Sometimes Clients Can Forget You're a Real Estate Agent

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

real estate agentsYesterday, being Columbus Day, meant there was no mail, agents couldn't call the banks to follow up on short sales and many workers got the day off. But not title and escrow companies.

I met clients at my office to walk them over to the title company for signing loan documents. These buyers had been looking for a long time to find their dream home in Midtown Sacramento and were finally going to closing on a home on which they battled multiple offers and won a Request for Repair. It had been a long road.

We met in the lobby of my office and, as usual, exchanged hugs with each other. Mrs. Buyer said, "Oh, I'm so lucky to have the day off. I guess a lot of people have the day off today. You have the day off, too, right?"

A bit of silence.

"Oh, duh, I guess you wouldn't be here then."

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Rainmaker
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Scott Cowan
RE/MAX Four Seasons

LOL! I love that oh duh comment... my clients seem to assume I am never working when we meet. I get comments like "Oh what are you doing today?' Showing you this house? etc... I love what I do and I while I am working a lot it rarely seems like a job! now to me that is success.

Best,

Scott

October 14, 2008 10:19 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Associate Broker, Northern VA
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA

Elizabeth:  Vrey cute story.  But it is nice that our clients begin to think of us as friends.  You are sure to get many referrals from these buyers.

October 14, 2008 10:19 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

The day off for the other person is our best day to work. : )

October 14, 2008 10:25 AM
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Patty Anaya
Broker / Owner, Reliable Realty Service | GRI, e-PRO,
Reliable Realty Service

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Hee! Hee! Hee! Ha! Ha!...Good one!

October 14, 2008 10:39 AM
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Marie Meyer
Orange County New York Realtor
Keller Williams Realty

Hi Elizabeth ... Come on ... what we do isn't work!  LOL

October 14, 2008 11:00 AM
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Debi Ernst
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors

Elizabeth - Do we ever get a day off...?  But it's very rewarding helping people...  :)

October 14, 2008 11:08 AM
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Hi Scott: What are you doing today -- showing you this house? Ha, ha, ha, ha. That's priceless, Scott.

Hi Chris: Actually, these are the second buyers from the same rental house whom I've helped to buy a home. They're giving my card to the new people moving in. I'm thinking that landlord must be wondering by now why he keeps losing tenants.

Hi Barbara: Yup, that's why I generally work on holidays.

Hi Patty: Glad you enjoyed it. Real life experiences are often the funniest, no?

Hi Marie: It depends how you define work. In some ways, work is play and play is work.

Hi Debi: I dunno, do you? I basically work 7 days a week from 7 to 7. And I love just about every minute of it. Just about. :)

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October 14, 2008 11:31 AM
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Tom Braatz
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459

Elizabeth

A day off? Realtors? In a great market?

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

October 14, 2008 11:56 AM
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Tammy Lankford
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Lane Realty

Elizabeth- That's a very cute post.  I work most holidays as well.  Our office closes 5 days a year.  New Years, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  I have sold homes on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  We roll our office line to an agent when we are closed.

 

 

October 14, 2008 03:01 PM
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Norma Toering
Palos Verdes Homes in Los Angeles Area
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Elizabeth - That's a great compliment!  You must make your job look so easy, and so much fun for the buyers, they don't associate it with working.

October 14, 2008 06:50 PM
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Hi Tom: Great market or not, we're all still working 24/7. :)

Hi Tammy: I answer my phone whenever it rings. Even if it's a crank call, and I've received one of those today. Haven't had a crank call in years.

Hi Norma: I guess the buyers just didn't put two and two together immediately. I thought it was cute. :)

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October 14, 2008 09:15 PM
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Kristin Hunteman
CDPE, SFR, CSSA, ABR
Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Cute story!

October 14, 2008 09:20 PM
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Debi Ernst
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors

Elizabeth - I agree.  I haven't gotten a vacation, yet.  However, I do try to sneak a few hours in here and there... :)

October 15, 2008 08:07 AM
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Mary Pope-Handy
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Sereno Group Real Estate

What a sweet client, if momentarily a little spacey. It's understandable, though. She was happy to see you and associates you with her own off time. Besides, she's getting ready to close on a home!

Darling clients - mine are often like that, hugging me too....

Mary

October 15, 2008 10:14 AM
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Lisa Spalding
REALTOR, CDPE
Casa Latino Four Corners, REALTOR, CDPE

(Grin.)  Cutest (true) story I've heard today!  :)

October 15, 2008 04:04 PM
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Hi Kristin: When I find a cute story, I tell it. :)

Hi Debi: I'm doing a vacation over Christmas this year. Sales be damned. My husband and I are going to Kauai to stay at the most expensive hotel on the island. I've had no time off for a year and I deserve it! I mean, we deserve it, heh, heh.

Hi Mary: Both the buyers are darling, and you've hit the nail on the head. I love them to pieces and hope we'll be friends for a long time.

Hi Lisa: My cat thought it was cute, too. Oh, wait, he's puking now. Lovely . . .

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October 15, 2008 08:13 PM
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Jessica Bigger
Realtor - California Coast Real Estate
RE/MAX Humboldt Realty

Elizabeth - What a great story, I have to agree with the girls above...very cute.  Yeah, come to think of it we rarely get a complete day off - ie: phone on all the time.  But it's a good reminder to take some time away for just you.

October 17, 2008 01:17 PM
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Hi Jessica: Even if I take off a day, which is pretty rare, I still leave my cell phone on. Unless I'm in a movie theater. :)

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October 17, 2008 02:40 PM
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Jessica Bigger
Realtor - California Coast Real Estate
RE/MAX Humboldt Realty

Elizabeth - Yeah, I can see that getting a bit embarassing, especially if your phone rings during a really important, on the edge of your seat, movie moment.  Thank goodness it's really dark in those theaters, huh.

October 18, 2008 11:17 PM
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Hi Jessica: If I left my phone on at the movie theater, I'd be hit in the head by flying popcorn boxes if it went off. :)

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October 19, 2008 11:07 AM
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