YES...I Work Weekends!!!

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Real Estate Agent with Lake and Lodge Realty LLC

Some things just don't make sense to me. Like when I hear downtown retail owners complain about lack of business and then close up shop at 5pm when everyone is getting out of work. Same in real estate. Why would you not work when everyone is out looking for properties? I get the whole 'need a day to myself" thing but you wouldn't sell umbrella's on a sunny day so why would you take the days off when people are most apt to be looking. In all honesty, I would say that 15 of my sales last year picked me because of my tag line "Yes...I work Weekends". It is personal preference and I appreciate your NOT working as I get those calls but if you are wondering where your business went look on Saturday and you might find them.

Guy in hammock

Even if you choose to take weekends off, WHY do you make it so hard for the rest of us to sell your listings on the weekends? Really, do you tell your sellers their home is only for sale during the week days? Take your weekend and go enjoy yourself but make arrangements for getting lockbox codes to those of us who do work everyday. How great would it be for you to enjoy yourself at the lake while I go sell your properties? But I can if you won't answer your phone and give me a lockbox. Sometimes you need 24hrs notice but there are a lot of vacant properties that will not be shown because you don't want to take three minutes out of your weekend to answer the phone and give a code to get in.

Bottom line we can't sell what we can't get into so if you choose not to work weekends (leave them my number) at least find a way to get lockbox codes to those who do and we will ALL make more money and that is why we are in business right?

 

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Rainer
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Nancy Seley
Long & Foster Real Estate - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis/Anne Arundel County MD

Sunday mornings are spent with my family in worship - other than that, I'm all theirs :) And I love the showing service and the Sentrilock system most folks use over here.....not all do, and those are usually the nightmare appointments that I brace myself for.

April 04, 2011 11:33 AM #63
Rainmaker
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395 - Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I think people who do not want to work weekends should find another profession. They can make it tough for the rest of us....point about the businesses which close at 5pm is great.

April 04, 2011 11:38 AM #64
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Summer Brons
The Mungo Company - Columbia, SC

There are some great points made here! This business carries some of the most unconventional hours of any industry I can think of. I've done everything from showing a foreclosure home with no power at 10pm (we brought flashlights!) to quickly dressing to head out the door 15 minutes after I got a call to see property on a day I thought I was free. We've got to take the business when we can get it, especially in today's market.

I work for a builder now and sit on-site, so I no longer have the flexibility of general brokerage. I have scheduled hours: 12-6 on weekdays, 11-6 on Saturdays and 1-6 on Sundays. I get two days off per week and they rotate; I do usually end up working on weekends and even though it burns me up sometimes when we're having fantastic sunny weather and everyone on facebook and twitter is talking about the amazing things they're doing that afternoon while I'm stuck in my sales office...well, weekends are when the buyers come out so I'm glad to be here.

I opt to be available as needed by potential buyers; if I've met with someone and they want to come back, you're darn right I'm willing to stay late, come in early or set an appointment on a day off to meet with them. Anytime I give someone my business card, I point out that my cell phone number is on there and they are welcome to call me day or night.

 

April 04, 2011 12:06 PM #65
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Randy:

We're Realtors. We work weekends and evenings to accommodate our clients.  I think it is in the definition of a Realtor.  Thanks for the interesting post.

April 04, 2011 12:15 PM #66
Rainmaker
313,610
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Great post! I work weekends too, but you just reminded me I should let people know that, since some have asked if I worked weekends. I thought that working weekends came with the real estate territory.

April 04, 2011 01:57 PM #67
Rainer
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Ellen Wright Adams
Academy Mortgage.......We are a Equal Housing Lender - Eugene, OR
LoansByEllen- Licensed in Oregon
Randy: great topic; I don't know any Realtors that DO NOT work weekends.... I like what Evelyn above said: 'it is in the definition of a Realtor.' Happy Monday~
April 04, 2011 02:26 PM #68
Rainer
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Jacqueline Drake CRS
Jacqueline Drake Realty - Saint David, AZ
Southeast Arizona land, farms & horse properties

I had 2 very nice sales in December because I answered my phone and showed property on a Sunday afternoon. I found out later that I was not the first agent the buyer called, that agent returned his call a week later and found out that he was in the process of purchasing 2 properties. I find that answering my phone and emails promptly pays off for me.

