Devere Wilkey, Currently a Real Estate Student (Student)

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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we work Sundays.... we do open house events and have appointments scheduled.... 

as far as my being religious....when I'm on a plane, I have a St. Christopher Medal; a Star of David; a Buddha statue and any other religious figure I can find.... so you tell me if I'm religious.... I have all my bases covered!!!

Feb 12, 2019 07:57 AM
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Bob Crane
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  • People will treat you the way you allow them to, stop answering the phone on Sundays.
  • Yes, I am religous and I find it offensive when someone calls me on Sunday, especially in the morning.
  • Stand firm, the good clients will respect you for it and wait until Monday.
Feb 12, 2019 08:05 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I believe we all need to do what we need to do for our self and for our business. If you believe in honoring the Sabbath then do it. Good heavens. How strong is your belief?  Why does what I believe matter to what you believe? 

Feb 12, 2019 08:11 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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I don't consider myself to be religious. I try to live a life following the teachings of the Bible. I don't do anything on Sundays until after church services.

Feb 12, 2019 08:51 AM
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Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Expert
Gulf Place @ 30A - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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I am religious, I attend regular service on Sunday but I work every sunday getting ready for the week ahead, etc, etc.  

Feb 12, 2019 08:15 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

You have the right to run your real estate practice as you choose.  This will alienate some and possibly endear you to others. Religion, politics, gender - the reasons to offend or attract are abundant. Find those connections. 

Feb 12, 2019 08:42 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I work on Sundays. 

Feb 12, 2019 08:25 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I guess that depends on how you define religious. I have my faith, but it doesn't mean I don't work on a Sunday. I used to work on Sundays when I was in the corporate world, as well. It's not just a real estate thing.

At the end of the day it's about setting expectations. If you don't work on Sundays make sure your clients know about it upfront. You might consider having a back-up agent for you for Sundays when needed and provide the same to that agent when they need back up on another day.

Feb 12, 2019 08:36 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Although I have great faith in God Devere Wilkey I hope I'm never "religious"! I know people who are religious about their coffee at Starbucks, going to the gym any chance they get, their sports team, etc, etc. I hope I'm known for my love of God and how well I treat my fellow man BUT not for being religious.

As a Realtor it's hard to avoid working on Sundays. Here in ND Sunday is typically open house day. The key here is if you enjoy your work it's not work! I enjoy helping people and if it leads to a sale or not it was always enjoyable to help people.

Feb 12, 2019 08:33 AM
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

The real estate industry, as many other industries, is demanding.  Religious or not you MUST find time for balance between work and personal life. 

Feb 12, 2019 08:31 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Devere,

We practice unconditional love religiously, and believe me it takes practice.  We work to meet our clients' needs.   We respect each and every religion, and we are aware of religious practices as it may affect our clients.  Some religions have Saturday as their holy day, and others Sunday, and others are called to prayer several times a day...

We take off and have time to ourselves any day of the week, it really does not  matter to us.  A

Feb 12, 2019 08:18 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Religion is so personal. Am I religious? Probably more than most people you'll meet, though someone usually has to get married or die for me to enter a church.

Is Sunday off limits? Not necessarily, but not for religious reasons. If I have to work Sunday I will, but that doesn't usually extend to an availability in person.

In my life and in my business, Spirit calls the shots! 😇

PS. Inquiries on listings will be responded to via text message or email, full follow up Monday morning. Agents needing assistance w access will get as immediate response as I am able to provide. Clients are warned that not everybody works Sunday.

Feb 12, 2019 09:18 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Sunday is a day when buyers and sellers are not distracted by their own need to work. Ergo, it is a work day for me.

I don't discuss politics or religion on public forums.

Feb 12, 2019 08:42 AM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I think as realtors, working on Sundays is unavoidable.

Feb 12, 2019 10:59 AM
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Devere, I pastored for 20 years and I do sell on Sundays. Jesus has become our sabbath day rest (Heb 3-4). It is wise for our physical health to take a day of rest from our labors, but biblically, it is not a command with the advent and acsention of Christ. Much like a farmer who has to tend his flock seven days a week, somethings call us into the field to work, but our spirtual rest comes from knowing God because we no longer work for our salvation, but rather, we work out our salvation. 

Feb 12, 2019 09:42 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Doesn't matter if I'm religious or not, I think that Sunday should some how be returned to a more relaxing day. With that said I try to only work part of it, namely 9 to 2 & that's it.

Really don't do OH's so there is no problem there. I haven't ever had any pushback on my hours. 

Feb 12, 2019 09:14 AM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
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I don’t like to work Sundays. But then again I don’t like to work any other day either. I work when I am needed. I showed homes the last two Sundays

Feb 12, 2019 12:36 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I work until I cannot and it is a smarter not harder approach that makes it work! As to religion, its purpose is to lead you to GOD and HE takes it from there. Is it doing that? 

Feb 12, 2019 10:29 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Same as I feel any other day.

In regards to your second question, I do not discuss politics or religion on a public forum. 

Feb 12, 2019 10:19 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

It is an indiveidual decision.  Most people will respect your decision to work or not work on Sunday.  If they don't you probably don't want to work with them.

Feb 12, 2019 10:13 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Working on Sundays comes with the territory for most real estate agent. Handle the church services like appointments if they are important for you and your family.

Feb 12, 2019 09:48 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

After 40 years of Sunday Open Houses it never felt like sacrilege. The way I read the Bible it states "accept one another" and no message of sin.

