A Day in the Life of a Realtor (Fall Edition)
I'm fascinated with how other people spend their days, so I figured I'd share a random day in my life as a (moderately busy) real estate agent.
Here's what Monday, October 28 looked like for me. Please keep in mind that for Realtors, the end of the month tends to be busier than the beginning (many closings, moves and other contract deadlines to occur in the last week or so of the month).
5:30 a.m.: Wake up, read news on phone for 15 minutes or so and catch up on social media. Head to basement to do a 30-45 minute ride on exercise bike.
6:30 a.m.-ish: Take shower, get ready for day. Answer a few emails and texts that came in overnight.
7 - 8 a.m.: Get kids ready for school. Make sure everyone eats breakfast, pack lunches, scream like a maniac to keep everyone on their toes. Decide it's not worth it to fight with 6-year-old daughter to brush her hair. The wild look is in right now.
8:15 a.m.: Get kids on bus. Hop in car, head over to town next door (Summit) to meet garage door contractor (remote is missing just before a closing - of course). Realize that basement of home scheduled to close later that day could use a good cleaning. Make mental note to come back later in day (seller has already moved to Pennsylvania and not able to come back for closing).
9:30 a.m.: Meet friend for coffee, catch up on family news and take brisk walk to check out home that's rumored to be coming to market soon.
10:15 a.m.-ish: Head into office to print out a few documents to review in person, submit paperwork and answer emails about transactions in process. Catch up on a few phone calls and follow up on negotiations in progress.
11:15 a.m.: Meet cleaning lady in downtown Madison to give her ride to rental due for November 1 occupancy. Help her carry supplies into house, set her up with snacks and water and set pickup time for three hours later.
11:45 a.m.: Head back to real estate office; reach out to buyer clients regarding home searches and seller clients regarding marketing strategies for homes currently for sale.
1 p.m.: Call with Zillow rep. (Zillow is a great tool to use to give sellers more exposure on the web and a good source of new business - like Facebook and other sites, though, it's always changing and it's vital to stay on top of this).
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Sweep and clean basement floor of home in Summit that's scheduled to close in the afternoon. Catch up on calls on bluetooth while cleaning floor. During this hour I feel like Annette Bening in American Beauty.
2:30 p.m.: Take cleaning lady home; pick up son from school for (somewhat urgent) dental work.
3 p.m.: Head to dentist with son. Break into a cold sweat because you realize that you need to be a closing by 4 p.m., and you can't take said son back to aftercare once he's left school premises for the day.
4 p.m.: Take son to closing. Set him up with book about history of Summit in attorney waiting room.
4:30 p.m.: Closing is a bit delayed because of document missing from seller's closing packet. Help title company by reaching out to seller to coordinate completion of documents. Feed son stale carrot cake from attorney office breakroom.
5:30/6 p.m.: Closing finally concludes with keys in buyer's hand and checks in seller's hands - hooray! Head to home to make sure all buyer is happy (she wasn't able to visit the house between work and closing).
6:30 p.m.: Take son for sushi dinner as a reward. He's a champ. Daughter gets dropped off by hero friend; husband comes off train and slurps soup. For 10 minutes, we're a relaxed, happy and "normal" family.
7:30 p.m.: Head home, check to make sure homework and assignments are done, etc.
9 p.m.: Lights out for kids, and time to chill out for parents.