Holidays - a real estate professional's perspective

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Real Estate Agent with The Brown Group Realty

Without apparent warning, the holiday season comes barreling down on us.  We are always keeping our eyes on the details of our transactions and our clients...time passes sometimes slowly (when waiting for that last detail to fall in place) or so rapidly (when we are under a deadline) that it is always a surprise when we wake up and find it's another month, another season, another year!

 So, it's a little over a week to Christmas.  I have to get the packages in the mail...that means buying the presents, wrapping them and schlepping to the post office.  But I have clients and they need attention, too.  Have to run to two town halls, meet with a prospective seller, help my buyers with information they are needing.  What about that other batch of cookies?  When will I get that done?  Okay, I can work at that tonight.  But what about the research I need to do on the internet?  Or the latest blog entry?  Or checking on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Active Rain, Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, my website...making sure that everything is as it should be?  When will I get to that?

 Something's got to give!  I need a haircut.  I need a manicure (never mind...I'll do that after the cookies and the internet search).  The floor needs vacuuming, the furniture dusting...never mind, I'll do that later.  Oh, and the tree needs to be gotten up and decorated and the candles in the windows!  I never should have started baking Christmas cookies right after Thanksgiving!  I should have taken a day and gotten ready for Christmas.  But, my sons' birthday is the 14th and I never like to put the tree up before that...makes it a little more special for them if I don't.  But then I don't get it up until the very last minute, then I have to take it down.

 Just got another e-mail asking me to check something out for a client.  Need to pay attention to those details. Why aren't they out Christmas shopping?  Never mind, I'll get to shopping later.

 So, I have the solution.  I'll find a string of lights, throw it on a chair and call it a tree.  I'll get back to the clients who need attention...oh and finish baking the cookies so I can get those delivered to them before Christmas.  I'll get a big trash bag and throw all the clutter around the dining room into it, throw that in my closet and call it cleaning.  I'll stop at a store or two on my way home from my appointments, wrap tonight (after the cookies, the internet work, ...forget the manicure), box it up and run to the post office on my way tomorrow to the other appointments.  Once it is in my car it is practically to the post office! Wait...there's already a box in my car!  Damn, that was supposed to be mailed in August!  What happened to fall?

 What happened to 2009?  Where did it go?  How old is this outfit?  Twenty years?  Where did that go?  Need a new calendar...hope it will help.  Writing down to decorate for Christmas starting in January...maybe it will get done next year!

Happy Holidays!

 

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Edward & Celia Maddox
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Thanks for posting. We learn a lot from Active Rain Blogs. Good Luck,

Dec 16, 2009 01:26 AM #1
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Wendy -- I'm glad to know I have company in feeling overwhelmed with the "must dos." I finally figured out I don't need to do everything and now do only those holiday things that mean the most to me and those I love. Merry Christmas!

Dec 16, 2009 01:33 AM #2
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Wendy Brown
The Brown Group Realty - Westerly, RI

I didn't even get the lights on the chair!  But had a wonderful, calm Christmas nevertheless.  Hope yours was the same!  Happy new Year...and may it be so!

Dec 31, 2009 12:35 AM #3
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