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

Real Estate Agent 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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Anonymous #1

Have fun in Italy, Karen!

Which parts of it will you visit?

I've been to Rome and Venice. Loved them both. Took a train trip from Rome to Venice. It was fun to see the countryside.

August 22, 2010 03:20 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395

Hi Ally....we are going to Rome, Florence and Venice. We will also be traveling by train in between. It's certainly beautiful...especially this time of year when everything is green.

August 22, 2010 03:24 PM
Alan May
Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
Coldwell Banker Residential

Good for you.  I, on the other hand, AM indespensible... er... I meant to say... I'm not as secure as you are... and leaving town for 3 weeks in a row, without at least my laptop for e-mail communication would NOT make for a peaceful vacation for me.  I would be too worried, even with very competent people left in care of my clients.

I know that's not a good thing... it's much more restful to really "vacate" when you're on vacation... but I know myself too well, and I would not be very happy.  It's just a "me" thing.

August 22, 2010 04:31 PM
Jenna Dixon
Assoc Broker, NW Metro Atlanta
DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA)


Good for you.  That's how I go on vacation.  Place everything in capable hands and fly off into your grand adventure!

It will all be there when you get home!

August 22, 2010 04:52 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395

Yes, Alan....You ARE indispensable.

August 22, 2010 05:22 PM
Janet Sebile
Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors

We are in agreement here.  If I were to kill over right now, life would still go on.  I think Alan said it well for a lot of us - it's a security, confident in myself issue.  Sometimes it's also referred to as - believe it or not - pride.

August 22, 2010 07:00 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Real Estate Salesperson
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956

Yeah, Karen!  So glad to hear that you are NOT taking that laptop with you.  Enjoy every minute of your trip and your time with your mom and girls.  It's an opportunity that can not be easily duplicated.  I'm sure you've got great people covering for you in the interim so just relax and enjoy!

August 22, 2010 07:50 PM
Cherise Selley
Colorado Springs Realtor
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC


Italy sounds great.  And I admire you for delegating to give yourself time to fully enjoy the authenticity of your vacation.

August 22, 2010 08:27 PM
Michelle Francis
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease
Tim Francis Realty LLC


Kudo's to you, go have fun and DO NOT do real estate while you are away.  We were away two weeks this summer, life went on and had a good plan to cover it.  

All the best, Michelle

August 22, 2010 09:16 PM
Karen Feltman
Relocation Specialist
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty

I think that it is great that you are truly planning to unplug and take a real vacation!  It is a great feeling to know that things are in good hands while you are away.  Have a great time!

August 22, 2010 09:40 PM
Nancy Conner
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Managing Broker - City Realty Inc

Have a wonderful time on your trip - & hope we'll see some photos when you get back!!

August 22, 2010 11:34 PM
Robert Earl
The Earl of Real Estate
Choice Homes Team

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: 951-347-3818, CA

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
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
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
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