A day in the life of an independent real estate broker.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Carmel Beach Early in the morning

A day in the life of a real estate broker can change from day to day depending on what my client load is. And whether I am working with buyers or sellers, or both. But there are certain parts of my day that tend to remain the same.

Let's take a week earlier this month when I did the following:

1. Completed 20 hours of Continuing Education in order to  renew my Hawaii Broker's license by the end of the year. I did not want to leave this until the last minute. So I woke up at 4 AM for 5 days, made myself a pot of tea and studied for 4 hours each day. CHECK.

2. Checking my stats on my marketing and looking at the MLS:

Every morning, no matter what, I probably spend about 1 to 2 hours checking Google Analytics to check on my stats on my various websites. Often, I tweak the websites as well.

I also go into the 3 MLSs  (Multiple Listing Services) that I belong to in Monterey/Central California, Del Norte County CA, and the one for the Honolulu Board of Realtors. I have several clients looking for specific types of properties and I check what's come on the market, has gone under contract, etc. If I find one of interest to these clients, I send off an email describing why I believe they should look at it.

3. Setting up appointments and making phone calls:

From about 10 AM it's time to make calls, send texts etc. No, Carmel-by-the-Sea is not one of those places who start early in the day.

At about 11 AM, I go down the street to our cute little post office to pick up my mail. More importantly, everyone else is down there as well and it's an excellent time to meet up with Carmelites whom I've been wanting to "bump into". What's this, you might ask? We don't have mail service to our homes here so everyone heads to the post office, just like I do.

4. Meetings during the day such as Volunteer efforts: I'm one of the organizers of the Carmel Art Festival (we are in our 24th year) happening in May. In the meantime, I need to (1) get a grant for funds from the city, (2) go before the "Visit Carmel" board to ask for advertising funds (3) write a grant to the Rotary to ask for funds to help pay for our venue expenses, and (4) write out the actual event application to the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea from whom we will get approval during a council meeting to have the event. Complicated? Yes, but in the meantime I meet up with dozens of business people in town and, during the actual event, many attendees from all over the country. As well as home owners and art collectors from our own area. An excellent event to have my name connected with.

5. Lunch time: I'm not much of a lunch type, maybe split a sandwich with a friend.

6. Afternoons: This is when I like to look at or show homes and be back by about 4 pm. After that, traffic gets crazy.

7. Late in the afternoon: I walk around town and talk to gallery owners and others that I meet up with. In essence, touch bases with as many people here in town as I can. Often, we might meet up for a glass of wine or a gallery or other event; it helps to be on all kinds of email lists for these functions and we are not shy about showing up.

8. In the evening is when I do my blogging and other research that I don't get to during the day. In fact, I spend quite a few hours on my computer then. If I need to do contracts, this is my favorite time because I can draft them out, taking as much time as necessary to get them done. But I always take another look at them in the morning when my mind is fresh before I send them off!

This is a very simplistic schedule. It does not mention all the hours I spend getting an offer ready for a client once a buyer decides he/she wants to go ahead. It doesn't include all the time I spend getting property information for that client, the negotiations to get the offer accepted, advising the client how to proceed from there, setting up inspections, etc. Or, keeping in touch with sellers on my listings, setting up showings or showing the properties myself. Plus all the marketing that needs to be done for a listing.

As I am a broker/owner of my own corporation here in California, I need to adhere to all required bookkeeping, documentation of transactions, and everything else required of me by the real estate commission. And as a sole proprietor broker in Hawaii, the same goes for Hawaii.

This means that much of what I do is done twice especially studying and marketing, which is geared to each particular state. It also includes spending time in both states. I know, this is the toughest part!!

This is part of the November Contest "A day in the life of a Realtor".












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Hella Rothwell at Carmel Beach during Concours WeekCarmel-by-the-Sea Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Course California

Whether buying or selling oceanfront, oceanview, commercial or any type of real estate in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Carmel Valley and Big Sur, I can help you. Call me and let's meet in my Carmel-by-the-Sea office in Su Vecino Court on Dolores between 5th & 6th.

Or we can just chat on the phone to discuss your real estate needs.

Are you out of the area? No problem, I often never even meet my clients. The whole transaction is handled long distance.

As an independent real estate broker licensed in California and Hawaii, I can represent you with residential real estate, commercial properties & investment opportunities.

For more information

www.HellaRothwell.com & www.RothwellRealty.com

& www.HellaHawaii.com

Member: National Association of REALTORS, California Association of REALTORS, Hawaii Association of REALTORS, Del Norte Association of REALTORS, Honolulu Board of REALTORS. Also MLS Listings in California.


Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

Tel. 831-626-4000 

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hella- that is quite a busy schedule.  Something of note, especially for those who are working on expanding their sphere is how you make it a point to do it every day. 

Nov 21, 2016 11:09 AM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Hella

That's quite a schedule to maintain, along with other tasks and issues that pop up. But the consistency is key and clearly it's working well for you!


Nov 21, 2016 12:34 PM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I would have a tough time trying not to be distracted by the beauty of where you live.

Nov 21, 2016 10:40 PM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

This sounds like the perfect situation, Hella, for you to hire a virtual assistant. To take off some of that paperwork load and free your intellect to spend on more important matters. I know you are a Type A person and very driven, just like me, so it's hard to give up that control, but I'm telling ya from my own experience you should consider . . .

Nov 22, 2016 12:59 AM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

You are a super busy lady and have long full days of activities. Anyone considering getting into real estate should read what it actually takes to be successful.

Nov 23, 2016 06:41 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Hella -- one of the things I have always appreciated about Carmel CA is no home delivery -- it "forces" us to get out and about --- I think that's one of the reasons the city is so charming....well plus the location is incredible.  

Nov 28, 2016 02:19 PM #6
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

I think I could handle the Carmel By the Sea Realtor lifestyle. I don't like early mornings and I wouldn't mind working in Hawaii either!

Nov 29, 2016 09:47 AM #7
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