Do You Take Off Work on Labor Day?

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best day to buy a homeBecause of cell phones and computers, how do you get away from work on Labor Day? I just heard the trucks on my street scraping up garden refuse, so I know that some Sacramento city workers don't take off Labor Day. I suspect it's because they can earn time-and-a-half. Plus, it's an early morning job. But do you take off Labor Day? Relax with the family, go to the beach or on a hike or maybe just stay home and read a book?

I received an email this morning from an Lori Kim Polk, wishing me a happy Labor Day and suggesting that I enjoy my day off. <Waving -- hi Lori!> What day off? I have a home showing tour this morning and another in the afternoon. It's my clients' day off, not mine. Some of my associates have set up open houses today to accommodate the number of buyers who will be out looking at homes.

I'd say I work most holidays, except maybe Christmas. However, that can be the best day to buy a home. With our non-stop busy lives, I imagine most people are doing some kind of work today, but maybe not. What about you? Are you taking Labor Day off?

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Rainmaker
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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
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we mostly do...

Labor day is a fantastic day here in Virginia. We have family here from New Orleans and they are enjoying beautiful weather!

your friend in Charlottesville!

September 01, 2008 11:51 AM #21
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR

Gotta go treat my fleas in my fleas infested house.  Other than that, it's a free day.

September 01, 2008 12:06 PM #22
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Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
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I'm out laboring. That's what Labor Day is for, right?

Sandy

September 01, 2008 12:17 PM #23
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Sue Berger
Gladwin, MI
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I'm in the office today,  it can be one of the best last hurrah days of the year.  Usually we start to slow down right after Labor Day.  I've had two good calls this morning will see where they lead hopefully to an offer or better yet a closing. 

September 01, 2008 12:28 PM #24
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Lisa Glowacki
Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts - Tiverton, RI
Real Estate Broker - RI & MA

Nope, I with Sandy I labor.

September 01, 2008 12:55 PM #25
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
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Looks like about 30% of the responses so far are taking the day off. Well, except for that little part about typing in front of your monitor. :)

Happy Labor Day, everybody. I'm back out for my second showing of the day. Then, I'll write about 1,000 words for my book, maybe put together a list of blogs I need to write for my About.com site and, if all goes well, enjoy a grilled steak dinner on the deck with my husband.

Good luck with the deflea-ing, Barbara. Google "Fleas in the House." It ranks number one. :)

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September 01, 2008 02:06 PM #26
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Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
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Hi Elizabeth!  I'm working and happy to have the business and be needed.  Well, I showed a house this morning, enjoying ActiveRain right now, may write an offer later, probably enjoy a dinner at some point.  I perfectly happy and love the flexibility....I used to be tied to an office job, so I really appreciate this!

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September 01, 2008 02:11 PM #27
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Elizabeth:  I take about 75% or better of holidays off!  I find that most of the clients I work with like having days off to relax.  Home shopping is anything but relaxing.

September 01, 2008 02:28 PM #28
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Carol Clay
Looking Glass Realty - Brevard, NC
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Taking the day off...Hmmm..I remember that concept. But not today. In this down market, we're on 24/7. The only exception is next week. We're taking the day (or hope to anyway) to turn off the cells and tune out the world. It's his birthday and we're hoping to get some hiking in.

September 01, 2008 02:32 PM #29
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Thesa Chambers
Alpine Real Estate - Bend, OR
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I too work most holidays for the same reasons you mention - and since about 60% of my market is second homes you really have to work holidays if you want to make a go of this business.

September 01, 2008 05:18 PM #30
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Mike Klijanowicz
Baltimore & Harford County Maryland - RE/MAX AMERICAN DREAM - Perry Hall, MD
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  I had an open house this weekend (not many other agents did), and I met two new prospects.  One seller and buyer and one First Time Home Buyer.  I wrote a contract that got accepted today for a first time home buyer and met two more new seller prospects from a sign call late this afternoon who were out driving around.  MAN WHAT A WEEKEND!

September 01, 2008 08:35 PM #31
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I hear you, Ann. Flexibility is one of the reasons I'm in this business, too. I might gripe now and then about working 20 hours a day, but then there are days where it's much more reasonable. I'm happy today because my buyer from this afternoon found a great deal and wrote an offer, plus, the buyer from this morning most likely will write an offer tomorrow. It was productive. And I was able to accommodate both of these buyer's schedules whom otherwise might not have been able to get a jump on today's competition!

Hi Chris: Well, most of the buyers I work with are dedicated to getting the job done before prices go up.

Hi Carol: I go hiking with my husband on his birthday, too!

Hi Thesa: I guess second-home business demands more. I never thought of that before.

Hi Michael: Good for you! See, it's been a good weekend when you can make it rain.

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September 01, 2008 08:39 PM #32
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Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
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I did take today off, but I had to spend some time this evening reading my favorite bloggers.

September 01, 2008 11:14 PM #33
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C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Flushing, NY

Elizabeth, I took the "day" off but had to go back to work in the "evening." Such is life in RE. :-)

September 01, 2008 11:55 PM #34
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Hi Fred and C: And it's back to work this morning in any case, right? :)

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September 02, 2008 10:06 AM #35
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Jim Crawford
RE/MAX Paramount Properties - Atlanta, GA
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Like I need more time off?   LOL!  We take off, but it is amazing that the phone does ring on holidays and Sundays and even late at night.  It we feel it is urgent we act on it especially this year. 

September 02, 2008 10:10 AM #36
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Hi Jim: Except for Wednesday nights when I work later, I leave my cell on from 7 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week. If clients need to contact me after 7 PM at night, they can email me, and I'll respond. I do set some limits. :)

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September 02, 2008 10:28 AM #37
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

I left my office on Saturday afternoon and didnt look back.  I shut my puter off...and my cell phone as well.  I spent the weekend (and Monday) playing with my sons and wishing I could just get paid for that...:-)

September 02, 2008 11:28 AM #38
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Erin Stumpf (Attardi)
Dunnigan Realtors - Sacramento, CA
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I did not work on Labor Day...I went fishing on the Lower Sacramento River in Redding.  I have started taking Sundays off too...I would make an exception if I needed to.  It is just not fair to my husband if I work so much.  I know my little weekend trips have cost me business, but I will choose my hubby over a client any day.   

September 02, 2008 09:14 PM #39
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Hi Clint: I wish I could do that, but I can't. To each his own, I suppose.

Hi Erin: Ooooo, I'm so jealous. I LOVE fishing. Fortunately, my husband is a workaholic, too, so he doesn't mind my work schedule. Well, that, and I buy him presents, you know: new car, remodeled kitchen, actual planned vacations in Europe. The way it works in my household is my money is our money. So, thank goodness, he forgives me. :)

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September 02, 2008 09:26 PM #40
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