If I Were a Writer and Not a Real Estate Agent

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

If I were a writer and not a real estate agent, life Writing on a tabletwould be so different. I'd stop to smell the flowers in the spring and take leisurely walks through the woods.

If I were a writer I'd start every day with a steaming hot cup of coffee in the cool morning sitting on the beautiful patio like I dreamt I would when I bought the home I'm in.

If I were a writer I'd go watch the Native American Indians do their dances at the Indian Pueblo cultural center. I'd marvel at their ornate costumes. I'd wonder what their steps meant and I'd look at their sun darkened skin and wonder who their ancestors were and if they were beautiful too.

And if I was a writer I'd move somewhere snowy, in the woods, perhaps, where I'd gaze for hours at the mountain peaks in Colorado and contemplate nature.....

But I am a real estate agent, so I eat my meals in my car three times a day and only empty out the trash occasionally.

And I'm a real estate agent, so I text when I'm having dinner with loved ones because well, that problem couldn't wait.

And I'm a real estate agent, so I bark loudly at people to get them to do what my clients need or I go sit and wait at the title company telling them I won't leave until they close my buyers.......no matter what.

I'm a real estate agent, not a writer, but I take solace in the fact that people give me their problems and their money and when they trust me, I always get the job done, if it's doable. And that's why I took this challenging job, to prove to those people who cannot or will not trust me - or anyone else - that there is someone out there who will safeguard their most priceless possession and who will watch out for their best interests. And that makes me proud.

I'm a real estate agent, not a writer, but I know this is what I'm supposed to do.



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Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Great post, Rich, but I have one questions: why can't you be both? ;-)

Nov 23, 2012 11:32 PM #14
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

The kind of quality time that's required to write well is hard to come by when you're a real estate agent. But this post was lovely, thank you for the moment of imagining a writer's life in the southwest.

Nov 24, 2012 01:25 AM #15
Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Rich:  I beg to differ with you.  If you're not a writer, how do you have readers?  Ha.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yurs!

Nov 24, 2012 01:43 AM #16
Debbe Perry
Real Living Carolina Property - Morganton, NC
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC

Great post and reminder that I need to stop and smell the roses and WRITE!

Nov 24, 2012 01:48 AM #17
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Thanks for the chuckle. If you were a writer and lived that kind of dream, you'd be a very destitute writer!

In spite of the ads that say you can lay on the beach all day, work maybe one or two hours when you feel like it, and have a 6-figure income, we writers have to keep our noses to the grindstone just like every one else.

HOWEVER - with the exception of those times when an agent calls in a panic, needing something "yesterday," I do get to take time to cook and eat my dinner without interruptions.

I don't have to keep my car clean or own a wardrobe of business clothes. I don't have to deal with other professionals who may or may not be holding up their end of the work. I don't have to worry about other people meeting deadlines - only that I meet mine.

And you're right, I can take a break to step outside and smell the flowers. I can even take a whole afternoon off - I just have to make up for it at night. (Which is fine, because I'm a night owl.)

I'm a writer, not a real estate agent (any more). And I know this is what I'm supposed to do.

Great post!

Nov 24, 2012 01:59 AM #18
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker
You have just proven you are a writer. You had me going along until "the end". But real estate is not drudgery or missed opportunities, you just need to work them into your schedule. Like work smarter not harder comes to mind.
Nov 24, 2012 03:25 AM #19
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Wayne and Jean, I used to be a successful musician, that odds of which are probably just as bad as the odds of being a successful writer. I'm definitely sticking to real estate!

Allen, lol, don't quit your day job.

Dana, you and me both.

Catherine, lol, that's where it is!

Joetta, thank you very much.

Marte, I'm jealous! And I'm off to read your blog.

Nov 24, 2012 06:59 AM #20
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

That is just great Rich! I love it and of course you are an amazing writer! Especially after that ! :)

Nov 24, 2012 07:50 AM #21
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Ha ha Tammy, I wrote this late one night when I had writer's block. I was like "Well what do you expect, I'm not a blinking writer! If I was a writer..." The title struck me and then I just started typing...After I was done I put in it draft mode just in case I had a creative lull in the 30 day challenge.  

This is why I have always enjoyed doing the 30 day challenge. Sometimes you have to dig deeper to get a post, and sometimes you get surprised what you find.   In other words, good things can happen when you push yourself.


Nov 24, 2012 08:05 AM #22
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi RIch, enjoyed reading this post...I really think that blogging helps one to be a writer better writer.

Nov 24, 2012 01:13 PM #23
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Actually...you are probably both lol :)!  Love this and suggested Rich!  As a Realtor® we do spend a bunch of time in the car eating, don't we?  

Nov 25, 2012 01:00 AM #24
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Ha ha Rebecca, absolutely!

Brenda, Yes, especially when working buyers...

Nov 25, 2012 03:34 AM #25
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I'm glad you were featured ... because now I'm a subscriber!  I grew up in Portales- and I'm happy to connect with a fellow New Mexican!  Great post!  Kathy

Nov 25, 2012 09:06 AM #26
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

Life would be much simpler if we could live our dreams.  But reality has a harshness to it that we actually have to live in.  I hope at some point you can wake up in the morning with your coffee and enjoy your life as a writer.

Nov 25, 2012 11:20 PM #27
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I think a lot of us think about how fun it would be not to work, but I think we need to think about what we would do if we did not have to work.  You have.  Others would do nothing.

Nov 26, 2012 08:54 AM #28
Julie Bentley
Watson Realty Corp, Jacksonville, FL - St Johns, FL
Saint Johns, FL REALTOR

This is great Rich and, although you may not be living the life of a writer, clearly you are one!


Nov 26, 2012 10:12 AM #29
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

It's funny. I was just told by my first builder customer that he loves my writing. I told him that I wanted to be a novelist when I was younger. Then I realized that I could never keep a storyline going that long. Now I'm a blog writer. So are you.... so I agree with the others who have said that you are a writer. 

Nov 26, 2012 11:00 AM #30
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Kathy, that's cool, and thanks for subscribing.

Rob, I already lived my dream in my previous career, so I'm good with it.

Gene, real estate has been very, very good to me.

Julie, Aw shucks,I'm just a blogger...

Melissa, I'll do my writing 300 words at a time thank you very much.



Nov 26, 2012 02:43 PM #31
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

I think I am much better suited to being a real estate agent than a writer.

Dec 09, 2012 06:24 AM #32
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Ahhh... but you are ALSO a writer. And I might say, a darned good one.

Apr 26, 2013 05:50 AM #33
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