Real Estate is not a 9-5 job!

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Real Estate as a 9-5 Job?


                                                                   I recently picked up a buyer client who was having a time with her previous Time clockagent who would not work around her clients work schedule. For her that meant after 5pm and weekend showings.

What? No weekend or after 5pm showings? That is just craziness! I wish I could only work 9-5 and not have to worry about missing dinner with my family or my grandsons Saturday little league game.

Truth is, real estate is just not a 9-5 job. The majority of my showing are after 5pm and on the weekends. As the majority of my clients also work and do not have the option of just taking time off to go house hunting. Or they are moving into the area and can only view homes on the weekends.

It would be nice if everyone could work around my schedule but, it is just not realistic in this business. I feel sorry for the agent who refuses to accommodate her clients work schedule but on the other hand that meant more business for me. The clients are wonderful and easy to work with. I had them under contract in less than a week.

So, if you are looking to go out of business by only showing homes during the hours of 9-5, I'll be waiting for their call as I am a little more flexible with my schedule! Send'em on over!



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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

We are fortunate in my market. Most are retirees that want to work with us during the day. I do some Saturday work but during the week NOT after 6p.m.!

May 10, 2014 10:44 PM #19
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Janice, you are so right. We work when others are not and that means evenings and weekends, although I won't go anywhere before noon on Sunday

May 10, 2014 10:59 PM #20
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Janice, this is a business where an agent has to be flexible with the client's hours of availability. As you said, they may be looking to go out of business.

May 10, 2014 11:03 PM #21
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Janice - I totally agree with your premise... we work when our clients are not at work.  Getting into the houses that they want to see when they can see it is the key to the game... and blocking some personal time for the agent along the way

May 10, 2014 11:09 PM #22
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You work when other people don't. But in defense of the here we go with kick the other agent in our own profession. Maybe that won't work nights, weekends professional  that really does. But not for this particular buyer. Who as you ask questions, realize why the ten foot pole marks all over them.

Not qualified, want to see anything, everything. All over the place. Wants to look now, ask questions later. Resists filtering the list to zero in on something their budget, bank loan program could hope to match up and get to a closing to actually buy.

May 10, 2014 11:18 PM #23
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I have something to do in Real Estate...there is no clock...I live by results

May 10, 2014 11:44 PM #24
Jeffrey Hogue
Jeffrey Hogue Realtor Group - Reading, PA
Real Estate Pro in Pennsylvania Since 1993

I have always believed that being a real estate agent was not a job. It is more of a lifestyle career. I tell people I retired from the working world 21 years ago:)

May 10, 2014 11:52 PM #25
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

I mostly work with investors and with listings. This avoids hogging up too much time on the evenings and weekends.  The buyer agents can get their half of the commission in return for working those extra long hours on my behalf. 

May 11, 2014 12:28 AM #26
Marie Story
Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami) - Pinecrest, FL
Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist

Janice, you are right, real estate is not a 9-5 job.  But it doesn't need to be a 24 hour a day job either.

May 11, 2014 01:41 AM #27
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Janice... you are right that it's not a 9-5 job... but that being said, there are ways to organize your time so that you are not out every evening after 5pm and all day long on weekends.

May 11, 2014 03:19 AM #28
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

It's rare that I will work with a client that can go out and see property during the week.  It happens, but it's rare.  I don't understand agents that work 40 hours and cut it off. 

May 11, 2014 04:07 AM #29
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I agree but up to a point, limnits have to be set otherwise your time is not your own. I remember years ago when the President of Tiffanys was asked why he maintained regular store hours during Christmas. He said first we have an exceptional product that you should come in to our sotre for, and second you just give people the excuse not to budget their time and yours. After 25 years this is a lesson I have learned.

May 11, 2014 05:09 AM #30
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

An agent can set their own hours.  However, no broker has to hold their license with those restrictions. 

I'd like to work 9-5 weekdays too.  In fact I did when I was with the government.


May 11, 2014 06:55 AM #31
Janice MacMillan
ERA Joyner Realty - Valdosta, GA
Associate Broker

Gita - it's just finding the right balance between work and life.

Amanda and Jared - Valdosta is growing by leaps and bounds. We've been here off and on for the past 16 years and can't imagine living anywhere else.

Gary - yes, I have done that as well. I have another agent in my office in which we cover for one another just to cover such situations.

Rob - Yay for retirees! Wish I could say the same.

Ed - We go to church Sunday mornings so it is at least 1 before I can actually get out to show on Sunday if it is necessary.


May 11, 2014 10:46 AM #32
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Perhaps, commercial real estate would be more to their liking as it is 9-5.

May 11, 2014 01:14 PM #33
Janice MacMillan
ERA Joyner Realty - Valdosta, GA
Associate Broker

Jill- that may very well be!

Leann - I like managing my own schedule so a 9-5 is not for me!

Joe - Absolutely, you still have to have a life outside of work. Sometimes it just takes getting creative with the scheduling.

Carla - I have never understood it either. But, maybe they know something we don't.

May 11, 2014 08:04 PM #34
Patty Blackwelder
Twins Selling Real Estate - Woodbridge, VA
Top Producing Realtor-New Home Buyer Specialist

I have watched many an agent fail as a REALTOR due to not wanting to work nights or Sunday's.....all the more for us.

May 12, 2014 04:45 AM #35
John Jonas
ReplaceMyself - Virtual Assistants - Highland, UT
John Jonas

I do understand you. Being in Real Estate requires time and devotion. And if you are not up for it, surely you will not survive. All the best!

May 14, 2014 10:47 PM #36
Janice MacMillan
ERA Joyner Realty - Valdosta, GA
Associate Broker

Patty - I agree whole heartedly.

John - Absolutely, and it has been tough the last couple years so being flexibile was a necessity.


May 15, 2014 08:37 PM #37
Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Oakland, CA
3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA, 510-418-9443

I seldom work with clients past 5 pm and almost never past 8pm. As far as the weekends go, maybe a few days a month.

However, I do internet or computer things in the evening and weekends. It takes time to be looking at properties.

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