When we decided to go into real estate we need to realize that many people with 8-5 jobs are going to be calling us and asking us to show property.

Jacqueline Drake CRS

April 04, 2011 03:40 PM #69
Rainmaker
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Liane Thomas - Corona & Riverside Real Estate
The Jet Team, Keller Williams Realty, Corona Real Estate - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

Smart! Yep, I work weekends too, and I think I will change my email signature to state just that. I picked up a listing the same way....answered my phone on a weekend. I was the third call....

April 04, 2011 05:19 PM #70
Rainmaker
217,265
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

It's tough to get away and take a day off but working the hours most buyers don't (weekends) is necessary.

April 04, 2011 07:49 PM #71
Rainmaker
148,162
Joel Jadofsky
Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach - Panama City Beach, FL
One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area

lol.. Cindy in #2... I wish I got 2 days off everyweek...lol...Now to say that I might only work 3 hours one day and 5 another but I always have my phone on me an it does internet so I am always working really...Realtor calls me at 9 pm I answer.. 8 am I answer...You can get an appointment 24/7 to see my listings

April 04, 2011 08:58 PM #72
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E. Bail
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Kamuela, HI

Always wondered if those who don't work weekends make that clear to sellers when they take their listing!  Got a sale once beacuse my client said I was the only agent he reached that was civil to him on a Sunday

April 04, 2011 10:22 PM #73
Rainmaker
577,703
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Randy, I work weekend too!  And luckily we have lock boxes that open with an ekey and we don't have to depend on the agent answering in order to get into the lock box!  That would be really hard to deal with!!

April 04, 2011 11:27 PM #74
Rainer
275,727
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Kimo's Lifestyle Solutions

I can't imagine any RE agent not working weekends, unless he/she has others working for them. I'm not there yet, but that's one of my goals.

April 05, 2011 02:09 AM #75
Rainmaker
798,470
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I don't think I'd notice it WAS the week-end if it weren't for the fact that my son usually comes for dinner on Sunday.

Unike you agents, I get to work my own hours, but since I love what I do, I work almost every day.

April 05, 2011 03:00 AM #76
Rainer
68,804
Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

A listing is 365.  Access to the listing should be 365.  Planned personal time should include making sure someone has access to listings 365.  Access and Personal time are both beneficial to us.  Good points Randy.

April 05, 2011 06:52 AM #77
Rainmaker
1,241,630
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I work weekends and nights, but not every night and not every weekend, and then sometimes I goof off during the week. 

April 05, 2011 03:19 PM #78
Rainmaker
702,784
Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Wildwood, MO
SelectAnn.com

Randy,

I usually work on the weekend....

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

April 07, 2011 01:54 PM #79
Rainer
192,844
Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties

I like to have Sundays off, but that being said I have not had one off in weeks.  My buyer clients work mostly 9 -5 (6, 7) jobs Monday - Friday.  Since I'm working with several buyers right now, that is when they are available and we do what needs to be done to accommodate our clients. 

April 13, 2011 08:37 AM #80
Rainmaker
165,460
Roberta Kayne
Dublin & Central Ohio Homes - Dublin, OH
CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates

I can't imagine not working weekends - whether it's showing homes, answering calls, etc.  If someone wants to show one of my listings, our office is open 7 days to schedule showings.  But we as agents cannot work 24/7 -- we need to schedule time off or we will burn out and become useless.

April 13, 2011 08:38 AM #81
Rainmaker
125,758
Matt Robinson
ERA Emerald Coast Realty - Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Real Estate (850) 292-4000

I made a personal decision to not work weekends for the sake of my family (4 small kids), but only after my business was built to the point that I could comfortable do it without any financial worries.  I'm also the young families pastor at a church an hour away, so Sundays are impossibles for work.  However, I respect your decision to work those days, and I regularly check my phone messages so I can get showing instructions to agents when they need them.

However, agents that call at the last minute (like at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday for an 11:30 showing) and then get mad when I don't call them back...are beyond ridiculous, and I have to deal with them all the time.  Hopefully you are not one of those.

October 24, 2011 12:59 PM #82
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