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!
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.
I 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: 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. Naturally, 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.
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!). Would 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. 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.
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