Jaretta Buckholtz, Passionate-Professional-Patient (Pearson Smith Realty, LLC)

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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Vacation?  What's that.... In this hot market we will wait and take some downtime when things cool off.

May 12, 2015 09:21 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Schedule a vacation and you will get busy.  Try to partner with an agent at your office so you can back each other up.  Or perhaps you might need to pay someone to cover for you while you are on vacation.

May 12, 2015 09:50 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Find someone dependable to cover for you. You promise you will cover for that person later....

This is one reason most realtors are 24/7/366.  

May 14, 2015 01:39 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

This is how I go away and enjoy my vacations while business carrys on without me...

1. When you go on vacation, plan them for when you're annually slower, it's less stressful to leave. For me it's late February and early October when I go, twice per year.

2. When you go, GO! Do not check e-mauls, do not answer your phone...or you didn't go. How you ask?

3. You need an assistant to vacation proper. In the beginning I used a professional office & temp company, the last 7 years I have an assistant. Your assistant becomes your phone, e-mail and hub to other team members.

4. Arrange to have an agent you trust and would mutually do this for, help you. They manage your listings, they service your buyers.

5. I have a trade out with one agent that we watch each others listings; no fees just favor for favor.

6. I have a different agent, one I'm grooming to be my buyers' agent, service all my buyers. I offer him gas cards & percentages, depending on what occurs and what he actually does while I'm away. This can be a trade-out with a newer agent, but I find it motivates them more to compensate their time & fuel, regardless.

7. 3 Days before you go, have "expectations meetings" with your team: What you want each to do and handle while you are a way. And, what constitutes an urgent matter or emergency that warrants calling my bride's cell phone (mine is OFF the entire vacation).

8. 7 days before I leave: I do a group e-mail to all my clients, explaining who's covering them while I'm away and that I'm off the grid and I can't be reached by them, they need to call my assistant or associates covering me.

9. I give my Team a list of my active buyers, listings and service providers to call should a need arise or escrow open. My assistant knows, that when a problem arises she can't handle to  a deal is going to die a certain death, to call my manager, who's also aware I'm going away, supports my off the grid position and agrees to handle what my team can't.

10. My cell is off, no laptops on vacation. I give my wife's cell # to my manager, & assistant only. My TC, associates & clients need to funnel through my "gate keepers". I go and enjoy 10-14 days away with not stress. 

Oh by the way, been doing this for the last 5 years now, twice per year and I come back from Ireland, Italy, Catalina Island, etc. rested and it takes 20-30 minutes to get up to speed in a meeting with my team, at a pre-planned meeting I scheduled before I left. It's a lot of work to organize before I go, but vacations are enjoyed, uninterrupted and I come back to business as usual.

It Can Be Done!

May 13, 2015 12:30 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

What is a vacation?

May 13, 2015 12:15 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it's difficult to be an absentee real estate agent.... 

May 12, 2015 11:47 PM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I find when I go on vacation business follows me. You must seperate the two or you will come home but feel you need another vacation?

May 12, 2015 11:06 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jaretta Buckholtz, MBA Work with an agent in your office to back you up when you are gone. Ask your broker for help.

May 12, 2015 10:35 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

You're going to have to find the "ology" part of Real Estate Jaretta. What works for one doesn't necessarily work for another but it can be done, scientifically!

May 12, 2015 10:29 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

You learn to limit time off when it is busy. VAcations are for the un busy times like over Christmas break and in the middle of winter. I like to partner with an agent when i am away and make it clear and in writing what they will do and what you will pay them for each task. 

May 12, 2015 10:13 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

If you can find another agnet who will cover for you and you can do the same for her you can enjoy your vacation.

May 12, 2015 09:47 PM
Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
The Agent you choose REALLY does make a difference

This is a constant struggle - when I've taken time I generally do lose momentum, and often actual business.  But you need to take the time because in the end, it is your family that will remember most if you've kept your promises.

May 12, 2015 09:42 PM
Jim Joeriman
Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty, Inc - Lacey Township, NJ
Helping Agents Reach New Heights

Not taking down time and having some fun and relaxation can increase your momentum.  Vacation time is an investment in your business.

