Could you handle a day in the life of a broker?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695
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A smiggin of background... the text you are are about to read is about a contract 10 days beyond the scheduled date to close and we're about to write our second extension.

A little after midnight (technically that was today) I noticed a message.  Did I? Had I? had I let one slip through the cracks?  Oh ... I really almost drove to the office at 1 am in my pajamas to see if the termite letter was indeed in the file. I didn't sleep well and alka seltzer was my friend.  When I got into the office (by 9:15) which is an hour sooner than I generally arrive, it was indeed in the file. I scanned and sent it to the agent. It had some the week my uncle passed and I missed two days of work, so perhaps I just didn't get it sent like I should have. I think I sent it to the attorney, but too many contracts at once and maybe I did and maybe it was a different contract.

Also this morning, before I normally am at work I had a seller calling to change his mind about a counter offer discussed last night. Heavy sigh.  I called up the counter offer form and began.  I clicked on the date and clicked on the calendar and then I went to type the address and my keyboard wasn't connected to my computer.  So I tried a different usb slot and still no go. I tried a usb data stick and that too was a no go. Tried to get my computer to read a SD card and that wouldn't work either.   

I left the laptop at home, so I had to get it.  Had to make a second trip for the mouse.  Got the counter typed and sent to out of state seller.  Left office to go make photos. I've had underwriters be pretty petty before, but this one takes the cake.  They have a letter from the power company that says no portion of the dwelling or any structure other than the permitted boathouse is on the GA power part of this land.  Underwriter wanted photos to support letter. So I took my happy behind over there and laid down in the wet grass and took some. I have views of the east pin, the west pin, the pin to the lake, the pin to the house, pin to pin. I have green grass stains on my knees and I got pretty dang wet.  And now it's all in the underwriters hands again and we wait.

On the way back to the office I got a text from my seller that he'd returned the counter offer signed.  When I pulled into the parking lot the charter truck was at the corner. I was saving the photos when all of sudden my email stopped working.  What ... no more connection to the internet.  Looked out the window and charter truck was gone.  Picked up the phone to call them and well... it didn't work either.  So I called Charter customer service while they were happy to set up a technician appointment for between 4 and 5 today that wasn't helping.  Thank heavens for my iphone being a hot spot.

So got the photos sent. Got the counter and signed it myself and sent it on to the agent who submitted the offer.  Let seller know I'd sent it on to them. And it was just 1 p.m.  Then I saw the Charter truck again.  Went to the door to go talk to them just as they were pulling away. Checked for dial tone and phones were working again. Checked laptop and internet service back. Hopefully I didn't use TOO much data.

Oh and when I reset the router and got everything back on line my desktop went back to working. I've also had a facetime call with my daughter, texted a friend at the ER, texted with various agents who work here at Lane Realty and fielded 27 business calls on my cell phone, along with a few personal texts and calls. Oh and I made coffee and drank a LOT of it too.

Some good things happened today.  On a deal recently where the agent on the otherside wanted me to donate 25% of my commission to the "negotiator" she knew and I said no.  She was willing to give her 25% of her money, but for less than that the woman wasn't willing to work. It was my listing and the short sale closed 41 days from the original offer. :)  Today that agent walked in my desk and put a hundred dollar bill on it and said thank you. I will donate the $100. A holiday "gift" I had ordered for clients arrived today in time for my December 1st cookies and coffee month.  

I know, I know makes you want to jump right into real estate where you can "make the big bucks" by unlocking doors, right?

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Jeff Dowler well I keep doing it because they certainly are better days. LOL  But this hot mess is still a hot mess.  Just signed another extension

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi  I sort of feel I owe it to folks to write a follow up on a really good day and come back and add a link to this post. LOL

 

Nov 19, 2016 04:09 AM #17
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David Baker Laveen Realtor & South Phoenix Realtor certainly is a lot we do that people never do see

Kathleen Daniels this morning as I gathered my keys and phone to head to the office Donald stopped me and rubbed my shoulders and patted my behind like a baseball player and told me to "hit it out of the park" today. So there's that.

