Back from Vacation and Lots of Catching up to Do

By
Real Estate Agent with Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!

I'm back from vacation and boy, do I have a lot of catching up to do!

Fachwerk Haus in Germany by Silvia DukesAnd not just at work but of course here with my ActiveRain friends and family as well! 

Do you know when your vacation is working for you?  Read on!

Just before I left, I entered the Taking Time off --- Fun in the Sun While the Business still Runs contest of the PAWS group, so now that the vacation is over, here is a little follow up.

First, if you read my post and commented on it, I thank you!  I was so surprised to be selected as third place winner!  It'll take me a while to reciprocate all the comments you left me but I promise, I will! 

While I didn't reveal ahead of time when I was going, you already know that my trip took me to "old country" ---Germany and for several reasons. 

One, my mother who lives there, is currently recovering in a rehab facility after major surgery and two strokes.  The second reason was to visit with old friends and travel, and last but not least to make contact with some German Realtors

 

Yes, you can take a Realtor out of the local market temporarily but you cannot take the Realtor out of real estate completely.  In my case, I think of it as practicing some international real estate marketing research.   

Back to the contest... so how did my story of fun in the sun while the business still runs play out in real life?

McCafe in Germany by Silvia DukesThe intense preparation in advance paid off.  I had two successful closings while I was gone and three within a few days after my return. 

As life goes in real estate, a long anticipated short sale approval was received during my absence which meant my collegue took over to arrange for deposits and inspections.  The closing will take place next week!

How did communication work while away in a foreign country?  WiFi was available in many places so I could use my iPad which I always took with me. 

 

 

Although my focus was vacation and I didn't try to do work stuff every day, I spent much more time at McDonald's or McCafe's - a different approach that I will write about later - than I would do here!  Finding a hotspot wasn't difficult although free access is less frequent --- most will allow only paid access and limited no-contract plans are available.

Berlin Marriott Bear by Silvia DukesHaving the iPad was great for emails and checking up on things on some social networks like Facebook but it did have its limitations. 

For example, I didn't blog because I wasn't able to include pictures in my posts.

My phone provider back home advised me not to take my smart phone out of the country for fear of racking up a huge bill for unintended air time.  So I turned off the connection and still took it with me.  I ended up using it only a couple of times for texting. 

However, I quickly found out that I needed a local (in-country) phone number in order to receive passwords for WiFi access.   The solution?  I went to a local electronics store and purchased a simple, no contract phone in Germany that cost me 16 Euro or about $20.  Incredibly, this included $18.75 in talk time that I didn't even use up. 

Do you know when you find out that your vacation is working for you? 

Amazingly, half way through our time, I forgot my password and couldn't access my email!  Yep.  Can you spell panic attack?  After several attempts I was locked out and had to resort to my security questions to be able to reset it! 

 

Look for more posts about other experiences and photos coming soon!

Aerial Image US Coastline by Silvia Dukes

Posted by

   

 

 For more information about Hernando County Homes and Land for sale including Spring Hill and the communities of Timber Pines, Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club, Silverthorn, and Hernando Beach , please call or visit my website!

Let me help you find Your Place in the Sun!

 

CIPS      International Real Estate Silvia Dukes    CRS     GREEN Designation     

 At Home with Diversity               

      Women's Council of Realtors

      

                              

Join ActiveRain by Signing up for a "FREE" Membership  and learn How to blog like a Professional.

 

Copyright (c) Silvia Dukes 2006-2013.  All Rights Reserved. 

Listing and real estate market information is current as of the date it was posted but subject to changes.

All content, including text and photographic images, is the exclusive property of Silvia Dukes, P.A. and may not be used without expressed written permission.   

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the house to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Location:
Florida
Groups:
POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul
HAPPY AT ACTIVERAIN
The Lounge at Active Rain
Addicted to Active Rain
BananaTude
Tags:
mccafe
international real estate
german realtors
communication
taking time off
vacation
ipad

Comments 19 New Comment

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the pencil to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Rainmaker
1,574,893
Lou Ludwig
CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
Ludwig & Associates

Silvia

Was there life before the iPad?

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

July 07, 2012 07:12 PM
Rainmaker
668,086
Mary Yonkers
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548

Silvia--Wow! Glad I stopped here tonight.  Can't wait to read more about your trip & contacts you made back home.

Like you, I do not talk about my travel plans until I return.  Too risky.  It's like advertising to all the bad guys 'come rob my house.'  Welcome back.

July 08, 2012 06:09 PM
Ambassador
1,189,930
Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!
Lou, good question! Mary, I agree with you, no need to let all the world know.
July 08, 2012 06:35 PM
Rainmaker
1,276,755
Joan Cox
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373

Silvia, I was thinking you were going to Germany soon, and making connections with German Realtors makes complete sense!     Taking a vacation should mean turning off work, at least most of the time!

July 09, 2012 12:39 PM
Ambassador
1,189,930
Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!

Hi Joan, you are right, we are so used to being connected all the time, we forget how it used to be...

July 09, 2012 04:09 PM
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the clock to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Ambassador
1,189,930

Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR

Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Interested in Florida Real Estate? How can I help you?
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the folder to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

Professional real estate service above and beyond expectations in Hernando County, Spring Hill, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Weeki Wachee, and the Greater Tampa Bay area. Waterfront and Golf Course properties. Florida Immobilien und US Anlagen.

View Silvia Dukes's profile on LinkedIn
Visit Short Sale Superstars