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Has anyone ever felt like this?

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Real Estate Agent with EXIT First Realty

I have been in real estate for approximately 3 years.  Prior to that I was in the mortgage business for almost 3 years.  Anyway, I was on a team the first year and a half of being a Realtor and everything was already in place.  Things like databases, letters to clients, following up with potential leads, expireds, you name it we had it.  But we also had an assistant taking care of all of the clerical work. 

Well I've been on my own since July 2006 and I can't understand how all of those things flow.  I am very busy when it comes to real estate and I love what I do but I would rather be meeting with clients and showing houses or signing listing agreements.  I have a whole list of things that I want to implement and have talked to my husband extensively about it.  I came to the conclusion that I need an assistant but my problem is I can't afford one.  Then I think, if I had an assistant it would make me more money because the follow up would be there, someone would be able to send out the Expired letter that I have created, maintain a database for me with all of my contacts. 

So at this point I need someone who can follow up with people, send out expired letters and maintain a database for me. 

I have a lead management system that needs to be followed up on too.  I follow up with everyone on there about once a month but it would be nice to have someone follow up with them every week or every other week.  I always feel like I could be so much more productive if I had someone that I could give this work to.  Oh and I need someone who is organized.

So now I need someone who can follow up with people, send out expired letters, maintain a client database, someone's who's organized, someone who can follow up with a whole lead generation system and stay on top of it.  

So I thought about asking my husband to help me because he had back surgery in June and the line of work he does is just not what he needs to be doing after back surgery.  He can work from home, I won't have to pay him because my money is his money.  He is very organized. Sounds good right? Here's my problem he is not a computer person unless it's ebay and he takes forever to learn things.  I don't have the patients to train him because I want someone who just "gets it".  

So here is what I need now: someone who can follow up with people, send out expired letters, maintain a client database, someone's who's organized, someone who can follow up with a whole lead generation system and stay on top of it, someone that knows computers and computer software, someone who is quick at learning, someone who "gets it", someone that lives in my house so I don't have to pay.  

I guess I'll never find what I'm looking for because as you see my list just keeps growing as to what I need. 

In all seriousness though, I know I am not the only one who can feel like this.  Am I?  I really do need an assistant who is a little bit familiar with real estate, and that is a quick learner and I am willing to pay someone and they don't have to live in my house.  But I can't help feeling frustrated about it.

Frustrated

Christina Botteri
REeBroker - Roseville, CA

Welcome to A/R!!

Sounds like you could use a virtual assistant.  There are many who are members here. Click around and see if you can make a connection!

The great thing about ActiveRain is that you will find a huge number of really smart, friendly, competent people here.

Good luck!

Christina :)

Oct 04, 2007 06:22 AM
Brian Hoots
Real Living Speckman Realty, Inc. - Bourbonnais, IL

Angela, welcome to active rain, enjoy the community

Oct 04, 2007 03:01 PM
Angela Crookes
EXIT First Realty - Bowie, MD
Thank you for replying to my 1st active rain blog.  I think I'll enjoy this site.
Oct 04, 2007 11:06 PM