Rural Real Estate Agent Is Living The Dream
Rural real estate agent is living the dream in south Sacramento County. Weekends are often crazy busy both showing rural property and living the rural life 7 days a week. A prime example of this was last weekend. My schedule started with a 10:00 AM showing our beautiful 10-acre Italian villa listing on Indio in Sloughhouse. The showing was set for 1 hour but went for 2 hours. The buyers loved the property and had many questions. This put my schedule 1 hour behind; that’s the life of a rural real estate agent living the dream.
I had already booked a 12:00 PM appointment to pick up three new chickens and return one from my rural residence, Regal J Farms, in south Sacramento County. Calling the chicken farm to explain was the next step informing them I would be an hour late. I ran home, put on my boots, grabbed the broody chicken and two portable animal crates, and flew over to pick up my three new chickens. The broody chicken was happily returned to the former owner. I took my new three chickens home. I put them in the chicken coop, and it is now 3:00 PM, and I’m due to show our Lodi listing on two and a half acres at 4:00 PM. My chicken coop is located next to my horse corral.
I went to throw some hay out and noticed my Gypsy Vanner horse; an 18-month-old 850-pound filly, was acting odd. She was up and down and rolling over and over and was moving her mouth back and forth. She also had loose stools. I thought, OMG, its colic, a severe, potentially life-threatening condition for horses. Immediately I grabbed a halter and lead rope and began walking the filly round and round the pasture. I called my vet to ask him to come out on an emergency ranch call. The next call was to my 4:00 appointment in Galt. I asked the buyer if Ok to meet him at 5:30 PM as I had an ER appt for one of my horses and was waiting for the vet. This lovely client said, “no worries, 5:30 is fine.”
I walked the horse for 45 minutes, and my brother in law came out with my back brace and took the horse for a few laps to give me a break. I had put on my farm apron to keep my work clothes clean, but it was a warm day, and I was feeling it. My equine vet, Dr. Hunter, showed up and gave my horse a few injections, listed to her stomach, took her temp, and left some probiotics for her. Whew, she was going to be alright. It is now 5:00 PM, and I have 30 minutes to drive 25 minutes to Lodi. I ran in the house, changed my shirt and shoes, and drove like the wind to Lodi–of course, I followed the speed limit.
I arrived in Lodi at 5:35 Pm, and the client arrived shortly thereafter. The children came and his wife and their parents–this was a second showing after a seller counter offer was sent out. They all loved the property gave the buyers a thumbs up. The buyer said OK, he would accept the seller counteroffer, and off to escrow we go. It is now 7:00 PM and starting to get dark. I said goodbye, drove to a chicken wing place, picked up dinner, and headed home to the farm.
Upon my arrival home, I had to move some chickens around as new chickens sometimes get picked on. I took the two older hens and moved them to my old chicken coop in the back of my property. I gave them food and water spread out some old hay for their bedding. and said goodnight. Then, back to the front chicken coop to check on the three new pullets hens. Two were golden, and one was black with metallic green feathers. They all seemed to be doing fine.
My Gypsy Vanner filly was resting, no longer in pain; what a relief. It is now 8:30 PM and time to eat. The lemon chicken wings were delicious. Late night is a great time to catch up on the paperwork. I sent off the Lodi property counter, and the buyer signed. We call this Lodi listing the mini white house, and yes, it went into escrow.
This is not an unusual day. A rural real estate agent is living the dream of daily ranch life and selling rural property. Of course, we sell all kinds of real estate, not just rural, but it is a block of our business, and we take every showing and every sale to heart. The key to all this is keeping your feet moving and updating people to keep appointments moving along.