Agents these days are multi-tasking, and I am no exception. My days are often long and full. As a Sacramento short sale agent, my phone rarely stops ringing. I went to Macy's in the downtown Sacramento mall yesterday to buy a few things. "What do you want me to chase?" asked the sales clerk. I signaled that I was on the phone. "Oh," she says, "Chase Bank."
Chris Ann, you are so right about Macy's jewelry department. Many of the counters were empty, staffed by nobody. I had to chase down a clerk to inquire about a necklace. It was all tangled up in the display case. I asked the clerk to just read me the price tag before she spent minutes untangling the piece. A $1,000? I'm not paying a grand for semi-precious.
Then she knocked it down to 50% off. After that, she deducted another 15%. When I balked, she dropped another 10% with the caveat that I'd have to come back on Wednesday to get all those discounts. No way, Jose. I don't have that kind of time. I suggested she figure out a way that I could make a purchase right then. She managed to do it.
During the few hours I spent shopping, I received a dozen calls. One such caller, an agent, inquired about an active contingent short sale. I explained that the home was no longer available, that we were in escrow. "But it's an active listing!" Sorry, no, it's an active short contingent. He screamed at me that it was active and then slammed down the phone. He made me buy 3 pairs of shoes instead of two.
Today I am attending and participating in FRED: Fun Realtor Education Day. This is a day-long seminar filled with speakers, vendor showcases and special breakout sessions for Lyon Real Estate and invited guests. This is the 3rd year that Lyon Real Estate has offered FRED to its agents. I'm doing a panel in the afternoon with two other Lyon agents to talk about lead generation and why my phone rings all the time.
But in the morning, we will be treated to a special speaker, none other than our very own Bob Stewart from Active Rain. Bob will be talking about blogging. That's a not-to-miss session. I will certainly be there. I'd like to attend The Latest Twists and Turns of Short Sales but it conflicts with Bob Stewart's session. It's held a second time but that conflicts with my own session. The third session conflicts with an appointment I must keep at the title company to close another Sacramento short sale.
This evening, we have tickets for Steve Earle at the Crest Theatre downtown Sacramento. It will be another fun-filled and full day. Gosh, I hope I can stay awake tonight. The Steve Earle concert will run past my bedtime. I once slept through an entire Richard Thompson performance at the Fillmore. But I promise that if I get some great photos, I'll post them tomorrow.