How do you manage to carry all that Realtor stuff?!

Real Estate Sales Representative with Re/Max Results Plus

I have come to realize that I am a very clumsy person.  I have suspected it all my life but becoming a Realtor has etched it in stone for me.  I am forever dropping my bag, fumbling with the lockbox, dropping the key, losing my paperwork all over the floor, etc.etc. etc.  I have decided that one great bag would save me from looking like a klutz in front of my clients.  If I could only free up both hands for use at the same time, I probably would not drop nearly as many things (I have learned not to go for broke and expect to stop dropping stuff altogether! LOL).

So, the quest for a super great bag is on.  I need something that looks stylish and not too masculin e.  I would like to have something large enough to carry my camera and a wide angle lens, my Supra key, my phone, keys and a very small wallet.  Compartments would be nice.  It would be great to find something that would also fit a file folder for paperwork.  It must allow me to work hands-free so shoulder bags may be a problem.

What's a girl to do?!  Remember, it must free up both my hands because I am a total klutz.  Here are some items I am considering:

I bought the big LLBean tote bag with a zipper.  It is roomy, very sturdy, and I love the look.  Problem is that it is just so big.  And I think it would slip off my shoulder when I am bending over to get the key out or trying to get the door unlocked.  Yes, I could sit the bag down and that might be a good solution. 

A nice leather backpack is also a valid solution.  I might give that one a try; I actually already have one.  I could put the backpack on while messing with the door.  Or I could sit the bag down on the ground and hope it doesn't get dirt all over my back later.

I love the look of a messenger bag.  I could throw it over one shoulder and let my body hold the bag while I am fiddling with the knob.  I could possibly find one that would be large enough to hold a file folder too.  They just look so masculine and clunky.  I love the functionality of the messenger bag but do not love the look when I am wearing it (although it could also be used to cover those extra Easter candy pounds).

So, my question to you all is this:  how do you manage all of your stuff when you are out with clients?  Help me out guys!  Do you have a tried and true method to carry all of the things you need when you're out with clients?




Comments (6)

Misty Thomas
Houston Realty - Crosby, TX
Realtor Crosby, TX
Hi Bridgett! I just bought a really nice bag from Franklin Covey and I love it!! It is large enough for everything but yet still a great size to handle. Has all the inside pockets to hold my measurer, supra, pda, pens, etc and then a large compartment in the center for my laptop and files. I also keep a portable file system in my car that has a copy of everything I am working on at the moment in case I get a call while out and makes it easy to switch out my file in my bag as needed too. Good luck!
Mar 28, 2008 01:53 AM
Tony Fantis
Fantis Group Real Estate - Salt Lake City, UT
Realtor,Principal Broker - Salt Lake City
Bridget, I've found that one bag just doesn't cut it...though I rarely have more than one with me at a time.  It seems the expesive bags are lacking in storage pockets, zippers, do-jammers, and all those little things we need.  So an expensive bag can look good for appointments, but isn't so great for every day use.  I would think twice about a backpack.  Even if you might still appear to be professional, it will wrinkle your shirt/dress/jacket and possibly make your back dirty.  Don't do it!  =)
Mar 28, 2008 02:03 AM
Bridgett Raffenberg
Re/Max Results Plus - Cincinnati, OH
Realtor Cincinnati, OH
Hi Misty - Which bag did you buy?  I can't believe I haven't looked at Franklin Covey because I am a total FC junkie! 
Mar 28, 2008 02:04 AM
Michael (Mike) Elliott
Nottingham Real Estate Group - Hamilton, NJ
I keep all my stuff in a leather brief. Then I keep that in my car during a listing appt. I just take in a file with comps and sometimes a clipboard. The less the betetr. Don't sweat the small stuff, if you forgot something. That's what I have learned.
Mar 28, 2008 02:06 AM
Misty Thomas
Houston Realty - Crosby, TX
Realtor Crosby, TX

Hey Bridgett,


I bought the Martina Business tote in Camel...and completely love it!!! I receive so many compliments on it and it looks like a really classy, expensive bag!! Let me know if you choose one and how you like it...I can always use more bags! ;o)

Mar 28, 2008 09:24 AM
Michelle Towell

Hi Bridgett,

I purchased a rolling laptop briefcase - has plenty of room for files and my laptop in separate sections plus an additional zippered section in the front for pens, pencils, camera, laser measuring device, etc.  Other than feeling a bit like a flight attendant when I am wheeling it around, it has been almost like a mobile office for me.


May 29, 2009 10:36 AM