Do you have a home office???

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX By The Bay

Great article in today's Realty Times about having an office in your home.

http://realtytimes.com/rtapages/20060803_homeoffice.htm

I've had one for over 10 years now in addition to an office at the real estate firm I'm affiliated with; I see each as a great compliment to the other.

I find I'm very productive in the morning hours working from my home office. I can go work out with my wife and then come home, fix a nice breakfast, and do some work from there before getting cleaned up and heading in to the ‘other' office.

It's also very convenient to have this setup in the evening hours if I get a property call or need to send or receive a fax; no more trips to the office at 10:00 PM to get or send a fax.

The home office environment is also much more conducive, for me anyway, for more long term or serious projects which take concentration and focus. At my home office there's no co-workers stopping by to ask a question, decide where to go to lunch, or talk about last night's ball game or whatever.

Do you have an office in your home and how's it working out for you???

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Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX By The Bay

150 Mirona Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Initially I gave up my private office at the office when my daughter was in high school.  The decision to work from home came with great trepidation of fear.  I didn't want my clients to think less of me because I was a "home officer".

Much to my delight, they didn't care.  In fact many thought my action was a good decision.  It never affected my communication with them. That first year at home my business actually increased.

That was 13 years ago.  Since that time I have always had a fully equipped home office.  Eventually when my daughter graduated and went off to school I went back to having a office at the office. These days I work from home unless I have a business meeting or are feeling lonely.  It's not unusual for a week or two to pass before I go to the office. 

BTW - My daughter is now in the business, she's the lovely Vali Wimberly.  (she learned the business through osmosis)

Aug 04, 2006 09:00 AM #1
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Bryant Tutas
Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc - Poinciana, FL
Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
It's the only way I have ever done Real Estate. Wouldn't change it for the world. And you are right about how much more work you can get done when not being disturbed.
Aug 04, 2006 10:58 AM #2
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Tori Stamps
Stamps Realty - Franklin, TN
MA JD - Broker/Owner Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I have a home office (the only thing I'm missing is a fax machine - it's sitting here, i just waiting for my husband to put in the phone line to hook it up to.  grrrr).  The only thing I really use the office for (other than faxes at the moment), is the "good printer" (for color copies, etc.). 

In the next 6 months to a year, I'd like to get some adequate office furniture (I'm doing o.k. with leftover pieces from here and there, but I'd like a nice, pretty desk, file cabinet, etc.). 

Aug 04, 2006 11:22 AM #3
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It depends I think, like for me, I have a home office but I feel that it's harder for me to concentrate when I'm working from home, there's more things that distract me at home than when I'm at the office, unless of course there's nobody home.

At home there's the TV, the kitchen, family members, there's always something to take your concentration away from the work you are trying to do. At the office I'm more productive, surrounded by people "working"( not most of the time though), but of course an office at home is aways good for some late unfinished work.

Aug 04, 2006 11:22 AM #4
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I think as our work becomes more electronic and internet based, the concept of "office" is becoming a bit blurry. I have a home "office", but I have full access to everything I need to conduct business just about everywhere I am. With tools like EVDO internet access, eFax, Zipforms, TP7i, portable printers, etc. I can do everything I need to do just about anywhere I am. As paperless transactions and electronic signatures become more common, we are moving to a point where a laptop and cell phone will be about all you need to conduct business.
Aug 04, 2006 03:15 PM #5
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Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Well written Jim...I have a home office and I am typing this comment on your blog while sitting in a very nice office in a comfortable chair that I don't have to pay office dues for.....

Enough said.... ;-)

Aug 04, 2006 05:43 PM #6
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Teri Isner
Keller Williams Celebration - Orlando, FL
GRI, CRS, CIPS
Get so much more done from home, use goto meeting for our team meetings and it is great we do have two office rooms in Celebration but we are hardly ever there.
Aug 04, 2006 06:27 PM #7
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Jay Thompson
Zillow - Phoenix, AZ

Tori wrote: "I have a home office (the only thing I'm missing is a fax machine - it's sitting here, i just waiting for my husband to put in the phone line to hook it up to.  grrrr)."

Why not just sign up for an internet fax service. Send and receive faxes via email. No fax machine, no second line, no hard to read pages, no more waiting on your husband to get off the couch!.

Since I signed on with rapidfax.com ($9.95 a month) I haven't needed or used a regular fax machine. It even comes with a toll free fax number which our out-of-state clients love.

Try it, I promise you it'll be the best ten bucks a month you've ever spent.

Aug 04, 2006 07:01 PM #8
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Gary De Pury
Bay Vista Realty - Land O Lakes, FL

There was a great article at NAR about home officers and their earnings compared to Office workers in our industry.  The bottom line is those who go in make more.  I will see if I can find the article. 

Aug 06, 2006 12:17 AM #9
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