Don't be alarmed... a day in the life of a broker

It's been the most crazy week.  First of all I have not been this busy in a month of Sundays. I'm working with THREE sets of buyers and they are all looking for the same house.  Well you know, not THE same house, but same general budget, area etc.  So when I know that person A has seen house G and that it would not qualify for the loan program that person B needs then you would think I could save myself some time, but not so much.  Sometimes folks just have to go see that there really is no stove and mold in the crawl space for themselves.

Thankfully I'm pending on one of them and hopefully the requested repairs from today's inspection will be made and we can get to the closing table on that one.  Had a scary moment today when the home inspector walked into the room and said "don't be alarmed, but I've called my personal nurse (wife) to come take my blood pressure because I feel a little dizzy" and then proceeded to go into the attic. I gave him a piece of candy from the counter, his wife who is a nurse did stop by and take his blood pressure. But he also called and made an appointment to see his doctor tomorrow. He also made it in and out of the attic without incident, but I was very nervous when he was out of my sight after that statement.

In the last 7 days our MLS has swapped out lockboxes.  Talk about hassle.  Various firms did it various ways.  We went and swapped out ours that were on hand and then went to replace the old ones on homes and then went and did the second swap.  One trip to each house, two trips to MLS office. Other firms went and picked up keys, put keys in combo boxes and swapped all at once and then are in the process of getting lockboxes back in place.  Those who have the keys in the pockets, well those sellers missed a few showings.

PS- Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents remember saying you hoped my first duty as president negotiating the swap of lockboxes went well.  I got them to do an even 1 for 1 swap, so good right? 

My desk is a disaster.  Mind you *I* think it's a disaster so it's REALLY REALLY bad. I need to get some tax things posted and I just can't do it until I clean my desk, so tomorrow is THE day I clean my desk.  Today I'm just leaving it all where it is.  It was a very long day. Having a 9 a.m. appointment is just NOT my thing. I would never tell a client "no" to a 9 a.m. appointment, but I'm not much of a morning person and I left home without my fit bit and without making a pot of coffee.  I feel the need for a keurig at home coming on for such occasions. 

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Comment balloon 20 commentsTammy Lankford, • February 11 2016 02:26PM


I feel like I'm missing something when I don't have my fitbit on. 

Get that desk clean and your energy will start flowing again. 

I'm glad to hear you are busy. It sounds like your spring is going to start off with a bang. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 5 years ago

I rememeber when Elizabeth went through this.  The one for one swap was definitely a win for you, Tammy.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 5 years ago

Tammy I feel for you - a brokers life is never cut and paste!  Hang in there! I know once you get your desk cleared off and taxes in order you'lll be feeling a whole lot more organized (and maybe sane)!! NAAAAA not without coffee!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) almost 5 years ago

Sometimes being that busy can throw you off your schedule.  Just take a deep breath, hold it for a moment, then move forward.  Sometimes that quick moment can help center yourself.

Congratulations on being busy!

Posted by Joan Dickie, Keller Williams Premier Realty (Keller Williams Premier Realty) almost 5 years ago

Busy is good.  Trying to keep up with everything is difficult.  Lets hope tomorrow is calm and you can clean that desk.  I am the same way.  I keep unfinished work on my desk when I am extremely busy.  When I get a moment the first thing I do is sort the desk top.  Put everything to be processed in neat stacks.  Then I remove all the stacks from my desk and put one stack on my desk at a time to process.  This relieves the stress for me.  Tammy Lankford 

Posted by Linda Guess, Branson area real estate sales. (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO) almost 5 years ago

I remember having a Home Inspector go up into an attic and miss stepping on the 2" X 4"s on the attic floor.  Instead he stepped between, and stepped right through the dining room ceiling.  I didn't ask if he was dizzy however!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 5 years ago

Tammy- if anyone can handle all of this you can.  Take a deep breath!   Glad you're busy. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Tammy, I am exhausted just reading this.  Oh my gosh, I remember when we swapped out lock boxes ... it was a day and a half for sure. Good luck with those buyers ... I hope the inspector is okay ... that would have been stressful for me having him out of sight.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 5 years ago

Tammy-A day in the life of a broker is never done. Good luck on straightening the desk and getting those 3 homes closed.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 5 years ago

First of all Tammy Lankford ..stop and make time to buy a Keurig and life will be better. I use to drink way more coffee but now brew my cup and I'm good to go!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 5 years ago

I'm not into strong or "fancy" coffee - so I fill the pot and set the timer before I go to bed. My first stop after letting the dogs out in the morning is the coffee pot. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 5 years ago

Great to be busy even better to take a little time to breathe it all in and relax with that cup of coffee in hand.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) almost 5 years ago


Well business life is keeping you busy for sure. Making a change in lockboxes is a pain


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Tammy. I never get tired of being busy, it keeps me energized. All the best with your three buyers.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Tammy. Good luck with the clients. It is time for a Kuerig so you can be reaady for the spring market.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

I did the lockbox swap last year. I had to round up all 30-something of them and show up to my local office to exchange them all. It was a pain but I got over it. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago

Way to go with the 1 for 1 lockbox exchange, Tammy. You have extraordinary negotiating skills and our MetroList staff probably could learn a thing or two from you!

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 5 years ago

It does sound like a busy week. Then you had to mention tax time and I remembered I had better get busy.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) almost 5 years ago

Tammy - Just remember that being busy like that is so much better than not having any business. You must count your blessings that business is going well.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Hi Tammy - I relate to the messy desk  and also the flow in my office.  Yes, it is tax time.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 5 years ago