Diary of a Realtor - For One Day!

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Real Estate Agent with RLAH Real Estate AB95346
http://activerain.com/droplet/4XKZ

This is dedicated to all of the newbie Realtors out there who are trying to figure out what they'll be doing once they graduate from real estate school and get a license to sell!  Donna Foerster has come up with a wonderful challenge that will, when you read all of the entries, get some idea (maybe) of what making a living in real estate looks like.

This morning, I woke up early - around 5:30 - reached for my laptop and started to blog.  Since I was still a little groggy, I didn't try to write any posts, but I did check out some posts and left comments, selecting a couple for my Last Week's Favorites post for next Sunday morning.  Then I fell back asleep until my alarm went off at 8:00 A.M.  

I got up, let out Willie the Labradoodle, made fresh coffee, and went back to the computer.  At about 8:30, I started my work day by zapping my spam, being careful not to delete anything that was actually important.  Then I looked at my "to do" list, and at 9:00 took my first call.  It was from a colleague - we're helping each other with our 2017 business plans and putting together an accountability agreement.  

Then I looked at my "to do" list, and at 9:00 took my first call.  It was from a colleague - we're helping each other with our 2017 business plans and putting together an accountability agreement.  We set an appointment for tomorrow early afternoon.  

Then it was time to make myself presentable and put curls in my hair before heading to the office.  First, I had to let Willie the Labradoodle back inside - he was barking at something and I have a next door neighbor who is uber noise sensitive - good luck with that living in a DC row house!

I drove to work through a beautiful national park, Rock Creek Park and arrived ready to take the day.

First, I finished a CMA (competitive market analysis) and emailed it, along with a cover letter to a favorite client.  Then I started with my daily calls.  Some were "Schmooze Calls" to past clients and friends.  One was to a friend of another favorite client who needs a favor.  One was to my favorite tax lawyer to send him an interesting referral.  

I took a break and gossiped (festive gossip is the only kind allowed at Evers & Company) with a colleague, and I grabbed some lunch.  

Then came the "Hot Calls".  These were people I;d met doing some sort of marketing, and my call was to follow up some reason I had to get in touch, and I set up appointments for later in the week.  

Then it was time to call a colleague who is working on a listing that is perfect for a couple I'm working with, and we're getting in the door first!  I'll have the purchase agreement all filled out - you have be a good Girl Scout and "Be Prepared".  

Then I did a little shopping - had to do my patriotic duty with Black Monday or whatever this goofiness is. Found a great deal on Global Knives!  

So now I'm home, doing a little blogging and getting ready to go to bed early.  

And yikes!  On looking at my "to do" list, there is one thing I missed - "BUY CAT FOOD!"  Better move that one to the top of tomorrow's list!

So just remember, when you are using your hi-tech tools, it's all about reaching the goal of getting face time with your prospects.  

And if you are in real estate school, your assignment is to read every one of the posts in Donna's challenge:  

November AR Contest: A Day/Week in Your Business Life 

There will be a quiz!

Now to important stuff.  It's time to get in some quality time with Willie the Labradoodle

 

 

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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
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Good evening Patricia Kennedy ,

Love your sincere post..a diary entry of one of your days..refreshing and so true of a top notch real estate professional!

Nov 28, 2016 07:18 PM #1
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Patricia Kennedy
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Dorie, this one was fun to write!

Nov 28, 2016 07:42 PM #2
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Pat

This was fun to read, and I can sure identify with all the activity, and the variety of stuff to do. Some days just fly by, don't they?

Still need to do mine - it's been percolating in my head for a few days, and time is running out!

Jeff

Nov 28, 2016 09:08 PM #3
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Patricia Kennedy
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Jeff, Monday's seem to be my stay in the office and get organized for the week ahead days.

Nov 28, 2016 10:18 PM #4
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Pat... I need to make more time for those phone calls. As for going back to sleep till 8am... can't remember the last time I did that unless I was so sick I was virtually comatose!

Nov 29, 2016 05:25 AM #5
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Constantly connecting with our sphere whether on the phone or face to face has to happen, along with meeting new people to generate new business.

Nov 29, 2016 11:46 AM #6
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
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Hi Pat - So basically an average day. Great point about getting that face time - that's where a lot of the magic is. And I'm glad Willie gets some face time too.

Nov 29, 2016 01:02 PM #7
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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No two days are ever the same in this business and some can certainly make you feel like you are on roller skates.

Nov 29, 2016 03:55 PM #8
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Nina, I'm a night owl usually, and I usually don't really get moving until around 10 am.  

Nov 29, 2016 09:33 PM #9
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Donna, face to face is something you have to do!

Nov 29, 2016 09:34 PM #10
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Dick, right now, Willie is literally in the dog house for spreading a bag of trash around the living room.  If I wasn't in love, he'd be at the Animal Rescue League right about now!

Nov 29, 2016 09:36 PM #11
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Chris Ann, and you never know what the next day will bring!

Nov 29, 2016 09:37 PM #12
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