I've been a geek too long - tomorrow's another day

Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

Dear Diary,

Don't you hate it when you can't get it all done?  Yesterday was a long day of responding to calls and emails, showing properties and writing an offer on a Kihei REO.  Sometimes there's just not enough time to get it all done before midnight.  I could sure use a clone, or maybe an assistant, at times.  Plenty of buyers have been calling lately and it feels like the real estate tide might be turning.

It seems I spend all my waking hours tethered to the computer, like it's some kind of appendage.  What did we ever do BC (before computers)?  How do people spend day after day, year after year sitting at a desk and staring at the screen?  I can't do it.  I need to get up and get moving before my eyes go square and my ass turns to wood.

Yesterday it took over 2 hours to see 2 Haiku listings, and they were very close to each other.  At the second one, we had to hike up a rough road to the top of the 4 acre new listing, and the ocean views were fantastic.  It was good exercise, just what I needed.  I can see that a lot of agents won't bother getting out of the car for this sale.  Nice property, nice price - I would buy it if I didn't already have one...haha.  The buyers liked it and I have emailed them some sold comps... waiting for a response.

Of course the cell phone was patchy up there, and I had a few messages from neighbor Barb saying she wasn't connecting with the WWOOFer and might have to leave her stranded in Paia!  I might have to drive in and find her!  I couldn't even call back to see what was up.  But by the time we got back to the parking lot at Twin Falls I got through... all is well, they connected and they're on their way home.  There was a fatal car accident by Ho'okipa Beach - the traffic was awful and Barb had to reroute through Baldwin Ave. and upcountry.  I hope it wasn't anyone we know.  They aren't releasing any names yet.

I think I'm caught up now, at least down to the bottom layer... still website updates, and a Pukalani newsletter to do, so just a short break before back at it.  Good thing it's a long weekend!  Might even get some blogging done.

The Maui Hunter will help you buy and sell Maui properties


Comments (12)

Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold…..

Time to expand.  Ran into the same problem 4 years ago....and I am up to 19 on the team.  I no longer work with buyers.  Make that first jump and don't look back.  Hire the first to take over that what you do not like to do.  Never do $15/hour work.  The only way to make money in this business is to have a fairly large backing as you will otherwise be limited due to time.

Aug 30, 2008 11:26 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I love buyers .... in this market I make like a chameleon....switching from seller to buyer. You went hiking huh? I need to do some of this....if not for the sake of getting up and getting a good sweat going :)


Aug 30, 2008 12:24 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Tim - I should hire someone to do my newsletters for me.

Sally - yes, a nice country hike across a stream and along the irrigation ditch, I wanted to jump in!  Buyers are coming out all of a sudden.... they are seeing all these great deals.

Aug 30, 2008 01:08 PM
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Georgina, I remember when I was there how the road closes down when there is a fatal accident and it takes hours before opening. It is so tragic. Glad you made it back safely.

I know how you feel. I have been working non-stop and find it hard to find time to blog with all these bank owned properties taking so much time, energy and effort...sometimes it is a lost cause but yet the work and time were still put in.

Keep the faith and just look at that beautiful ocean whenever it seems difficult...that will bring a smile back on your face.

Aug 30, 2008 02:32 PM
Deborah Burroughs
San Diego, CA

Hi Georgina,

Sounds like you're doing great, but maybe you need a little break. Pamper yourself this weekend!! You deserve it! :)

Aug 30, 2008 02:40 PM
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Georgina, this one sentence...I need to get up and get moving before my eyes go square and my ass turns to wood... just made laugh so hard I had to run to the bathroom! RTBLMAO (RUNNING TO BATHROOM LAUGHING MY ASS OFF)

You can be so right on and refreshing! Ditto.

Later in the rain~Deb

Aug 30, 2008 02:59 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Gena - it's good to be busy!  As for the accident, it turns out a woman from CA riding a Harley was killed, crossed the line and hit a truck.... no helmet.

Deborah - OK!

Deb - I'm glad you can laugh in your situation!

Aug 30, 2008 08:56 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Hiking on the property - sounds like a great way to spend the afternoon ESPECIALLY if you get a contract!

Oct 02, 2008 05:51 PM
Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

Your blog shows how the power of tech. has changed real estate.

As professionals we have so many ways to reach buyers and sellers.

Although it may seem we are glued to the computer, that very same instrument is what

gets us on the road and out of our offices.

Oct 05, 2008 11:26 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

BJ - no deal - they are waiting

Sabrina - boy you got that right... it's a real balancing act isn't it... the more time you invest online, the busier you get, and have less time to be online.

Oct 05, 2008 01:24 PM
Dave Roberts
Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty - Healdsburg, CA

I agree that the ass turning to wood line was great. We can't always turn the right phrase, but it's fun when it hits. I think hiking around new land listings is just about the best our business has to offer, particularly if a spectacular ocean view is part of it...

Jan 22, 2010 05:44 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Working on remote recreational properties gets me out of the office. I can't delegate the "on the ground" work as I can't find anyone else who will do that. 

Mar 07, 2013 01:12 AM