Your Real Estate Professional from 9 - 5? No way!!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

I'm a Realtor, and proud of it.  With that, I take this job as a career and never use it as a 9 -5 time table.  I schedule and adjust my schedule for my family first, and my clients.  What better career is there where you can work primarily on appointments, (with your clients) and take the time to improve yourself on "your own" time for real estate education and presentation skills. 

  Now the big question is, when is "your own" time.  With technology the way it is today, we can always answer an email, send a CMA, or even post a blog at any time and from any place.  As a Realtor, it's vital to your success to have a laptop with wireless connection and/or a Blackberry or any other smart phone on your "hip".

  So with that being said, there is no 9 - 5, you are on call for as much as you chose to be, or as little as you chose to be.  But.... make sure you are up to speed, you never know when you will receive an email that you will need to introduce, guide, inform and nurture into a happy home buyer or seller! 

  Who needs to stuck on a 9 - 5 shift, make my career apart of my daily routine any day!

That's one of the great things about being a Realtor!


Comments (20)

Bob Foster
Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario - Belleville, ON

I think one of "my own times" is dropping in to ActiveRain at the end of each day. It's a great place to relax and learn at the same itme.

May 01, 2009 02:44 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX

Bob, that is true.  it's a time you can relax, learn and post with your fellow peers.

May 01, 2009 02:47 PM
Suma Kakani
Northern IL Realtor - Keller Williams Success Realty - Prairie View, IL

Frank, Excellent post. It is absolutely not a 9 to 5 job, I had a 9 to 5 job, but I quit for time flexibility. Now I'm even working harder than 9 to 5 , but not exactly 9 to 5 every day . See I'm commenting on blogs @ 10 P.M on a Friday and AR , I don't call it relaxing but for me it is rewarding for now.

May 01, 2009 03:05 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX

Suma, I understand.  I think I have a allergic reaction to 9 - 5 jobs!  My previous was a 20 year career in the United States Air Force, definitely not 9 - 5!  Thanks for the post.

May 01, 2009 03:14 PM
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

I wish it was I honestly work at least 12-15 hours a day almost 7 days a week. Since I dont have a family it's all about work for me. But I couldnt imagine it any other way.

May 01, 2009 03:34 PM
Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY

Hi Frank;

We all need to adjust our time for our family first, good luck!

May 01, 2009 03:37 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

I love my job, work hard but don't forget vacations with the family and to enjoy your kids while you have them in the home!

May 01, 2009 03:47 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX


  Since you have all that "free time" without a family, treasure it!  LOL

May 01, 2009 03:53 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX


  Good to hear from you, and thanks.

May 01, 2009 03:54 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX


  I truly understand.  Frank Jr is 11 and he demands his time with dad, and I make sure he gets it.  He's my little Realtor in training!  The best when I have clients with kids, you don't even know their there. 

May 01, 2009 03:56 PM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Frank~ It would be impossible to work 9-5 as  Realtor!  MOST clients work then and need to look on weekends and in the evening.  When I need time off, I take it.  Otherwise I am working and happy to serve!

May 01, 2009 04:04 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX

Hello Vickie,

  So true, and a great comment.  With the economy and the way things are, people can't take the time off and we have to accommodate them.  And if we are true to our profession, we do.

May 01, 2009 04:18 PM
Richard Dolbeare
Retired - Wailuku, HI
Living the Hawaii Lifestyle

I've never had a 9 to 5 job.  My former career typically ran from 6:30 in the morning to 7:00 at night and I had to be there the whole time regardless of the workload.  Real estate offers much more flexibility even though you are never totally off duty.

May 01, 2009 07:35 PM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

I agree real estate does offer more flexibility and that is important to me.

Patricia Aulson/Portsmouth NH Real Estate

May 02, 2009 01:46 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Frank

All of us in the Real Estate industry. Being a professional in this industry, we do need to accommodate our client's as much as we can. And at the very same time keep our family in mind.

God Bless America

May 02, 2009 05:06 AM
Brenda Tressler
Crye-Leike Realtors - Clarksville, TN


I try to make appointments for me & the family... then work customers around them. But I received a Sunday call and was out the door. This resulted in a sale & a loan. So in this business everything is flexible personal & business time. But let's not forget to take some personal time! Great post Brenda :o)

Thank you

May 02, 2009 03:30 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX

Richard, so true.  Man you had a tough job!  I bet you thought with real estate you wouldn't have that, I'm sure you found that wrong!!  LOL.  The only difference is, this career's rewards out-weigh the time!

May 02, 2009 04:40 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX


  That is true.  The real flexibility is it lets you have the opportunity to schedule the time for your clients so that they are your priority.

May 02, 2009 04:42 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX

hello Dale, so true and as always you put it right on point!

May 02, 2009 04:43 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX

Hey Brenda, true and your right.  I consider it a blessing to have a family that understands that in this business you never know when your plans will change to accommodate your clients, or future clients.  I'm so lucky to have a family that understands and supports and get as excited as I do to have the privilage to work with new clients.

  It's really great!   And being that my wife is a top of the line hairdresser, they usually become her clients as well!   2 for 1 for my clients, a great home and a great hair dresser, what more can you ask for!  The first perm and color is on me!  LOL

May 02, 2009 04:46 PM