Do real estate agents get holidays off?

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Real Estate Agent with 406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) 10301213186

Today is Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday which results in the closing of post offices, banks, federal offices such as the department of motor vehicles and other businesses. The question of the morning is, do real estate agents get today off? 

 

Similar to all other holidays, this holiday is just another day of the week.  Real estate agents work for their clients, and on days when those clients are off from their jobs, guess what they are doing!  The ones that wish to buy homes are home shopping, and the ones that want to sell are interviewing real estate professionals.

 

My schedule for today is something like this:  Leave at 9:15 to make it to my first showing appointment at 10:00.  Show houses to a buyer client; we're seeing quite a few, so I hope to be done around noon. Then I'm driving about 20 minutes to meet a rental client and we're going to see two homes a distance apart from each other. From there I'm driving about 1/2 hour north to participate in another buyer client's home inspection, and then it's back to my area to preview a home.

 

When agents choose to be in the real estate profession, they are embracing a career with no scheduled holidays off, or in fact, no scheduled days off of any kind. There's no "two weeks vacation in the first year" and no "Monday-Friday 9-5 with weekends off."  On the other hand, if we desire to take a specific day off, or a few weeks off, we can take them whenever we want, with meticulous planning, communication and coverage.

 

So do real estate agents get holidays off?  Not usually!  But we all know that going in!!!

 

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Jenna Dixon
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It depends.  I generally work every day and when duty calls me out of the office, I'm up for it.  There's much more to our jobs than showing property, as we all know. 

Jan 19, 2015 09:00 AM #18
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Kat,

 I like Connie Harvey 's attitude but I agree MLK has never been a Holiday for me, I used to know a very successful realtor he would take WEdnesday and Sundays off. He lost very little business because of it. He said I have a life and family.

Jan 19, 2015 09:35 AM #19
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Kat, Easter and Christmas are off limits, but otherwise my holidays are pretty much in play.  Although sometimes turns out the sellers aren't going to be available for my buyers.  Maybe the day after the holiday? :) 

Jan 19, 2015 12:44 PM #20
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Sharon Parisi
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I generally take off Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.   One Thanksgiving, I worked when a water pipe broke in a listing.  The owners were out of town.  I gathered up the male guests at my house, along with mops, leaving the women to continue cooking dinner.  My plumber met us at the house and turned off the water supply while we mopped up water. My plumber and I still laugh and tell people that we spent Thanksgiving together.  The bottom line is that we are professionals who do what we need to do.

Jan 19, 2015 02:35 PM #21
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
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Kudos Kat for such a busy productive day.  To me it is a given I will be working some holidays for those like Sundays are when our clients will have off.  I try to take another day off instead.  And oddly enough on a Sunday I find it not to be so bad because many of the distraction type calls and general office noise etc.  just is not happening.  All how we look at it I guess.  Kat House - for some reason brings a smile everytime.  Thanks    Mark

Jan 19, 2015 02:48 PM #22
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Jared - Yes, game on!  I did take Thanksgiving and Christmas Day off also! Luckily so did my clients!

Joe - Yes, we can take some time on a different day if needed.

Nicole - Me too!  It's part of our business.

Andrea - It's fine with me too.  We can go to the store when most people are working.

Tom - Yes indeed! 

Connie - I'm only successful at taking the major ones.  

John - yes, we can take time when we need to.  The only holidays I make a point of taking are Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.  Otherwise, I work.

Jenna - So true!

Yolanda - I've been trying to take Fridays and Saturdays off to spend time with family -- I've been somewhat successful (1/2 day here, 1/2 day there) but yes, we need balance.

Bill - Yes, maybe!

Sharon - That's a great story - you got the family involved! Probably not what you expected when you started that day, but it all worked out fine.

Mark - Thanks for your comment!  I often have to say, "what day is today?" They just all blend together.

Jan 19, 2015 07:13 PM #23
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Grant Schneider
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Kat - not only Real Estate but many others in their own business.  When a client needs a meeting we can't say sorry, today is a holiday.

Jan 20, 2015 01:30 AM #24
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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I did three mortgage applications on Monday, so in my case the answer was no, but I didn't mind one bit. Great topic for your post.

Jan 20, 2015 08:08 AM #25
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Grant - Well, we could, but then we could lose that client!

Joe - Yup, I didn't mind a bit so I agree!  Thanks.

Jan 20, 2015 08:45 AM #26
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Debbie Reynolds
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What a busy day Kat and yes people like us to work on holidays and are delighted when we are ready to serve them.

Jan 20, 2015 11:22 AM #27
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Debbie-  it was busy!! There are really very few holidays in this business!

Jan 21, 2015 07:17 PM #28
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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HA...In our situation...Definitely NO!

Jan 21, 2015 07:48 PM #29
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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I think most realtors work holidays because that's when people have "extra: time to look or list, Kat.

 

PS - Thanks for your support on the "project!"

Jan 22, 2015 02:24 AM #30
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Beth and Richard Witt
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I have always loved being in the real estate business and having off for holidays or any other days never bothered me... I like doing my own thing... In fact I sold a house on Mothers Day and on Christmas Eve... I use to find that holidays were the best days to work because I had so little competition... 

Jan 22, 2015 05:04 AM #31
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Larry/Sheila - Holiday?  What's a holiday?

Ron - I agree (and thank you for starting the project!)

Richard/Beth - Good point!

Jan 22, 2015 07:49 PM #32
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Joan Whitebook
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I always let me clients know which holidays I am planning on taking some time off.  As long as they know ahead of time, they are fine.

Jan 24, 2015 10:36 AM #33
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Kat, there are a few holidays that I won't work like Christmas and my birthday!  On MLK day however, I had plenty of things to do. 

Jan 25, 2015 08:40 AM #34
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Joan - True, with planning it is possible.

Silvia - Ahhh, our birthday!  Yes, we could take that off also.

Jan 25, 2015 07:04 PM #35
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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We work when others don't. But online shelves well stocked, to vend around the clock can make it no interruption in the information transfer! Your office is online, you may doze but never close.

Jan 25, 2015 11:20 PM #36
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Andrew - Aaah, dozing but not closing!  That's it!

Jan 26, 2015 12:24 AM #37
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