Edwardsville IL Homes for Sale and Real Estate : What Do Realtors Do All Day Anyway?

What Do Realtors Do All Day Anyway?

I've heard from some people lately who think that the "glamorous" part of real estate -- you know, the part you see on TV -- is all we do all day long.

Show a luxury home, get our nails done, have lunch with girlfriends and go to closing to pick up a big, fat commission check and a Martini.

Pardon me while I laugh out loud.

That thought prompted me to keep a log -- for just one day -- of the dozens of tiny details that buzz around in a Realtor's head throughout the morning, afternoon and evening hours.  Here's a recap of many -- not all -- of my real estate-related activities over the past 24 hours:

  • Checked to see if a buyer's lender can fund earlier than our contracted closing date.
  • Called a buyer's agent to check on her buyer's inspection response.
  • Communicated with my transaction manager about a pending short sale listing awaiting lender approval.
  • Talked with a customer who wanted to know why a big, national lender hadn't listed a home it acquired via foreclosure several months ago. Called the REO office of the lender. Transferred around only to find out that the asset was no longer in their system. No advice about where to check next. Told the potential buyer the bad news. Added the property to my watch list.
  • Sent a new buyer to one of my favorite lenders for pre-qualification.
  • Texted a seller just to say "hello" and keep in touch.
  • Chatted with another good, local lender about a buyer I sent to them last week. Yes, they got the pre-qualification letter! Now we can look at houses.
  • Added showings on one of my listings to our online feeback system so I can tell my seller anything significant about the showing if the buyer's agent responds.
  • Chatted with a buyer about her intentions related to a listing we've shown her twice. Explained the comps we gave her on the home so that she could discuss a potential offer price with her spouse. (Hope I don't see the house go pending today while they're still mulling it over.)
  • Emailed an agent with buyer's feedback on a showing.
  • Emailed yet another agent with another buyer's feedback on a showing.
  • Watched more CDPE course sessions streamed on my ROKU at home.
  • Received my new Illinois Broker's License in the mail. Turned it in to Managing Broker.
  • Designed and ordered new business cards.
  • Caught up on communications with expired listings after last week's vacation.
  • Talked with an agent from Central Illinois about a referral he is sending me for a seller in my territory; called the referred seller to set an appointment to see her house.
  • Added summer images of the exterior of one of my listings to the MLS and other sites to freshen it up visually.
  • Sent "Happy Anniversary in Your New Home" cards to last May's buyers.
  • Re-aligned the prices on a client's automatic MLS listing cart to reflect his new, lower, price range.
  • Added new customer names to my email newsletter list.
  • Bought St. Joseph real estate kits at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
  • Designed a new direct mail piece focusing on Just Sold listings.
  • Received shipment on my new Buyer Agency brochure for use at open houses.
  • Added MLS photos to a new listing. Planted a "For Sale" sign in front of the new listing and put a lockbox on the door.
  • Created an address-specific website for new listing.
  • Checked the MLS for new listings, closings, pendings to keep up to date on the market.
  • Visited with a couple who want to sell their home and move to a villa near relatives. Prepared comps and am headed out tonight to list the home.

Wonder when I'll find time to have that Martini and the cucumber spa treatment we lazy high-end Realtors get every Tuesday?

Friends, THIS is the typical day of an active Realtor.

And how was your day?

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Comment balloon 88 commentsNancy Milton Holtzscher • May 17 2011 05:45PM


Come on, that's it?  I hope that lots of consumers see this get a better understanding of a little slice of our day!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 9 years ago

That reminds me of the 101 Things That Can and Will Go Wrong in a Real Estate Deal list.  It's been years since I saw that list but it was an eye-opener for consumers as it listed everything agents do to keep a transaction on track. 

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 9 years ago

Hey, Margaret:  I guess I could have squeezed a few more things in except for that sleep addiction I have!

Norma: I haven't seen that list. Will have to look it up.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

We don't all list, market, homes and like walking land, showing waterfront and selling mom and pop groceries too. Like anything, the secret is work, creativity, time management and passion for what you do to cause fire in your belly to out perform. Day after day.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 9 years ago

Andrew, you're so right. Every. Single. Day.


Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

Looks pretty typical!

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) about 9 years ago

my wife's version of what I do is very similar.

      9:00 - 11:00 a.m. -  have breakfast with other agents

      11:00 a.m. - 1:00 - return to the office, sit at my desk and schmooze with other agents.

