You Can't Say You've Worked All Day If You Don't Start in The Morning!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lizette Realty - Richmond KY 205403

Where's my coffee? I was thinking of getting up hours ago but then the thought just drifted away and I was back asleep. Chanel my puppy is making that impatient sound like a pig huffing to irritate me into getting out of bed. Well...it's working. Who needs an alarm clock??Kentucky in the winter

Now I'm up to open the drapes and I can see that it has been snowing. O great! My mind starts clicking ahead to what I need to do today. Would snow be a problem?

When you work in real estate, the weather plays a major factor in how we plan tours for our clients. For one thing you have to find where you stored those long johns you used last year for skiing!

I finally find them and realize that I must have gained about 20 pounds during the holidays when I was submersed in all that chocolate! 

Man...these things are tight and now I have to squeeze into the jeans too. Whew! Now I know what Ralphie's little brother felt like in that snow suit!

Kentucky in the winterAs I glance over at the computer in my home office, I see that the temperature outside is a balmy 7 degrees!

I'm not really a cold weather lover and the agenda for the day is new construction. There won't be any heat circulating anywhere unless I am in my car.

Mentally, I walk through where we will go and the line up of listings. The clients will follow behind in their own car. I plan it just right so I will end up near to where I live. Am I smart or what?!!!

Within a few frigid hours we are done and the client needs to narrow down the favorite houses. It was a good time in spite of the cold. It's always nice to work with clients that are serious about finding something quick. When you only have 30 days to move...you really do get focused on a plan.

Even though I'm finished for the day, it doesn't end once I get back to the home office. I did promise more information like a seller's disclosure and utility report so the client can compare listings. The listing agents need to be called.

Also, comps of the area need to be researched. The day doesn't end right at 5 PM like it does for regular jobs. Even with the listings that didn't work out... it's nice to call those listing agents if I get time.

Whew! It's already 10PM and I'm emailing other clients that need pictures, phone numbers, directions, etc.

Where does time go?? It's all in a day's work in real estate. So I fall asleep and do it all over tomorrow...maybe. 

There is no path...you make the path as you walk...

       Lizette Realty Lizette Fitzpatrick

Lizette Fitzpatrick- Principal Broker at Lizette Realty.

Publisher/Author for the only Central Kentucky email newsletter on local real estate listings and sold properties, Kentucky relocation, local events, homeowner information and fun!

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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Great post....I've never had children; however, since 2 ESS puppies came into my life 18+ months ago, 6A is LATE.....when they want OUT, they let me know and COFFEE is the next item on the agenda and MY DAY BEGINS!!

Jan 04, 2010 06:58 AM #1
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Christopher Watters
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The morning cold dog nose rubbing in your back at 6am is always fun, lol. It helps push me to the coffee maker when I don't want to fall out of bed and make the short walk to the kitchen, followed by a walk in the windy cold wether with my weimeraner. I guess I have to be grateful that here in Austin, TX we rarely get below freezing. Cold to me though is anything below 60 degrees!

Jan 04, 2010 06:59 AM #2
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Sonja Patterson
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I see a dog theme here! Mine STAYS in the utility room...but if her food bowl is empty she begins tossing it ...making an alarm-clock-clanging sound! :)  With the holidays...we have been staying up too late...and getting up too late...but tomorrow it is back to the routine (which is good!) :)

I'm with Chris up above. I am SO SO thankful we rarely get below freezing. I definitely consider anything below 60 COLD. If you're not much on cold weather Lizette, you really ought to consider moving to Texas!! 

Jan 04, 2010 07:11 AM #3
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Wallace - I know the feeling! My dog is completely in charge of me and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Christopher - They make a good alarm clock.

Sonya - I bet that sounds pretty loud in the morning!

Here's a pic of Chanel(my Boss)Chanel the diva She's on a pillow in my office barking at me to feed her.

Jan 04, 2010 07:21 AM #4
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Ruth Vogt
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Lizette, I commend you for even going out on a day like that! You are obviously one serious lady, rain or shine (or ICE!)

Jan 04, 2010 07:31 AM #5
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Lizette, the line between personal and business is definitely blurred in real estate with long days.
Jan 04, 2010 08:53 AM #6
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Andrew J. Lenza
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Holmdel, NJ

Wait a sec. Isn't seven degrees way outside the normal parameter for Kentucky?  

You're right, though. Doing this business right is infinitely harder than slacking at the wrong job. 

Jan 04, 2010 09:09 AM #7
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Connie King
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Another story of when the going gets tough....   cold weather or not I know you are working it!  What's up with this cold,   it was about 12 degrees in East Tn this morning!  Bummer.

Jan 04, 2010 09:16 AM #8
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Ken Tracy
Keller Williams Realty Infinity - Naperville, IL
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Hi Lizette.  You put enough real busy days together, the business can get real fun...

Congrats and keep rocking!

Ken

Jan 04, 2010 10:35 AM #9
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Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
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Lizette...your still not done because you have to respond to all of this blogging...Sister, I identify with your world because I live in it...

Jan 04, 2010 12:18 PM #10
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Michelle Gibson
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Lizette - My day flew by and I'm wondering where it went because my to do list is bigger now than it was this morning.

Jan 04, 2010 01:10 PM #11
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Ruth - Seriously the snow and ice is not my thang at all!

Gary - It's totally blurred...and then all this blogging and commenting piled on top! Maybe that's the icing on top!

Lenza - It's probably the hardest job I have ever had but the most rewarding.

Connie - Can you believe how cold this is? Good thing we have those flannel sheets from Germany! LOL

Ken - You are right! Thanks!!

Cherise - I forgot to add that in! I'll never be finished!!

Michelle - You know we never get done. I also spent time today showing my assistant how to design 3 Send Out Cards. Now that was fun!

 

 

 

Jan 04, 2010 01:40 PM #12
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Steven L. Smith
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Lizette,

There are often too few hours in the day to get everything done that I need to do. AR definitely becomes a chore when you are busy.

Jan 04, 2010 01:54 PM #13
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Trace Galle
Designs by Trace - Kelowna, BC

Hello,

Oh I know exactly how you feel Kiann is the same way in the morning, come on mom hurry up let's go, then once she gets out it is me telling her to hurry up!!

You're lucky it was only chocolate that you were submersed in....me on the other hand....cake, cookies and chocolate...sweets my greatest downfall. Cute post! A day sure can get away on you when you are busy!

PS. I wasn't worried about being submersed in sweets....I knew I could eat my way out!! lol

Jan 05, 2010 07:23 AM #14
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Hi Lizette - LOL at Ralphie - we don't have cold weather here to speak of - we call coat closets 'hoody closets'.  But I have been so busy doing things differently than the old days - I have never been a list person, I could organize my mind and roll with it - no more!

(Now, where did I put that list? :)

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