Will Real Estate Wait for Me?

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Real Estate Agent with Rancon Real Estate

Real Estate is a hard master! It wants you to be there night or day.  Now here is the problem, this weekend I am out of here for not a just a weekend but for two entire weeks!

I'm taking my son to college this weekend. Yes I am devastated! He is my youngest and my heart. Now both he and his older brother will be in Texas and . . . I'm in Southern California. What is it with these kids? I would have killed to go to college in Southern Cal! I'm not saying that I didn't love you - UT, but California has beaches, palm trees, and flowers.

We are driving my son's car - two and a half days - to school. By then my clients will be in cardiac arrest! You can imagine them by the end of two weeks. Yes I have someone covering for me, but you know how that works!

The last time I was gone for just a week, I got a call you wouldn't believe --- my seller wouldn't move out of the house! I called immediately and what did she say, "I'm not moving, they can't make me, my house isn't ready yet." The new owners called the police finally and still no luck! She wouldn't come outside so they couldn't do anything. Well, about 50 calls later - I reasoned with her, yelled at her, you name it - finally as I was about a mile from home, she moved out ---only 7 days past her COE + 2!

After that being gone two weeks in Real Estate scares me to death. Things are slow now but that makes it even more important. I don't know about you, but I need to hang on to all the clients possible. I can't put a dollar amount on the time with my son but . . .

Will I have a career when I get back?

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Rainer
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Sondra Sheckler Realtor,ABR,SRES,Historic Home Specialst
Coldwell Banker, Award Of Excellence & Million $$ Producer - Knoxville, TN
Sandra, I think that as long as you have someone there to answer questions and that you are available if needed, then your clients will wait.  I think most folks understand that we do have a life, although I question that sometimes.  I have some clients that think my whole career is to wait on them and be at their beck and call, but if you don't start something like that, then you don't have to finish it.  So, just have someone readily available to answer the questions, show them a house etc., and they'll stay tuned in.
Aug 09, 2007 10:13 PM #1
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Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate
Sandra, your career will definitely wait. Sounds like you have done a great job raising your boys. Congrats.
Aug 09, 2007 11:39 PM #2
Rainer
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James Gordon
Sibcy Cline Realtors® - Cincinnati, OH
REALTOR, PBD SFR SRS
Get ready for a huge increase in business. Vacations do that and the longer the vacation the higher the number of inquiries.
Aug 10, 2007 12:30 AM #3
Rainer
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Cynthia Mader
Long and Foster Real Estate inc. - Brunswick, MD

Sandra,

 I know what you are saying! For me everytime I plan a trip I get busy!  I guess I should plan more trips (O:  Make sure you have a friendly reliable person covering for you and give your clients alot of warning and comfort before you go.  My last adventure, I told my clients every month and I spoke highly of the person covering for me and that I will be sure to make sure their every need is handled while I am away.  I also make sure with my clients that we have a positive relationship and I show them respect to their family life and they will be understanding and show me the same respect.

 Congrats on your boys! I have 2 girls graduating High School Next Year, 1 the following year and a boy in 3 years.  Believe me I can respect your stressful situations!

Good Luck and take care

Oct 25, 2007 04:20 AM #4
Rainmaker
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M A
Boston, MA

Sandra,

Take a deep breath.  It will be OK.  Think positive at all will work out well.  Focus on your son and college.  This is a specail moment.... enjoy it.

Nov 28, 2007 06:35 AM #5
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Real Estate has a voodoo quality about it doesn't it? But this trip is an absolute must. I wish you well- I know what it's like- this moment- you're doing the best thing.

Jun 26, 2008 05:01 AM #6
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