      1:00 - 2:30 - go to lunch with other agents, drink martinis and smoke cigars

      2:30 - 5:45 - return to the office, sit at my desk, make a few business calls.

      5:45 - 5:30 - make appointments for next day.

      after 5:30 - go home and give my wife a hard time.

Repeat as necessary.

Occasionally this routine is interrupted by "closings" that somehow happen mysteriously. 
I may have to write my own post about this one.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Nancy, you somehow forgot to add getting your Mercedes-Benz detailed while you're at the spa. Make that correction, will you please? Thanks.

~~ Wayne

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) about 9 years ago
Great post- most people have no idea the time and work it takes to be an agent!
Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) about 9 years ago

I know what a lot of agents DONT do all day, and that is answer their phones.

Posted by Andrew Martin (REMAX Accord) about 9 years ago

Nancy, it's amazing what we fit into a day, isn't it?  And that's no 8-5 day I'm sure.  Hopefully you can squeeze a little down time in somewhere in the week. And if you don't?  Well, then in a way good for you.  You won't be worried about where the next paycheck is coming from ;)

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Love the post.  What about the two hours you spend online planning your next three week vacation to Europe?  Doesn't that count? :-)

Posted by Kris Mon (RtownLiving) about 9 years ago

It is job that never ends. There is always something to do especially now, with blogging, Facebook, Twitter and other social media networking. You need to be technology savvy, a therapist when needed, always available, love working with people, and constantly lead generating. It is not an easy job and you have to love it. I do love it!

Posted by Diane Evans about 9 years ago

I love it (NOT) someone says I work part-time! I just laugh hysterically....

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) about 9 years ago

No one ever really understands how hard we work for our commissions.

Posted by Matthew Desaulniers, Phoenix Real Estate - 602-845-9440 (Welcome Home Realty) about 9 years ago

I have a list of 250 + things that we do in a real estate transaction.  I wrote it one day in reaction to some snotty young kid who said to me - well at least I have a real job, it's not like all I do is drive around town all day in my car talking on the phone.

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) about 9 years ago

We just sit in front of the boob tube and eat bon-bons! ahahhaah

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 9 years ago

Ha!   thanks for the amusing post today.  I have to chuckle when I think about it. Some of the "doubters" should follow us along the way to the closing table.   Let's see if they can do it...

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Nancy, if there is time left over I cook, clean, do homework, do yardwork...I can go on, but it would cut into what's left of the 10 minutes of personal time.

Posted by Maria Couto, Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You' (RE/MAX Premier) about 9 years ago

So true . . . it looks like my day.  While we have flexibility, we are still committed to the hours . . and hours . . .and hours.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Michele Myers, Harrisburg/Hershey Realtor (Prudential Homesale Services Group) about 9 years ago

Looks like a typical day Nancy. 

The only thing out of the ordinary was that it seemed that every step went smoothly and didn't require five or ten additional steps to make it right. 

Posted by Howard and Susan Meyers (The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore) about 9 years ago

Darn TV shows! Anyone who watches Selling New York definitely gets a skewed view of our typical days... on a side note, I love how they always show "potential commission" to be the 6%, making the number even more ridiculous - and further suggest we make way too much on each deal.

Posted by Andrew Robb, RE/MAX Realtor - Peoria, AZ (RE/MAX Renaissance Realty) about 9 years ago

I forgot to add:

  • Take time to blog on Active Rain.
Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

I love it!  I've been thinking of keeping a diary on my short sale listings and posting it so people can feel my pain  But, I don't want sympathy really just acknowledgement that this is a job not a spa treatment!  LOL.  

Love this the day in a life of an agent is not as glamorous as some might think.  Just because we don't punch a clock doesn't mean we don't want to punch something!  

Posted by Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879 (Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795) about 9 years ago


Great blog. To continue our business we have to work all day to build the funnel for future closing too. Thanks for reminding us it is a daily activity.

Although I admit that I have seen some agents that really all they do is socialize and NO they do not take a trip to their bank. No work, no closings :-)

Posted by Nona Swann, Serving the needs of the Sellers in Brevard County (Swann & Associates Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Wow!  You mean all your calls were actually answered?  Surely not.  You must have left out all the failed attempts to reach people and messages left for folks who either don't return your calls or return them when you are at a closing or a showing, requiring you to call them again and play telephone tag.

