Bandwidth Limitations

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747


It's corporate-speak for how much workload a particular person or department can take on.

"We don't have the bandwidth to support that project".

It's the polite way of saying "your project doesn't fit into our available time and we're NOT staying until 7 p.m. and working weekends to make it happen for you".

The reality is we all work with the same 24 hours a day and the same 7 days a week, so it's a daily decision as to how we spend those hours.

How much time for sleep?

How much time for supporting our clients?

How much family time?

How much time for our Faith?

And the segmenting goes on and on.

I'm usually pretty adept and juggling those priorities.  I have to be.  You can't run a dual career lifestyle and be poor at time management.

I have a few hard boundaries, but can flex outside of those requirements.

USUALLY the way things work is I don't tend to get hit with a tsunami of work simultaneously from both careers.  Just like the seesaw back on the playground, life tends to tilt a little more one way than the other. 

But there ARE times where the best laid plans of mice, men and engineers go awry.

This week was one of those weeks.  I had time reserved for an out of town buyer, but when her schedule shifted a bit...not much, but JUST enough...I just didn't have the bandwidth to give her the service I require of myself.  I'd already booked other client obligations, so I did the prudent thing.  I referred that buyer to another agent in my office.  Adjustments quickly made and the buyer is taken care of without damage to our reputation or our company's brand.

If we're fortunate, the agent and the buyer write a contract before the end of the weekend.  That's a win-win-win for all of us.

Bandwidth limitations.  It happens.

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Well put! There are times when 10 pounds does not fit in the 5 pound bag! Enjoy your day!

Jan 26, 2020 05:10 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - sometimes it only takes a minor shift for things to go a bit awry.  A good example.  Expect the Unexpected.  Then it seems, all kinds of things happen.  Or just one.  The "big" one.  

Jan 26, 2020 06:40 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It's very wise to know our limitations and make adjustments accordingly. Wishing all a great outcome. 

Jan 26, 2020 07:25 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

Hi Bill,

I love the analogy! We all have bandwidth limitations. Recognizing it is one thing, honoring it is another.  It's not easy in the real estate business or any business for that matter. But... we must!

Jan 26, 2020 08:29 AM #4
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

ANY DECENT hairdresser or nail tech I've ever had was so busy you HAD to make an advance appointment and KEEP IT lest your slot be lost.

The public should be clear on that . . . and we know they don't see past their own needs. Still.

An agent who has limitations is far better off referring than overbooking time and no one is served properly. 

Busy is good. Good is busy.

Jan 26, 2020 10:04 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have always said to our clients that real estate should not be at 24/7 business.  There are no life threatening issues involved, it should not be run like an emergency room.  A

Jan 26, 2020 11:03 AM #6
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Time is one thing we can't get back.  Glad you figured out a way to take care of that buyer.

Jan 26, 2020 08:36 PM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bill - nice summation of bandwidth limitations!!! No sense getting into a frenzy, making excuses - as always, you handled this one as a pro!!!

Jan 27, 2020 09:04 AM #8
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

BLiz - Bandwidth is used a lot in the technology industry. I guess it's a much nicer way to say I don't have time for this, or I am already overworked.

Jan 30, 2020 09:18 PM #9
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