Nov 19, 2016 04:12 AM #18
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Kathryn Acciari for the holidays I "customer appreciate" all month.  I send out invites for past clients to stop in for cookies and coffee anytime in December. Many stop by, it's a nice stay in touch and when I have cookies left over at the end of a couple of days (before they go stale) I drop them off to the local fire dept. or sheriff's office.  Last year we had about 40 folks a week pop in.  It's nice to sit and visit with them over a cup of coffee.  And thank you for the sympathy.  He was my always late uncle.  We'd have family gatherings and we'd laugh because he was ALWAYS late.  Just doesn't seem right he got to heaven first.

Nov 19, 2016 04:18 AM #19
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Joe Pryor your comment made me laugh.  I would say heebie jeebies do describe some of my days. 

Nov 19, 2016 04:19 AM #20
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents well it makes me happy to know I come across as someone who doesn't swear.  Although, sadly sometimes I actually do. I should work on that.

Nov 19, 2016 04:20 AM #21
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Tammy Lankford, - I'm of the opinion success is not measured by how much we earn for each sale - it is about who we are and the attention to details, checking the list twice, never second guessing but always sure we dot our i's and cross our t's. You definitely strive to achieve "Satisfaction Guaranteed!"

Nov 19, 2016 05:34 AM #22
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Patricia Feager And I try to do what I do with kindness even when I'm frustrated and beyond tired. It's often not the fault of the folks who get brutal treatment from people when life gets frustrating and I try to never do that.

Nov 19, 2016 06:09 AM #23
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
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Interesting timing on this post. 

Nov 19, 2016 06:39 AM #24
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J.R. Schloemer similar situation going on with you?  Do tell.

Nov 19, 2016 02:04 PM #25
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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A lot of people have asked us why not start our own brokerage..it is not our focus...just rather sell real estate....pay a negotiator...yicks !

Nov 19, 2016 08:04 PM #26
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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Wish it was that easy!!!

I know makes you want to jump right into real estate where you can "make the big bucks" by unlocking doors, right?

Nov 19, 2016 08:53 PM #27
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Totally agree with Sham, great ending line...

Nov 19, 2016 09:37 PM #28
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Jeanne Gregory
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I had a similar week.  And add to the mix, we changed out all of our lockboxes for a much better product.  It was a pain and I put a lot of miles on my car, but every listing has a shiny new lockbox with a fully charged battery. 

Nov 19, 2016 11:13 PM #29
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Tammy Lankford, it's just one of those forks in the road. You ask yorself why you went forward to get the Broker license, when you aren't using it to its full potential.

Nov 20, 2016 01:47 AM #30
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How could you not include the part where you open up the emails to decide which new clients you want to keep?  Oh, must have been that part where the system was down.

Nov 20, 2016 01:53 AM #31
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Karen Feltman
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Just a day in the life of any busy agent or broker! Sounds like everything ended up well, sometimes that is all we can hope. Have a great week!

Nov 20, 2016 03:42 AM #32
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Claude Labbe
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Tammy, I was halfway through the first paragraph and my thinking was "this would make a great tv commercial for aspirin"; but then you mentionned Alka-Seltzer which I agree, that would work too.

But the shear joy!! Can you imagine being stuck in an office or in a kitchen 8 hours a day just processing the next file or lunch order?  Nope, this is so much better.

Sure, sometimes a shot of whiskey helps too.

Nov 20, 2016 03:42 AM #33
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Give any one of us a day and we will use it each one...diffrently. 

Nov 20, 2016 11:00 PM #34
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I have been extremely quiet of late, but have a sellers who are also going to buy. Oh, do I long for the days where I don't have to think - or move. Drove 130 miles over the weekend with nightmare traffic in the mix. I always forget how much work and responsibility is involved in every deal.

Nov 21, 2016 04:29 AM #35
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O M G Tammy Lankford, some days it's just run, run as fast as you can! I'm sure you're glad that day is over!

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