Seriously, it is unfortunate that many people have no idea how we earn our living.  There is one TV program ( I can't recall its name) that does show at least some of the stuff that Realtors do, all the expenses we incur, and all the effort that goes into our work, many times with no positive outcome.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) about 9 years ago

I WISH I could get that much DONE in a day! Wow! Impressive! I think that's why I'm always stressed...I can never get done what I want to get done.

I'm organized, but I guess not enough. Trying one more organizational tactic to see if I can truly stay on top of it all.

And I'm trying to give up the Chardonnay.....

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) about 9 years ago
What is really cracking me up is that I am pulling a Phil Dunphy right now, reading this on my iPad
Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) about 9 years ago

Great post!  And that was only one day...  You're right, most people don't understand what is involved.  I've been keeping a "diary" about the activities I do as a reverse mortgage broker and plan to blog it some day.  You have lit my fire to do this post.

Posted by Beth Paterson, CRMP, NMLS #342859 (Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, LLC, NMLS #1790592) about 9 years ago

Thanks for all of the fun comments, Rainers!

Catherine -- I know! That's the strange part. Any one of us could write this up for any day.

Alan -- Wouldn't that be the life? I love those mysterious commission checks that appear out of nowhere too.

Pat & Wayne -- Thank you for correcting my obvious oversight!

Kathy -- You're right. I know I was clueless when I first started.

Andrew --Boy that's the truth. I believe in answering my phone. That ringer sounds like money to me.

Karen -- I don't think I'd know what to do with an 8 to 5 day. Sound boring, doesn't it?

Kriselle -- Yes, I did leave out my vacation planning. But then I have "people" for that sort of thing, don't you?

Diane -- Yep, I didn't realize the part about needing to have a psych degree.

Pamela -- Uh-huh.  If 60 hours a week is "part-time," then we're your girls, right?

Matthew -- Yes, every penny is earned in 99 percent of deals.

Mimi -- Please, please blog that list. I would LOVE to see it.

Deb -- I kind of stuff the bon-bons in while I am driving. You know, multitasking.

Patricia -- Yep, one day this week I actually thought that digging ditches might be easier.

Maria -- Oh you make me laugh with this outlandish need for something called "personal time."

Michele -- I really did go into this line of work to be my own boss in a flexible situation and it has fulfilled that need in surprising ways.

Howard and Susan -- Had you fooled, huh? I decided in the interest of a clean-looking post that I had to remove all the sub-bullets that detailed the five steps supporting each activity.

Andrew -- Right! Selling NY is like a train wreck for me. I can't look away. And I can't help but think, "Wow, I'd only have to do ONE deal a year and I'd live like a queen!"

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing. I too would like to make my own list as some close to me think I go to the office and "just" sit at my desk all day.

Posted by Markita Woods NMLS#196099, Queen of Mortgages - FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage) about 9 years ago

Tni -- I was just watching Biggest Loser while I was catching up on the daily activities on the MLS (multi-tasking again) and I was looking longingly at that punching bag that they were beating the crap out of.

Nona -- That's what I keep telling myself. No work, no pay.

Susan -- You caught me. I lied. Had to leave out all of the missed connections in the interest of brevity.

Thomas -- I do it all with a yellow legal pad. I trained myself to have a sense of satisfaction when I check something off. Of course that's counterbalanced (in a bad way) by feeling glum about all the things I didn't get done.

Michael -- There's GOT to be something better to do with a cool iPad!

Beth -- You blog it, girl. I'd love to read that!

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

I'm cleaning it up.  Should be a post some time this week . . .


Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) about 9 years ago

Markita -- Right. I'm sure you're hanging out at the water cooler, lol!

Corinne -- I hear you. Really this is pretty typical for any of us, I think. I just made it a point to write it all down on the yellow legal pad today.

Mimi -- Good!  Message me when you post it. I already know I want to suggest it for a feature.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

Great Post.  I laugh to myself when my real estate students say they will make good agents because they "love people" and "love looking at houses".  When they are done with class their heads are swimming with what they need to know.  They don't yet know what all they need to do!

Posted by Jeanne M. Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - CIPS,GRI,S (Jeanne Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners) about 9 years ago

Jeanne -- Yes! Class teaches you how to pass the test, but not how to make a career in real estate. My second career was in PR and I refused to hire anyone who told me that they wanted to be in PR because they liked PEOPLE, lol! I love my clients, but that's only after they decided they liked me and I decided I liked them and we mutually decided to work together to achieve their real estate goals.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

Lol Great Post!! Friends often ask me what I do all day! Now i have something to send them everytime to remind them! lol

Posted by Coady Cline (Re/Max Signature Properties) about 9 years ago

What a great post and all the comments too. Everyone thinks that being in real estate is so easy . . . they have no clue of what we do day in and day out.

