Many of my clients often ask what a typical work day looks like. Everyone seems to have different ideas about what a real estate professional does all day. The truth is, I don’t really know what each day might bring! Every day is different and often unpredictable. Often when I think I am just headed to the office at 8:00 a.m. for a quiet day of paperwork and catching up, I end up with a new client showing houses on the other side of town or playing phone tag with a lender or inspector all day on a currently pending transaction. As a mom of twin toddlers, it’s easy for me to be flexible with work tasks because I spend my days away from the office “rolling with” a busy, unpredictable home schedule too. In my opinion, part of the fun of this industry is that no day is “typical” and we have to be prepared for anything, but I thought it would be fun to take you through the course of a “typical” work day for me!
5:15 a.m. ― Wake up and check email and text messages. Make a mental note to respond to all later this morning.
5:30 a.m. ― Have coffee and work on email responses until it’s time for our daughters to wake up.
6:00 a.m. ― Shower and get ready for work. Girls are awake and ready to start the day, so email will have to be put on hold.
6:30 a.m. ― Receive the first text of the day from a buyer with some questions about homes we’re planning to see this weekend.
7:15 a.m. ― Babysitter (my mom — thankful for local family!) arrives so I gather my things and head to the office.
8:00 a.m. ― Arrive at ERA office. Chat a bit with colleagues already at the office and then get to work. Get stopped by a colleague with some social media questions, so I help her figure out what she is trying to do.
9:30 a.m. ― Finish responding to emails from overnight. Work on thank you/follow-up calls and emails from Sunday open house guests. Hosted two open houses that were well-attended, so I have about thirteen groups to contact.
10:00 a.m. ― Receive a call from a buyer regarding their home inspection tomorrow. Update calendar for meeting with the inspector at the property tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. because the buyer cannot meet with him.
11:00 a.m. ― Work on my social media updates, including Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Instagram. ERA has stressed the importance of connecting with clients and community via social media, so I am really making an effort to put some work into it!
12:45 p.m. ― Head out for a quick working lunch before driving to the west side of Evansville to meet with a seller.
2:30 p.m. ― Listing presentation with a retired couple who want to downsize. After a home tour and my presentation and discussion about marketing their home, we discuss numbers and their needs in the sale. I am getting the listing, so I make a note to get my photographer scheduled to take listing photos.
4:30 p.m. ― Leave listing appointment and respond to three texts and a voice mail received during the meeting.
5:00 p.m. ― Stop by the office to file the new listing paperwork. While there, I go ahead and respond to several emails I received during the listing presentation (I try not to do too much on my phone while driving ― safety first! — and it’s difficult to focus on email when I am home with my family.
6:15 p.m. ― Arrive at home and fix dinner. Play outside with the family for a bit since it’s finally nice outside!
8:30 p.m. ― Receive a call from the buyer’s agent on one of my pending listings. The buyers want all the custom curtains and decorative window treatments, even though it wasn’t in the contract.
8:35 – 9:45 p.m. ― Spend the next hour or so going back and forth via phone between my sellers and the buyer’s agent to negotiate these new terms. Once we reach an agreement, I write up an addendum for the purchase agreement and send to the buyer’s agent for signatures.
10:15 p.m. ― Watch some of the local news with my husband. Receive text from buyer’s agent letting me know he received the document and will have it signed and back to me tomorrow.
11:00 p.m. ― Check email one more time in bed and make my to-do list for the next day on my phone ― scheduling a closing for next week is at the top of the list, along with getting my new listing finished and active on the MLS.
11:15 p.m. ― Good night! It’s been a busy, productive day and tomorrow is shaping up to be the same!