The Deadline made me do it!

Real Estate Agent with Ostrander Real Estate Group

Have you ever noticed how much we get done when there is a deadline?  That isn't to say we are procrastinating, but simply somehow are minds are wired to get it done in crunch time.  Years ago, my ex-wife was even known in her family as a "crisis cleaner", only cleaning the day of a gathering.  Okay, bad example.

Even the NFL ref's blowing the call of the Green Bay game has the NFL trying to get negotiations done at the 11th hour (Wisconsin residents should just winter in Arizona where the Cardinals are 3-0).  Still others are shopping at the last minute for Christmas presents some years ....... okay, put me in that category, at least back in my college days when I'm not sure I ever started looking for presents until around the 21st when I came home from school.  Let's face it, unless you are in that category of people whose shelves and garages are overflowing with presents by Labor Day, this one definitely fits.

Fortunately, I do NOT do that with my Realtor habits and clients.  In fact, it is more like the reverse.  I find myself racing to get things done early and leave nothing to chance.  Thank god I learned something from my college days, hahaha.  It is that preparedness that makes me ready to tackle (no pun intended) any challenges that occur during my deals.  Have a great day!

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Andrew Ostrander
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Andrew - In this business I have learned to get things done early because we may miss an important opportunity or have to deal with a client crisis.  Nothing can be left to the last minute as things come up too fast in this business.

Sep 25, 2012 11:18 PM #7
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Many people need to feel the pressure or stress as a motivating factor to get something done as opposed to be self-motivated...You see it everywhere you go. Its the drama, the unnecessary extra, the molehill into a mountain, making a federal case out of something, dynamics at doesn't have to be this way...but it is..excellent post here...thank you

Sep 25, 2012 11:38 PM #8
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Andrew: In this business you even have to help the other agent with HIS deadlines. One reason to get ours out of the way as quickly as possible.

Sep 25, 2012 11:53 PM #9
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

So true that being prepared is so much better, must have been a boy scout!

Sep 25, 2012 11:55 PM #10
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

I too like to have my real estate work done ASAP and with most other things I am proactive too.

Sep 26, 2012 12:27 AM #11
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Yes.  I work much better with a "Drop Dead" Deadline..

Sep 26, 2012 12:35 AM #12
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Wise words.  I had to chuckle about Christmas shopping, I tend to procrastinate.  This year, I'm having foot surgery in November so I have been stockpiling gifts and am about ready to start my wrapping. It feels GREAT!

Sep 26, 2012 12:36 AM #13
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Deadlines for my goals . .that's when I use them . .otherwise, I like to have everything done before I'm supposed to. .

Sep 26, 2012 12:37 AM #14
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I am always doing things early, especially when it comes to home inspections. I want those done and negotiated so nothing holds us up.

Sep 26, 2012 01:07 AM #15
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Andrew-very sage advise, in real estate it's best to stay on top of things because we have so many unexpected things that come up. 

Sep 26, 2012 01:22 AM #16
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Giving yourself a deadline helps motivate you..that's what I've found. Now if only sellers would do the same!  I'm constantly trying to work on a plan w/them to get the house ready to sell...some comply, some constantly put it off!

Sep 26, 2012 02:43 AM #17
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

I usually have daily deadlines, to ensure tasks get done on the day and don't carry over into the next days.  

Sep 26, 2012 03:14 AM #18
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I can pull out all stops when I need to, but perfer to plan ahead.

Sep 26, 2012 04:34 AM #19
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

I am a deadline person, except in Real Estate. Being prepared early is also a great stress reliever. Slowly my real estate hablits are leaking into other areas. So soon I will always be prepared.

Sep 26, 2012 04:52 AM #20
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I am one of those who procrastinates almost all the time.  I am always one of the last people to post my blogs for activerain challenges. 

Sep 26, 2012 09:01 AM #21
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Andrew, 'Never put off util tomorrow what you can do today" is a wise saying that I often say to myself the last thing at night when I push myself to do just one more thing.


Sep 26, 2012 12:29 PM #22
Monique Keith
Ahwatukee, AZ
Ahwatukeenulls Favorite Realtor, Buyers Agent with

It makes me to paranoid to wait to the last minute in Real Estate, too much can happen wrong, the liability is too great.

Sep 26, 2012 02:00 PM #23
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It is not far from being like a boundary...which I find very useful. Both dynamics allow the participants to know where they stand

Sep 26, 2012 11:30 PM #24
Rhonda Duffy
Duffy Realty of Atlanta & Rainmaker Realty - Milton, GA
#1 Retail Listing Agent in the U.S.

Great blog post- so very true. Thank you for sharing.

Sep 26, 2012 11:47 PM #25
Andrew Ostrander
Ostrander Real Estate Group - Phoenix, AZ
Ostrander Real Estate Group

How interesting that with that "deadline" imposed by the public outrage of the Green Bay - Seattle game, the NFL has now completed their negotiations with the referrees.  Did it surprise anyone?  :)

Yes, Lenn, being prepared and DONE is indeed the name of the game.

Hey, Harry and Caron, how did you know I used to be a Boy Scout, haha. 

Mike, I think you make a great point, because common sense tells us that if we are hurrying last minute, we are definitely more likely to make mistakes.  Being done early allows us to even check and make sure we haven't made any mistakes.

Richie, Adrian, and Rhonda - Thanks for the compliment. :)

Hella, isn't that a sad reality that we find ourselves, so many times, having to do much of the other agent's work too.  Just another reason to be done early so to check their work too.

Janna - Good luck with that foot surgery and sounds like you are prepared for that wrapping of presents - my address is ..... haha.  I am sure the recovery will go faster enjoying the spirit of the holidays and wrapping.

Fernando - love your comment about deadlines being for goals.  So true.

Mary, that reminds me of a guy who wanted to sell as soon as he did repairs ABC.  Then a month later, he wanted to repair DEF.  Months later after repairs RST, I was convinced he never really wanted to sell in the first place.

Karen - love the photos background for your profile.  We are over near you in Laguna Beach frequently.

Sharon - Sage advice indeed.

Monique - great point ....... why expose ourselves to the "liability" by having done something quickly at the last minute?

Sep 27, 2012 02:53 AM #26
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