The Daily Life of a Mortgage Broker (on Vacation) - Day 1

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Mortgage and Lending with Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) NMLS #359029

The day has finally come... my first vacation in 5 years.  Over the course of the next 2 weeks (Jealous?  Don't be), I am going to be blogging about the daily activities of a mortgage broker (business owner) on vacation (or at least an attempt at vacation).

Day 1 - The Departure

6:30 - Get up.  Take care of the animals - Feed the horses.  Muck the stalls.  Turn the goats out.  Feed the dogs.  Feed the fish.

7:30 - Wake Madison up.  Fix breakfast.  Finish packing the car.  Get ready.

8:30 - Leave to pick up our friend to help drive us to the airport.

10:00 - Arrive at airport.

10:20 - Check luggage.

10:30 - Catch a break at secuirty and get shuffled through the handicap lane (thanks to Madison's tri-stroller).

10:45 - Hear announcement of final boarding for our flight.  Proceed to run down the terminals to our gate with stroller, car seat, 2 carry-ons, a diaper bag, Madison, and my wife.

10:59 - We take our seats.

11:05 - We have to move because we are sitting next to an emergency exit and even though Madison is in out lap, we are not allowed to sit in that row.  Moved to smaller seats with much less leg room.  We get down graded and someone gets upgraded.

11:10 - Taxi out to runway.  Captain announces, "Due to some trouble at Newark, we are going to have to hold our position here until cleared."

15-30 minutes later... "We are cleared to take off."

Enough with the times... mid-flight: Madison is fighting her nap (screaming and crying).  But not to worry, there are about 7 other small childern on the flight.  (Side note - they canceled the early flight.  Come to find out all the passengers with children, including us, were on the earlier flight.  Best to fly early morning with young children)

Finally land in Newark.  Got the rental car.  Loaded up car.  Checked messages on voicemail before braving NJ traffic.  Yep, message relating to several deals.  Sit in car at rental company talking business before leaving.  After 20 minutes of idling, we continue.

Finally, we arrive at our destination by 6:30.

Walk in to a mess... no one has been here for 2-3 years, at least not human.  (Here being the family cottage).  The mice have found a way into the home... yuck!  My wife starts the task of vaccuuming the floors while I attempt to turn the water on.

City boy from Florida meets country life of the NE, not a pretty site.  After reading the directions several times, I still cannot get the water to turn on.  Meanwhile, the weather is dropping fast outside.  Left Florida at 90 degrees and now it is in the upper 40's.  Did not pack accordingly.  Furnace will not start... there is gas going to it (cough, cough).  Finally, I give up.

Thank goodness, the house next door is also family (and we have the key).  Repeat process of turning water on and heat.  Success...

Set up computer and internet connection through Moto Q modem.  33 emails?!?  Oh, no.  This broker wants that.  That one wants this.  A lender has been trying to reach me all day via email (try my cell).  Junk mail.  E-fax... After responding to those that warrant a response, I finally make my way upstairs...

Bed.  Sleep.  May tomorrow be better.

Here is looking for a sail on the lake tomorrow.Upper Lake, New Milford, PA

Comments (34)

Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Beth,

This vacation that I speak of I am think is a myth.  I have not found this thing called vacation.  But never the less, I will continue my journey.  :)

Jun 08, 2007 01:32 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Kim,

Not only do Floridians leave the state for vacation, we also try to leave the state all together.

Jun 08, 2007 02:16 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

open home guest,

Yes, the vacation is much needed and overdue.

Jun 08, 2007 02:17 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

George,

I will take a day of work sometimes over the day we had yesterday.

Jun 08, 2007 02:18 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Joan,

You can follow the vacation.  I plan to post everyday to show how much vacation I really will get.

Jun 08, 2007 02:19 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Jeff,

I am hoping to be back in time and in shape for the Orlando B-day bash... 

My wife's family has a couple lake houses up here in NE PA (New Milford).  It is about 2 and half hours out from Newark.  I believe the homes have been in the family now for 3-4 generations (not including my wife's or daughters.)  Either way, nice place to try and get away.

Jun 08, 2007 02:22 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Kristine,

I need to blog while on vacation.  I need to keep in touch with civilization some how.  :)

Jun 08, 2007 02:23 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Jay,

Nope no sticks... however, one of the neighbor up here has a set and there is a course a couple town over in Montrose.  I may try to convince the powers that be to let me try the course.  :)

Jun 08, 2007 02:24 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Chris,

Thanks for the idea... I may to swing over and check out the guidelines for entry.

Jun 08, 2007 02:25 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Leo,

I came on this trip prepared.  Bought a new phone and laptop to make sure that I can stay in touch with the office.  Being the boss makes it hard to really get away.  But here is to attempting.

Jun 08, 2007 02:26 AM
Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
Real Estate Broker
Jason, you should ask because you really need to do a course review. Should work don't you think? LOL
Jun 08, 2007 02:58 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Jay, anything is possible...  I will ask next week once things calm down a little around here on getting the house in order.

Jun 08, 2007 03:21 AM
Robert D. Ashby
Visual Approach Aerial Photography (Visual Approach Photography) - Plantation, FL
Turning Visions into Photographs (and Videos)

Jason,

As the owner of my business, I have found that you never really get a vacation.  I remember several times being at Disney World and while my kids go on the rides, I am making phone calls. 

I did get to Orlando at the end of last month and decided I would not even turn the computer on or answer any voicemails.  I did break down 1 day and do it anyways, but overall the 5 days I took off were a success. 

PS - For those of you in Orlando, I thought about calling people up to arrange a meeting while I was there and then realized I really shouldn't as my schedule with the family was already tight, sorry.  I am going to see if I can work out a way to attend the AR get together on the 23rd though.  Hopefully I will make it and get to meet a lot of you.

Jun 08, 2007 04:05 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Robert,

It is very difficult to just say no to the office.  Unfortunately, I can't take a true vacation this year.  I did ask Marc Blasi to help with keeping the office and brokers in order.

Well, hopefully you can get the 23rd free to come up to Orlando.  It would be nice to finally meet you.  See ya there.

Jun 08, 2007 02:19 PM
Robert D. Ashby
Visual Approach Aerial Photography (Visual Approach Photography) - Plantation, FL
Turning Visions into Photographs (and Videos)
If not, we will have to try to do a get together in South Florida.  Maybe do a golf outing or something.
Jun 08, 2007 02:32 PM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider
Sounds good to me... are you going to the annual FAMB convention in July?  Marc and I are thinking about doing their golf tournament and could use a 3rd and 4th.
Jun 08, 2007 02:43 PM
Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Jason -

Vacation? Hunh?

Put the laptop away and RELAX!

Have fun............

Jun 09, 2007 05:09 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Marc,

The laptop can be pretty relaxing... it helps me keep my sanity.

Jun 11, 2007 05:13 AM
Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Jason-

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo comment!

Jun 11, 2007 05:26 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider
Comment... :)
Jun 12, 2007 10:48 AM