Diary of a REALTOR's Day Off

Reblogger Shari Evans
Real Estate Agent with Better Properties Washington 3455

This is EXACTLY how it goes! So much of our day consists of reacting to moving parts.

Re-blogged because M.C. penned it better!

Original content by M.C. Dwyer 01468388

My idea of a day off - microsoft clipart


I woke up Wednesday with a luxurious feeling: after working all weekend and countless days in a row, I had nothing scheduled!    



But my phone showed two voice mail messages already, so I listened in and responded, then sat down with a cup of coffee to check e-mail.   

FacebookI was hoping the extent of my day would be reading my Reuters news e-mails, doing a little catching up with friends on FaceBook,  then heading out to the garden to finish a project.    I'm nearly finished making a custom fountain for a buyer family...the kids had fallen in love with what turned out to be a very expensive milled stone fountain that the sellers took when they moved out.

Next, I texted my buyers that are in escrow to see if the electrician I'd recommended had called them back for a quote on an item noted as a safety hazard in the home inspection Tuesday.    Nope - no call back.   So I offered to make a few calls for them to find someone who could get us a bid quickly.     

Then, I got a call from the buyers' lender - the appraiser was having issues with completing his job.   Before I knew it,  I noticed that it was approaching noon:cell phone-microsoft clip art I had been wandering around my yard, making calls and answering my phone and I hadn't even eaten breakfast yet!

After lunch, I turned part of my attention to my associates' clients.   They found a home they love over the weekend, while my associate is basking on a cruise in Tahiti.    Tahiti cruiseNaturally, the home they like is getting multiple offers, so we've got to do everything right.    I felt it best to get them all set up to electronically sign about 9 megabytes of disclosures, so I could present acknowledged disclosures along with their offer.    

By about 2 pm, I'd found an electrician to give a quote for my buyers.  Estimate
Meanwhile, the appraisal issue was turning into a mountain out of a molehill, and the lender needed more ammunition.    So I reached out to a couple of appraisers I knew and got some ideas from them.    Then I called both listing agents - reached one, and we crafted an addendum to the purchase agreement that should help the appraisal.

Meanwhile, one of my out-of-town seller clients called me about their plans for taking their furnishings (escrow is going well-fingers crossed!). Truck - microsoft clipartWould I please check with Goodwill and arrange a pick-up / donation for the furnishings they don't want?     A couple of calls revealed Goodwill doesn't take donation trucks "as far as Boulder Creek"!    Sheesh.   Well, I have another week to figure that out...

Back to the electronic signature software and disclosures for my associate's client.    The *#?* software was throwing many of the handplaced signature boxes I created onto some other part of the document.  E signature box floated up to the previous page I swear, it took nearly two hours to get all those initial/signature boxes placed.    Frustrated, I glanced at the clock and saw that it was approaching 5 pm!   Desperately, I called the help line at 4:50.    I got a recording!    Their hours were from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm.    REALLY?!?    Who closes at 4:45!?!

You in the business know how this goes, so my diary doesn't need to be a comprehensive blow-by-blow account.    Let's just say that by the time my husband got home, I was still busy at my computer.    By about 7:30 pm, I decided just for ducks to look at where my DAY OFF had gone: 28 calls, 38 sent e-mails, and I don't even want to think about how many of those signature/initial boxes I placed on documents for the convenience of my associate's clients, so they didn't have to come in to the offices to sign.

We ate dinner peacefully!    But at 9 pm, my associates' clients called with questions about the electronic signature software.     I walked them through it, then joined my husband for a nightcap glass of wine.   Around 9:45 pm I checked my e-mail and responded to 2 of  the e-mails.    I was pretty wired up, but think I finally fell asleep sometime after 10:30.microsoft clip art - sleeping




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