A Day in the Life of a REALTOR®
Do you ever get asked what you did all day? Most of the time, I respond with, “the usual” or “I had appointments and wrote an offer.” But when I sat down and really thought about it, I realized that I was downplaying what I do and that good real estate agents should be given more credit than they’re given. Take a look.
5:20AM – GET UP! Wipe your eyes and brush your teeth then head out to the gym.
5:45 -6:45AM Work out. Believe me, you’re going to need it. Stress and mindset is the enemy. If you can start your day off by doing something good for yourself, your day will be better. I promise.
7:00-7:15AM Read something inspirational while you eat breakfast. I have a daily devotional sent to my email. Again, you have to get your mind right to start your day off positively.
7:15-7:30AM Shower off the sweat!
7:30AM – First text message of the day comes in. A client wants to know if you’ve heard back from the builder.
7:30-8:00AM – Finish getting ready for the day. Make sure you look over your schedule and check the weather to wear appropriate clothing and shoes. You may need a raincoat.
8:00-8:30AM – Listen to a business podcast in the car. Gas light pops up but you have a coffee appointment. You can make it.
8:30-9:30AM – Coffee appointment with someone thinking about “getting into real estate.” Answer all their questions and wish them luck in their decision. Check phone in the parking lot before you leave.
9:30-10:00AM – Answer the 2 text messages you received and listen to the 3 voicemails. Scan your email and decide they can wait until you get to the office. Make two phone calls on your way in the office. The gas light is still lit up – oops.
10:00AM – Get to the office. Receive a text that the alarm is going off at your vacant listing. Get back in the car.
10:00-10:15AM — Hope nothing is wrong at the house and think back to who was there last. Take call from a lender wanting to schedule lunch. Still haven’t stopped for gas.
10:15-10:30AM — Realize that the “alarm” is actually the smoke detectors but that someone left the backdoor unlocked last time they were at the house so now you’re in an empty house with the smoke detector blaring in your ears and a little freaked out. Then you remember that the alarm was set when you went in, so, no intruders are in the house. Heart rate returns to normal after you get out of the house and your ears have stopped ringing. Now, what to do about the smoke detectors?
10:30-10:45AM — Phone call from photographer on the way to one of your new listings. Apparently he didn’t get the email your assistant sent yesterday with pertinent information so you give him instructions. OK, really need to get gas. Contact owner of vacant listing to discuss how they want to handle blaring smoke detectors. Call handyman and beg for him to get out to the house today to figure out the cause and make it stop. Still haven’t stopped for gas and you are back at the office.
10:45-11:15AM — Finally answer those emails and glance at the others that have come in since you last checked. Two more text messages to respond to and then make notes for your assistant for when she returns from meeting the photographer.
11:15-11:30AM — Jump in the car to head to your lunch appointment and remember you are about to run out of gas – but you’re going to be late. Look up number for person you’re meeting and it’s not in your contacts. It must not have been transferred from the business card yet. Well, you can’t be late, so you hope you don’t get stuck in traffic.
11:30AM-12:30PM — Lunch appointment with new referral resource. Discuss each other’s businesses and who you can introduce each other to. Check phone in parking lot and answer three text messages, listen to two voicemails.
12:30-12:45PM — STOP FOR GAS then drive to the office.
12:45-2:00PM — Get caught up with assistant on the morning and make phone calls to past clients.
2:00PM-3:00PM — New Buyer appointment.
3:00-5:00PM — Prepare online home search for new Buyer. Follow up on leads and referrals. Find properties to show to out-of-town client tomorrow. Phone call from a client’s lender letting you know they can buy the house. Call client and nail down offer details. Write offer and send to client.
5:00-5:45PM — Call client to go over offer while driving to a listing appointment.
5:45-7:00PM — Listing appointment.
7:00-7:30PM — Send signed offer to listing agent from your phone before you drive home. Return phone calls on your way home and stop to pick up dinner.
7:30-8:30PM — Say “hi” to family. Eat dinner while reading emails and scrambling to rearrange showing schedule for tomorrow because one of the houses you were going to show went under contract, another can’t show until after 3PM and another one was withdrawn from the market due to repairs being performed.
8:30-9:30PM – Decide what can wait until tomorrow so you can relax for a minute and spend time with your family before you pass out from exhaustion but see an email from a client you have been working with for several months and shown tons of houses for that says she’s going to renew her lease for a year because she may move out of state.
9:30-10:30PM — Seller responded to your client’s offer. There are multiple offers and the deadline will be tomorrow while you are out showing properties to your out-of-town client. You contact your client, explain what it means, change the original offer, and resubmit.
10:30PM — Gratefully collapse after a productive day.
If you’re a real estate agent, the next time you get asked, “what did you do all day?” Feel free to print this out and hand it over. It’s easier than having to explain it. Press on!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.