When I first got licensed, I was happily surprised by how many people took interest in my new career. I think there is a lot of curiosity surrounding the job of a real estate agent. What does an average day look like you might ask? And do you really get to make your own schedule? I thought there was no better way to let you guys peak inside my world than a daily round up.
I am by no means a morning person. I always start my day with a cup of coffee. I know this is the WRONG thing to do, but I promised myself I would be honest here. I usually spend the time I am enjoying my coffee scrolling on my phone. I first check my work e-mail to make sure there are no pressing issues that need to be addressed. I then spend the remainder of the time scrolling on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Once I am done with my coffee, it’s time to squeeze in a workout. When I am not doing a class at Tonic Maumee, I like to work out from home. I mix it up by visiting POPSUGAR Fitness’s YouTube page. Check it out and thank me later.
Then it’s time to hit the shower and get ready for the day.
Showing up to the office is an important part of me being successful. Could I work from home each day? Yes. Do I think I would be as productive? No. Showing up to the office puts me in a different mindset and surrounds me with other professionals.
Speaking of mindset? One of the first things I do when I arrive to the office is complete my daily gratitudes. I know this sounds wonky, but it works. Writing down a few things I am grateful for helps my day start off in the right direction.
Now starts the actual ‘work’. A lot of people don’t realize that as a REALTOR you are truly running your own business. In the mornings, I focus on working on my business so that in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends I can work in my business.
The morning typically includes scoping the MLS to see what new things have happened in the market. I am replying to e-mails, sending thank you cards, making customer calls, prospecting, updating my database, business planning, posting on social media, scheduling showings (which takes a lot of coordination between a lot of parties, by the way), and arranging other appointments (final walk throughs, appraisals, etc.)
By this time, I am not only hungry, I am HANGRY. My go-to is Churchill’s Market because of the awesome salad bar + fresh daily soups. I bring it back to the office and munch away at my desk while I catch up on social media and what’s happening in the headlines.
Remember when I said the morning is when I work on my business and in the afternoon I am working in my business? No two days are alike, but in the afternoon and evenings I am usually with my clients.
If I am preparing for showings later that evening, this includes gathering information on the specific home, analyzing comparables, and looking for any red flags in the property disclosure.
If I am in the midst of a deal with buyers it may mean I am attending an inspection, connecting with their lender, and making sure the transaction is on track to close on time. It also may mean I am completing a final walk through and attending my clients’ closing (YAY!).
If I have a listing appointment in the works, then I am getting my ‘pitch’ ready. I take each and every listing appointment SERIOUSLY (it is a job interview, you know), so that includes a great amount of preparation. Why I am the girl for the job, the benefits of working with myself and Danberry (there’s A LOT), developing a pricing strategy, explaining my marketing plan, and much more.
If I have a new listing, this may mean helping stage the home, attending the professional photography session, preparing marketing materials, attaching a lockbox, or adding my name ‘rider’ to the sign. It could be following up with buyers’ agents, forwarding on feedback to my sellers, negotiating inspection addendums, or attending a closing once it’s sold (another YAY!).
5:00 PM + Saturday and Sundays (yes, you work evenings + weekends in this business!)
This is where I spend the majority of my time with my clients. You have to understand that this is when a lot of people are free. This time spent includes showing homes and providing my professional opinion, hosting an open house, writing offers, presenting offers, sitting down with buyers to complete a one-on-one consultation, and meeting prospects at their home to pitch my listing presentation.
After dinner, it is time to wind down. This is when I shut off for the evening, binge watch some TV, eat a snack, and check out until the AM.
Now does all of this happen each day? No. Some days are slow and uneventful, while other days I could use another ‘me’. It varies. Thanks for taking the time out of your day to get a peak inside mine!