"You take Sunday's off and your in Real Estate??"

Real Estate Agent with Altera Real Estate

I just got off the phone with a buyer's agent who wanted to know the exact amount of a mello roos tax on one of my listings. Now if you know me then you know I don't have just one listing and I don't sell in one city so I don't have all the aspects of my properties in my head. I told her I have all that info in my office and will me there on Monday. She was apauled that I actually took a day off. She asked me "you take Sunday's off and your in Real Estate?? And I heard "How dare you not know the answer to my questions and how dare you take a day off!!"

I work because I love it and not because I have to. I work in Real Estate because I enjoy every aspect of Real Estate and I know that a large bulk of showing property is on the weekends but I am not just one agent. I am a team lead and I deserve a day off, shoot I deserve 2 days off!! I have 2 small boys that are my entire life and if I worked evryday I would lose so much more than what I would if I worked all day, everyday.

The point of my rambling is.....Real Estate is a career not a lifestyle. I have been in Real Estate for over a decade and if it was a lifstyle I would have gotten burnt out and I would not love it the way I do. So....make sure you take a day off. Make sure you don't get burnt out, Make sure you take time for yourself and your family. There is always another day and your clients will respect you more if you make Real Estate your career and you are not made an order taker. If you do your job well and can balance everything equally I promise you will be happier and the deals will come!!

Happy Sunday off!!~Stacie

Comments (20)

Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

Hey Stacie..how the heck are you...??  Hey..you going down to REOMAC??

Oct 11, 2009 05:40 AM
Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs

Hi Stacie ~ Great post. It is amazing how some people just don't get it. We have families and lives too!

Oct 11, 2009 05:44 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Stacie - great advice.  I recently discovered how close to complete burn out I was. The realization came to me because I was resisting doing what we do ...most recent case was responding to a request for a home valuation for a homeowner who did not plan to sell for two years.  Ironically, it was only my reaction that caused me to know .... I needed some downtime.  The downtime allowed me to gain nenewed perspective ... and a commitment to work less.  I'm not working today either ... la-de-da!  Horray for you ... glad you are taking time too! 

Oct 11, 2009 05:46 AM
Stacie Cunningham
Altera Real Estate - San Clemente, CA

I was suppose to be a REO broker mentor at AREAA/NAHREP in Las Vegas the week after REOMAC but I have a family emergency that came up so I am not sure what I am doing at this point. Between work, my team, asset mgrs, traveling to conferences and traveling to see clients I am tired. Thus my rant on taking a day off!! It was noce meetig you in TX and I would like to sit down with you next time!! TTYL~Stac

Oct 11, 2009 05:47 AM
Erica Crowell
eRealty Inc. - Wake Forest, NC

So true, I've re-committed to time blocking family time and a day off EVERY week.  It's the only way I'll keep my sanity!

I'm also nicer to my clients and peers with a little down time and rest.

Oct 11, 2009 06:23 AM
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

Even if you weren't off you can have an encyclopedic knowledge of every arcane piece of minutiae about your listings. 

Oct 11, 2009 07:41 AM
Stacie Cunningham
Altera Real Estate - San Clemente, CA

J. Phillip I think you are missing the point....It was my day off. She was lucky I answered the phone and as for having an encyclopedia of knowledge...you bet I have one. At my office. I do not house a small inventory. I house a large inventory of not only traditional real estate but REO's as well. Besides the questions she asked me she could answer herself by doing some homework and not just asking me a question.

Oct 11, 2009 11:01 AM
Paul Durry
National Mortgage Field Services - Lawton, OK
Former Broker Associate, CDPE, CIAS, CHMS

Why just yesterday, someone called me about 8:30 in the morning. They were inquiring about one of my properties I have in another city. They too were surprised with my answer about when I would be able to show it. I had just barely gotten up, and was eating breakfest, and getting prepare dto go to church. They even called back while I was in church, but the phone was on vibrate.


Great Post!

Oct 12, 2009 06:49 AM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Here is to more agents taking control of their life's and not being pop tarts. I think we will find more respect from buyers if they always had to make a prearranged appointment not granted their whim to run out and see any house at any moment.

Oct 13, 2009 12:26 AM
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

We can either be pro-active or re-active. I choose not to have someone dictate how my time will be spent. That being said it's not that i wont service my clients but they have to know my brain needs rest from time to time. Would they not want the same thing for themselves?

Oct 15, 2009 08:53 AM
Keisha Hosea- KASIHomes.com
KASI Homes - Chino Hills, CA
Real Estate Solutions For Real People

And it is for that exact reason that when I am off, I do not under any circumstances answer my phone other than for my family and close friends.  My team knows not to call me under any circumstance. Whatever emergency appointment, etc. will have to be handled without me. Gotta rejuvenate the mind, body and soul without interruption or guilt. I do not apologize for working hard or relaxing.

