There are no light days in real estate.

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

A little down time would be nice!Any real estate agent can tell you that the best way to ignite some business is to set aside some down time for watching a game or going to a family event.

I am not certain how the cosmic forces that control the universe know or even care why I elect to wind down for a few hours, I have just come to understand that the odds that my restful bliss will be interrupted are nearly certain.

And even though we are not doing anything as urgent as delivering babies or responding to intrusion alarms, many aspects of the job are time-sensitive and demand our immediate attention.

All of us in the profession understand that it comes with the territory. And we are always glad to be busy.

But I often feel at times that a little peace and quiet would be nice!

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Tammie White
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Richard, I find the same to be true of appointments. I will schedule an appointment and before I know it I get three more calls from people trying to schedule appointments the same day.

Sep 24, 2012 07:01 PM #25
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
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I wonder if we use some cosmic summoning skill to bring business the moment we aren't sure we really want it. :)

Sep 24, 2012 07:16 PM #26
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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
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Time to be you keeps you fresh for your clients. Great advice and I love the photo.

Sep 24, 2012 07:43 PM #27
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Michael Blue
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I have had both hips replaced this summer, had some great down time in the hospital. I did get an iPad and hooked it up with the apps, was able to get a listing in the hospital and do the listing contract and disclosures from my hospital bed. Mostly felt good relaxing and the nurses taking care of me, yes, downtime.
Sep 24, 2012 07:45 PM #28
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Wandanna Melliphant
Royal Lepage Credit Valley Real Estate Brokerage - Mississauga, ON
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Hi Richard,

So true, all we need is to take a vacation and immediately the phone starts to ring and the emails pour in, it's an amazing life.

Sep 24, 2012 08:16 PM #29
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Bryant Tutas
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Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc

It's up to each of us to schedule down time. I rarely work on the weekends and I don't work after 5 during the week. I've always been good about not letting others dictate my down time.

There are NO real estate emergencies.

Sep 24, 2012 09:54 PM #30
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Tiffany Sniezek
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So true...we always say, "if you need to sell a listing, go on vacation". Always works out that way, then every once in blue moon we actually get to sit and relax. That front porch looks nice!
Sep 24, 2012 10:15 PM #31
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Richard Iarossi
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Richard,

There are just some things in the Universe that we'll never be able to explain...this is one of them.

Rich

Sep 25, 2012 02:07 AM #32
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Scott Fogleman
Witt-Fogleman Team 434-941-8847 - Forest, VA
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Its hard to get away!

Sep 25, 2012 03:48 AM #33
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
Personal Service, always.

I just took five days off to go to Chicago. No real estate calls for five days! Took three days off at the beginning of the month to go to GA...no real estate calls. Now I am ready to get back to the grind and for the calls!

Sep 25, 2012 04:45 AM #34
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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
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Richard, the funny thing is that when the chance for peace and quiet first arrives, it's rather unsettling to us. Then, as soon as we are warming up to the idea, things start getting busy again! We have to take it as it comes and be flexible in our planning.
Sep 25, 2012 05:30 AM #35
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Chuck Carstensen
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Real Estate is a go go go type of business. As soon as you relax something seems to find you.

Sep 25, 2012 05:44 AM #36
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Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
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Richard, this is so true! Want to get really busy, go on vacation. It never fails.

Sep 25, 2012 05:51 AM #37
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Joan Congilose
RE/MAX Central (732)232-5277 - Manalapan, NJ
CRS, CDPE, Top Producer Marlboro, Manalapan Homes

Funny you should mention this, I just commented on another post that the one thing that gets my business ignited is planning  day off or a vacation. It never fails, that is when I get busy , but who is complaining

Sep 25, 2012 05:56 AM #38
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Rhonda Duffy
Duffy Realty of Atlanta & Rainmaker Realty - Milton, GA
#6 Ranked Agent in the U.S. for SOLD Properties

This is so very true- not much downtime which is a good thing. Thank you for sharing

Sep 25, 2012 07:09 AM #39
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Ben Gerritsen
Vintage Lending, NMLS ID: 287106 - Salt Lake City, UT

Each aspect of this industry is critical in families lives. It doesn't matter where we are and what we are doing, we are always helping others. I've met clients in places that many others wouldn't expect to. It all starts with a conversation in any place we're at.

Sep 25, 2012 07:53 AM #40
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Jeffrey Funk
Realty Executives Central Florida - Orlando, FL
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You hit the nail on the head, Richard. Especially when you plan a vacation. Murphy's Law!

Have a nice day,

Jeff

Sep 25, 2012 09:05 AM #41
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
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Richard:

The photo looks like a very serene place to be.  Yes, it never fails.  When we have set aside time to relax or attend a family event someone calls us with an urgent request.  And don't even think about vacation.  Every vacation I have taken has been proceeded by calls from people who finally decided to sell or buy.  Yikes.

Sep 25, 2012 09:36 AM #42
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Robert L. Brown
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Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Michigan

Going on vacation soon. Somewhere very peaceful. Yes there are times when you need to recharge.  We ALL need it.

Sep 25, 2012 09:45 AM #43
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Eric Michael
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Richard, you're so right about this! If I plan to watch the Lions game, something comes up. Grocery store? Phone starts ringing.

Sep 25, 2012 10:51 AM #44
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