I emailed my BPO assistant as there was an email saying they needed a correction but she didn’t understand what they wanted. OK, I can do this since our tour bus doesn’t arrive for 30 minutes. Of course no calculator but had a pen. Logged onto the BPO site, grabbed a flyer laying there and did the calculations in long hand. Good thing I knew how to do math without a calculator. Plugged in the numbers and sent it in. Got back to the front of the hotel just as the bus was pulling up to pick us up. That was a close call!

We had a great time and were gone 11 days and my business ran smoothly. I had great support sites like my MLS, Google, Relay (all documents stored here), Zip Forms and others. I keep my passwords with me so I can always log on from anywhere to conduct my business. When I got home, everything was taken care of and my clients were still happy and most people didn’t even know I had been gone.

Everyone needs a vacation whether it is a long cruise or just a few days away. With modern technology, most of us can go anywhere and not have any problems. My new Smart Phone gets service in Alaska so I won’t have to borrow one the next time.

Everyone should try to get away for a vacation once in a while. We stayed so busy so we didn’t get much rest but it was relaxing. ©

These photographs taken in Alaska by Kristin Hamilton.

I sell real estate in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties; Redlands, Loma Linda, Highland, Colton, Yucaipa, San Bernardino and other cites too. If you are looking for a professional and experienced agent, I am just a click away. Google me at Kristin Hamilton-Real Estate Agent. Homeowners and Buyers both will find my services top notch and successful. Call me to sell your home.

My name is Kristin Hamilton and I sell real estate. I am waiting for your call! 909-557-6966.

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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

We all need time off.  It is difficult when you have to do some work on the vacation.

May 18, 2012 01:38 AM #1
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Kristin ~ It's nice to be able to still do math with nothing other than paper, a pencil and our brains, huh? I wonder what would happen, if calculators were removed from the school system, just what the percentage of students today could actually do the same. Hmmm??? I love the picture of the Bear, pretty cool!

May 18, 2012 01:40 AM #2
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi Tim,

I am a workaholic so I don't mind but my family gets upset with me. Thanks for stopping by Tim.

May 18, 2012 01:44 AM #3
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

HI Jon,

I totally agree with you. If they took away calculators and spell-check on computers I think kids would do much better in math and English/Spelling/Punctuation.

The helicopter took us to a state run salmon farm and there are at least 150 bears plus they are very close to us but there is a steel grate and they are not allowed to cross the grate. I am sure the tour guide carried a gun in his pack in case some bear ignores the warnings from him yelling. One tried to circle back behind us but there is a barrier there too. They keep the bears so well fed, that they are not interested in anything except salmon. Birds are in the water right near them and the bears are not at all interested.

May 18, 2012 01:50 AM #4
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Kristin, That is great that you got away to such a beautiful place.  I would move there if they didn't have such long winters!  Sounds like you got everything under control to get away.  Yes with modern technology it helps us stay connect at a distance.  Like hearing of your story and hope you are able to get away more often.  We find we get more busy when we go away!

You have a great weekend and all the best with the contest.  Like your photos!



May 18, 2012 03:43 AM #5
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi Gloria,

 Yes it was a nice trip and my business never suffered for a minute. You have a lovely weekend too.

May 18, 2012 03:51 AM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


What a wonderful trip that must have been. We have good friends who have been and raved about Alaska. You certainly took things in stride and got done what needed to be done AND still have a great time, and shared some great photos. Thanks! And good luck.


May 23, 2012 12:29 PM #7
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind
Hi Jeff, It was a wonderful trip and we plan to go back next year, Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and thanks for stopping.
May 23, 2012 09:56 PM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

We would love to cruise in Alaska.

Have an outstanding day and a very special weekend.

May 24, 2012 01:00 AM #9
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I'm like you...went on my first 11 day vacation in 10 years (unless you count the 4 days to the other side of the island for a fishing trip ....where we caught 0--yes  fish!) and the bottom line is I still kept on top of my transactions but had a trusted agent taking care of the things he physically had to be there for.

Jun 09, 2012 01:37 AM #10
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi Sally,

With the modern technology we have today, it is easier to stay on top of things but knowing you have a competent Realtor stepping in, it makes it easier to go off and not worry.

Happy Sunday.

Jun 10, 2012 01:18 AM #11
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