Active Rain May 4, 2011

Do I Need Vacation?

Best kids in the worldShould I get a little R and R? You tell me.

Earlier today I put a slice of pizza in the microwave and began to input my bank card PIN. 

Not long ago, Ann mentioned Catherine’s excellent report card, and for a fleeting moment I began to worry that it wouldn’t comp out

On the positive side, I do remember the names of my children…better yet, they remember me. I’m glad, because I am busy. Every waking moment has been occupied for the past month, and I mean every…waking…moment. 

I wish it were just making lots of donuts. It isn’t. We’re fortunate to have plenty of pending transactions, but also many of the files we have in process are far more work than historically needed. Lenders are more cautious, buyers are more demanding, and sellers are anxios to make sure nothing goes wrong. That is quite a bit of hand holding, guidance, and reassurance that can double the work. 

This too shall pass. I know I am making hay while the sun shines, and I truly appreciate the efforts of my team and administrative staff to support the success of each client file. And my team of agents is truly inspiring. My new guys are hungry to do things right and are picking my brain, and my experienced associates have their noses to the grindstone. 

To the outside world, real estate isn’t labor intensive. You sign people up, input some data, and wait. Nothing could be further from the truth. The best metaphor I have ever seen is that of a duck on a pond: we may look like we have it easy to the naked eye, but below the surface we are doing some mad paddling.