A day in the life of a broker- in the busy times

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

In 2008 there was a LOT of inventory on the market.  I went and looked back at an old market report and there was 24 months of inventory in July of 2008.  Buyers had all kinds of choices, prices were dropping, rates were dropping and sellers were short selling left and right. Me?  I was learning about building my own website and started to blog here on ActiveRain.  Something I'd not done before 2008. 

Lake Sinclair copyright Lane RealtyReal estate was pretty slow, so there was lots of time spent at my computer weekly.  And through blogging here on ActiveRain I learned to much... about SEO, shortsales, evergreen posts and even found friends who helped me on various issues eventually having a word press blog and I made lots of new friends that I truly treasure.

Fast forward to this week where I get to work early and I get home at dark thirty and it's been that way for a while.  I showed a home this week 2 hours after it hit the MLS and my buyers made an offer only to be beat out by another offer, and their offer was a VERY strong offer accompanied by a pre-approval letter. Back to waiting for more new listings because we apparently have 2 hours of inventory right now.

Today was an exceptionally difficult day both personally and professionally.  First my father in law is in the hospital after emergency surgery last week and the diagnosis isn't good at all.  So after taking an organ out and part of his intestines he's now waiting to find out when Chemo will start and my sweet mother in law that had by pass surgery early last year can't even go to the hospital to see him. That's heart breaking.  Also today one of my uncles had an adverse reaction to his blood pressure medicine that landed him in the hospital and ultimately being transferred to a larger hospital that the small one in his town to Augusta and while I think he will be fine, it's also upsetting that family isn't with him as well.

On the professional end there was a closing today that was the closing of the last listing that my agent Nancy had. Nancy passed away last October and today her "business" ended at Lane Realty after her 17 year tenure with us.  While I was in a back part of the office helping Jennie with a HUD offer on a foreclosure the doorbell sounded and I went up front because I was expecting the seller from Nancy's listing.  Well much to my surprise it was Nancy's daughter (Tammy), her grand daughter Mollie and her great grand daughter Lana. They had NO IDEA Nancy's last listing was closing today.   And while it won't be tax deductible for me because it's a gift with my personal money after the commission check I had planned to give it to her 5 grand children and 1 great grand child. (the share of the commission Nancy would have earned minus the taxes I will pay on it)  I had visited with them about half an hour when the seller did get to arrive and speak so fondly of Nancy to them.  It was a "give you chills" kind of moment that they happened to come by at the time they did.  You couldn't possibly convince me that Nancy didn't have a hand in them stopping by when they did.  And they don't live locally, it's not like they pop by all the time.

The closing went great and the seller commented that she is happy a young family will be building something on the lot where her parent's lake cabin once stood.

Then more of the complicated kind of real estate.  I have a listings of a manufactured home and when my seller purchased it the titles were not conveyed.  I found the former owners, a divorced couple. I located them back when "covid" was just getting started, but then we had a shutdown and I didn't go and get signatures during the shutdown.  Now I have a contract in hand and it was time to get things moving for my seller so I went to visit one of them this evening.  I did get the signatures that I needed, but not without a LOT of the new spouse being VERY verbally unhappy about it.  I phoned the closing attorney to discuss it with them who assured them there is NO risk to them signing the documents they were signing.  Hopefully the other half of that former owner pair will also sign, but I'm not terribly sure about it.

the famThen it was back to my office until dark thirty and now I'm home and my Donald is already asleep.  Tomorrow is a full day at the office and then will be keeping Cooper after work  until dark thirty when my daughter gets home. And at some point soon I have to get back out to my garden to pick cucumbers again.  We've had a great mix of rain and sunshine so I'm sure there are more that need picking.  Hopefully there will be some squash as well, I'm So ready for a mess of fresh squash.

Well since in 11 minutes it will be tomorrow I'm going to wrap this up. I've included a recent photo of my daughter and her little family just since it's been a while since I posted one and I know EVERYONE  wants to see my cute grandson. 

