If Folks Don't Value Your Time They Certainly Won't Value Your Relationship!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc BK607690

Get off me!!Time. Mine is valuable. Is yours? One thing that agents struggle with is being in control of their time. How often have you popped out to show property at the last minute? Or had to cancel a personal event because one of your customer/clients needed to see you? What about the Buyer who can only look at properties every other Saturday from 4-7 pm? Do you work with them? I don't.

Here's a fact. There are NO real estate emergencies.

Here's another fact. You will NEVER be caught up. There will always be another call to make. Another website to update.

If you want to have lasting success in this business and avoid burn out you MUST get control of your time. Work by appointment only.

Don't let others dictate your schedule. Don't do same day appointments. Just let them go. It will save you a lot of aggravation in the long run. If people don't respect your time they will never respect the relationship. That's a fact.

Let folks know at first contact how you work and when you work. People will appreciate knowing these things up front. If your schedule doesn't fit with theirs then just let them go. We can't work with everybody.

Once you set boundaries with your time a funny thing will happen.....you'll start attracting people that will work within your time frames. And because of this you will be less stressed and you will become better at what you do.

Do you believe that? Well even if you don't it's still true. You just need to trust me on this one. Can you do that?

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  1. Mike Cooper 08/21/2011 10:13 AM
  2. Wallace S. Gibson, CPM 08/21/2011 10:33 AM
  3. Lenn Harley 08/21/2011 04:13 PM
  4. Cindy Jones 08/21/2011 08:14 PM
  5. Priscilla Hammond 09/02/2011 05:04 PM
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Rainmaker
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Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

I'd comment, but it's after hours, and time to read books to my little one.

Aug 21, 2011 11:03 PM #33
Rainmaker
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William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

That makes perfect sense, Bryant. we cannot be slaves to anyone else's time frames and expect to live, much less thrive, in this business.

Aug 21, 2011 11:56 PM #34
Rainmaker
142,363
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

Tammy shared a blog (but what if I have plans if a client calls) that indicates she takes a vastly different approach on this very subject. I share you sentiments Bryant. How can we appear as professionals when we treat our business as flighty, and disorganized. I can assure you my physician, attorney, accountant, etc., doesn't drop everything when I call. Instead it is customary to schedule time to meet.

Aug 22, 2011 01:23 AM #35
Rainmaker
95,318
Jesse Madison
Madison Realty - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Jesse Knows OC Homes! CDPE, SFR, SRES

Good Post- I agree to a certain extent. If the client is pre-approved and ready to buy I will try and make time for that buyer. I have had many pre-approved clients that have bought homes in this " buying mode" on the same day I have first met them. But a prequal is a must. and you can never forget to ask the most important question....are you currently working with a realtor?

Aug 22, 2011 03:08 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Marc Swartz
Toronto, ON
CPA, CA - Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario

Hi Broker Bryant - Time is a very precious resource and needs to be used wisely so it is not wasted.

Aug 22, 2011 04:45 AM #37
Ambassador
1,651,053
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

BB, I almost feel too guilty to tell everybody what I do on weekends. . .I certainly do not have a typical real estate  agent's  weekend.

Aug 22, 2011 06:58 AM #38
Rainmaker
153,859
Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest - Cary, IL
SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL

Great post, Bryant.  We need to schedule our time to be effective, productive, and organized and to serve our loyal clients in the best way we can.

Aug 22, 2011 09:41 AM #39
Rainmaker
409,895
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Bryant, 

Valuing your own time gives you a lot more control over who to use your time with!  Life is much better when you are in charge.

All the best, Michelle

Aug 22, 2011 12:52 PM #40
Rainmaker
105,433
Deborah Wilson
Cutler Real Estate - Canton, OH
Stark County OH Real Estate

BB, I used to be a pop tart, jumping up to go whenever the phone rang. Now that I've gotten wiser, You're  right, there is no real estate emergency. 

Aug 22, 2011 10:12 PM #41
Rainmaker
498,639
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams of Central PA East - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

A basic principle which makes sense. But I it works better for folks who have what they consider to be enough business. I recently got a listing because the agent I was competing with, did not work evenings or weekends. He was unable to arrange a time to meet the clients. It was not a high priced property, so he had no problem letting it go. I, on the other hand, was willing to meet them in an evening and got the listing. Someday I will be in the place where I can say no, but right now I have the ability to be flexible in order to generate more business.

Cal

Aug 23, 2011 10:59 AM #42
Rainer
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Sherri Souza
Independent Women Brokers - Livermore, CA

Yep! I am always surpirised at how urgent others needs are and how invaluable my time is to them. Just common consideration for others would be helpful. My time is just as valuable as theirs and business etiquette is applicable her too! How do we train consumers? Don't let them do it!

Aug 23, 2011 12:33 PM #43
Rainmaker
201,261
Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA
HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578 - La Quinta, CA
I do Real Estate like I played polo-to WIN!

I agree with setting boundaries.  I will push them out sometimes if I feel it will pay off to me in some way..not just money..but I am REALLY firm about turning off the phone at 6 pm.  Dinner, then relax..period!  I am NEVER caught up..ever!  THanks-

Aug 23, 2011 12:42 PM #44
Rainmaker
1,089,855
Bryant Tutas
Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc - Poinciana, FL
Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc

Hey guys sorry I have neglected my blog this week. TLW has been in the hospital all week and time has been scarce. She's OK now.

Aug 27, 2011 07:35 AM #45
Rainmaker
598,882
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

BB = Sorry to hear about TLW.  Glad to hear she's doing better.  Take care of her BB and you two have a great weekend.  :)

Aug 27, 2011 11:16 AM #46
Rainer
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Amy Robinson
London Pierce Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Realtor, Scottsdale Arizona Homes For Sale

Hi Bryan,  This is so true!  Sometimes it is hard to say NO it can get finished tomorrow lets sleep on it.   I hope I will be able to master this throughout my career. 

Aug 28, 2011 12:50 PM #47
Rainmaker
286,764
Barb Van Stensel
Chicago, IL

It's only an emergency if we allow it.  It's called balance and harmony and I kind of like it.  Glad to hear the TLW is doing better.

 

Aug 28, 2011 03:34 PM #48
Rainmaker
698,945
Gene Mundt
www.genemundt.com - 708.921.6331 - New Lenox, IL
Chicagoland Mortgage Lender - 37 yrs experience

Bryant:  I think you've been talking to my wife.   I can't tell you how many times I've heard her express the same sentiments and opinions to me.  I'm more than willing to be accommodating, but please ... make requests within reason ...

Gene

Aug 28, 2011 04:57 PM #49
Rainmaker
978,242
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - Fleming Island, FL
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.

Bryant, I just quoted you to my husband yesterday - "There are no real estate emergencies." (Well, not unless the house is on fire or flooding...) Love this post and glad TLW is doing okay.

Sharon

Aug 28, 2011 11:28 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Bryant:

It is so easy in our business to be pulled three different directions at any one time.   I especially like your idea of taken no same day appointments.  I have been caught up in these rush appointment with very little results.

Aug 29, 2011 12:13 AM #51
Rainer
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Priscilla Hammond
Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta - Smyrna, GA

Yes Bryant I trust and believe you. It's just hard trying to get these internet prospects to understand it. Thanks for the great post.

Sep 02, 2011 05:02 PM #52
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