Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Real Estate Takes Balance and Flexibilty

Real Estate Takes Balance and Flexibilty

No Day is Exactly Like the Last

Be flexible and have balance to your dayTo share with new agents and those thinking of getting into the business of selling real estate, here is a glimpse of what to expect when you are starting you your real estate career. First, you need to know that you are the one in control of your time but you are not the boss. Your clients are the boss. You work for them and how your business grows and develops depends how well you serve them. They can make it easy or make it hard on building a business. Learning the secret of listening and relating to their needs is a lesson you want to learn very early. You have to be real and let them know you care.

Okay, back to a day in real estate. We only have so much time in every day so use that time wisely. I recommend you plan your day, work your plan but be flexible. You need a balance of scheduled activities and flex time to plug in a new buyer, a seller that decides to call at the last minute or something you want to do for yourself or personal development. New opportunities present themselves every day.

The day starts for me around 7:00 with coffee. I check my phone for texts and emails. I am ready to take calls for the day though I won't make any calls that early. I review my calendar and know what I have to do for the day. I also check into ActiveRain to see what's trending. After playing in the Rain for about 30 minutes I go exercise for another 30 minutes and watch the news channels. 

I go to the office most days as I am one of those agents that goes to an office. This has been my routine for 30 something years and works well for me. However, I can work totally from home or in my car with all the systems I have in place. Technology is awesome and saves my time and maximizes my efficiency.

Any day consists of making phone calls, following up on leads, marketing of properties (I am primarily a listing agent), managing contracts to get them to closing, taking photos (I take photos wherever I go), checking on properties, working on getting new listings, showing properties and planning for the future. Each day is a different combination. You have to have regular activities and balance in your day but you must remain flexible.

Whatever I do, I am thinking about tomorrow, the next week and the following week. If I am not working on future business then I will soon be out of business. It will quickly dry up and go away. I try to be flexible and always reaching.

My work week also has committee meetings and participation in my local Board of Realtors. This can mean working on a task force, attending a luncheon or attending a broker open house. I like to support my fellow Realtors and have good working relations with agents in my community. This pays off in getting offers worked out.


At the end of the day, sometime around 6 or 7pm, I make it home and have dinner with my husband. After that I check in with my ActiveRain family and do some blogging and commenting. 


Days are full, very full and fulfilling. When you are working hard and doing something you love, the days fly by. Each day has new possibilities so make sure you keep your eyes and ears open so you can be ready to take action and make the most of each opportunity.

Opportunities are plentiful but they will not wait on you, you have to be ready and reach for them. These opportunities will present themselves and that is why I put flex time into each day. 

A typical day in real estate is not so typical. You have to be flexible and have balance in each day. Don't forget to schedule some time for you and your family.


This is an entry in Donna Foerster's Contest about a day in real estate. 

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Comment balloon 27 commentsDebbie Reynolds • November 28 2016 12:26AM


Hi Debbie Reynolds - I couldn't agree more with your statement that a typical day is not so typical! 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 1 year ago

Debbie Reynolds - You are right, no two days are the same, and it is a lot like being on a balance beam (first thing that came to mind with your title) - you need strength, flexibility, knowledge, and persistence to get the job done!  A must read for anyone thinking of getting into the business!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 1 year ago

You have that right about balance and flexibility!  I have been a Realtor for 35 years, and I have also worked in corporate America.  And, what you say about no two days being alike is true with real estate.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 1 year ago


Being flexible helps to keep our life in balance.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 1 year ago

The ability to change focus based on a phone call is an important part of what we do

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 1 year ago

That is a day in the life of a successful real estate professional. Thank you Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) over 1 year ago

Debbie indeed, if I may add you must have patience of a Saint :))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 1 year ago

Great entry for the contest Debbie Reynolds - and you know that I agree with you, a flexible plan is a must!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 1 year ago

I have to have that flex time to get through my day and keep the stress level down, Lisa Von Domek.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

Oh yes Endre Barath, Jr. I have developed a lot of that over time too.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington. Have a good week.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

You are right Ed Silva. Our days can change on a dime.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

I have to have balance and a plan. There is so much to do, Lou Ludwig.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

I like that about the business, the days are all different and offer much excitement, Myrl Jeffcoat.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

Newbies especially need to get started on the right foot. Making a plan but learning to be flexible and not cheat yourself is important, Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

It is the same all over the country, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®. Real estate isn't easy but it sure can be fun.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

You and I were on the same wave length today with our posts. This is a great post, and like you I like to start off my morning doing things for me. But business is always on my mind, too. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 1 year ago

Good morning Debbie.  It's difficult to get two days that are similar in this business.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 1 year ago

Good morning, Debbie...your post underscored what so many have said... no two days in our professional lives are ever quite the same.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) over 1 year ago

It is kind of funny that despite being in different states, many of us are the same in what we do, how we practice and in the good results we get. Debbie Reynolds I love the line a typical day is not so typical

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 1 year ago

Debbie, you're right flexibility is a must in our days. I like that you build flex time in to keep stress down, very smart. You've got the right plan and I know you work it daily. One of many reasons your so successful. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) over 1 year ago

Hi Debbie, to be a successful real estate agent requires ability to adapt to change and much patience. Our days are not uniformed, there's no 9 to 5, no deal is closed till check is in hand. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 1 year ago

I love your post. All new agents should read it and learn from it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 1 year ago

It is apparent that you love what you do and are good at it, Debbie. I knew that you were primarily a listing agent from your blogs.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 1 year ago

Thanks, Debbie, for sharing some of the activities that have helped you become very successful.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 1 year ago

I love what you said about opportunities, this is so true. You have to open and ready!

Opportunities are plentiful but they will not wait on you, you have to be ready and reach for them. 

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 1 year ago

Debbie, it is SO wonderful to "work your love". I wake up in the morning happy for what the day will bring! Flexibility and adaptability are two mainstays in this business. 

It was fun to be with you for your day!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 1 year ago