Nov 06, 2009 11:07 PM
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

Stacy I think we have all had those calls.  I find that when I am not on "burn out" or possibly too busy is when I can find time to rant about someone calling me and expecting me to help them "right now".  But then I remember it is the nature of the business to not necessary know everything at that specific moment but be able to say " let me get back to you" I am away from my pc.  Or just suggest to them where to go find it themselves.

You are blessed to have a full load.  I don't think the purpose of your blessings is for you to let the rest of the world get to you when they call you for information.  If that happens, that means you are probably too tied up and need to release some of it.

Wish I was in the area and could take some of those listings off your hands so you can take a rest!!! smile

Nov 07, 2009 12:52 PM
Lisa Marie Flenoury
"Lisa The Broker" - Playa Vista, CA
"Lisa The Broker" - Making Dreams Come True


The only thing worst than that is the Agent you let talking you into meeting with on your day off and they don't show.

Nov 26, 2009 05:08 PM
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

Great point, i love it when a buyers agent is indignant and rude, this is a great way to make a good first impression.

Dec 14, 2009 02:57 PM
Las Vegas Realtor


I heard some people say we should be careful of "FAKE" Asset managers. Well, do you know a guy name Flint Faulker. I found out from so many realtors that he goes around posing as an asset manger for LandAmerica. What's up with this guy. I call LandAmerica and they told me we was terminated and was never an asset manager but an assistant. So, FLINT FAULKER is a big joke amongest the REOMAC and NAHREP organization.

REO Agent

Dec 20, 2009 10:33 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Don't be defensive because you took a day off!  Each one of us should take time off.  Just like you said, we will do a better job, be more patient and rested.  Go ahead, take another one off...

Jun 03, 2010 04:42 PM
Tiffany Burke
Group one real estate - Corpus Christi, TX

Yes, to be honest...I have had my times of burn-out and I feel awful about the time I have missed with my daughter by trying to answer every call, everyday and running every time my phone would ring...I am taking a much needed break and re-evaluating my position; So; thanks for sharing this! I have had so much frustration with pushy clients but we are the one who set the bar from the beginning.  That is what I intend to change.

Kind regards,

Tiffany Burke

Jun 18, 2010 03:00 PM


This is sad to hear a listing agent saying, she does not have time for her other fellow agents and do not have enough information about a property. Rules of ethics are to cooperate with your fellow agents and conduct your business with professionalism. Writing blogs to bad mouth agents is unethical and not professional. If you are too busy to serve the listing the right way, then you should not take the amount of business when you can’t handle it or service it the right way. Not only are you not serving your client the right way, but the consumers and your fellow agents. And, just because you sell REO properties does not mean you fall under a different DRE rules. So, I think all REATLORS should read rules of ethics before practicing real estate, but most importantly learn professionalism first.






Aug 29, 2012 12:49 PM

 Professionalism?? Ethics?? Did you even read my blog?? Did you just read the comment that you just wrote?? I say you are very correct and you should listen to your own words and work on your professionalism as my blog did not bad mouth anyone unlike your comment, nowhere did it say I didn't have time for my fellow agents, nowhere did it say I don't cooperate with fellow agents, nowhere did it say I can't service my listings, and nowhere did it say I feel like I am better then anyone or that I am held to a different standard according to DRE rules. So your comment..... "So, I think all REATLORS should read rules of ethics before practicing real estate, but most importantly learn professionalism first." You should really take to heart and live by what you say.

I am very professional, run a very successful business & comments from lurking agents with an opinion and no name or face is the reason why I stopped blogging. The exact reason why my insider info has been withheld for the last couple years. I don't have to justify myself for taking a day off. Not in 2009 and definitely not in 2012. Especially when I told the agent I would be in my office the very next day. Good luck to you and "Keep it professional!!"~Stacie

Aug 29, 2012 04:01 PM
Tiffany Burke
Group one real estate - Corpus Christi, TX

Hi there Stacie. Missed your blogs.  BTW this blog was well written and obviously mis understood.  I know fellow very hard working REO agents who take every weekend off...most area agents know this and respect it.  Personally I believe it has contributed to their success as they keep avery ridged weekly schedule. The beauty of our profession is that we are at liberty to set our own schedule. I set days aside specifically for my daughter and it has made all the difference in my family and professional life as I do not burn the candle at both ends as I did years ago. AlsoI I have wondered why faceless, nameless people are allowed to comment on these post?  Take care and happy 2012 to you.

Aug 30, 2012 12:02 AM

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?