The Foerster team invited us to describe an average day/week of our business life and share it Rainers who are just getting their license and starting in real estate.
Here is a snapshot of one of my November days - I started the post earlier this month, but just now finishing it. Guessed already why?
6:30 am - Drink my favorite tea, write a sentence about the previous day in my Line-A-Day Five-year memory-book.
7:15 am - Peak in ActiveRain, Facebook quickly. Then, take my notebook and list today's priorities, check what has remained from yesterday and previous days. I take a minute about each listing to ask myself: "What am I doing about the marketing of this listing today?", "Is there anything that can be done better?", "What do I need in order to accomplish it".
8:15am - Read an article or two on ActiveRain, comment on them, ask or answer a question.
8:30am - Respond to inquiries, return calls, post Open house on Craigslist. (The Open house has been advertised earlier during the week on MLS, from where the message goes to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Nestigator, HomeSnap, etc. )
9:30 am - Prepare items for the Open House - Open House Sign-up Sheets, Flyers, Current CMA, 8-Pocket Stand with Flyers about my other listings (sometimes I use it, not always), business cards, promotional items.
Meanwhile somebody called me requesting information about one of my rentals. Since I live nearby, I decided to show it at 11 am. (Switched from planned to reactive mode).
11:00 am Show rental home to a potential non-represented tenant. Give Tenant Advisory, application forms and processing guidelines.
11:45 am Load the open house signs in my car, and head to my listing.
12:15 pm Install signs on seven locations. Busy thoroughfare streets are great for visibility, not my favorite for installing signs. Sometimes I hire an open-house sign-installer; today, it's me.
12:40pm Take a stroll in the small subdivision, greet and invite a few neighbors that I see, offer them something of value - informational brochure about the neighborhood, wall calendar, flyer.
1:00 pm Home opens, lights are turned on, guests are welcomed.
3:00 pm Close the open house. Walk the neighborhood once again, talk with a few other neighbors, pass some more flyers, and collect the signs.
3:45 pm On my way back, stop to preview an infill new subdivision development. Take photos of the model home, check the remaining lots map and pick up floor plans.
5:30pm Arrive at my home office. Move the signs out of my car. Follow-up on a few questions from the day. No offer today, but one is coming. Put a few thoughts about the new cosntruction homes on my blog.
6:00 pm Read a few more ActiveRain articles. And call it a day.
I chose an Open House day for this competition, because it is one of the more typical days. Otherwise, every dayis so very different, and I am grateful for it.
Also, open houses are an activity which new licensees can start doing right away after they have signed with a brokerage.
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