Life...As We Know It

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Real Estate Agent with Wainwright & Co. Realtors

Hello again.  Just wanted to touch base with everyone again, and share a little bit of my life.  I think I use AR as much for that as I do anything else.  It's nice to get opinions and feedback from others in the field.

The first part of this is directed at all of us with other jobs.  I don't like the term part-timer, because I've dealt with some of those, and it's more than a little frustrating.  I'm talking about those of us that work 18 hours a day trying to support our families, while we chase the ever elusive client that is looking for the perfect home.

The longer that I juggle both jobs, the harder it is for me to switch out of Realtor mode (where it is imperative that we take control), to being just another number at a blue collar job.  I find myself feeling like I need to take more of an initiative to "lead the troops", which is not my intention at all at my 'regular' job.  The problem with that is that I am often taken the wrong way.  It gets a little under my skin when I see new co-workers doing things that I would have been fired for in my early career.  I just can't seem to keep my mouth shut about it...lol.

It also seems that, since my employer knows that I am a Realtor, that I am under a different set of rules at times.  Believe it or not, I actually get clients from my job, so I have to be very cautious of talking 'business' while we are on the clock.  If I miss a day because one of my kids are sick, it is automatically assumed that I am conducting real estate business.  I know it comes with the territory, and I am thankful to have the job, so as I'm sure all of us do, I just keep the chin up and move on.

The other down side of the two careers, is tha lack of family time.  Fortunately, that one is easy to deal with.  I have the most understanding wife in the world.  She understands that I am doing this for the family, and I make the most of the time I do get to spend with my family.

The second part of this is directed to the above mentioned part-timers.  Please remember that YOU work for your client, not the listing agents.  Do your due diligence, and take the time to walk them through the process.  Remember that buying a home is stressful enough, without leaving your clients to fend for themselves.  This is not meant to be as much of a critism as it is to be a reminder of why we all do this.  To provide a service, not just to make a comission.

Thanks agin, as always, for the soap box to stand on, and I look forward to reading your responses.

Have a great night!!

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