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I got an epiphany tonight; real estate agents lead more 'real' lives than just about anyone. I work from home as most of them do to. And while watching Mr. Mom for upteenthmillion time tonight I see the tragedy and circumstance of not putting family first. Yes, we have to live; yes, we have to make a living; but we also WANT to live and have a life. My father always said that he worked for himself so he could "eat and take time off".... that has never been more powerful a statement then most recently. I realize in this summer of kids at home and I still have to work, that THEY are the most important thing, not work. And while work is necessary to maintain life, health, shelter... it is not the meaning the of life.kids in summer

I speak to agents, brokers, Realtors all the time and never once have I gotten the brush off because a kid came in and asked a question. I've heard Bob Stewart have a webinar with his kiddos in the background, answering questions and shooing them off,  and if I have to shush kiddos and shoo them out during a training seminar I have never had an irritated client. Maybe it's just the grace of my clients and it doesn't happen often but somewhere deep down I think  that they know exactly what I am feeling and have been there, done that, sometime in their life. 

Real estate, especially done at home, is inevitably going to come across life at some point. Unless you are in a sterile office somewhere on the 32nd floor with no actual life in the near distance, life happens! And it's ok! most buyers, sellers, real estate agents should understand this to some extent. 

I understand the bombardment of adolesence infiltrating every moment of someone's life can be annoying and there has to be some boundary, but I also think that there is some grace for the reality of life and I appreciate it from my clients.

So, until school resumes, I press on, in this chaos that is 'summer with kids' in my life. Desperately trying to get things done in a timely manner and ever grateful for clients that seem to understand and appreciate my predicament. 

Carry On!


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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Tammy, I've been privileged to work for myself most of my adult life. That made access to me pretty easy for the boys. I always loved that. 

Jul 19, 2014 11:12 PM #19
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When Real Estate beckons, it is the 800 pound gorilla...Yes to multi-tasking until then

Jul 19, 2014 11:20 PM #20
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Ah, but what if a doctor's kids were present during a consultation. Or a lawyer's? Or even if kids were present in a kitchen in a restaurant?

I'm old school. Business is business. The client deserves your full attention.

Jul 20, 2014 12:18 AM #21
Pamela Madore
The Pamela Madore Group - Amarillo, TX
Team Work Makes The Dream Work

My daughter worked with me for years but now looking back I don't think I actually "looked" at her doing it.  Now I have grandchildren and I put down my phone and shut my computer down and play trucks or dolls.  It is about qualitty, not quantity.

Jul 20, 2014 01:58 AM #22
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I was at a listing appointent yesterday and their two kids (4 & 8) must have come out to "get" something or "ask" something every 2 mintues. The parents were so upset and I kept reminding them it was ok. I was competing for their attention and in their minds, I was stealing mommy and daddy from them.   :-)

Jul 20, 2014 03:03 AM #23
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Tammy ... I really love your post, great plug to the AR network and featured to the group:

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Jul 20, 2014 03:42 AM #24
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Tammy, Amen!  

I have walked many of life's walks: military, retail sales, route sales, insurance, ministry, mortgage origination, and real estate.  In varying capacities, I have been exposed to REALTORS® throughout my working life, and resilience is in the DNA.

As a minister in Niles, Michigan, I had my first real exposure to a professional REALTOR®.  His name was John Stowe, and in our initial meeting he advised my wife and I to arrange a babysitter for our three "little crum-snatchers" when looking at houses.  My first reflex was negative--I thought "this old man hates kids"; but he went on to explain himself, and we found great logic in his advice.  Yet, John never refused to show us homes when our children had to accompany us.  I watch that old bird build a fond relationship with our three children.  Yes, resilience is in the REALTORS's® DNA.  By the way, John lit the fire in my belly for real estate.

Jul 20, 2014 04:18 AM #25
JC Melvin - Commercial & Business Broker
JC Melvin - KW Southwest - Las Vegas, NV
The ONE Thing Workshop Trainer

I almost hate to admit that I used my two daughters when they were 4 and 6 as bait... I would go walk neighborhoods prospecting for business.... It worked like a charm!!! Thant was 26 years ago...LOL..

Jul 20, 2014 04:25 AM #26
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Lottie, I am enjoying them. They are at that time when they are independent and yet I don’t have to worry too much as in the teen years

Ginny, Yes, I became a real estate agent to spend more time with them. HA!!!

Kathleen, yes you do get it and I appreciate it!! (and I totally agree about Tim!) LOL

Paula, Thanks!

