Is all your stuff in one sock?

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Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker Keller Williams Realty

I know I am not the only one in this situation.  I did not even know I was in this situation.  Until I decided to change companies recently.  The change in the market has made many of us tighten our belts.  I know that I am much more careful what I spend my advertising dollars on and how I market properties.  Not to mention where I grocery shop or fuel up the tank.

I changed offices recently and one of the benefits is that my office is located about 2 miles from where I live instead of nearly 25 miles.  I work from home mostly so one would think that is not a big deal.  However, I had two fully functioning offices.  Although I really only worked from home I kept the office at the office in case I had clients.  Rarely did I use it.  But this meant I had two desks, two or more file cabinets, printers, phones, internet services, storage cabinets, client chairs etc... WOW! 

It did not seem to matter which office I was at, the biggest problem I had was sometimes I realized that the paper or the file, I needed was at the "other office" 25 miles away. 

When I changed companies this time I really pared down.  I now have one desk, one file cabinet, one phone, more importantly one location for everything I need.  I don't have an office at the office.  I currently work from home as I have in the past but everything I need is here. 

I did not realize having my stuff scattered across the county would have that much affect on my productivity.  It really did not seem to matter much when fuel was not over four dollars a gallon either.

I am sure that I am not the only one that has made some changes about how they do business as a result of the increase cost of fuel and the market tightening up. 

 

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Nannette Turner Saunders, Associate Broker

Short Sales Coordinator

Keller Williams Realty

1709 Laskin Road

Virginia Beach Va

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Nannette Turner Saunders
Associate Broker Keller Williams Realty - Virginia Beach, VA
Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach

DeAnna Thanks for stopping by.  Making those kind of smart business choices is the foundation of success.  Best of luck to you!

July 21, 2008 05:23 AM #19
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Evelyn Panning
Property Connections Realty Inc. - Alturas, CA

One of the side benefits of "tightening" our belts is that we begin to look at what we are really doing. Does it make sense, are we wasting time and money.  Hopefully the new disciplines that we develop through these tough times will stay with us when we get into more prosperous times.

July 21, 2008 11:01 AM #20
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Regina Lundeen
Delaware Association of REALTORS® - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Well, I recently switch to an agency that is away than my other one.  As a listing coordinator for a team.  I work on a schedule.  At my old close office I was forever going in for just a hour or two or four because it was so close and I didn't want to ask the other team members.  Now - I delegate to the other members on the team at least the listing coordinator. 

But the rising cost of gas is difficult to absorb.

July 21, 2008 11:23 AM #21
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JO SOSS
HOMEFRONT Realty - Bremerton, WA
Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty

The sock is very cute! I have had a home office since 1994 - the first year I began in the business. Right now my physical office is about 45 miles from my home office and in a market I don't even work any longer. I love having more control over my business and my company understands and is supportive of it.

July 21, 2008 12:29 PM #22
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Edie Lomason
Michael Saunders & Company - Venice, FL
BA, ABR

Call me crazy!  I have only one office in my home.  I want to move to a company with an office for me.  I miss the fun of being in an office.  I have been at home for 5 years.  My company meets once a year and I don't even know any of the 400 agents. 

July 21, 2008 12:56 PM #23
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Judith Reppert
United Country Countryside Realty - Mount Vernon, MO

Yes, I moved from a further to a closer office this year, within the same firm.  I still work from home as much as possible, and my files just live in a "go box" so that they are with me wherever I go.  Plus laptop, etc.

I'm definitely far more careful about planning office trips to get all admin stuff taken care of at one time (or try to, at least!)

July 21, 2008 01:53 PM #24
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Betina

We all cut back where we can. I am keeping my office within the Keller Williams office. It is conveniently located and a great place to meet clients. I do keep a small file box in my car of current contracts and clients. It all works out. Good luck with your home office!

Betina

www.ZilkerParkHomes.com

July 21, 2008 02:40 PM #25
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Carolyn Gjerde-Tu-Davis
Lyon Real Estate - Davis, CA
Ca Real Estate

My office is about 2 miles from my house.  My long term goal is to have most of my business to be based where I live, but that is not realistic right now.  Driving 25 miles each way to get to your office sounds wearing.  Hope your new company works well for you.

July 21, 2008 02:42 PM #26
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Jennifer Esposito
JenRan Realty, LLC - Woodstock, CT

My main office is virtual because no one ever goes to the physical office-everyone works from home. 

July 21, 2008 03:09 PM #27
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Russ Ravary
Keller Williams Commerce - Novi, MI
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I carry a box with everything in it.  So I always have it unless my car is stolen.

July 21, 2008 04:13 PM #28
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Nannette,

     We have went to a closer brokerage recently and we pretty much just use our home office.  As a matter of fact, we don't have an office at the brokerage.  But this seems to really work out for us and we will continue to work this way.  We love it!

July 21, 2008 04:32 PM #29
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Kay Bennett
First Realty Company - Cookeville, TN
Your Best Cookeville Area Agent!

I was in the same situation myself over a year ago.  I changed companies and now I have only a home office.  I like it better that way.  I get more work done and save on gas when I can just do my paperwork from home.  I only meet folks at the office when I need to and they provide a empty room for folks like me to use.  Works out great.

July 21, 2008 04:53 PM #30
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Antoinette Scognamiglio
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Mountain Lakes, NJ
GRI, ASP - Homes for Sale - Jefferson Township NJ

Nannette,

Great point and so very relevant.  I have a fully functional (usually) office in my home and use the MAIN OFFICE (25 min. drive away) very infrequently...only there about 2x a week if that.  For all listings and sales, I keep two folders that are identical.  One for the office, one for home. It's working for now.  I update as correspondence gets faxed to the main office; but many times I can just request that any data be sent directly home.  Gas prices were a big motivator.  I'd move to a closer (in town broker) but I really love my current office and broker and can't justify a move!

Congrats on the featured entry.  You deserved it!

July 21, 2008 07:37 PM #31
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Glad this is working for you and less costly -- we all have to do everything we can to save money in this economy.

July 21, 2008 08:46 PM #32
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks for a great post!

July 21, 2008 09:05 PM #33
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Jim Lee
RE/MAX By The Bay - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

I do a lot of work from my home office and don't get to my other office every day; no need when everything I need is just a few steps down the hall in my home

July 21, 2008 09:43 PM #34
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Jim Lee
RE/MAX By The Bay - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

I do a lot of work from my home office and don't get to my other office every day; no need when everything I need is just a few steps down the hall in my home

July 21, 2008 09:43 PM #35
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Nannette, I just  did the same thing literally.  I went to sign the papers with a new company that is only one mile from my home versus the 22 miles with my other company. 

July 21, 2008 09:45 PM #36
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Nanette,

Congrats on your feature!

I'm with you on this one. I have a home office and a business office, fortunately I could ride my bike between both because I can't tell you how often I back track between the two. It's also like having more than one vehicle, what you need or want is always in the other one.

July 21, 2008 11:17 PM #37
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Congratulations on the featured listing. It will be great working from home.

July 24, 2008 07:12 AM #38
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