I managed to sell 4 homes in the Sacramento area yesterday, show homes in Land Park and East Sacramento, plus, list another short sale in Elk Grove. Let me tell you, it's not every day that kind of activity happens, but the month of April has been especially brutal. Probably because so many buyers are trying to get into contract to qualify for that home buyer tax credit. While I ordinarily stop working at 7 PM, except for answering emails (hey, I start at 5 AM, gimme a break), last Friday I was up way past my bedtime catching up on my work.
I'm not telling you this to make you feel sorry for me or boast about my deals. It's just the way the real estate business in Sacramento is lately. Agents are busy. I often eat at my desk or grab an apple on the run, which partly accounts for all the weight I have lost. Well, that, and we've finally finished off the Valentine's Day chocolate, thank goodness.
One of the business management techniques that I use to keep my sanity is I always clean up my desktop before retiring in the evening. Even if it messes up my schedule. Organization is essential. All of my emails are answered, and my folders and files are tucked away where they belong. That way I am prepared to meet the new fresh hell waiting for me the following day.
And one of the tools I use to help me in my business is DocuSign. Without it, I would be hosed. It lets my clients sign paperwork electronically. There is a tiny problem with DocuSign, though. It doesn't always respond well when set up from a Mac. It's cross-platform, but like with all cross-platform applications, many apps prefer a Windows PC and Internet Explorer. When I added a counter offer to a purchase contract, the system would not let me insert a signature box, so this morning I will need to reload those docs. Oy.
A Land Park seller called yesterday to ask why her husband's initial on one of the pages ended up in the spot for the buyer's initial. Oops. I hung my head in shame. Admitted that mistake was not a DocuSign problem, it was operator error. It was OK, though; we'll fix it later. "Oh," she laughed, "And would I be speaking to the operator?" Uh, oh, busted.