Tammy, That’s great!! Way to help them get involved and still hang out with you

Evelyn, So true,

Laura, I agree

Kat, Wow, yes, that would be hard and I appreciate not being that corporate environment

Gary, HA… it might get a little tiring?

Amanda, Yup, so does my dog

Eric, I do love working from home and I don’t hear from my kids “I wish you were home more”… I’m always home! J

Mike, I love that too. And if I need to stop what I’m doing for a one-on-one, that’s ok.

Richie, Yup, sometimes you have to close the door, lock it and buckle down

Richard, Oh I agree.. I certainly don’t entertain them when I am coaching or one-on-one with a client but the occasional dog bark or child laugh in the background never gets a noticeable sign from my clients.. so far. ;-)

Pamela, I am trying to do that too but still finding the seriousness of “this is my job and I do have to work for a while”… it’s tough

Tammy, Yup, and I do think parents need to be firm when it’s not the time to ask 50 million questions but just being there is so important.

Robert, Thanks Bob!

Fred, Ahh that’s a great story. I think it depends on the age too… right now, I would want my boys opinion on a new house… at 1 and 3 it would be distracting and they wouldn’t remember it anyway.

JC, HA HA.. awesome.. J

Jul 20, 2014 06:38 AM #27
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Tammy. You share a great and important point of view. Client's should understand family needs. After-all, they have their own! If they don't get it, perhaps it's time to let them go... Hope you enjoy your Summer!


Jul 20, 2014 06:44 AM #28
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
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Tammy great post enjoy those kiddos they grow up way to quick and then they are off to college and then a life of thier own . I was blessed to be at home with my kiddos when they were young.

Jul 20, 2014 09:46 AM #29
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

A number of years ago I started out as a Real Estate Agent in a North West suburb of Chicago. At that time I attended a welcoming meeting/convention for the firm, Red Carpet. In one convention meeting, we were shown a video of Red Carpet's top agent at the time. The video showed aspects of her life and reasons for her success. The film ended with her answering a wall phone while holding her youngest child, a baby. In front of her at the dinner table seated - her husband and 5 young children. Prospecting at that time was neighborhood cold calling. There she was pushing a stroller/buggy with a couple of kids  - the Number #1 Red Carpet Real Estate Agent - most and highest sales.

Jul 20, 2014 11:52 AM #30
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tammy, every one has a different expectations from 'Summer' - and yes, been there, done that....and loved that, too!

Jul 20, 2014 01:44 PM #31
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Tammy -
As our five now range between 23 and 43 years old, I heartily endorse keeping them near-by with the noises as music in the background! The years FLY by so quickly!!

Rachel, the oldest went to work with me often and could hit a nail on the head before she was three years old. And that's the truth!!!

have a happy day -

Jul 20, 2014 05:14 PM #32
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Bruce, thanks so much

Laura, I am really blessed too… even today when they wake up complaining! UGH

Jean, HA, that’s awesome!

Praful, so true!

Lynn, They do.. I am realizing that more and more

Jul 21, 2014 01:59 AM #33
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

It is certainly a balancing act with working and summers off with the kids.  I work when I need to at the office.  Once I am home, I don't work until they are in bed for the night.  Time passes too quickly.  Part of the reason I am in this business is to be able to be flexible to their needs.  Thank you for sharing.

Jul 21, 2014 10:06 AM #34
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

I don't have kids Tammy, but I've had dogs, and have dealt with the distractions and noise, and in many cases, it's just stuck up conversations about my clients & I about dogs.  There is more to life than work, that's for sure, and it's nice to know a group that understands that.

Aug 08, 2014 03:49 AM #35
Bradley Potter, PLLC
Homesmart Realty - Phoenix, AZ
National Association of Expert Advisors

Dealing with people is our fundamental responsibility and when you are providing service, real service for your clients, then people tend to ignore the small distractions.

Aug 08, 2014 05:33 AM #36
Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 800.978.4847 - Natchitoches, LA


I agree with you, working from home can be awesome and a great way to stay close to your family.  I think the main thing is be professional at all times when dealing with clients on the phone or in office.  I also think that having a professional looking office space is key when seeing clients in our home, as well.     Most clients are parents, are once were.   They can connect and will understand minor distractions and/or questions from children and grands.  When we work from home as a Realtor, it is as real as it gets.    Another great post!

Aug 08, 2014 11:37 PM #37
Chyna Smith
@ Homes Realty Group - Huntsville, AL

This was written a couple of years ago, but is the perfect reminder for today. Thank you.

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