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Angela Pelti…, Real Estate Pro in San Antonio, TX

I currently work from my office at home and it works out nicely, anyone else do the same? What is the biggest advantage/downside to this for you? :)

Asked by Angela Peltier, San Antonio, TX Tue Apr 23, 2013

For me the biggest advantage is Convenience to have everything here for me at all times without driving anywhere! I would say the Downside is maybe the lack of interaction with other agents/mentors possibly.

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I have worked from home since the "going got tough" in 2007. It worked out perfect for me because I have had to work very hard long hours since, not getting dressed, putting make up on, fixing my hair, driving from and to the office saved me a good 2 hours of the day.

As REO agent I am able to provide faster response to Clients and other Agents. Being next to the computer and my cell phone with no distractions to accept assignments and contact other contractors and parties related to REO transactions has allowed me to comply in timely manner, keeping the rating high and the complaints to a minimum.

The only downside is that often Clients and Contractors show up in my house as if a commercial office with no previous notice.
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I have done both, where I worked from home and where I have forced myself to go to the office everyday. I have found that you do a lot more actual business from the office, there is always something needing/garnering your attention when you work from home. If it works for you than that is all that counts though!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
I have an office at home as well as one at the brokerage and by far, my favorite place to work is at home. I find I get more done with fewer interruptions or distractions.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 25, 2013
For pure productivity, I prefer working at home. I have no kids or pets living here, so it's always quiet. The biggest benefit is that if I have an idea in the middle of the night, I stumble down the hall and tap it into the computer, where it will keep until morning. I'm always out of the house no later than 9am, either meeting with someone or bird-dogging property, so it's not like I'm sitting home all day in Donald Duck jammies with a button flap in back.
I also keep an 8 bottle wine cooler in the corner so I can work late, drink and not drive.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
I work out of the house mostly... Saves me on gas ;) LOL!

For me, there really isn't much difference. I am pretty self motivated, and I like that I don't have anyone to distract me when I am focused on the business.

It's nice to interact with agents sometimes, but for me, I'd rather stay on task.. so being at home is a huge advantage..

:)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
I have an office at home and at our Century 21 office. I have to go to the office and shut the door. Working from home I get distracted at times. Dogs, neighbors, fridge.... :)

Good luck to you either way!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
Exactly my point, I have cut the cleaning lady from 5 days to 2, now once a week ;)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
Yanoska! People show up at your house unexpected? Yikes! That would mean I'd have to clean the house too????
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
Angela,

Hi! I have recently started working from home, and I find it extremely refreshing. I find that I'm able to conduct my business in a more organized and efficient manner, due to the lack of distractions that can come from being in the office. The only downside is the driving. My home is not centrally located, so if I meet a client in the morning, then another in the evening, I spend a great deal of time in the car that could be spent differently if I were in a different location!

Once I started working from home, I realized it's the best way for me to perform optimally, and my production has definitely shown it!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
Hi Angela,
I work out of my home office in the mornings as I can get a lot accomplished on the computer and phone with very little distraction. I'll usually head into the office in the afternoons (if not out with clients) to keep informed on what's going on in the market with other agents and to perform large print jobs or scan documents. And, since I'm a "Tech Champ" in my office, I also help out other agents with technical issues so my presence is needed there.
My office is a very friendly office where agents engage with others on a daily basis so sometimes it's too noisy to perform at your optimum level. And often times; I have to go into a conference room to make a call to discuss confidential information so...I do find it best to work out of my home office.

Best wishes to you!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
If I work from home I tend to take my doggie to the dog park and hang out, I sometimes don't get dressed and therefore look kinda icky if someone needs to look a property. I do like the interaction at my office, and given that I work with an amazing group, who are gracious, positive and have awesome attitudes, I try very hard to mostly work at my office, and not at home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
You might consider joining IREP - idependent real estate professionals. Membership is mostly small office brokers and agents that work out of the house. Go to http://www.irepsa.com for more information.

Good Luck,

Roland Gonzales
210-722-2725
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
Most agents do much of their work out of their house except when meeting clients so real estate offices tend to be empty mostly except for office meetings. If you miss the interaction with other agents, get involved with Sabor committees and activities. It's a good way to meet other like-minded individuals and create alliances. You might even find a mentor.
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