Just try to go on vacation if you're having a slow patch

It never fails.  It works for me and it also works for the 9 agents in my office that I cover for when they go on vacation.  Today I actually got agent B to let agent A's client into a house he had been watching.  And what do you know I ended up tying an offer.  Now Agent A has been negotiating and talking with the client and other agent from vacation, so I've not had to do it all.

But seriously it's always been that way.  If it's me or any of my agents going on vacation the work flood gates open. At Lane Realty we care about our clients and we always have coverage.  You'll never not get that return phone call or told "call the listing agent to get you in" from us.

So a question that a buyer or seller might want to ask their agent is "what happens when you go on vacation?"  If the answer is "oh I take my phone and laptop, I can handle anything from there" bahahaha.  If the answer is "I don't take vacations." (Do you really want that grumpy person working for you?) If I were you and I got those answers I'd keep looking for an agent until I found one that said "I'll have that covered by another agent" or "covered by my broker"

Now I have to get back to work.  There was a good part of my day spent today doing some of that "coverage", now I have my own stuff to do.

 

 

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Comment balloon 22 commentsTammy Lankford, • July 06 2016 09:38PM

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This is definitely a great topic to bring up when working with a realtor Tammy Lankford, My husband and I are both realtors but we usually always have someone available on stand by when we go on vacation!  Glad it worked out so well for you!  That's the way it is suppose to be!

Posted by Brenda J. Andrew, Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX (ULTIMA REAL ESTATE) over 2 years ago

Tammy Lankford, - you are right - I have seen the activities are high when I am about to take vacation. Thanks for my colleagues who would cover me in my absence.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 2 years ago

Well with our smart phones, it is easy to go for vacation almost anywhere in the world, and having back up agents you can trust is helpful too:) 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 2 years ago

Tammy - I am fortunate to have a great office where I would feel just fine helping another agent so they could take a vacation, and they would do the same for me. And you are right about going on vacation. As soon as you get ready to leave, business will start rolling in.

Posted by Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 2 years ago

Good morning Tammy. You are right about both things....plan a trip and you get busy and find a person to cover you so you can enjoy a holiday and serve your clients.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

It never fails, Tammy. 24 hours or less before I get on a plane to go somewhere, my phone explodes, offers come in, etc. Sometimes I think I should just tell people I'm going away, but not do so and just wait for stuff to happen!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) over 2 years ago

Good morning Tammy. You are correct. If you are in a slump, plan a vacation and the rest will take care of itself! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Nina Hollander I'd be scared to fake it, it might not work for real next time. LOL

Brenda J. Andrew I can't even imagine not having that discussion with my agent, but apparently it doesn't come up much

Praful Thakkar having that kind of colleague is great. 

Inna Ivchenko I try not to depend on electronics, but actual people to take care of my clients and planned well in advance.

 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Troy Erickson I feel the same.  Last year I had a great 16 day vacation with just a couple of quick phone calls and everything was handled

Sheila Anderson it just really never fails

Wayne Martin well ... if you plan for the coverage you can still sit back and enjoy that vacation and not be on the phone and computer and worried the entire time.  

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

This is good advice for anyone who wants the business to pick up. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

Isn't that always the way it ultimately happens? Tammy Lankford, Sometimes I think I should go on a permanent vacation to keep the flow of business up.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 2 years ago

Highs and lows are part of the game, but you're right, vacations work for me too.  Sometimes the heavens open up when I get back. 

Posted by Morris Massre, Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida over 2 years ago

Been there done that....I have been sick the last few days, but still working at home anyway

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 2 years ago

It is extremely hard to unplug and truly go in to vacation mode but it's absolutely necessary to keep our sanity. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 2 years ago

I agree - no matter how much you are available while on vacation, you certainly can't give the same 100% to your clients that you do ordinarily. Having back up is critical. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 2 years ago

I disagree that service suffers. I take 6-week vacations every winter and except for that trip to Cuba, I handle everything just the same as if I were in California. Business is slower for me in December. It takes me an hour a day, if that, to handle stuff. And let's not forget I listed and sold a home in California when I was at Rangiroa, an atoll in the South Pacific. If I need feet on the ground, my team is backup, but I rarely ever do. Probably doesn't work for everybody.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Gita Bantwal I know right.

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI wouldn't it be nice if THAT would work out.

Morris Massre I've had that happen too.  A lot when when I used to get back from a vacation with three teenagers and I REALLY needed work to be a vacation from my vacation. LOL

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Kristin Johnston, Waukesha County Realtor 414-254-6647 works for some stuff, but showing property from home can be challenging. (wink wink)

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert I figure sometimes my family just really deserves my undivided attention for a few days

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl that's how it works in my office

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents that's because you are part of a team.  If you worked directly with buyers and weren't part of a team I think you'd agree service could not be the same.   But we all have our own structure we work with that works for us.  My office functions a lot like a team with us covering for one another.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

You're right, Tammy, it's because I only work with sellers. I can hire a photographer if necessary, and I do not need to meet with a seller in person to list and sell a home, so there is no need for me to physically be at my home office or at my seller's home. I could not work with a buyer and go on vacation. No way, no how.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I can so relate to this Tammy Lankford, !! If I want it to get busy, just say I'm going on vacation! I agree, you do (should) take vacations. We all need a life! Fortunately my job is mostly online (except teaching classes) so I'm always kinda everywhere :O) Are you going to take a vacation after covering for your group?

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 2 years ago

A great broker always hires the agents who are willing to be part of the team.  If your agents don't get along and won't work with each other, you have the wrong ones on board!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 2 years ago

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