Yes, Ma... It's a real job.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage 6501390356

Here's something I figured out very quickly after leaving a job in management that required I be on-site, in one place, a minimum of ten hours a day... Everyone believes now that I'm in real estate, I have free time up the wazoo! Noooooo, no, no no no and NO! Also, i'm rich. Filthy, stinking rich. Yes... I have entered the realm of unlimited free time and more money than I can put into golf outings and a fancy SUV.


But really, yesterday I thought I was going to lose my mind. My mother needed my help (it’s my mom, of course I’m going to help) and my buyer wanted to see a house he really liked (it’s my buyer, of course I’m going to help) and my daughter wanted rides here and there (okay, I’m not accommodating everyone in a single day) but the day ended well, because my buyer put in and offer and it was accepted today… yay!


Here’s just a small snapshot of what yesterday was like…


  • Go into the office for meeting first thing in the morning, meeting runs over and I leave early to meet buyer #1 for showings.

  • Mom calls in the middle of showings and leaves voicemail. Now, anytime mom leaves a voicemail the idea is the world has come to an end or someone in the family has died. Finish showings, call mom.

  • Mom needs a ride to the grocery store… moms and animals need to eat for goodness sakes!

  • In the middle of the day, drive mom, daughter and daughter's friend to the grocery store. Get a call from buyer’s lender.

  • Call lender back while two teenagers are in the backseat. Complete call, then yell at the girls…

  • Go show house to buyer #2 around 7pm. Buyer loves the house and makes offer.

  • Go home, write up offer, send offer to be signed, get offer signed, send offer to listing agent (getting help from another realtor who actually knows what she’s doing) … but in between, get dinner cooked and try to spend some quality time with the people who are needy and drive me crazy but I love more than anything in the world.

  • Go to bed and imagine venting in a blog post to the Activerain community.


But it was all worth it because today we have an accepted offer and it is my first. It’s also my buyer’s first home and it’s everything he’s been looking for. He is ecstatic and I’m happy for both of us. Hopefully no problems come up and we can get to closing asap :)

Comments (25)

Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Thanks Michael Jacobs

Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School  I don't know what I have down, if anything :) But what a wild ride and I've only just begun! 

Jul 28, 2015 07:58 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School  "for all the gold in the world." I realized just how true this is. I gave up a good paying job and was offered more to stick around and I had to leave just for the fact that I was beginning to feel like a prisoner to my career. 

Jul 28, 2015 08:00 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Dori, what an action filled day juggling different generations in your family and managing to get your FIRST accepted offer!  Quite a day, and the first of many, many more action packed days to come!  Well done, Dori!

Jul 28, 2015 08:12 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Thanks Bruce Walter ! Once the feeling of being overwhelmed wore off I thought to myself, "what a blast!" 

Jul 28, 2015 08:16 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Dori - Congrats on getting your first offer, and I do hope you have a smooth closing. There are many people out there who think real estate agents have it sooooo easy.

Jul 28, 2015 10:21 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Thanks Troy Erickson ! Rarely is anything as easy as it seems. Gosh, I spend a disasterous amount of energy just trying to find leads! 

Jul 28, 2015 10:25 AM
Kim Johnson
Signature Realty Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Selling South Florida

Congrats on everything!!! We work longer hours than anyone gives us credit for! But you are headed in the right direction!!!

Jul 28, 2015 11:13 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Kim Johnson - Thank you!!!  It's true, even I had no idea. 

Jul 28, 2015 11:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience. Some days provide multiple challenges for real estate professionals.

Jul 29, 2015 04:32 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Thank you  Roy Kelley ! Your photos inspired me to take a snap of my flowering tree out back for one of my online profiles :) 

Jul 29, 2015 05:24 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI


Jul 29, 2015 05:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

If you like flower photography, we should be Facebook friends. 

Jul 29, 2015 06:01 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Thanks Roy Kelley !

Jul 29, 2015 06:10 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Way to go, Dori. And you know what's even BETTER than this? Every single transaction going forward will also be just as special and you will get excited all over again, and that feeling never goes away, never, no matter how many you close. Congratulations on your first sale!!

Jul 29, 2015 12:23 PM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents Thank you!  I was just in Q&A asking about this and I thought, maybe it's because it's my first transaction and eventually it will all become mundane. I hope it never does.

Jul 29, 2015 12:32 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Much congratulations on the sale. This is a crazy business but we are in charge and I love that part of it.

Jul 30, 2015 12:19 AM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Debbie Reynolds I agree, It's been a wild few weeks LOL. Gosh, I've only been doing this a few weeks. I was asking another agent in my office how she juggles her many, many sale at one time. I feel overwhelmed by one and a few other buyers :) 

Jul 30, 2015 02:57 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Dori Thurmond ,  I don't know where they get the idea that we are all rich.  If that were the case, why aren't they joining the ranks of Real Estate?

Aug 07, 2015 12:38 PM
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

Larry Johnston I don't know... I'm wondering myself where all the money is hiding! ;)



Aug 07, 2015 11:21 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

You are one pretty busy lady.  A real super hero it sounds like!  What a good daughter you are!

Aug 16, 2015 08:20 AM