Achieving balance between personal and business life.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Centre Realtors
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I am thankful for my job. One of the reasons I love being a real estate agent is because I can have a flexible schedule. However in order to be successful we have to work long hours and most of us work seven days a week. 

Most of the home buyers in my market area want to see homes on weekends. Many buyers like to see homes on holidays as they are not working that day.

When I first got my license I used to attend free seminars about real estate  by motivational speakers .

One of the speakers, (unfortunately I do not remember who )  said, when you are at end of your life you will not regret not going on a listing appointment but will regret if you missed an important family celebration." I was young and was not thinking of end of life but I realized that I may have many occasions when I will have to choose between  personal and business activity..

Here are some events :

I had buyers who looked at many homes. They finally narrowed it to two homes. The wife liked one house and the husband liked another. The wife said her mother would be visiting them for Mother's day and she would like to show her the two homes and get her opinion. When I called to set up appointments, one seller turned down the appointment as it was Mother's day and she was having family over. I showed one house and her mother liked it . It was the house the wife liked ayway so they bought that house. The other agent asked me " Are you working on Mother's day? 

I said I am not working all day. I can spare couple of hours before brunch  to show the house and celebrate with my family after the showing. The buyers were going to sign the contract the following day so I knew it would not take long.

We have a large circle of friends. There are invitations for most weekends.  We do not accept invitations to many events if they are during the day unless it is important. I used to find it difficult to say, ' No', but a friend told me , , 'if you invite people to lunch on a week day, they are not going to take the day off, to come. It is the same with your  real estate job. The weekend is your work day. You can take a day off if it is important but your friends will understand. 

I used to go to India every year to stay with my parents for a month. Myhusband and son came for two weeks but I stayed for two more weeks.It was in the winter when busines  is slow here. I know I lost some business during that time but I do not regret it at all. I wish my parents were stll alive. I miss them. I had an agent who covered for me so my clients did not suffer. I also had many prospective  sellers  who waited for me to come back to list their home. If I had a listing when I was away I gave my clients my parents phone number and said they could call me collect. They also had my cell phone number but sometimes it would be difficult to get signals.

The quote that inspires me is this quote by  First Lady Barbara Bush. 

Barbara Bush told the graduating class at Wellesley College in her commencement address :

"At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. 

You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com

 

She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email gita01@aol.com

If you would like a FREE MARKET EVALUATION OF YOUR HOME IN PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS or MONTGOMERY COUNTY call me at 2152758491

 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.

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Rainmaker
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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Thank you for the inspiration, Gita Bantwal. It is good to remember what is really important. I love my job. I take my work requirements seriously. Yet…family is first!

Dec 09, 2018 03:17 PM #55
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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My entire family was (is) in the business and almost completely achieved both business and personal aspects nearly simultaneously. That being said I have pushed my family life to the forefront and it's been so, so much more enjoyable that way.

Dec 09, 2018 03:27 PM #56
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Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Gita, finding that work/personal life balance can be tricky, but it's so important in so many ways. I find it easier and easier to say no as I get older. 

Dec 09, 2018 04:52 PM #57
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Tammy Lankford,
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Honestly I could care less if there is balance.  I'm a family first.  Business can wait.  I'm good with that.

Dec 09, 2018 08:43 PM #58
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Gita balance in life  is so important, however,  valuing family time  should take priority

Dec 09, 2018 09:55 PM #59
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

John, thank you for reading.

Dec 10, 2018 01:32 AM #60
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Kevin, I agree it is more enjoyable if we put family life to the forefront.

Dec 10, 2018 01:35 AM #61
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Mike, it gets easier as we get older.

Dec 10, 2018 01:35 AM #62
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Tammy, you will not regret that.

Dec 10, 2018 01:36 AM #63
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Jennifer,family has always been my priority and will always be.

Dec 10, 2018 01:37 AM #64
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Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida Real Estate
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I completely understand and wish that I could spend one more day with my parents who are both now deceased.  I always try to make time for the important things in life and family matters are priority.  

Dec 10, 2018 12:35 PM #65
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Joyce, I too wish I could spend one more day with my parents. 

Thank you for the comment

Dec 10, 2018 04:11 PM #66
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Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
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Your topic is SO important, Gita Bantwal. Thank you for sharing this reminder. Most people DO understand the need for personal/ family time because they need the same. If someone doesn't understand, they can look elsewhere.
Bruce

 

Dec 10, 2018 06:36 PM #67
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Bruce, thank you for reading.

Dec 11, 2018 03:37 AM #68
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Peter Mohylsky
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Great post and thanks for sharing this info.

Dec 11, 2018 04:21 AM #69
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Peter, thank you 

Dec 11, 2018 04:32 AM #70
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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A very important life lesson here, Gita! Family should always come first...sometimes that actually does mean being away from them because you are making the money to support them. Things like time spent with your parents when you had someone taking care of business back home is time well spent!

Dec 11, 2018 10:56 AM #71
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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It can be tough sometimes.  I think as we get older then it's easier to say no to potential clients.

Dec 11, 2018 11:52 PM #72
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Sharon, thank you for reading

Dec 12, 2018 02:48 AM #73
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Gita Bantwal
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Georgie, I agree

Dec 12, 2018 02:49 AM #74
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