Of Course I Work Weekends. I Work When You Don't

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Preferred Partners in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs

I started working with another new buyer this weekend.

Like many of my buyers, this one found me on the Internet and asked a question about properties in an area within my territory here in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs.

I answered the questions right away and we had a good back and forth dialogue via email, followed by a phone conversation to clarify their real estate goals and their needs in a new home. 

At the end of the discussion, this buyer said, "You know why we"re hiring you?"

(No, but I'm glad you are, I thought.)

"Because every time we've called or emailed a real estate agent on the weekend -- when we're off work and have time to look for a house -- they don't return our calls and don't answer our emails. We really appreciate your help and can't wait to work with you."

That's why I work when you don't, Mr. Buyer. If you're working 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, then we're going to look at houses after 5 and on Saturdays and Sundays. You stick with me and I'll stick with you until we find the right place for you to call home.

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Rainmaker
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Joan Congilose
CRS, CDPE, Top Producer Marlboro, Manalapan Homes
RE/MAX Central (732)232-5277

I actually know agents that do not work weekends . I 've never had that pleasure, like you I answer every call & follow up on every e-mail,and try to accomodate their off hour showings when needd. That's what it is all about , keep up the good work!

September 25, 2011 10:31 PM
Rainmaker
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Dale Samples
REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virginia
304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com

I had a client once apologize for bothering me on my day off (the weekend). I told them days off = no business.

My whole working life has been at jobs that are far from 9 - 5 M-F. I am not sure what I would do if I did work straight hours like that.

September 25, 2011 10:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker
(808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000

Nancy: It doesn't take much to answer my phone when it rings, or check and quickly answer my iPhone4 for emails throughout the day, any day of the week. And, yes, we knew this was not a 9 to 5 job when we went into it. Nice reminder why we do it. To catch that client when he needs us.

September 25, 2011 10:49 PM
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I think it is all part of the commitment we make when we enter into this profession, Nancy - thanks so much for posting this reminder to us all! Suggesting and reblogging! :-)

September 25, 2011 10:52 PM
Rainmaker
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Nancy Milton Holtzscher
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
RE/MAX Preferred Partners in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs

Sonja -- Thanks for the comment. Odd hours are us!

David -- Where's Uncle Walter when we need him? Thanks for stopping by.

Gary -- I certainly understand setting aside time and agree. And you have to be sure your clients seriously need something when they ask you to violate that.

Joan -- More power to them, I guess, but I like working weekends to stay ahead of the game. Have a great week!

Kathy -- Exactly and that's why smart phones were invented, right?

Dale -- I know I'd go crazy too at a desk on set hours!

Hella -- Thanks, it's all about being there when they need you.

Karen -- Thanks so much, Karen! 

September 25, 2011 11:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Nancy Milton Holtzscher

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR
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