May 31, 2015 12:13 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

As my Grandfather always said, "You gotta run your job. You can't let your job run you". Fortunately we're living in a Cyber World and you can pretty much take your job just about anywhere there's a hot spot and with programs like Docusign you can get a deal done while sipping on a Latte in sidewalk cafe in Paris. This I know because we've done it!

May 16, 2015 11:56 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

As someone else suggested, work with another agent in your brokerage. Or, like me, I just stay connected and have an associate do the leg work.

May 14, 2015 08:28 PM
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

Congratulations, You are working for the number one firm on the entire Century 21 system!  Take this question to  youe office manager, they  will know who you could team up with and, or help you find the right mentor.


May 14, 2015 07:36 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Team up with another agent to cover your business while you are away and you do the same for that agent. You have to get things in balance or it will use you up.

May 14, 2015 01:08 PM
Beatrice Briseno
RE/MAX Unlimited - San Antonio, TX
Beatrice M. Briseno, GRI, CDPE, San Antonio, TX

Both my daughters are agents at my office and if one of my agents is going away for a short vacation, they turn in the file along with any pertinent info so they can assist if needed.  I know this is not the norm, but we do it that way

May 14, 2015 08:07 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I take my business with me, and I've been at this a long time. Nobody else is gonna do what I do, so I save myself the suffering expectations. I have an excellent assistant who watches my back.  I also am very selective as to who gets to go on vacation with me, especially over my month-long winter vacation. I can tell you who it's not. It's not the guys with fingers up their noses mumbling about details on a home they can't afford, you know, that white house on the block of some street they can't read. I rarely answer my cell on vacation, and I leave a message as to who else they can call.

May 14, 2015 05:46 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jaretta Buckholtz, MBA - your broker should help you with this - since you are new and do not have good friends at your office.

I have few colleagues I can count on for this. However, I still make sure things are going smoothly. 

May 14, 2015 05:14 AM
Deb Kirschbaum
MB/Priority Properties, Inc. - Denver, CO

Having a partner is the way to go!  You take care of their business when they go on vacation and visa versa.  

May 14, 2015 04:00 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Partner up with another agent to cover eachother while absent.  Not taking a vacation to regroup will eventually damage your career, family, health etc.

May 14, 2015 03:15 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Jaretta, we prepare our buyers ahead of time-especially the ones who are not urget so they won't call to look at a house while we are gone.   We arrange trade-off time with an agent to cover any business that can't be solved by the phone or by electronic signature services.  It is very tough to get away, but admire you for putting family first!

May 13, 2015 09:09 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I took one vacation longer than a week once after 6 years.  Building a busines sis not a PART time venture.  Learn to take everything with you if you MUST go.  Nowdays, it is easy to stay in contact with clients.

May 13, 2015 12:07 PM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

You may or may not lose momentum, but it is good for you to take some time off.  Come back with freshly charged batteries and hit the ground running with a renewed Spirit! (pun intended).  That being said, I need to take more time off and do as I am writing!  Enjoy, sure you have earned some time off.

May 13, 2015 05:09 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

You've only been at it for 6 months?   You shouldn't be taking a vacation yet.

Or, pair up with another agent in your office that you can trust and have them help you.

May 13, 2015 04:55 AM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ
urhomefinder.com myvaluetoday.com

i just post a similar question before looking at the new questions, great question Jaretta have a great month

May 13, 2015 01:30 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Richard nailed this one!


Nov 27, 2017 03:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

They say if you do not have an assistant, you are the assistant.  I personally wouldn't leave my office for five days without a plan to have another agent cover my business --- the compensation for that work can work in many ways.   

Dec 25, 2015 11:18 PM
Jaretta Buckholtz
Pearson Smith Realty, LLC - Manassas, VA

Thank you for the reminder Jim.  I see that we all need to relax to restart.  I will put a plan into place to ensure my business does not suffer while I am on vacation.

May 31, 2015 09:59 PM