Keeping it (in a) Brief

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

Yesterday, while at a remote closing, I needed a Kleenex so I reached into my briefcase to find one. Lucky for me I had planned ahead (at some unknown time of the past) and put one of those little packets in my briefcase. As I replenished my supply today I was thinking about my "history" of owning briefcases.

I don't remember what I carried in my Real Estate briefcase but I'm sure I had the essentials such as listing and purchasing contract and a few good pens.

Today, as a Notary Public, remote closing agent, I use two briefcases. The hard shell case on the left is only used for closings outside of my office but I carry the soft sided briefcase every business day during working hours. 

So I'm just curious being I'm so "old school" and business methods have changed so much over the years: Do you carry a brief case?

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WARD COUNTY NOTARY SERVICES

ROBERT L. TIMM, OWNER

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 Minot North Dakota 58701

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Comments (14)

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

I didn't keep a briefcase in my car but I did keep a file folder with necessary contracts for appointments and Open Houses. That was in the old days when we actually wrote contracts on paper, not on the computer.

Dec 03, 2021 07:55 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is a very good point Carol Williams as I never did do a contract without a wet signature.

Dec 03, 2021 08:08 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bob,

Ron has a beautiful leaather briefcase that he kept file folders in, and I had had files in my car.  Now we have a case for his laptops and tablets.  A

Dec 03, 2021 08:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I do not carry a briefcase and haven't since the 1980's when I was in the corporate world. I have beautiful leather handbags which have room for file folders, my small pc, wallet, phone, tablet, etc. And I have them in numerous colors... cream, teal, violet, etc. They are a conversation piece.

Dec 03, 2021 08:34 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Ron and Alexandra Seigel the soft sided brief case I carry every day has my tablet in it with a few other things that come in handy.

Dec 03, 2021 08:38 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Nina Hollander, Broker I often refer to my brief case as my purse and I think that probably holds true for most men.

Dec 03, 2021 08:39 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have two brief cases that occupy a corner of my closet.  One (a Samsonite), has been with me for 40 years.

Dec 03, 2021 01:44 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 03, 2021 01:44 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I carry a ladies portfolio (like a briefcase but it opens at the top like a big purse. It is special to me because my son gifted it to me on Christmas. 

Dec 03, 2021 04:10 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That's cool Myrl Jeffcoat that you have treasured that brief case for 40 years and of course I appreciate the feature.

Dec 03, 2021 06:52 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

What a cool gift Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist . Your son must have put a lot of thought into it.

Dec 03, 2021 06:54 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never even had a briefcase, but shortly after college, I had a need for something similar and still use the bag that I bought long ago.

Dec 04, 2021 05:34 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Funny you should mention "bag" Brian England as I also had used one of those cloth shopping bags for over a year but I came to the realization it just was not real professional HOWEVER it sure worked well.

Dec 04, 2021 09:58 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

They say brevity is key.  but sometime is it it's more about being a person of integrity and knowing what you want so that you have to be brief because you have no time for nonsense, ya know ?

Dec 08, 2021 09:55 PM