Diary of a Sacramento Realtor
On our Natomas listing, the Realtor takes keys after showing a listing. Can you believe it? Our lockboxes register the time and the buyer’s agent’s contact information. An agent called me 15 minutes after that last Realtor showed it. She said the lockbox was open and no key was in it.
We immediately looked online found the previous agent who showed it and she had taken the key. I called and asked her to please bring it back asap as an agent was at the property waiting to show it and could not get in. Her excuse was that the buyer had handed her all of her keys and she must have gotten them confused. This is why we have vendor boxes on the property as a back up for an extra key.
How much time should a Realtor spend meeting with clients? It depends. At the first meeting, I spend as much time as they need. That can be an hour to 4 or 5 hours on the first meeting. Time spent is based on the clients’ need to feel comfortable and confident in the person they are hiring. Sometimes clients need to spend more time getting to know their Realtor, especially at the first meeting.
I met the nicest people this weekend who had previously worked with our team. This was the first time we met. Together, we walked their piece of rural real estate. It was such an interesting piece of property. There were many beautiful oak trees. This amazing pomegranate tree was just covered with fruit. We picked some fruit together and sat in the shade looking onto the property. There were so many wild turkeys about, too. What a glorious afternoon.
Do Realtors ever sleep? It often depends on how busy they are. Some nights I have so many ideas that I can not sleep. I just sit at the computer and write away. Clients often call me until about 11 PM. The evenings are the best time often for clients as they are working during the day. For me, the phones quiet down as the banks, title companies, lenders, pest companies are not working after 5 PM.
Now, exercising 30 minutes a day is supposed to help you sleep, so that’s a good goal for October. Whatever you enjoy doing, walking, cycling, cross training, running or Rumba, all are great, just do some form of exercise every day. I often say: do Realtors ever sleep?
Dealing with title held in trusts and divorce is an interesting topic. When people get married, they often create a trust together. In general, they are each named as a trustee. When they buy a home, the title is often put into a trust. Unfortunately, in some cases, divorce happens. On this topic, I received a phone call from a referral source. He said he had met someone divorcing and they needed to sell their home.
Signing documents online is generally simple enough. This may not be possible in a divorce, especially if they are still living together in the property. When the clients can not agree, and I am in the room or on a conference call, sometimes I excuse myself. During the details of trusts and divorce when signing a listing agreement, with communications between the parties strained, I always say call your attorneys for legal advice.
International dog day is celebrating dogs. How do you celebrate your dogs? This day is about celebrating dogs and how they impact your life every day. Service dogs of course, risk their lives or work their hearts out to impact the peoples’ lives whom they serve.
It is also about doing what you can to help abused and or abandoned dogs. I have 7 dogs. Two of my dogs are German Shepherd guard dogs, 4 Schipperkes and one Terrier / Chihuahua mix rescue dog. These dogs provide me laughter, loyalty and companionship on a daily basis. I can’t put into words the connection I have with dogs, it is beyond the realm of definitions. My spirit is so very happy when a dog is by my side.