Do You Think You Are Indispensable? Guess What.....We're Not! :)

Real Estate Broker with HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395 DRE# 01494165


Today's "Daily Drop" has a blog I wrote about a trip I'm taking to Italy with my mom, daughter and daughter-in-law...and how I'm preparing for it.

Preparing For My Trip To Italy Includes Writing Blog Posts And Using The "Draft" Option

I guess I'm surprised by so many comments, very well-meaning, suggesting ways to continue working on my trip. I DON'T WANT TO....IT'S A VACATION. Properly planned, there is no reason why my business cannot go on without me. I'm not indispensable....neither are you! :)

My Arrangements While I'm Gone:

New Client Inquiries:

I have an experienced agent monitoring my email and phone. She knows what she's doing. I also cover for her when she's gone.

Existing Escrows:

I have a licensed, experienced Transaction Coordinator. She develops a relationship quickly with all my clients once we open escrow and can answer questions and run the cycle for me. Between the Realtor® covering for me, my TC and escrow....existing clients should proceed smoothly. All parties know I'm out of town.


Sure...escrows have issues....we all know that. But I have my managing broker up-to-speed on all my accounts and if necessary, he can step in and help. Since some of my escrows are short helps that the majority of his personal business now is short sales and is well aware how to negotiate and handled the problems which come up.

Internet Presence:

As my previous post mentioned, I'm creating "Drafts" which can be posted in my absence. I also am working with an SEO company on a new website...and perhaps I'll discuss having them post some as well.

I am not trying to imply that I have it perfectly planned, or that something will not go awry, but I have very good people here handling it, and I'm sure they will find solutions just as well as I could. Sooooo.....I'm heading to Italy without my laptop and going to enjoy the time! I'm not indispensable...and neither are you :)!!

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Robert Earl
Charlottesville Choice Homes

Measure Twice - Cut Once and run your business like a business.  Even Cal Ripkin took the winters off from being in the office.

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
Missy Caulk
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Missy Caulk TEAM

Good for you to have the systems in place and having a Transaction coordinator. I agree a vacation is a vacation, not a time to work. Come back rested.

August 23, 2010 09:14 AM
Bill Burchard
Broker, Realtor - Murrieta Homes For Sale, Califor
3B Realty: BRE# 01864774

Bravo, Karen! I heartily applaud your decision to truly enjoy your time alone with your family, temporarily disconnected from your career’s responsibilities. I think this is an important thing for all of us to do from time-to-time, allowing us to rejuvenate our minds.

And it sounds like you’ve put the right people in place to ensure your client’s needs are met.

But… how are you going to survive without your daily dose of logging into the ‘Rain? ;)

August 23, 2010 09:28 AM
Lottie Kendall
Helping make YOUR dreams a reality
Today | Sotheby's International Realty

Karen, I'm sure you'll enjoy your well-earnred vacation. We all need to disconnect--when we come back we have a fresh take on things and are raring to go. Ciao!

August 24, 2010 05:31 PM
Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale

I so needed to read this!  My husband and I are leaving this week for vacation sans cell phones and laptops...and I have been feeling a little guilty about disconnecting even though I really, really want to!  We aren't going to be gone as long as you are and I have wonderful support in place, so, yeah, I think I am dispensable, too!  Thanks and have a wonderful trip!

August 29, 2010 11:10 PM

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor

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A Southern California Coastal agent's perspective on real estate and other things that interest me!

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