It actually stands to reason that the daily life of a real estate agent is polar opposite of that of their clients. Or should be!
1. CALLING YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT:
Think about it, when do clients call us? Chances are not when they are working, they wait until they have free time, often at the end of the day or on their days off. And, of course, your real estate agent is available to take your calls during those times. Or they should be!
2. SHOWINGS ON WEEKENDS:
Unless a client takes some time off during the week, is self employed or otherwise makes time available during regular business hours, showings will happen on weekends. If your agent is AWOL on weekends, that's a bad sign.
3. SEARCHING ON THE INTERNET:
Now this is where it gets interesting. Many of my contacts via the Internet come after 9 PM. That means, the public has come home from work, has had dinner, and is now settling down for some serious searching on the Internet. EVEN DURING THE HOLIDAYS.
And then they send off a "Request more information" or "I am interested in xyz address". Do they expect an instant answer? Probably not, but still...
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A REAL ESTATE AGENT:
The mantra of the real estate agent should be: I am there for you when you need me.
But the request for more information at late hours is different:
Do you call them right then? After all, they are obviously sitting at their computer and I am getting your message - yes, I get my messages instantly, all the time. But I was taught not to call anyone after 8 PM.
So I send off a message, "Please call me at my direct cell line if you want to talk now, or we can wait until tomorrow. When would be a good time?"
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT?
Obviously, we need to be on the job when you are are not!
And I am! Call me about a property anywhere on the Monterey Peninsula, I'm on it, whether you want to buy or sell.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT REAL ESTATE IS MY LIFESTYLE.
Others might think of it as work, but real estate is my vocation and avocation.
So call away, ask questions, I can't wait to hear what you are looking for when it comes to real estate on the Monterey Peninsula in California.
Photos: You might be calling me while I'm sitting in Su Vecino Courtyard downstairs from my office or walking along Carmel Beach, but I'm there for you! That iPhone never leaves my side...