Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Real Estate Agents Make Too Much Money! - Insert Schedule Here

Money HouseThere's a lot of myths about Realtors. One of the most persistent is that we make a busload of money for very little work. Not true!  The most amusing recent incident is when a date told me that Realtors make too much money. He's a computer network consultant and probably earns $300 an hour. It made a little angry to realize he thinks I make too much money! Believe me, I don't make anything like $300/hour.  But he's cute, so I let it slide. As promised, here's my schedule for the day.

8:30 - 9:30 Weekly Sales Meeting
9:30 - 10:30 Weekly New Listings Tour
10:30 - 12:00 Call affiliates for update on each home in escrow
12:30 - 2:00 Continuing Education Seminar
3:30 - 4:30 Loan Signing in Scottsdale
4:30 - 6:00 Travel to & complete Buyer Walkthrough in North Phoenix
7:00 - 9:00 Catchup on blog posts & emails
9:00 - 11:00 Movie with above mentioned computer consultant who thinks I make too much money. He's buying!

Mind you, the schedule changed 3 times today. At 9:00am I called Buyer's Friend Lender only to find that he didn't get his loan docs to title on time. No Loan Signing today! The closing will probably be delayed too. Super!

At about noon, Buyers decided they will do Walkthrough at 4:45 today after all. Lender still doesn't have loan docs to title and the actual closing is still delayed. I'm waiting to see if Computer Network Guy bails on me too.

The point of posting this? I want folks to realize that most Realtors do actually work a 40 hour plus week. And we often have very little control over our own schedules. Things pop up, a client needs you at unexpected times, and you go.

This isn't a complaint. I love my job and wouldn't do anything else if I could help it. But the misconception that I do nothing but collect fat commission checks gets on the nerves from time to time.