A weekend in the life of a typical regional Realtor in DFW.
My Husband is always amazed by the way my weekend plays out, and he is constantly telling me that I should tell people about the real life of a Texas Realtor. The activities behind the scenes are pretty normal to me after 8 years, but he is perplexed by the variety of situations I encounter throughout the course of a day. So, he encouraged me to blog today about the weekend I just had. If you are considering a career in real estate, use this as a best-case/worst-case example. Busy is good, but a double-edged sword at times, too.
7:30pm Friday evening - met buyer client at my home office to write an offer. Finished up around 9pm.
5:30am Saturday morning - got up and ready, organized files, and headed off to my Plano office to meet another buyer client to write his offer at 8am.
8:00am-8:45am - Drafted offer and obtained signatures. Scanned and emailed offer to the seller's agent, then called to advise her the offer was sent. Described the buyers and the offer to the agent, so she could take that information to the owner's when explaining the offer.
8:45am - headed off to Burleson to show a home to a new prospective buyer client. Pleasantly surprised that the commute took 1:15 on a Saturday morning. The North Dallas suburbs to the South Fort Worth suburbs is only a doable drive on the weekends, but this is the only time this particular buyer has to look at homes - so it works out great for both of us.
10:30am - showed the house in Burleson. Yikes. Deferred maintenance. Stained carpets. Marred walls. Bad do-it-yourself paint jobs in almost all rooms. Dog poo in the gameroom (I kid you not!). Buyer brought her Uncle along (a home builder), and we walked the house inside and out. Not the house for her. But, we got along well and she asked if I would help her find the right home. I got more information about the home she wants, and we set an appointment to look at homes again.
12:00 noon - was in South Fort Worth and the rains were letting up anyway, so I headed to Duncanville, in South Dallas, and put chlorine in the swimming pool of a vacant home I have listed. Checked the house (someone left a light on from the last showing, so I turned that back off and checked to make sure the thermostat was still set properly) and left at 12:30pm.
12:30pm - Heading back to the North side of Dallas for two open houses. Fortunately, my wonderful Husband was holding one in Allen, and I was holding one in Frisco, so we met at his open house so I could open the door, and then headed to mine. My son surprised me and decided to come along, so he could see Mom for a while. Yeah - 13 and he still wants to spend time with me. That felt like a major victory!
2-4pm - held two open houses - both of which got foot traffic. Yeah!! The one I held had a scheduled showing during that same time frame. These days, it seems like buyers are using open houses as a way of informally interviewing agents, as well as checking out the homes.
5:00pm - met back at the house and got ready for dinner. We met an old friend and co-worker from my Boeing-Corinth days for dinner in Ponder (Ranchman's Steakhouse - very laid-back, casual, good food and great pies/cobblers for dessert - just what the doctor ordered after my day). Friend just moved back to the area and wants me to find her family a home in Ponder or Justin before the end of June. Guess what? This just turned into a business dinner. I picked up the tab and we headed home around 7pm.
7:00pm - checked voice mails in the car on the drive home. My buyer from this morning got his house, but there are a couple of small terms negotiated. My buyer from last night got a full-price counter and decided to walk away from the unreasonably priced seller. We set an appointment to get back out mid-week to look at a couple other homes that just came on the market.
8:15pm - got home and pulled the counter-offer from my computer - and my Hubby drove his tired wife over to Carrollton for buyer initials to the changes, so we could execute the contract tonight. Would not normally have worked on it this late, but that house had 12 showings and two offers today. I was not going to lay my head on the pillow tonight without having that contract fully executed. Other agent was kind enough to be on board with that.
9:45pm - got to Carrollton. Buyer and his fiancee were both there. He signed the changes and both of them gave me a big hug for working so late and making sure they could sleep soundly tonight knowing that home was theirs and not worried someone else would get it.
10:15pm - pulled into office in Plano - haven't I been here already today? Scanned and emailed the contract back to the listing agent.
10:45pm - got home, hugged and kissed the Hubby and son, and went off to brush my teeth and go to bed. WOW! What a great day!! But, must...have...sleep...
More of same, but only from 1-5pm. I'm not Wonder Woman.
Have a blessed day!
Certified Purchasing Manager
Keith Dobbs Team at RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs