You all know that these days nearly everybody works hard. The increasing responsibilities of life are well documented. So it came as a surprise to a realtor colleague of ours when he was asked by a prospective customer… what exactly is it that you do all day? To be more precise, the way it was asked was “what exactly is it that you Doooo all day?
A bit of questioning allowed our colleague to realize that this customer believed that being a realtor would be so much fun because you’re able to tour all those pretty houses and drive around.
Being a realtor is a great job. Being able to tour those homes has little to do with it. So we thought we’d give you a glimpse at the job description of the duties in One Week In A Realtor’s Life. Our version is condensed in hopes of keeping you from nodding off by the second sentence. This is what’s on your realtor’s mind:
Call seller to verify completion of repairs. Explain what a neighborhood amenity is and verify current HOA fees. Get the disclosure sections signed and delivered on time. Negotiate an offer. Confirm that the loan has been funded. Keep blogging to keep the site active. Answer the phone. Coordinate the timing with the attorney for an upcoming closing. Deliver the HUD form and review for errors. Schedule listing appointments for buyer who’s arriving from out of state. Answer the phone. Maintain yearly continuing education classes. Attend a property inspection with a buyer. Update website county tax information. Prepare comps. Research title information at the courthouse. Answer the phone. Assist with staging and photography of a new listing. Order home warranty. Document and deliver escrow money to broker. Meet the appraiser. Answer the phone. Return missed phone calls. Prepare neighborhood flyer. Place lockbox at new listing. Attend meeting at Board of Realtors. Collect local advertising for relocation package. Recommend hotels. Attend re-zoning meeting.
We don’t need to do these things backwards and in high heels. We just need to do it while we compete with thousands of other realtors, none of whom earn a fee until after a closing happens. And oh yeah… did we mention, answer the phone? (Touring those beautiful homes is icing on the cake).