Wiley Close II, Real Estate Agent serving Portland Or. Metro Area (Respect Realty LLC)

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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I'm open 8am-6PM Mon-Fri Appt only Sat and closed Sundays.

SUNDAYS ARE FAMILY DAYS. NO PHONE, NO TECH.

Unless pre-booked to work past 6PM, my bride can count on me to be home for dinner by 6:30PM.

When my son had footbal games I was "already booked on a client appointment; I can offer these two alternative choices."

My clients know this when they hire me.

My boundaries are set day one and they hire me or they don't.

I honor my boundaries or my clients won't. Advice from a divorced & remarried man who had no boundaries early in his career.

Jun 08, 2018 10:25 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Return calls at designated time & make sure it's quiet. Nothing like having screaming toddlers in the background making it soooo professional.

Jun 08, 2018 11:50 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Block time on your calendar - it works wonders, Wiley! 

Jun 08, 2018 12:03 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

It's tough but we have to select our priority.  You can always set your work hours and let you clients know.

Jun 08, 2018 01:47 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I think as busy as I get I still have more flexibility than when I worked corporate. I commuted round-trip 3.5 hours a day to work in the city. Add in a minimum of a 45 hour work week & there was not much time left. I consider myself lucky to get to work from home. If my wife or kids need me they can come in my office & get me & I'll breakaway for awhile. 

Jun 08, 2018 12:50 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Set business hours!    Let your clients know this up front.  Put it on your website.

    On weekdays I can be reached by phone from 10AM Eastern time until 8PM.

   On Saturdays the phone goes off at 6PM

   Weekdays, the phone is off during lunch hour.

   Sundays we are closed.

   We observe 12 holidays during the year.

    There is life outside of real estate!

Jun 08, 2018 10:38 AM
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Jeff Perlis Prime Properties
Prime Properties - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Experience Your Own Transformation!

Everyone is struggling with work/family/pleasure balance...... 

Jun 08, 2018 01:15 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

it does get easier as they get older and more controllable!!!  eventually, when they heard the phone ring, they would tone it down...alot.... 

prior to that, I had to deal with it.... 

Jun 08, 2018 12:01 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Although we have been drowning in messages that today's society demands INSTANT GRATIFICATION, that does not mean one must sacrifice their family at the alter of commerce.

I have found that what folks really want is an understanding of what to expect.   That means when you are unable to answer the call, what EXACTLY can they expect to happen?  Assuage that concern and you will be able to balance family obligations, meet expectations of business, and feel good about the whole process.

Make the voice greeting, auto-responder and website align with your life obligations and don't drop the ball on delivering the expectation you established.

For example my phone message to a call received at 10 am contains, '..... and I will call you back at 11 am or 5pm, whichever occurs first...."

Jun 08, 2018 11:36 AM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

I have a set schedule but do find I work after hours and weekends often. It's hard.

Jun 08, 2018 11:23 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

No kids. Scheduling of activities is crucial but not always easy (nothing worthwhile is usually easy, right?). Good luck. 

Jun 08, 2018 10:49 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I no longer have kids at home, but that is irrelevant. You're asking about balancing work time with personal time. It's easy... at a certain point in time each day, I shut the phone and computer off... I make sure my clients understand what my work schedule is at the beginning of the relationship. So unless I'm in negotiations or have an appointment for a conversation outside of my work hours, they know I'm not calling back till the next day.

Jun 08, 2018 10:23 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It's not easy.

Jun 08, 2018 03:47 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Schedule your family time as you schedule other appointments. 

Jun 08, 2018 11:34 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Luckily my son was young before cell phones and email. Now, not so sure! 

Jun 08, 2018 10:41 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I know of some agents that have on their voice mail, they will return calls only between 11 and 12 and from 7 to 8 at night

 

Jun 12, 2018 09:15 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think that is why the average age of the REALTOR is older.    It is tough, and have had conversations with co-oping agents with screaming kids in the background.

Jun 12, 2018 06:14 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's not just kids, it's ife in general. Everyone has life they presumably want to balance against the business of real estate. Time blocking can work well, and of course setting expectations.

Jun 08, 2018 08:21 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Control the day or it will control you.  Establish boundaries and discuss expectations.  

Jun 08, 2018 05:50 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

My kids are grownups. Not sure how I would have handled this job when they were young.

I think women in  real estate with young kids have the toughest job imaginable. Up to make breakfast for the family; make school lunches for the kids; get them off to school; work the day in real estate; make dinner; do dishes; put kids to bed; and more. And repeat day after day. Whew!

Jun 08, 2018 05:36 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It is never how much tie but the quality of that time,

Jun 08, 2018 05:33 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My poodle is a child that is very needy. Seriously, not having children makes this so much easier. I respect those who can do both.

Jun 08, 2018 04:56 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Block time for different things.

Jun 08, 2018 03:32 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't have kids, so I tend to work as late as I want to.

Jun 08, 2018 02:45 PM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

If you can't be a time manager and multi tasker you're in the wrong business.

Jun 10, 2018 05:59 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I think Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D gave you an excellent answer.  A

Jun 09, 2018 04:13 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Monday - Friday 7am to 3pm - closed Weekends (except by prior appointment) and Holidays.

Jun 09, 2018 01:00 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Time management.  Allowing the dog to wag the tail and not let the tail wag the dog. 

Jun 09, 2018 08:27 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Kids, I don't have any.

Jun 09, 2018 05:41 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

My family knows the business and that i have to work often when others are not. I do shut my cell phone off on the aut feature for Iphone from 9pm to 7am. I do answer emails anytime i am awake

Jun 09, 2018 05:07 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It was extremely difficult for me since I did not have much help, but the good news, they are growing fast.... too fast. 

Jun 08, 2018 11:46 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Already been there, done that, Wiley Close II

Jun 08, 2018 09:56 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have always found plenty of jobs around the company to keep the kids involved, and some of them still work here.

Jun 08, 2018 08:59 PM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

You set boundaries for everything that you need done. It is your business and you can run it how you want. We are all human, and if some people can't accept that, then maybe you do not need to accept them.

Jun 08, 2018 08:53 PM