Posted by Michele Sims (Affinity Real Estate, LLC) about 9 years ago


If they showed all of the grueling things you do every day on TV. The show wouldn't last a week. It has to be glamorous to get ratings. Oh yeah, and have lots of DRAMA.

Posted by Michael Durnell, Escondido Home Inspector (PRP Inspections ) about 9 years ago

Coady -- Not to defend anyone who thinks we have it easy, but I also find myself wondering what other people do all day. And why they appear to be out during the day instead of chained to their desks.

Dale -- I was going to tell you I thought you could use an exfolliation.

Michele -- Sure it's easy provided you used to disarm explosives in a war zone for a living. Otherwise, not so much.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

Michael -- Agreed. Somehow a TV show called "Selling Edwardsville Illinois" doesn't seem to have the same cachet.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago
Amen sista! This is the hardest job I have ever worked in my life. Rewarding but it can give you high blood pressure at times.
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 9 years ago

Good thing you didn't have a closing or showing.  My last closing had 50 emails/calls within a 24 hour period.  Not much time for anything else when that happens.

Posted by Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator, Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro (West USA Realty) about 9 years ago

Great list. People don't realize what goes on behind the scenes. All the detractors should read this.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) about 9 years ago

It's a good thing we really don't have to work for our paycheck. Ha-ha

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

I cruise Facebook all day, blog, tweet, and take leisurely drives around town schmoozing wherever I go. Clients just mysteriously appear and problems never arise because my job is so easy. 


Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) about 9 years ago

And of course, because of the extreme flexibility, we are the ones the schools call since we can get away so easily.  My vet thinks my dog only has 1 parent.

But it's this, or the monotony of what many others do at their "jobs"

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) about 9 years ago

People seem to think we don't do anything.   Or that you can close a buyer in 10 hours of work....HELLO?  Ever try it?  My guess is not.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) about 9 years ago

Nancy: I like it. Sounds a little bit like my day except after all that stuff I had time for bon bons and a foot massage (LOL).

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) about 9 years ago

Lizette -- I wish for all of us a universe where buyers really want to buy and sellers really want to sell. That would make it a bit easier.

Brenda & Ron -- Exactly right. I am reminded of a recent closing (I had the buyer) where we discovered AT THE TITLE COMPANY that the sellers had removed one partner from the title after the property was in escrow. That ate up some time.

Dave -- Thanks, maybe we should have a mandatory of everyone's lists -- sort of like when Ulysses is read outloud on Bloomsday.

Tammie -- Right. I don't know what I'd do if real estate got in the way of my shopping and schmoozing.

Phil -- And flying monkeys are coming out of your...nevermind.

Claude -- Good point about regular boring jobs. I could never go back to that.

Ruthmarie -- You've given me a new goal that I will never reach -- a 10-hour transaction.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

Melissa -- I hate it when you brag.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

I always wonder why everyone doesn't have a real estate license...after all, its such an easy job. I would really love to see an acyaul REAL reality show...the life of an average realtor.

Posted by Natalie Tarrant (RE/MAX Little Oak Realty) about 9 years ago

Natalie -- I think you've got something. It could be like Real Housewives of RE/MAX or something. I want to be NeNe and get all up in someone's business.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago


I am exhausted reading what you have done in a day.  I feel like a laggard compared to you.  I need to be more organized so I can do more.  Very entertaining blog. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 9 years ago

I don't want to even think about the long day I had today.  I just want to go to sleep -- a few more mins and I'll be able to shut down for the night, then start up all over again.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 9 years ago

I know one of the realtors who did one of the HGTV shows where they show the buyers 3 homes and then close in 30 minutes. She said she actually showed those buyers 42 homes. LOL They filmed for days just to get the 20 minutes (10 are commercials) for the show.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 9 years ago
That would be interesting to make a list of the day. I would run out of ink.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 9 years ago


I LOVE my job! Our chosen profession!  But, your excerpt of your day looks a lot like mine and yes there is more!  We must be a rare breed of people to do what we do.  It looks a little overwhelming!  Can't imagine that there are too many 9-5er's that would give up the cush of their hours and lives for that matter to trade places with us.  I could be wrong, but I doubt it!




