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Sometimes the sun shines at night.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

A recent question asked how you spend your day, and my answer was that I make hay while the sun shines.  An old reference that means to take advantage of something while the conditions are good.  It isn't meant to say while the sun is actually shining.

In this business, as you know, you have to take advantage of business, when the business arises.  And the sometimes that "sun" is shining at the oddest hours.

We all know agents who work very traditional hours.  Sometimes it's because they insist on having a family life, sometimes it's for religious purposes, and others are just searching balance.

Me, I've always been a "make hay" kinda guy, 'cause you can never tell when/where the sun will shine next.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Ha Ha, I don't know what traditional hours are. I do know that I won't be busy until I schedule a trip or have guests in from out of town. Thesecret to sucess is have lots of friends and travel more ofte.

May 02, 2024 12:21 PM
Alan May

That "gone fishing" sign is very effective marketing, isn't it?

May 02, 2024 12:52 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

My schedule is rather fluid, with a few things being fixed (e.g. the thundering herd of furballs has to have dinner made every night), but it's not unusual for me to be doing engineering work or real estate work at 10 and 11 p.m. after Liz has called it a night.  I balance whatever work needs done and know that some things will just have to push into the next day (or the next).

May 02, 2024 01:53 PM
Alan May

ya needs to get the work done, when ya needs to get the work done.

May 02, 2024 03:58 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

A great reminder. And indeed I made a lot of hay during the pandemic years when rates were so low for sure and I "stored a lot of it in the barn" so I didn't worry about the 2022-23 rain storms. But, Make Hay While The Sun Shines 🌞 Doesn't Mean You Must Burn The Midnight Oil... in my world. 

May 02, 2024 02:11 PM
Alan May

When I was young and hungry, sometimes it did.  But you're right, it don't no mo'.  I may still be hungry, but I ain't that young, no mo'.

May 02, 2024 04:00 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Working 9 to 5 does sound ideal but our business is one that we need to make ourselves available for our clients and that is usually evenings and weekends. Regardless if the sun is shining or not.

May 02, 2024 03:06 PM
Alan May

Yeah... I love it when someone tells me to have a nice weekend.  Weekend?  I'm a Realtor.

May 02, 2024 04:00 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Alan,

It's very hard to work within the framework from 9am to 5 pm which is why I do enjoy real estate. My days vary and some nights I find it's important to be available to negotiate offers and work with clients. It doesn't mean its every night and often isn't. But to keep alive transactions we do what we have to do, not always at an ideal time for us.

May 02, 2024 04:55 PM
Alan May

Finding a work/life balance can be a real challenge for Realtors.

May 02, 2024 05:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Alan- Real estate is not a 9-5 career. Making hay while the sun shines might have been tailor-made for this industry.  You do what 'ya gotta do when ya' gotta do it. 

May 02, 2024 05:41 PM
Alan May

You know, Ann Landers used to say that people cannot walk all over you, unless you lie down.  We all know agents who manage to keep very traditional hours.  And if you want to keep 9-5 hours, it can be done.  It hasn't worked for me, but I'm sure it can for many. Me?  I guess I work best lying down.

May 02, 2024 05:46 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

As Kathy Streib said - this is not a 9 to 5 job!  

May 02, 2024 06:57 PM
Alan May

It can be, but it hasn't been for me.

May 03, 2024 04:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm an early bird and get my best work done in the morning.  I'm useless late at night!

May 03, 2024 04:54 AM
Alan May

I, too, am an early-birdie.

May 03, 2024 05:01 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan May. Like your post but the Chihuahua won't let me! It keeps kicking me off the site. Unusual as I have been able to like a few and been denied a few. That said "make hay when you can" and the sun will shine. Enjoy your day. 

May 04, 2024 05:12 AM
Alan May

I think you can "like" it now.  The chihuahua is on temporary hiatus.

May 04, 2024 09:54 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Alan May  : Very well said - we do not have bankers' hours - I work as hard as I can all year long - come pool time, I have summer hours. I do make exceptions. It is a sixty-day enjoyment for me, and I still work.  My dear friend Diane who recently passed away calls it listing poolside - I will work till midnight to get that signature 

Thank goodness that darn Chihuahua is gone - I am an Active Rainer again 

May 04, 2024 10:57 AM
Alan May

I don't know "pool-time", but am aware that I can take my laptop with my almost anywhere.

May 05, 2024 02:49 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

True words.  This is an industry where time matters and the time is often dictated by the customers. Real estate is not 9am to 5pm or 10am to 8pm. A very good post.

May 05, 2024 05:45 AM
Alan May

You gotta go where the sales are.

May 05, 2024 02:50 PM