And You Call This Normal?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage CalBRE #01165532
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Here’s What A Normal Day in Real Estate

Looks Like For Me

 

This month Donna Foerster has asked us to describe a day or week in our real estate world.   Many of the submitted contest posts I’ve read have written that the word normal doesn’t exist for them in describing a day(or week) in their real estate practice.   I would have to agree but I don’t think writing “Me too” would qualify for this or any ActiveRain contest or challenge.   

 

Defining the word “normal” leads us to things like:   usual, typical, average, standard, customary, ordinary, common, routine and more.  Let’s face it, absolutely none of these have even a passing relationship with the majority of my days.

 

Activities and things define my days:  meetings, showings, marketing, attending inspections plus lots and lots of follow-up.  The activities and time spent on each will vary based on the day.   I write a daily to do list(which always seems to have some carryover from the day that is drawing to a close) each night.  In the morning, I may re-prioritize the list based on the stuff that happens.  Each day is typically interrupted with new activities whether via a call or an email.   

 

ActiveRain Makes Me Normal

 

So is there anything normal or typical or a routine for me each day?   ActiveRain. Other social media too but primarily ActiveRain. Yes, I believe AR makes my day a little bit more normal.

 

Why?  Isn’t this a waste considering the other more beneficial things I could be doing?   Here’s why I choose to include ActiveRain as a part of my day:

 
  • It makes my phone ring.  Figuratively and literally.  Whether it’s a call or an email, there isn’t a week that goes by where I can’t trace the source of a potential lead to this forum even when they don’t mention ActiveRain by name.  The time spent may vary but AR is always “on” so I can check in first thing in the morning and before I shut off the computer at night as well as periodically in the day when time permits or my mind wanders.  

 
  • It keeps me on top of my practice.  If you follow me(first, thank you, I appreciate it) you know I write market reports -- and a lot of them.   I wish I could create fascinating posts multiple times a week but I keep a formula(not an exact template per se) that allows me to communicate what is happening in the areas I actively practice by sharing market statistics along with some personal insight. As I am collecting sales data, I see trends in a different way.  And as I write, I gain even deeper knowledge.   And when I receive that call or email or someone stops me and asks “what about that house over on this street”, I can speak with authority.  I think that is important in any business.

 
  • Real estate is a people business and that’s both a good and a bad thing so this is a great place to commiserate with like-minded individuals as well as a contrarian or two to share ideas. The ability to see things from a different perspective, to learn something new or to simply laugh is important to me.   I joined and then lurked about AR before fully jumping in. Originally it was for business purposes but the relationships that have formed here for me are truly one of the greatest surprises in my real estate career.   

 

So while there are things that are both typical and atypical in my daily real estate practice, I suggest that this place, ActiveRain, has been good for me.  I can’t always predict the results but I know that doing the right thing on a consistent basis while always improving will be good for my business too.

 

So that’s my atypical look at a typical day(or week) in real estate.   Thank you for reading -- it turned out to be much longer than my first draft: "Me too".

 

Published:  November 29, 2016  

 

Here’s What A Normal Day in Real Estate

Looks Like For Me

 
 

 

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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That has been the thing that kept me interested in real estate these past 35 years - The fact no two transactions, clients, or days are alike.

Nov 29, 2016 05:49 PM #47
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Michael,

Revising your list made me chuckle. That would be the normal for me. If you stick to 50% of your plans on any given day, it is a good one, it seems.

Nov 29, 2016 05:51 PM #48
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Michael, there is absolutely nothing normal about real estate!  

Nov 29, 2016 06:08 PM #49
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Michael Jacobs - since I am spending less time in the Rain this week ... too darn busy doing other things that deposit $$$ into my bank account ... can I just say ... "me too"?  

It seems like AR is really working for you in terms of generating business. That is awesome. You certainly invest a lot of time writing them. 

Nov 29, 2016 07:01 PM #50
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Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
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Whenever someone says "that's normal" I usually respond, "whatever normal is" -- because your normal is different from my normal.  I could really identify with your blog because, like you, no two days are the same and what I may have planned to accomplish may have ended up much different than I had planned. Congrats on the Feature!

Nov 29, 2016 07:10 PM #51
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Michael I love your "me too post" and must say I agree with the message, clearly I am late to the party, I have many excuses and they were all good excuses:))Endre

Nov 29, 2016 10:41 PM #52
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Well done Michael. Your market reports have a personal touch and are so informative and include great photos. I feel as though I've been to Pasadena from reading them!

Nov 30, 2016 04:19 AM #53
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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Thanks for the share!!!

We can’t always predict the results but we know that doing the right thing on a consistent basis while always improving will be good for our businesses.

Nov 30, 2016 04:52 AM #54
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Harry F. D'Elia
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That sounds like a normal day for a real estate agent. OK looking forward to tomorrow.

Nov 30, 2016 04:58 AM #55
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Michael Jacobs "So is there anything normal or typical or a routine for me each day?   ActiveRain...Yes, I believe AR makes my day a little bit more normal...AR is always “on” so I can check in first thing in the morning and before I shut off the computer at night as well as periodically in the day when time permits or my mind wanders. "

Right on target - and - re-blog!

Nov 30, 2016 05:10 AM #56
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good Morning Michael -  nothing is normal in your day as with mine although there are similar activities each day.  Nice post and congratulations on the feature.

Nov 30, 2016 06:05 AM #57
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Nothing typical which is sometimes good & bad.

Nov 30, 2016 06:39 AM #58
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Thank you very much for your comments.  I appreciate it.   

Nov 30, 2016 08:32 AM #59
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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
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Like so many others, I may well have a plan, but unless you have absolutely nothing going, it can change in a heart beat with an email or a call. Such was the case for me within a 30 minute time frame this morning

Nov 30, 2016 09:51 AM #60
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Michael Jacobs ~ MJ.... WOW! Along with this contest (which I missed) this post is awesome. You're a genius at writing market reports along with writing from the heart, Whether it's market reports "or" from the heart, your insight is brilliant, helpful and always fun to read

Nov 30, 2016 02:12 PM #61
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Excellent post and I certainly agree what is a normal day. I try to keep a daily to-do list and reorganize it as warranted. Congrats on the Feature. You are a consummate Real Estate pro. 

Nov 30, 2016 02:31 PM #62
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Thank you very  much for stopping by and your comments.  

Dec 01, 2016 10:44 AM #63
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Lou Ludwig
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Michael

I have a to do list every . . . . and it includes ActiveRain.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 01, 2016 05:34 PM #64
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Michael Jacobs - I have been meaning to comment on this post all week!  I totally agree with your AR points and this fabulous venue making the phone ring.  So many doubt it but, honestly, if you post content for the consumer, they will find you!  Obviously those market reports do the trick - and it makes perfect sense as buyers and sellers alike WANT that information...and YOU provide it!  Great job and Happy Friday!

Dec 01, 2016 09:37 PM #65
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Michael Jacobs
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Thanks very  much for your comments.

Dec 02, 2016 08:55 AM #66
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