Posted by Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate, Getting you to your next with a zero failure rate! (Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor) about 9 years ago

Just half of that list would ware an average person down.  grat post and thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) about 9 years ago

I play on facebook all morning and then golf all afternoon.  :) 

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 9 years ago

Ugh, review agents contracts w/ tons of addendums. Line up contractors for a distressed property. Spoke w/ lender concerning a referral. Advise on a difficult transaction. Built 200 new web pages. Golf or Tennis then Martini's.

Posted by Frank & Jodi Orlando (Frank & Jodi Orlando Get Us A Home Realty Atlanta Homes Sale) about 9 years ago

Nancy, if not for the fact that I have 30 hours in a day and 8 days to my week, I don't think I could ever get caught up.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 9 years ago


I've been dealing with my seller's cesspool issues round the clock for 10 days now...  Indeed glamorous!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 9 years ago

Irene ..LOL ... don't you just feel like the Princess of poop? LOL 

We all work long hours, spin multiple plates simutaneously and juggle our family life somewhere in between. It is indeed a balancing act.

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) about 9 years ago

Evelyn -- I bet your list is every bit as long as mine. I just actually wrote it all down for once and it scared me.

Carla -- I know, blessed sleep. I can fall asleep in about 3 seconds and I've read recently that is considered a sign of sleep deprivation.

Maria -- Thanks for telling us that. I always hoped they were looking at dozens of homes.

Cheryl -- You're supposed to be writing those lists in sweat and blood, not ink!

Wendy -- That might be fun to organize a job swap. I bet a group of Realtors could at least go into an office and solve all of their problems before nightfall.

Ronald -- We're all superheroes.

Christiansens -- Mark Twain called golf "a good walk, spoiled," so I avoid that activity, lol! But I should add it to the list of all the glamorous things I do all day just for effect.

Get Us a Home -- Martinis for everyone!

Ed -- Shhhhhh. You're not supposed to tell the Muggles that we have learned how to bend time and space.

Irene -- I feel your pain. Most people happily don't even know there is such a thing as a cesspool.

St. Cloud -- Great circus image.  Now if some of those plates would fling themselves over to a closing it would be all good.



Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

Great list!  To the outside observer it can look as though we just kind of drift through the day and get paid for doing so.  I've thought that when I've been at the gym or getting my hair done or shopping during "business hours" 

What the pubic doesn't see is that "after work"  for most of us is around 8 pm and "before work" ends about 7:30. 

The public may see me lunching at a fun restaurant - what they don;t know is that it's almost always with a client.  What they also don;t see are the other days running home to throw in a load of laundry and grab a quick bite of cold whatever. 

Yes I drive a good car, I have to have dependable transportation.  I am in a rural area and my listings are in an over 100 mile radius,  One day I might show in subdivisions   the next I can be driving on a muddy ditchbank.  Four wheel drive is NICE to have. 

Just remember my rule, whatever shoes you start the day wearing will wind up being the wrong shoes for what you eventually do.  

Posted by Kathy Judy (Tri-Cities Real Estate retired) about 9 years ago

I see one big thing missing from your list!! PRAY!! That everyone you depend on to do their job correctly is doing it. After you have followed up with them to make sure they are doing it.

I would not have to do that as much if my buyers and sellers all followed my advice and used the lender and title I send them too.

Posted by EliSabeth McDermot about 9 years ago

Great post!  I hope non-industry types everywhere read this.

Posted by Adam Mallory, Broker, ABR, e-Pro (eBroker Real Estate 619-566-ADAM) about 9 years ago

I totally get what you're saying - most people have a very distorted view of what I do during a typical business day as well. And I feel a blog post coming on .. lol .. thanks!

Posted by Heather Cook, Quality Home Staging (Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design Inc.) about 9 years ago

Nancy, I didn't see lunch on there.  Did you skip lunch?  If people only knew what we do!!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 9 years ago

Hi Nancy,  Terrific post.  If people only knew.  Your schedule is even more loaded than mine !  Good selling to you !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 9 years ago

Wow Nancy! Realtors definitely deserve more credit than some people give them. But, people just don't realize. I can definitely empathize with you - one of the reasons we created IXACT Contact was to ensure that Realtors have a system for organizing their time and simplifying their day-to-day life as much as as possible. We also wanted to automate some of the marketing Realtors have to do so they can focus on other things like face-to-face meetings and relationship building. Thanks for the post!

Posted by Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy! (IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM) about 9 years ago

Kathy -- Love your shoes rule. True dat.

