As mobile workers, what do real estate agents do in-between appointments?

Asked by Trulia Miami, Miami, FL Tue Feb 19, 2013

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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Wed Feb 20, 2013
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Write blogs, answer email message, follow-up on showings, answer questions on Trulia, post to my facebook biz page...and so much more.
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Joseph Roraff, Agent, Onalaska, WI
Wed Feb 20, 2013
Answer questions on Trulia. :)
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Haha, touche!
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JANET SHER, Agent, Apex, NC
Tue Feb 19, 2013
Depending on the personality,passion and drive of a good real estate agent, there are not enough hours in a day as to what a great agent does in between appointments, I make use of my time in real estate. When driving, I am always looking for future prospects such as FSBOs. I make notes in my car as to where I found FSBOs, the description and location of the property for sale taking down their phone numbers; I constantly meet people wherever I go and never fail to mention that I am in real estate and hand out my business cards. Scheduling appointments to either list a property or show a property, cold calling and emailing prospective leads on my listings and company listings; researching properties for my buyers and preparing market analysis for sellers who may be listing their property with me; scheduling home inspections, termite inspections, handyman or licensed contractors for specific items to be inspected, repaired, etc. Calling lenders on the status of a
loan for my buyer, assisting appraisers at times in offering information on a former sale to help them in finding comparable sales; attending meetings, attending seminars, taking continuing education classes which is mandatory every year; preparing files for my clients (buyers and sellers); going to open houses in new home neighborhoods to familiarize myself with their inventory; become active in the community by volunteering in various aspects of society; attend Chamber of Commerce meetings; preparing listing contracts, sales contracts, assist seller or buyers in presenting offers or responding to an offer; schedule closing with attorney and keeping communication lines open at all times from beginning to end of a transaction; taking photos of properties I list; prepare fliers for my listings; find vendors to assist seller or buyer when a need to repair home issues; and at all times - "thinking out of the box" to prepare for my next client's real estate investment. At the end of a day, I check email and reply to email. Active in my neighborhood being a newly elected Board of Directors in our HOA. Attend political events. Socialize. Family is most important. I host family activities and enjoy a relaxing evening listening to soft music whenever I choose. Real Estate is very much an important part of my life. It is not a job - it is a way of life for me that has made me feel complete. I have a passion for all that is involved in this profession and I never forget that I am in a field that is a service to the community and I look forward to being a counselor to buyers and sellers who need real estate advice - but more importantly, I am their friend in real estate.
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Excellent!
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Meg Sahdala, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Tue Feb 19, 2013
Answering Trulia questions! Prospecting! But also preparing offers and portfolio for clients they work with, preparing marketing materials, reading and studying the market to improve their know-how, sending inquiries, follow ups, preparing contracts, reviewing listings, composing and answering emails, making endless phone calls, networking, looking for properties, coordinating inspectors, mortgage brokers, banks, attorneys etc. and lots more!

Meg Sahdala
Vivienda Realty

E-mail: meg@viviendarealtors.com
Tel: 305.877.2880
Fax: 305.675.3976
http://www.PerfectFloridaProperties.com
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Marco Torres, Agent, Miami, FL
Wed Feb 20, 2013
There is so many things to do. Follow up on your e-mails, evaluation of properties, searching for properties, doing marketing campaings, taking Real Estate Classes, Networking with other Agents, etc. A full time Realtor usually workis from 9 am to late at 7 pm. I love it.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Tue Feb 19, 2013
There is much more to real estate than showing property. The time between appointments is used simply for growing and maintaining one's business.

Bill
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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Tue Feb 19, 2013
I guess the answer will not be the same for all of us, except for bare necessities.

When I get up in the morning I have dozens of emails that need response, showing requests, REO tasks, offers to review, leads from Trulia, questions that need answers, requests for Broker Price Opinions, demands from Buyers asking me to check a property they saw on line, more, more and then the usual spam. In addition there is the large number of voicemails of those who love to start a very early day, yes, my cell phone will be off before 10:00am.

Since I work an average of 14 hours a day without a set schedule I juggle my personal life, yes, I do have a significant other, 2 children, mom, dad, cats.

Did I mention I have been top contributor on Trulia for 2 weeks in a row?
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Steven Epste…, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Tue Feb 19, 2013
prospect, follow-up, return calls, preview property, communicate with people, transactions, family & friends, commute, eat, use the rest room ... depending on what my schedule & priorities are ... What do you do? We're all human ... now this question is wasting my time, bye
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Nereida Figu…, Agent, Miami, FL
Tue Feb 19, 2013
Re-check my contracts, working in a new target, looking how is moving Real Estate market in different areas. Advertising, Finding new ways in how moving in my farming area. Scholarship is very important for me. Reading news specially in Real Estate. Working in my planner my goals.
Develop new ways to work with buyer and seller, residential, commercial real estate, etc.

Trulia is also one of my resource to learn.
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