Real Estate Agent with Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 CalBRE # 01188158

I always have to giggle just a little when people tell me that they are considering going into real estate because they "love looking at houses".  If only that is all we do...or even a majority of what we do!  So, to give some perspective, I thought I would share what a normal day for a Realtor can look like.

Hurry...get ready for work!  I can't be late today because it is the office meeting and tour! Hurry..hurry!

Whew...got to the office just in time to check e-mails before the meeting starts!  For 30 minutes or so, I learn about the latest law changes, educational opportunities offered by the office and the real estate association and the features of the new listings our office got this week...some really cool stuff!

Off we go...the whole office leaves, en mass, to tour our new office listings!  We are very PC - carpooling to economize on gas! Between homes we evaluate the features of the home and how they relate to the value.  And, of course, how our weekend was, what our families did and so on.

It is amazing how many messages a Realtor can get just in the hour or two we are gone touring homes!  How do those callers know when we are gone?  I also check e-mails. 

An agent comes in and says "Check out this!  Google Whitepages.com and put in your name.  It tells people way more than you want out there!"  I did and it does! I immediately select an option that eliminates me from their site. That was scary! They listed my home address, my age and my family's names and ages...really scary!

Lunch break...my very favorite time of day!  I get to eat and socialize a bit!

I get a call while I am at lunch...a client spotted their perfect house and wants to go see it!  I look up the property, call to arrange the showing, call the client back and off I go! 

Well, it wasn't the perfect house after all. Oh well, we'll just keep looking!  Maybe we need to consider another neighborhood.

I promised myself I would work on my farm today.  I hand address 250 envelopes (I am a big believer in humanizing things).  I want to be sure to give my farm something of value, and I think a graph showing how 2009 fared in our neighborhood would be interesting.  I'll have to work on that tomorrow, since I have too many other things I want to get done today.

I am covering for another agent, so I have to go through her file to be certain all of the disclosures are signed...nope!  I e-mail the sellers agent to let her know what is stilll needed in the file.  I also call the title company in hopes that they might have some of the documents..yea! They do!

I have to call a buyer to be sure that they put the utilities in their name, since the property recorded today.

A client calls to ask for a list of the costs he incurred preparing the house for sale and doing the requested repairs.  Here's a tough one...the actual seller isn't asking...her brother, who is inheriting some of the money, is. Hmm....talk about being in the middle of it! I hate it when this happens!  I call the seller and ask her what she wants me to do and we work it out.

I arrange for locks to be changed and meet the locksmith at a property.

One of our agents has a lender who is requiring a second bid for a roof certification. She asks for some names.  I recommend one that ends up being half the cost of the other! Yea! I love it when that happens!

I work on finding a cheaper "fax-to-e-mail" company...not too much luck.

I get a call from a family who is having some issues and needs to know what their home value is. They aren't going to sell it - they just need help.  I arrange to see them on Saturday.

An old friend comes by with an idea for a new enterprise for Realtors and want my opinion.  It might be a good idea for some venues, but I can't see Realtors using it. 

Now it is past 5, the secretary has left and I am still at the office.  Time to go, pick up what-ever-in-the-heck I am going to fix for dinner and get home to feed the dogs.

Aahhh...a day in the life of a Realtor!

Comments (15)

Kristy Owen
Moreland Properties - Austin, TX
Realtor, G

Great Blog, I love all the icons! It is so true how my phone decides to come alive when I am in the office meeting for the week!

At least you have alot going on! Better to have too much to do than not enough, right?

Jan 06, 2010 02:10 PM
Mark Hall
Realty One Group Cascadia - Vancouver, WA
Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington

You summed it up just perfectly. We work for ourselves and never have any time for ourselves. The life of a realtor!

Jan 06, 2010 02:22 PM
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Hey Paula

This description sounds very familiar. Some days are even busier!

Hope 2010 is busy for you all year.

Jan 06, 2010 03:12 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
@TheBlessedRealtor - ABR, CRS

Paula ~ Our office has once-a-month potlucks instead of weekly meetings and no office tours.  Important information is distributed by email.  All of which saves more time and money :) 

Jan 06, 2010 03:44 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

So, what's for dinner? LOL!  Paula you had a very busy day, I for one like "busy".  If I blogged about some of my days it would not be so interesting!

Jan 06, 2010 03:59 PM
Sandie Holbrook
United Country RealOne Realty - Abingdon, VA

It sure sounds like you left alot out as well... :) LOL

Jan 06, 2010 11:31 PM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I love the title and I loved the content.  It is funny how things are similar in all parts of the world.


Jan 07, 2010 12:15 AM
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Paula - I also suffer the same schedule except the calls are regarding rate locks, pre approval letters, loan status updates, working on conditions, appraisal issues, "I just lost my job" phone calls,  I didn't think applying for a Sears credit card when i bought a new washer and dryer could affect my loan qualification...etc.  Constant interruptions! Sunday thru Saturday I answer my phone from 8:30 am -11PM.

I feel your pain  I know that some in our industry think our job as a mortgage broker is easier.  I think it is different but not necessarily easier.    : )

Jan 07, 2010 01:55 AM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Paula, When I use e-mail to fax (which is lightly), I use TrustFax.com



Jan 07, 2010 03:45 AM
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Kristy!
I got the ikon recommendation from a fellow "drip".  It is ICLIP and I think I paid about $40 for the year...well worth it!

Hi Mark!
Ahh...and there is the rub!  It is so easy to not work...but that also means no income! Darn!

Hi Trey!
I know...so I really relish the slow ones!

Hi Melinda!
I wish we could wait that long...our laws and issues are happening and changing so fast that we can barely fit in everything in a half hour! But I love your system!

Hi Mary!
I like busy too...as long as it isn't one of those "everything goes wrong" days!

Hi Sandie!
Yea....some things the public wouldn't be interested in.

HI Allen!
I thought that might be the case, but it's interesting to have it confirmed.

Hi Nevin!
I am the last one to think lenders have it easy...I wouldn't want to attempt your job for even a minute! It is tough right now!

Hi Erby!
Thanks...I will check it out!

Jan 07, 2010 11:00 AM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

I'm surprised you had time for LUNCH - and amazed that you could hand address that many envelopes so quickly - you go girl!

Jan 07, 2010 03:02 PM
Michelle & Joe Kaspari
Essential Home Staging - Sacramento, CA
Essential Home Staging, Sacramento

Whew I'm tired after reading that!  We dance the same dance in our industry...new people entering the home staging business often don't realize what they're getting themselves into!  It's all fluff and shopping right...lol ~ BTW I use efax $10 month...:)

Jan 09, 2010 04:20 AM
Marilyn Harrell
Better Homes and Acres - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

a busy day in the life....

Jan 09, 2010 11:02 AM
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Liz!
I have to admit...I had started the 250 envelopes the day before!

Hi Michelle!
I also know of a Realtor who likes to spring surprises on you! ;o)

Hi Marilyn!
Yep! Better than the alternative!


Jan 09, 2010 11:12 AM
Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

Whew! I'm out of breath just reading that! Great summary, Paula. (And I agree with handwriting envelopes!)

Jan 09, 2010 11:39 AM