Realtor Habits: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Real Estate Agent with Carolina One Real Estate

For September’s Active Rain challenge, we’ve been asked to write about the habits that we’ve made part of our careers and lives as Realtors. I’ve chosen to do a mix of personal and business practices, which will be better explained below:

The Good: Taking More Time Off to be with Family

I’ll admit this is a newer habit that I started only a few months ago. After having a few record years for sales that required long hours in the office and the car (showing homes and driving to appointments), I decided I needed to work less. Keep in mind that this decision was about 13 years into a career that can be very demanding (which I don’t have to explain to Active Rainers). Most clients want to meet in the evenings or on weekends because it’s easier for their schedules, and that’s totally understandable. However, after meeting some business sales milestones, I decided it was time to work regular, 40 hour weeks so that I could spend more time with my wife (shown in the picture) and two daughters.

In the past few months, I’ve taken two family vacations, spent the occasional afternoon on my boat, visited extended family, and my business hasn’t been affected negatively as a result. In fact, I feel more focused and refreshed as I work with clients, and I’ve learned that it’s good for business to take time away from business to be with family.

The Bad: Out to Eat (Frequently)

I should preface this habit by explaining that I don’t drink soft drinks or eat many sweets or bad foods. My family is notorious for healthy eating and exercise, in fact. However, there is a certain chicken fast food restaurant that is my downfall. This upscale, large scale chain restaurant will remain unnamed, but it has good fried chicken sandwiches, French fries, fried chicken nuggets, chicken salad sandwiches, and sweet tea. I eat there several times a week because I almost never bring my own lunch to the office. Especially on the days that I don’t get a chance to eat lunch til 3 PM due to appointments, it’s so convenient to go through the drive through and eat it in front of my computer while I’m answering emails.

This indulgence isn’t such a bad habit considering everything else I eat is healthy, but it’s embarrassing how well the restaurant employees recognize me!

The Ugly: Being Less Frequent with Social Media

The best way to kick this ugly habit might be to make a rule so that I don’t eat at the above mentioned chicken sandwich restaurant without posting to my social media accounts. (I only just came up with this rule while writing this blog, and the more I think about it, the better the rule sounds. It would result in several social media posts per week!)

It can be hard to balance showings, inspections, walk throughs, closings, emails, and phone calls (which are all direct contact with clients) with social media (which seems like such an indirect way of getting business). My priority has always been my clients, and I fit in social media when I have the time. This ugly habit might seem inconsequential, but staying active on websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, and of course Active Rain is crucial for Realtors. This isn’t the place to talk about the importance of using social media in real estate because there are numerous articles and references geared towards this specific subject.

I’ve been working on this ugly habit by putting reminders into my calendar – scheduling social media time the same way I would for a showing appointment. I’ve even color coded these tasks so that I can see how everything fits in when I glance at my month as a whole. For anyone out there trying to spend more time on social media or blogging, this is a fantastic way to get organized!

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about my habits – the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Lee Keadle is a Realtor working in the Charleston SC real estate market. He specializes in the Mt Pleasant real estate and James Island SC real estate markets.

Comments (13)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

What a nice post for the September Challenge.  I agree with you that family time is very important.  A

Sep 05, 2017 08:52 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Lee Keadle Very nice post and not so ugly

Sep 05, 2017 10:48 AM
Lee Keadle
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Keadle Real Estate Group

Thanks for stopping by Hannah Williams and Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Sep 05, 2017 11:30 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Great post thank you for sharing and congrats on the contest item. Always fun to take part in the contests. 

Sep 05, 2017 07:10 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Thanks for your entry. So glad you shared with us, Lee. Spending time with family is a priority and kudos to you for making it top of your list.

Sep 05, 2017 07:48 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thanks for sharing. It's great that you are taking more time to spend with family; being able to balance our personal and business lives is key to staying healthy and happy.

By the way, your ugly isn't ugly at all!


Sep 07, 2017 04:50 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Lee, you've done well to achieve BALANCE which is SO important to Realtors and very hard to do. I think most of us have that guilty pleasure where our favorite fast food restaurant can be our downfall.

The trick with social media is to remember to keep it balanced, too. Not so much braggy, look-at-me, but a gentle reminder that, hey! I sell real estate and have fun doing it.

Good luck!

Sep 10, 2017 08:58 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

What a great Blog Lee Keadle!  It does seem that you have achieved 'balance' which is huge with family and work.  I realized it took time to get there (as in years), and what a goal to realize.  Your fast-food habit is not unusual for those that eat lunch, no matter what time!  And finally your Social Media - boy! I could learn a lesson there.  It's tough being 'private' when others expect you to be 'social'.  I have a hard time there, too, and do not think of that as ugly.  You sound like such an awesome person!! 

Sep 10, 2017 08:54 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Lee Keadle 

If I didn't have a wife that loves to cook I'd eat out at every meal. I liked your post. I wish I had learned balance in my corporate life. Good for you for addressing family time.

Sep 21, 2017 05:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lee

I applaud you for trying to focus more on time off, something that I struggle with as well. I think we tend to believe business will suffer and the reality is that is not the case at all.


Sep 22, 2017 03:28 PM
Lee Keadle
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Keadle Real Estate Group

I 100% agree with you Jeff Dowler.  My business has not taken any negative impact.  In fact, I've found that it's actually good for business to be able to take a weekend off.

Sep 25, 2017 05:45 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm ok with being less frequent with social media, since even 1/week it is still ok. Being consistent is more important than frequent:) 

Oct 19, 2017 11:26 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is very important to make a time for yourself daily. No technologies. A small walk or run are the best choice. 

Oct 19, 2017 11:27 PM