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Mom, What Do You Do All Day?

Real Estate Agent with Lighthouse Properties CA DRE# 01434985

I know I'm not the only one to hear these words at some point.   And I'll even admit to having said them a time or two before to other agents I know.  Recently these words were directed to me by my sometimes demanding daughter.  Now let me point out that my loving and, I might add, very supportive daughter is 18 years old and in her first year of college.  However, I have been a single parent for many years, and she's used to my being involved and attentive with her school and social activities.  Over the years, my career was on the back burner.  Don't get me wrong, I've always worked outside the home, but the hours were such that I was able to be home with my daughter.  Now that she's in college, the workaholic in me is emerging again. 

So, one evening, after a full day of running around with clients and checking on properties, as I'm sitting at my desk working away, and my daughter is again demanding my attention, I hear the words, "Mom, what do you do all day?"  The piercing dagger stare I obviously shot her made her quickly qualify her comment, with an explanation that she knew what I did when I was out showing properties or meeting potential clients, but what she didn't understand is what I do at my desk.  What "work" do I do at my computer?

As I proceeded to explain to her that I run comps, send and return emails, make and return phone calls, prepare contracts or other related paperwork, update listings, process applications, marketing, negotiations, deal with maintenance issues, bookkeeping, order supplies, etc., I was reminded that most people really do not understand what a real estate agent "does".  This, of course, doesn't include those times when we clean (think Annette Benning in American Beauty), garden, or do whatever else is necessary to sell or rent that house.

Am I complaining?  Not on your life!  I love what I do and I am extremely thankful that my business is picking up to a point that my daughter asked that question.  It seems like a few short months ago, my phone wasn't ringing and I was desparate for work.  That being said, it is work - hard work. 

So . . ., what do you do all day?

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Anthony C. Palacino
eGreen Realty - Minneapolis, MN

I agree 100%!! It is hard work and people don't realize what goes on behind the scenes, so-to-speak! Great post.

Mar 21, 2011 04:52 AM
Keith Stonehouse
Franklin Title Agency, LLC - Rochester, MI
Franklin Title Agency

Great post - I will share this with my Realtor girlfriend and mother of 2


Mar 21, 2011 04:54 AM
Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

Funny and so true!  It is hard work that sometimes those with a 9-5 just can't understand.

Mar 21, 2011 04:55 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

And sometimes family members don't understand either.  Real Estate just isn't your typical 9-5 job.  Then I noticed that you didn't mention the time we spend on internet sites promoting our listings and networking.  Next time your daughter or anyone ask 'what do you do?' invite them to accompany you for a day.  I guarantee that by 3:00 most will cry 'Uncle'.

Good post, Lucille.

Mar 21, 2011 05:08 AM
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
GettysburgGerry Social Meida

Lucille, you are absolutely correct, people are under the impression that we just run around and cash checks LOL

BTW I have to say I have never had my kids me "Mom What do you do all day" 

Mar 21, 2011 06:28 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

According to my family... I just sit at my desk, all day, eating lunch and waiting for clients to find me.

Mar 21, 2011 09:22 AM
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Lucille, WOW! This is the same converation I have with my son in college. he wants to be distracted from his stuff (And I want to know about it) and I want to be distracted from talking about my stuff (So I don't want to talk about it)

Mar 27, 2011 12:28 PM