Pulling it all together. Mama (Papa) needs a brand new bag!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Realtors® carry a lot of stuff. And, all of that stuff needs to be well organized during our home tours, listing presentations, and other professional meetings.

Therefore, I'm in need of a well-organized vessel to carry all of the supplies needed for real estate. A bag to accommodate my wallet, keys and cell phone, files, business cards, an access card for the Sentrilocks, my iPad, a flashlight, tape measure, notebook, pens, and sometimes, bottled water.

Right now it's all stuffed into a small back pack, and frankly, that's not very stylish. Instead, I'm considering the purchase of a Timbuk2 Messenger Bag. Apparently, you can even design the bag to match your branding.  Some of the bags will actually charge electronics on the go - and they all come with a lifetime guarantee.

This, however, is beginning to sound like an ad for the company, and that's not my goal. Rather, I'd love to hear how you manage all of your tools of the trade. And, what exactly are the items you call your, " tools of the trade?"  What have you found that best works in terms of capacity and organization? Bottom line, how do you pull it all together?

 

Pull yourself together girl!

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Bobbie Smith
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Debb, Great question and fabulous comments in reply to it.

I have always said "somebody needs to invent a Realtor belt" So many little things we like to carry with us, it would be handy to have them all in one place, however with the invention of smartphones we can almost get everything that we need for a listing appointment right on the phone (laser measure tool, flaghlight, camera, etc)

Can't wait to read the rest of the comments.

That bag sure is a nice looking one however.

Good Luck in your decision.

Nov 19, 2013 05:35 AM #16
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
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Debb: I have an oversized bag that looks a little like the Timbuk2 (non-branded) but am thinking to save my back I probably need something on wheels (like one of the small bags I see flight attendants with at airports).

Nov 19, 2013 06:03 AM #17
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
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Debb, I love the look of a messenger bag and the beauty of them is that they can be worn cross body.  That being said, I tend to shlep around a large leather "pokkabook" and, usually a leather tote bag filled with fabric samples, paint chips, a measuring tape and my i-pad and it is a lot for my shoulders for sure.  If you can go lighter, it is better!

Nov 19, 2013 06:39 AM #18
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
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Teral, good to see you. We need a special real estate tool belt as many are suggesting. Lol.

Nov 19, 2013 06:40 AM #19
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Debb - And I thought I was the only one with this problem! This is a great post. I haven't heard of the Timbuk2 bag. I'll definitely do some research. Originally, I started out with my small purse, next came a larger purse, then a medium purse and a smock with pockets, followed by a Vera Bradly backback, then some stupid pouches that were designed to hang over the front car seats; then I bought two of them, I found a satchel that looked like a cross between a purse, old fashioned school bag and a file draw - well, sadly to say, none of those worked! I'm still looking too.

Glen's photo and comments are hilarious!!! I wonder how many REALTORS visit the chiropracters office as they advance and get more experienced? If this was an AR contest, I'd say, Glen would have to win!!!

Nov 19, 2013 06:57 AM #20
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Sharon Lee
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Debb-I love all the comments and did LOL at Glenn's. Probably pretty close to being accurate looking at the size of your backpack. I like the look of the Timbuk 2. I carry a bag with a company logo on it myself but I am not a realtor. Alexandra had a great idea too. Good luck and let us know what you do and thank you again for those camcorder links

 

Nov 19, 2013 07:39 AM #21
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Me too Alexandra - and Glenn's comment is still making me laugh.

Rene - I'll bet you do carry a ton of stuff when teaching. Wonder if a roller bag might be the best option for you?

Erin-I love things made in Colorado - generally outdoorsy, I'm going to check them out. Thanks.

Bob - exactly, that's why the right design is important. So you're not digging into a deep bag looking for things.

Nov 19, 2013 08:04 AM #22
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Bobbie - true, but I still like the old fashioned flash lights and tape measures. :)

Anita - it's  a thought.

Nov 19, 2013 08:05 AM #23
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Kathy Sheehan
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Debb, I wish you luck with your search for a new bag.  Glenn looks like he is prepared for everything.

Nov 19, 2013 08:11 AM #24
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I can see you doing that Joanna. ;) Shlepping around with your classy leather bags.

Nov 19, 2013 08:48 AM #25
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Roger D. Mucci
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I'm still hunting for the proper "murse", so I'm no help.

Nov 19, 2013 09:04 AM #26
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Debb, I carry a small shoulder purse just big enough for my phone, keys, my wallet and I can squeeze in my small camera or the key pad, pens and smaller items fill in the spaces falling in between. Most people think it's small but I carry a larger leather bag or tote that can hold several folders, iPad, key pad, calculator, planner, etc. I can leave that in the car when I don't need it and thus don't have to carry much around with me. Tape measure, WD40, pliers and some others tools I keep in my trunk.
Nov 19, 2013 10:23 AM #27
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Lottie Kendall
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You've raised a great question, Debb. Sorry I don't have a suggestion, but I'm going to check out some messenger bags.

Nov 19, 2013 10:34 AM #28
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Debbie Reynolds
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My tape and electronic measurer are in a box in the car with the sign repair items and the tool kit. My point and shoot camera stays in my purse with a notepad and pen and my ipad and laptop are in a carry bag that go in and out of the car with me. Yes it is a lot but we need it.

Nov 19, 2013 09:28 PM #29
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Joan Cox
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Debb, I like the middle bag, and sounds like it should work very well.   I have a leather sachel and a tub in the back to store the items needed.    I don't carry anything but keys, phone (for the flashlight) and listing information while showing.  Keep us posted as to your decision.

Nov 19, 2013 10:26 PM #30
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Patricia - the real issue for me is something that looks decent - and has the right compartments to keep things organized. I don't want to have to stop and search for things. Where are those keys? Where are those business cards?

Yes, Glenn's comment was the funniest I've read in a long time - it's now the next day and I'm still get a good laugh when I re-read it. :)

Nov 19, 2013 10:50 PM #31
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Hi Sharon - decisions, decisions. :) I'm almost leaning toward Joan's idea. Why do I need to take a tape measure and flashlight to all listings? I only need them on occasion.  A utility bucket in the back - might work.  It's easy to dash back out to the car and get the necessary extra items. 
Then, carry another ( more fashionable ) bag that has room for my lap top, paperwork, etc.

Nov 19, 2013 10:53 PM #32
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I remember that Seinfeld episode Roger. :) Love it.

Silvia - I'm beginning to think that two options might be better than the one bag.

Lottie, messenger bags can be pretty handy-if they have the right compartments.

Debbie - yes, it is a lot - and yes, we do need those items.

Joan - I like your streamlined approach. Still thinking. 

Nov 19, 2013 10:56 PM #33
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Debb, I came back to read the comments. This is not just a female or male issue as it affects all of us trying to our job. I even had my Supra ket which unlocks the door here  fall out of my pants pockets when I was on the floor of this home I was showing to a client and was trying to figure out if the flooring was vinyl or not. What a huge pain that turned out to be! I thought about one of those multiple pocket vests but decided that was way too Geeky! 

Nov 20, 2013 02:52 AM #34
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Debb -- I love the comments!   I used to carry everything around in my head ---- but my memory isn't that good anymore.   Maybe a travelling assistant that follows me around, gives me treats, a moistened towlette and gives me pep talks throughout the day when things aren't necessarily going my way.

Nov 20, 2013 09:21 AM #35
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