Feb 12, 2019 09:22 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I have no issues with working on Sundays... unless the Cowboys are playing.  I grew up in real estate with it being a 7 day a week job, even back before cell phones, back before pagers, back when computers were new and fax machines didn't exist and forms were in tripplicate and getting checks with your offer was standard practice.

 

If I did have some form of "no work on the Sabbath or Shabbat" rule, then I'd have someone cover for me or I'd make sure my clients knew not to expect a call back after that time.

Feb 12, 2019 09:21 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I work when I need to and Sunday is another day. Also I have been in Israel on the Sabbath which starts on Friday so this is not universal.

Feb 12, 2019 08:25 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

I think each individual agent lives by their own philosophy and how their faith guides them, Devere. However you decide to operate, your clients will respect that.

Feb 12, 2019 12:26 PM
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Merv Edinger & Associates
Remax Nova - Halifax, NS

No I am not & I consider it just part of this line of work. Many other professionals also have to work on the weekends ( medical staff & professionals, pharmacysts, retail, wait staff, rec staff, police officers, fire fighters, etc... ). I do respect those who for religious reasons feel the need to follow the "day of rest". I do however respect Rememberance Day. 

Feb 12, 2019 09:34 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Most Open Houses are on Sundays. People go to church in morning, then go to their kids sports games, hiking, yard sales, open houses, grocery shopping, cemetery, watch football, etc, etc Sunday afternoons and evenings. Any agent can choose to not work on Sunday, or set their own hours like Sundays Noon-5 only., or whatever. Reliogion and politics are 2 topics I never discuss.

Feb 12, 2019 09:13 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

While active in real estate Sunday was just another day of the week.

Feb 12, 2019 01:57 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

We work on Sundays. Not everyone's religious holiday is on a Sunday...

Feb 12, 2019 11:01 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Religious yes but do work Sunday after church!

 

Feb 12, 2019 09:10 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I work on sundays

Feb 13, 2019 03:31 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I prefer not to work on Sunday but will when needed

Feb 12, 2019 08:43 PM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I think working on a Sunday stinks. I held my first open, in a few years, this past Sunday and I was busy for 3 of the 2 hours we planned to host the open. Got an offer from it, so I can't complain about working last Sunday.

Feb 12, 2019 08:02 PM
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Real estate is a business and everyone will treat it and run it the way they choose.  Choosing hours, days and availability is one of the luxuries we have as business owners.  

Clients do not run us unless we allow it.  I do work some Sunday's but most of my work is actually M-F and I have many appointment only listings that some would think that are shown on weekends only -  but I do control my business and it works out.  

I am respectful of all religions and expect the same in return.  

Feb 12, 2019 07:44 PM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

When Sunday is the only day clients will be in the area, I work, otherwise it is my only day off. It can make for a long week but accomplishes the goals!

Feb 12, 2019 06:54 PM
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Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans Jumbo/Conventional/FHA/VA

Sunday mornings are mine for church. I will and have worked Sunday afternoon.

Feb 12, 2019 03:51 PM
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John Meussner
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I don't work more than I have to on Sundays, but I'll take/return calls and am certainly there to help when clients or agents need me on the weekend.

Feb 12, 2019 03:14 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

No. Very, very, very few people of faith would identify themselves as religious.

Most perceive themselves liberated spirits that flow and walk in the light that they have. There is noting in any tradition of religion that is true, including Dec 25.

The question that needs to be asked is, "Do Americans believe deeply enough in ANYTHING for with they will give their life?" Those who say yes run the risk of being labeled RADICALIZED!  And as human nature dictates, we do everything to avoid shame.

Some would argue that working on the day set aside for bringing tithes into the temple is to bare the Mark of the Beast. Others may argue simply having a SS# is to bare the Mark of the Beast.  So goes the issue of the laws of religion.

For those who discipline their lives to remain under the umbrella of Grace, I have the greatest admiration and will adapt to whatever they reveal to be important in their life.

God does not smile or our sacrifice or Sunday Mornings or Wednesday nights. but what HE wants is obedience. And that is UN-AMERICAN.

"I'm so sorry God. I know you were waiting for me at the well, but I had to host an open house. You know God, cause I'm a really busy real estate agent."

And God cries.

And that very clearly describes the AMERICAN walk of faith. Americans find the organization of faith that enables us to live in whatever manner makes us happy and comfortable at the time. Don't be talking about obedience.  And those who do recognize and submit to a greater authority.....we call radicals. It is not a surprise so few understand faith, the seeking and struggle that results. the character building and hope that grows and the resultant courage. But we live as though in fear that obedience will cause ruin. So the real estate agent must be uncommitted should someone choose to jerk their chain.

 

 

Feb 12, 2019 09:53 AM
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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

Most times I can take Sundays off, but when it gets really busy in spring/early summer - I have to work.  This is the day I take for myself.

Feb 16, 2019 05:54 AM
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Detroit Cashforhomes
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Yes, we are religious, it totally depends upon client because they are our 1st priority. Learn more here about real estate cash buyers.

Feb 13, 2019 11:54 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
WestUSA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

All the days are the same. Sunday is no exception. And Sundays are typically big real estate days for me. I don't mix business and religion. But that's a personal question.

Feb 13, 2019 08:00 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

I work on Sunday, and it is also not my Sabbath.  There are many different religions out there.  

Feb 13, 2019 06:13 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

If you go back to the OT - 1. The Temple at Jerusalem was the only place of worship. 2. The Sabbath was A DAY OF REST ( for man & their animals ) 3. Read John 5:16 & 17

Feb 13, 2019 05:44 AM