Elizabeth -- You are so right. My Buyer Board in my office is titled "Behaving Buyers" and it outlines all the steps they need to take to keep their heads in the game.

Adam -- Me too. We are too much like Rodney Dangerfield right now.

Heather -- Blog it, girl. Tell everyone the hard truth.

Hey, Mike -- Lunch was a salad at my desk. I figured that was too mundane for the list. Stress snacking later was mixed nuts.

Hey, Bill -- Loaded schedule not always translating into big sales. Bon chance to you too.

Thanks, Rich.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

Nancy - People really do think we have so much on our hands...

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

I love the flexibility of being an agent but it has it's downfalls too. #1 being, you only make as much as you are willing to work. We have flexibilty but if you don't buckle down and put in the hours, there is no money flowing in! Also, there are so many things to keep tabs on and all transactions are at different stages so you have to be very organized. I am dying to see Mimi's post when it is done!

Posted by Tricia DeSouza, Selling Scottsdale Luxury (HomeSmart) about 9 years ago

Great list!  You had a busy day.  It's articles like this that really spell it out for people who think all we do is make a few calls, sign some papers, and sit around surfing the net.

Posted by Bryan Robertson about 9 years ago

Gay -- We all need bigger hands!

Tricia -- I think the old saying, "You only eat what you kill" is appropos. Also can't wait for Mimi's post.

Bryan -- Yeah, I'm reading PerezHilton right now!

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) about 9 years ago

And all this time I've been trying to figure out how I can "fit in" as an agent and just drive expensive cars and golf all the time!

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 9 years ago

I've found myself having to really just be blunt with some buyers and their perception of how easy they think our job is.  They don't factor in the time it takes to make phone calls, research listings, schedule showings, do previews and then call them to see when they're available.

Not to mention the driving around to those listings and them not seeing anything they liked and having to start the process all over. All of this can go on for months without us even collecting a penny!

Posted by MeLisa Minter, Realtor, Bay Area Houston Real Estate Agent (Minter Real Estate Services) about 9 years ago

A former broker, who is now retired, called me today and wanted to chat for over an hour.  Has she forgotten what our days are like?  I kept telling her I had to go and she just kept talking.  How quickly they forget! 

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 9 years ago

There's a misconception we wake up mid-morning, put on designer clothes, drive in a new luxury auto to the office, take long lunches, and go home early.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Hi Nancy,

You are just doing it all wrong!  JK, so accurate - every newbie to the business and many of our clients should read this.


Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) about 9 years ago

You sound pretty busy Nance.  Maybe you could fit the martinie in after your last apt and before finishing up paperwork.  :-)

Posted by Don Black (RE/MAX Patriots) about 9 years ago

Just heard about your blog post after reading Alan May's subsequent post. I am still building a young business, so I can't say I do as many things each day, but I do all of them nevertheless. So mostly I engage in new ways to find leads via networking activities.

Thanks for a hectic agent to do list for when I am on my way to more closings! ;o)

Posted by Roseanne Campagna, Kent/DesMoines/Blk Diamond/Renton/Maple Valley, WA (John L. Scott RE Maple Valley, WA ) about 9 years ago

Now do all of that AND be a full time mom raising an almost 10 month old...I am in such need of a massage and pedicure. I'm sitting here on the couch with a rice sock over my shoulders trying to get them to relax. Who's got the time(and right now maybe the disposable income at over $4 a gallon, it's almost $80 to fill up my car.  There's my massage and pedicure...)

Posted by Kerry Jenkins (Prime Properties) about 9 years ago

Yeah and some folks think we're salaried.  RE/MAX pay me? Nope we pay to have these glam jobs!

Posted by Linda Metallo DiBenardo (RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois) about 9 years ago

Nancy, no business is as 'glamorous' or vapid as outside observers think. When I was in the film business, after a 12-14 hour day on location in someone's home or business, we would invariably get the comment, "Gee, I didn't know there was this much work in filming a commercial." There is. Same thing with doing a quality job in real estate. A lot of work. A lot of follow through. Great post!


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 9 years ago

THANK YOU for a wonderful, honest post!! I've had so many people say to me...it must be nice to just take off from work any time you want. Um....sure. I don't answer to anyone. Well, except my mortgage company, utility companies...no work, no pay. Call me crazy but I enjoy trivial, materialistic things such as a roof over my head, electricity and running water. :)

Posted by Dawn Nuzzi ('Til Dawn Real Estate) about 9 years ago

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