Recently, I was asked why I am never in my office. After all, don’t we have a lovely office in Grass Valley right next to the frozen yogurt store and across the parking lot from Valentina’s? We have a busy, happy, hard-working staff who are a delight to work with each day, so why am I NOT there every single day? Simple answer my dear readers: if I am at my desk in Grass Valley, I might not be working as hard as I actually am working. I do hang out there and get my desk work accomplished, but I have a solid, well established home office, a “flying office” in my car, and another “light weight” office in my van. I also am at the office when the other agents are working there so I can network (I call it nagging) with them about my listings, my offers, and to build rapport with our senior brokers (so they don’t give away my desk when I am working from the field)!
I am everywhere. It is a monumental joke to assume anyone can possibly describe what an average day looks like in the life of a real estate professional, but how about I tell you what Wednesday looks like in a given week, IF there are no surprises. Wednesday, oddly enough is the most predicable day in my world.
Wednesday actually begins on Tuesday after Tuesday’s work is done. I prepare for the early morning meeting we agents attend at the Nevada County Board of Realtors office, edit last minute flyers, and plan what I will talk about when the lovely pictures of my new listings come up. Why the Board office? That is where we attend our weekly “property pitch” day and multiple listing meeting. We are brought up to speed on the latest news from Sacramento, news from the county seat, and, of course. we are busy promoting our listings. We hear about upcoming educational requirements, new by-laws, and all sorts of important stuff.
In my case I would have spent Tuesday evening, or very early Wednesday, preparing food to tempt the Realtors to choose my listing to preview. WHAT? Don’t all the agents go to every single listing presented on tour? NO WAY! Every week is different, but, when it was Grass Valley tour day, we had 26 new homes presented. We have to be selective, since seeing even ten homes in a day is really hard to do. Honestly, unless your agent has food, door prizes, or some other bait, the only agents who are touring are the ones who have actively decided to preview inventory. Often times they go where the food is, or what is close to their office. So guess what? I have BAIT to get them there. Sometimes all of the above!
I leave the meeting, race to the house I am about to present, get the signs out of the car, drag helium balloons around to the signs, put Open House signs around the house, down each corner, and in front of the property, then load my flyer box with new, fresh, shiny flyers. I then assemble the luncheon I have prepared, drag cases of water to the kitchen, and hope that my sellers have cleaned the house, made the beds and shined the bathrooms. In case they didn’t ….guess who!
That is what happens until 10:00 AM! Then I begin to talk about the listing for the next four hours. What could I possibly know about any property that I could pitch non-stop for four hours? Well, that was what I did some of the other days in my week, went to the county to pull property permits, talked to the well inspector about the gallons per minute and potability of the well, met with the septic cleaner (yes that was a warm and lovely meeting) about the conditions of the septic, and, when I had a minute, actually monitored the cleaning and staged the house.
After tour on Wednesday, I then head out to do inspections, meet appraisers, and preview other homes that were on tour that I need to see for my buyers. If I am lucky every other week I get my hair cut, nails done, or, on the rare occasion, meet up with other agents for a bite to eat. Stay with me, that was only Wednesday. So ask yourself, “Why might I not see my favorite Realtor in her office?” She doesn’t have things to do there, or she would be there.
So call me, page me, text me, or scream as I drive by! I am everywhere, and one day just rolls into the next. If it is daylight I am out working. Sometimes after dark, too. And I love it.