Can a Northern Virginia Short Sale Agent Take Time to Relax and "Get Centered?"

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Can a Northern Virginia Short Sale Agent Take Time to Relax and "Get Centered?"

My chosen field of selling residential real estate in Northern Virginia has become increasingly like a pressure cooker.  Just like the frog that you could put into a pot of lukewarm water would not realize the temp change to boiling, the increase in stress has been a slow building progression with me that I didn't notice until recently.  So, this afternoon, I took some MUCH needed time to "get centered."  I met with a friend who works in meditation, shakras, auras and healing.  I'll try anything to find my internal zen.

What a great ninety minutes!  I left so relaxed and energized.  And it's a good thing.  I was running late for a listing appointment.  Got that done and then found out  I just had some pages on my Buyer's offer from the day before that came needed initialing.  And since there's a line around the block of agents and their buyers wanting this house, I had to get those intials ASAP. 

Another voicemail from Wells Fargo informed me that a Short Sale Contract I JUST SUBMITTED, is being sent for a decision and I should have an answer by the end of next week. 

Yet more voicemails from buyer upon buyer that all want to see, or get more information about a property I have listed.  I can't possible represent them all, that's why I have a Buyer's Agent bench.  But my bench is overworked as it is, so I had to scramble to match these unrepresented buyers with fantastic Buyer's Agents that will be available to help them.

All that and a lot of details, too boring to mention but stressful nonetheless AND I have to clean the house from top to bottom to meet some of my husband's relatives that will be in town tomorrow.  Wow...it sure did feel good to have ninety minutes of bliss and total peace.  Now...back to work.

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Cindy Jones
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I could use a few moments to find my Zen.  My vacation is 16 days away and between now and Zen (haha) I might feel the need to consider primal scream therapy as a way to cope.

May 13, 2011 11:03 AM #1
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Judy Klem
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Hi Chris Ann - Congrats on taking those zen moments tpo get centered - and huge congrats on all positive work waiting for you back at the office!

May 13, 2011 12:01 PM #2
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Sounds like it's could be the most productive 90 minutes you've had for a while. Taking time to recharge is important to your health and energy level.

May 13, 2011 12:20 PM #3
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Melanie Serrato
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Chris Ann ~ Although I know the post was more about taking a little time for yourself amidst all the chaos, the big news for me is that fast action on the Wells Fargo short sale!  I know they've been one of the better lenders for short sales, but it's awesome you'll be getting a decision that quickly - Congrats!

~ Melanie

May 13, 2011 12:32 PM #4
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Chris Ann - 

Yes, I need to get centered as well. Bravo for taking some time to get relaxed and work out the kinks.  Short sales are a tough niche and not for the weak willed.  I let myself give up on each file as my head hits the pillow each night and then I wake up ready to fight for my clients again.  That's my system - but I think I could use a turbo boost too.

Tni

May 13, 2011 04:12 PM #5
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Hi Chris Ann... I can get centered, the problem is I don't stay there for very long these days!  LOL

May 13, 2011 04:50 PM #6
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Barbara Hensley
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Chris Ann - good for you taking a little time to relax and get centered.  I am going to take a little time tomorrow to have lunch with a NON REAL ESTATE FRIEND - yea!

May 13, 2011 05:21 PM #7
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Hi Chris Ann, I am glad you took some time to get.............relaxed! I went to sleep early last night because I was just exhausted. Long week with short sale drama.

May 13, 2011 11:23 PM #8
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Cindy:  Screaming has worked for me in the past.  Just getting it out somehow when you are overloaded is the key.

Judy:  All that work is from the many hours I put into my business. 

Alan:  It was a must.  Overdue.

Melanie:  I was shocked by that too.  Sometimes things go much quicker than we think in a Short Sale.

 

May 14, 2011 04:37 AM #9
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Tni: I try to do the same thing when falling asleep at night.  Sometimes I'm so good at it that I need to read my notes to see where I left off in a file.  That's why I leave myself "bread crumbs" in the form of a To-Do List that I flesh out for the week ahead...day by day.

Steve:  That's what happened to my peace.  Evaporating as soon as I left that meditation appointment.

Barbara:  That's great!  I'm jealous. I have very few friends left that are NOT in real estate.

Jackie:  There is nothing like a long, restful sleep.  Short Sales can make you feel like a teenager all over again, needing ten hours of sleep to function.

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I've got 3 words for you, Chris Ann:

hire a housekeeper

May 14, 2011 05:30 AM #11
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Elizabeth:  I hear that loud and clear.  If my husband and I hadn't had one that stole from us before, would already have one. 

May 14, 2011 02:02 PM #12
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Chris Ann, you have problems other realtors can only hope for.  Wishing you the best peace you can fin at least for tomorrow!

May 14, 2011 02:09 PM #13
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Ron:  A lot of it (the business) comes from blogging here on AR. 

May 14, 2011 02:21 PM #14
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I hear that loud and clear.  If my husband and I hadn't had one that stole from us before, would already have one.

Oh that makes as much sense as saying a cat bit me so I'm never getting another. :)

May 15, 2011 03:26 AM #15
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Elizabeth:  I think like you.  I am willing to go there again.  But since we both have to agree, I'm waiting for hubby to come around.  He seemed to understand the need a bit better after the all night "cram session" of cleaning.

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