Hope you all have an amazing Friday and perhaps even a little time off this weekend.




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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Aw wonderful way to honor Nancy , her 17 years and her legacy.

Jul 09, 2020 09:20 PM #1
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Tammy Lankford, thank you for sharing what has been going on in your life. The pandemic has been a challenge. Work is more complicated. We are not able to see loved ones. Thank you for powering through and honoring Nancy in the way that you did.

Jul 10, 2020 02:55 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tammy. Yep, no reality in working 9 to 5 that is how you make a living! Enjoy your day!

Jul 10, 2020 05:02 AM #3
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Tammyz-What a great story and a wonderful way to honor Nancy. Cooper is getting so big. Also he is cute as a button. 

Jul 10, 2020 06:12 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Tammy Lankford, I love the picture of your daughter and her family.  We now have a new grandson and we are over the moon.

Jul 10, 2020 06:35 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Tammy - thanks for sharing your day as well as memories that seem quite distant yet are amazingly fresh-in-mind at the same time.  Your post is a like a time capsule being opened.  

I love the face your grandson is making.  

Jul 10, 2020 07:00 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Tammy, You just never know what will happen in September or next year in our business.


Jul 10, 2020 08:01 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed reading your memories.  And I also loved seeing your family picture update.  Your grandson is adorable. A

Jul 10, 2020 09:43 AM #8
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tammy, you do have some turmoil in your life right now, and hope all goes well for everyone.  Your family is adorable.

Jul 10, 2020 10:25 AM #9
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

My thoughts are with you and your family. Your plate is very full now. I hope the cucumbers keep coming in

Jul 11, 2020 04:18 AM #10
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Tammy Lankford, Reading about one day in your busy life is exhausting. You pack more into 24 hours than many others do in a month or two. No question Nancy was present today. So proud of how you are able to handle everything and continue to give so much to so many. All the best for a speedy recovery for your family. Continue to enjoy that adorable Cooper!

Jul 11, 2020 02:58 PM #11
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I'm sure Nancy did have a hand in the drop-by visit on her last closing day. I hope you were able to pack some you-time in this weekend!

Jul 12, 2020 08:46 AM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Tammy Lankford, 

You are a wonderul soul to honor Nancy the way you did! Not everyone would do that but it was a gracious, generous way to end her last closing. God bless you!!

Jul 12, 2020 10:59 AM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Tammy,  Thanks for giving us this glimpse into your busy day.  What a great friend you have been to Nancy and her family.  Wishing you continued success and a great week.

Jul 12, 2020 05:02 PM #14
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Kat Palmiotti perhaps I will have some "me time" next winter.  This weekend was 2 full days of showing and two offers.  And other agents in my office had buyers make offers too.  Today I left work at 4:30, got documents signed by a seller, went to babysit until 9, then drove out to take a photo of a street sign before it was too dark to see it and then home to do more real estate.  Now I'm sitting waiting on more documents to be signed so I can send them where they go.  Already have an appointment for next saturday also.  

Jul 13, 2020 06:48 PM #15
Gwen Fowler-864-916-2019 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Your days sound much like mine.  We are back to doing real- real estate- a listing, a pending, and a closing each week.  You have a handsome grandson, I love kids at this age.  Make time for him, you will miss him when he is a teenager and his schedule is more packed than yours.

Jul 14, 2020 05:02 AM #16
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Tammy... loved the photo of your daugher and her family. Sorry to hear about your father-in-law... will keep him and your uncle in my prayers. 

Jul 14, 2020 05:41 AM #17
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a full day in business!  So many happenings.  I can't even imagine losing an agent and still having to finalize business.  What a gift and "coincidence" for the family.  Love seeing your daughter and family.  What a cute grandson!

Jul 14, 2020 08:10 AM #18
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Had to laugh at the "two hours of inventory" line--that is SO true!  Having little toddlers around at t his time--what a welcome diversion.  

Jul 14, 2020 09:52 AM #19
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