A day in the life of a REALTOR®

Posted: February 24th, 2012 by Brad

February 23, 2012

Here’s how my Thursday was scheduled:

8:00 a.m. Seattle Staging Consultation

9:00 a.m.  Counter Offer Follow Up

9:30 a.m. Office News Release Dissemination

10:30 a.m. Post Office Drop

12:00 p.m. Federal Way Re-Inspection

2:00 p.m. Joint Base Lewis McChord Offer Writing

3:30-5:30 p.m. Admin Work & Follow Ups

6:00 p.m. Social Mixer

 

Here’s how my Thursday actually went:

8:00 a.m. Seattle Staging Consultation

9:00 a.m. A broker I’ve been waiting to hear back from on a prospective co-list in Cle Elum emails me back & I need to give timely response.

9:15 a.m. Follow up with my business partner about the staging consultation

9:20 a.m. Keller Williams colleague from a different office calls, engaging me in providing support and coaching with regard to her renegade builder client. This broker may have a buyer for my Richmond Highlands short sale.

10:05 a.m. Counter Offer Follow Up – Listing broker doesn’t answer, I leave a voicemail.

10:07 a.m. Follow up with Buyer about having left a message about our counter offer.

10:15 a.m. Office News Release Dissemination

11:15 a.m. On my way to Post Office Drop my car starts funky & gives me a transmission failure prevention warning. What does that even mean?! The car is still driveable with a noticeable reduction of drive power. I’m only a few blocks from my service center, so I press on. Come to find out, my car has some kind of a “limp home” mode.

Thinking quickly, I immediately call my tried and true home inspector Kristine Messick to see whether she’s left Seattle yet and if I can hitch a ride with her to Federal Way. Fortunately, she’s still in town. We make a plan to rendezvous at the service center.

11:25 a.m. Meet with my service advisor, hand over key & recheck the car. She tells me it’s going to be a few hours before they can even get it in for diagnostic. No problem, I’ve plenty to keep me busy in the meantime.

11:30 a.m. Text Joint Base Lewis McChord-based Seattle Buyer, requesting we meet in Federal Way if possible.

11:38 a.m. Text Federal Way Buyer to inform we’re running a bit late.

11:45 a.m. Kristine pulls up & we’re on the road to Federal Way.

12:15 p.m. Arrival in Federal Way only to find the home hasn’t been dewinterized as represented. So our efforts and time are completely moot. Ironically, this buyer is being forced to move out of a Fannie Mae-owned home he’s been renting for the past 10 years and is attempting to buy this Fannie Mae-owned home in Federal Way, the sale of which is being held up by Fannie Mae because of a plumbing issue they have been bureaucratically slow moving to resolve.

12:51 p.m. This water business gets me thinking about my Shoreline short sale. My Sellers there just notified me they’ve pretty much vacated & moved to Portland. So I hurriedly send them a notice about ensuring the source of heat is left on to at least 55 degrees as we’re still in winter and temperatures are forecast to dip below freezing. I want to ensure their pipes will be OK, even if I have to handle this myself.

12:55 p.m. I have Kristine drop me off at the Federal Way Starbucks on the North side of 320th (yes, there’s of course another one directly across the street on the South side).

1:05 p.m. I text my Joint Base Lewis McChord-based Seattle Buyer the exact address & inquire about his ETA. He wants to know if it would make more sense to scan/email the contract back and forth. My logic is, since I’ll now be bussing it back to Seattle, it would be much more efficient to submit his offer once I return to my office vs. awaiting him to return the contract to me long after my arrival back into town. No matter, I’ll use the time to work on other items and begin this blog post.

1:53 p.m. The service center calls to inform me the status of my car. I’m on another call, brokering a deal for another Seattle buyer, this one based in Seattle. Best possible scenario on the car. Apparently a plug at the transmission was not fully locked in place & everything is fine. The car has been detailed & is ready for pick up. In fact, the charge was going to be less than when I had a front indicator bulb replaced. That’s unusual.

2:04 p.m. My Joint Base Lewis McChord-based Seattle Buyer texts me, asking how long I’ll be in Federal Way. Mind you, my only purpose for having Kristine drop me near the transit center, vs. driving me back to Seattle with her, is so I could accommodate my client’s offer writing, and have access back home. Time is of the essence & the market is robustly roaring back to life. He informs me he fell asleep and will be to me shortly. Has he left the base yet, I wonder … ? In his defense, he just ended a 24-hour watch shift around 1:00 p.m. on base today.

2:43 p.m. BMW Seattle emails me about their 2011 model year close out. How coincidentally timely, especially considering this is where my car is being serviced. OK, even if my repair bill was steep, I’m sure it would have been far less than a brand new “Bimmer.” I drive an ’02 X5, which I thought was in really great shape until today’s complete and sudden rearrangement of life.

3:10 p.m. My Joint Base Lewis McChord-based Seattle Buyer arrives to sign offer docs.

3:33 p.m. I set out on foot to the Ferderal Way Fed/Ex Kinkos, which used to be located in the neighboring strip mall and is apparently no longer. No matter, I’ll just bus back into town & submit the offer to Fannie Mae upon arrival.

3:45 p.m. Depart Federal Way Transit Center on Sound Transit Express 578, not knowing exactly where in Seattle it’s taking me. No matter, I’ll use the time to work on emails.

4:15 p.m. Arrive in Downtown Seattle a block from the University Street Station, so I hopped a Link train to the I.D. Station, just a few short blocks from my service center.

4:45 p.m. Arrive at my home office in Fremont & field a call from my business partner to connect about an upcoming listing. While we chat, I scan the offer forms into three separate and specifically labeled files as Fannie Mae instructed.

5:30 p.m. Offer confirmed uploaded into Fannie Mae’s online system & call concluded with my business partner.

5:45 p.m. Post Office Drop – Yeah, this task is now nearly eight hours behind schedule, but it’s the U.S.P.S. and a local letter, so it’ll get there next day anyway.

6:10 p.m. Social Mixer, which I’m glad I made because it was a fun way to unwind from a challenging day. One thing is for sure about this business, no two days look identical.

In life, especially in business, others rely on us for a number of things. Such things could be as seriously life threatening as brain surgery or as gratifying as creating a great dining experience for a patron. Regardless of who’s relying on us for what, isn’t it refreshing to know there are people who care enough to put their best foot forward and problem solve no matter what the circumstance? Though I am reminded to continue working toward that assistant hire.

Keep calm & carry on when it comes to real estate, we’re here to help.

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