Why I haven't written a blog lately: short daylight hours.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Writing blogs on Activerain has always been a pleasure for me and usually I don't have a problem finding a topic. But at this point in time, where my buyers and sellers are all anxious to get their transaction done before the end of the year, the days are just not long enough.

My inner clock is confused.

My usual day at this time of the year is that  I get up at 6 AM, make my tea, and take my dogs out for a walk. All in the dark. In another hour, it finally starts to get light and I get to my emails. And usually, that starts my day on my computer, the phone and texts and I don't stop until often mid-day. Time just slips through my fingers, literally.

There have been so many showings and inspections lately, and I try to set them up around Noon or in the early afternoons because by 3:30 pm it starts to get dark again. And I hate to be out there after dark lurking around mine or other people's listings with a flashlight. Maybe it helps that I now drive a Lexus, a clear mark that I'm a real estate broker for any roving neighborhood watch people. At least so far, no one has asked for my identification.

Speaking of my Lexus, I usually do a lot more driving between my "south" office in Carmel-by-the-Sea and my "north" one in Crescent City, both in California. But the drive takes between 8 and 9 hours, and one end or the other needs to be in the dark and in their rush hour traffic, and I hate to drive (a) in rush hours and (b) in the dark.

"Why don't you write your blog after it gets dark, in your cozy home(s)"?

That's a good question, but this is what's been happening:

When I'm in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I've been "lured" by my friends to go out on the town for an early dinner - "early" meaning it's already dark and it doesn't seem all that early.

When I'm in Crescent City, in northern California, because we make these great home made meals, and dinner time tends to be really early as well, then we sit around the warm wood burning stove, surrounded by loved ones that include 3 dogs and, except for emergencies, I just don't want to look at my computer again unless there's an emergency.

So what's the answer:

I will just not feel guilty about it, enjoy these short winter days, and wait until I get to Hawaii next month where I get more sunshine - that I obviously need - to get geared up again.

And, no, it's not a vacation exactly, although I will be spending a lot of time with my daughter and grandsons there. I have a broker's license in Hawaii and always work with clients around the Holidays who are looking for investment property on one or another of the islands.

Plus I plan to meet up with Elizabeth Weintraub (an Activerainer) somewhere, possibly on the Big Island, where I helped her purchase her vacation home a couple of years ago.







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

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

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

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

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® all any of us can do is as much as is reasonable.... your business comes first...everything else will fall into place when you get to it...we'll still be here missing you and your posts....

Nov 11, 2017 07:42 AM #1
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hella, You are always on the go but that is you.  Lots of driving, I did not know about the other office and the long drive.  Make it a great day!

Nov 11, 2017 07:52 AM #2
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® 

Thank you for sharing your information with us.

Have a great day 11/11/2017.

Nov 11, 2017 08:11 AM #3
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hawaii sounds wonderful right now, Hella.  I am not enjoying these cold, short of light, days.  

Nov 11, 2017 11:09 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good for you.  On Thursday, we were in Carmel for a very brief visit (lunch).  We were coming in from Napa to Spanish Bay Inn at Pebble Beach for a dinner event on the opening the 27th Legends Invitational Golf Event which benefits Navy Seals.  After that we drove home to Santa Barbara...maybe next time we can meet you.  I had thought of calling you!  A

Nov 11, 2017 01:01 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hella- it usually takes me two weeks for my body clock to get in sync. The most important thing is that you're taking the time to do what you enjoy doing, and I'd say that being with friends as well as taking care of your business are pretty important. When it turns dark, my body clock tries to tell me that it's time to wind down. 

Nov 11, 2017 05:39 PM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

This time change makes everything cattywhompus, is that a word?  Lately, I've been writing my blog around 5 PM at night and setting it to publish at 5 AM because I'm just not up early enough anymore. And you're right, I barely can find time to post on Active Rain in the morning because everybody is emailing, texting, calling . . . and it will get WORSE in Hawaii next month, not better, because I will still be 2 hours behind Sacramento on time, LOL. Hope to see ya!

Nov 11, 2017 06:28 PM #7
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