A Day Off?

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty 8431215

When I cared for my Mom, I typically visited her daily at her home.  When I wasn't "dressed for success",   she (and others) asked, "Are you working today?"  I then would explain to her that I work most days, but have no appointments that day or perhaps a "later appointment".

This post is already off track.

My point is, there is a big difference between a no appointment day and a day off.

In my opinion, a day off means:

*Phone at home on desk

*Sitting on a beach or by my pool

* At a game or fun event

Otherwise, even on "days' off", I am plugged in, answering calls, checking emails and all over the MLS.  In other words, unless I am truly taking the day off, there is no day off!

When you own your own business, sometimes you just need to leave your phone on your desk.

Call me for great real estate service, I am most likely working!  (609) 864-8164



Posted by

Michael Elliott


Burlington, New Jersey Real Estate 

Broker / Salesperson

Fathom Realty

cell (609) 864-8164   office (888) 455-6040


Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy those special moments when you have them.

Have a great day.

Jun 25, 2024 07:00 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I would tell people that when the market is busy, this is a 30/8 job. 30 hours a day, 8 days a week.

Jun 25, 2024 07:43 AM
Michael Elliott

Hahahah I like it

Jun 25, 2024 08:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

My first broker told me I had to build in habits to take time off so that I didn't burn out. I listened to him. I built in habits to take time off without phone or clients. My clients know up-front that I don't pick up phones after 6:30pm or answer emails after that time unless we are negotiating on a property. That's my downtime each day after a 12 hour day. They also know that unless we are negotiating, I stop work on weekend days by 4pm.  I don't take off all that many full days, but I have a schedule that guarantees me downtime.

Jun 25, 2024 08:51 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Michael Elliott 

In days gone by ALL our phones were left on the desk. My definition of a day off is when I don;t have to deal with any human

Jun 25, 2024 08:52 AM
Michael Elliott

Yes, how soon we forget!

Jun 26, 2024 03:00 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael,  If i do not have client appointments I am in relaxing clothes and some may think it a day off but trust me I am working.


Jun 25, 2024 09:25 AM
Michael Elliott


Jun 25, 2024 10:06 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Michael Elliott I have worked harder on many of my "no appointment days" than on several days with appointments.  ☺️ 

Jun 25, 2024 04:45 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Michael,

To me there is a different from days off and I'm not afraid to take them especially if I'm traveling I have someone watch my business. It was a hard lesson to learn and when I finally realized the agent I chose to watch my business did an exemplary job and as much as I hate to admit it....I wasn't missed!

Jun 25, 2024 04:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- you have found what works for you and that's what every agent needs to do!!!

Jun 25, 2024 07:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael Elliott  under your definition I must have not worked for the past 20+ years:) I am always at home, answering emails, texts and responding to voicemails... As a vacant land specialist, I only go out to look at my potential listings.... now getting back to my point since Covid... I do not even go into the office four years... I attend meetings via Zoom from home:)Endre

Jun 25, 2024 10:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

p.s.: in case you are wondering I was just kidding about your post we are on the same page:))Endre

Jun 25, 2024 10:06 PM
Michael Elliott

Aren't we always??  :-)

Jun 26, 2024 03:02 AM
Brian England

If Endre Barath, Jr. isn't working, he is spamming people in the Rain Michael Elliott, haha.

Jun 26, 2024 04:55 AM
Michael Elliott

Hahhahahah  Brian England 

Jun 26, 2024 05:14 AM
Brian England

Endre Barath, Jr. knows I am just bantering with him Michael Elliott, we have met in person and gotten a good feel for each other!  He is such a good man!

Jun 26, 2024 05:22 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

In real estate, there really aren't any days off, we are always on call and usually get busiest when we go on vacation, haha.

Jun 26, 2024 04:55 AM
Jim Smith
The Property Management Company - Round Rock, TX

I am always amused when I see agents stating they are 24/7.  I have been an entrepreneur since 11 years old (that's for a different discussion).  Something I was mentored with very early on was, establish and maintain your priorities.  By the time I graduated from high school, I followed the following:  My God #1, My self #2, My family and dependents #3, and all else, including business, is #4 on.  As a Broker and business owner for 40 years, I have practiced, and always encouraged, my agents and staff to take a three-day weekend every month, and a full week off every quarter.  Race cars are the easy example: even the best have to make pit stops in order to finish. (and, for what it is worth, I decided in 1987 to rarely work  weekends doing my profession - this translates to maybe one Saturday a month, and only because of a specific reason or purpose).

Jun 26, 2024 05:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Funny reading your post today, as I FELT I had a day off.   Have only a 4:30 appt today, but have so many little tasks to complete, including processing a closed file.    

Jun 26, 2024 11:58 AM
Michael Elliott

That's all sweet!

Jun 26, 2024 02:04 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My wife and I are away from home on a Las Vegas getaway for a few days. 

I have be sending and responding to mail.

I have had a couple of business phone conversations.

That is my typical "day off".

Jun 26, 2024 04:30 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I rarely took a true day off, even when I was traveling. I always had someone back home covering for me, of course, but I always felt more relaxed if I kept up with what was going on, etc.

Jun 26, 2024 05:00 PM