Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Ha Ha, this is a good one. I don't know about you, but it seems to me everytime a plan a nice vacation the day I have to leave something happens. Whether it is a new contract or saving an existing deal. It just seems that if you want to get busy, just try and leave town.

Apr 26, 2017 01:56 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I take real vacations and "working" vacations. On real ones I have an agent covering for me 100% and I only check my work email and messages once a day maximum. I don't respond to anything unless it really is something only I can handle. My working vacations are great fun, giving me some play time mixed with a couple of hours most days handling work.

Apr 26, 2017 06:36 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I do it all while on vacation, except showings of course. When I'm on vacation I am not in the city.

Apr 26, 2017 06:22 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

When I'm on vacation I'm on vacation! I have trusted agents cover my business, go to closings etc. I come back refreshed and my clients are happy for me. They know how hard I work.

Apr 26, 2017 04:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It depends. When I was in Italy I did not work and had arranged all the coverage I needed. Other times I am checling email and VM periodically

Apr 26, 2017 03:33 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I do work on vacation because my business does not stop just because I took off for a day or two or three.  So I check emails in the morning and early evening, call or text back and forth. A week before I leave I let all those who need to know that I will be gone for a few days and that usually keeps the majority of the "stuff" at bay until I get back.  And then I have a backup agent who can help if there is an emergency.

Apr 26, 2017 01:58 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Check emails and voice mail... maybe search for property updates in the morning while scanning the internet news.

Apr 26, 2017 01:57 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

if the agents are within driving distance, they service their clients and/or they have someone covering for them.... 

Apr 26, 2017 01:53 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Yes, we work on vacation, but we also have an agent that covers us so he can handle immediate needs, showings, new business, on the ground stuff. We still pretty much cover any phone and email type things we can do on our own.   We have 3 times in 13 years gone on vacations where we weren't available - one was to Mexico about 11 years ago.  It was an awesome vacation, but when we got into Phoenix airport and I turned my phone on and started listening to my messages I started crying because there was so much to do! Lol.  The second was a road trip we took to Alaksa about 9 years ago.  Driving through Canada we have several days in a row we didn't have cell coverage and when we would hit a spot our phones would go crazy with messages.  We did work on that vacation, but obviously had limitations with lack of wifi and cell coverage in many places.  The third was a cruise about 5 years ago - we finally had an awesome back up agent and it was the best non-working vacation we've ever done. He still covers us and does a great job and we cover him.

But, mostly we work.  :-)  Kasey

Apr 26, 2017 08:05 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Depends on the deal and the situation.

Apr 26, 2017 07:54 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do whatever is necessary to move my business along. That means preparing contracts, answering questions, presenting offers, emails, texts and phone calls.

Apr 26, 2017 06:05 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Work when I have when I dont

Apr 26, 2017 04:46 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Just the minimum required.

Apr 26, 2017 03:47 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, Why go on vacation if you work.

Apr 26, 2017 02:48 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes. I do work while on vacation.

Closed on two houses last year at South Beach.

Of course I can't and don't show houses while in South Beach.

My VM message does not change. The caller will know exactly what to expect and I won't make them feel bad by saying, "I'm on vacation."

And yes, I do get hours and hours of uninterrupted vacation doing all that I want to do. When one loves the change made in the lives of others, it is hard to call it work.

Apr 26, 2017 02:01 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yes, I do. But it's not full-service... then it's not a vacation and I might as well have stayed home. I alert all my clients at least two month in advance as to when I'll be gone and then every other week until I leave. They get it and always promise not to bother me... and guess what, they don't.

Apr 27, 2017 03:57 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

My vacations are always to work destinations, projects in far off exotic destinations, conventions, etc.

I am mobile ready and set up my office wherever I am.

Apr 27, 2017 02:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends.  A "real" vacation involves someone covering for me but the word and the concept of vacation definitely varies.   

Apr 27, 2017 02:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I have coverage - I do speak to my assistants while I'm gone and they copy me on all correspondence and may text me if there is something important that I need to address.  

That is rare though - they typically fuss at me for checking in!

Apr 26, 2017 08:41 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I do work on my vacations, but obviously can't show houses. But I switch more to a responsive scenario. 

Apr 26, 2017 04:38 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I review files, answer calls and emails - but try to limit it to certain times of the day.  If I do get an offer on one of my husband's spec homes, I definately work it while on vacation. But this doesn't happen very often as he only builds a few high end homes a year.

Apr 26, 2017 02:41 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We are aware of what is  happening, and just monitor emails.  We have backup also if someone needs help with their website, or design.  A

Apr 26, 2017 02:40 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Yes, though it is limited as you wrote, to e-mails (we have our laptop with us) and phone calls Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,.  Any other request would be directed to the person that is assisting us, who is in town.

Apr 26, 2017 02:01 PM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

When I'm on vacation, I check emails and return phone calls on occasion.  But I also have a reliable agent friend that covers in my absence.

Apr 27, 2017 08:46 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If and when I go on vacation, I will set some time to take care of what needs to be done.

Apr 27, 2017 06:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I try to be available when needed.

Apr 27, 2017 04:45 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, with technology so advanced, why not?

Apr 26, 2017 11:30 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Yes I do, but hands on stuff, I'll ask another agent to do like letting a contractor in.  Anything on the computer like reading reports, completing documents YES

Apr 26, 2017 10:11 PM
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

If you are working YOU ARE NOT ON VACATION, your just working from somewhere else. So everyone that says "yes", is not really on vacation by definition. They are fooling themselves though, so maybe a action from common sense?


NO. I'm off the grid.

I go off the grid when I'm off on Sundays and Vacations. I have my peeps cover my business when I'm away.


"vacation or holiday is a leave of absence from a regular occupation, or a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. People often take a vacation during specific holiday observances, or for specific festivals or celebrations. Vacations are often spent with friends or family"

Apr 26, 2017 09:03 PM
Dr. Karen Lewis, Broker 954-2489149
K1 Realty Group - Miramar, FL
No Compromise When it Comes to Our Clients!

Paul, I used to carry two suitcases-one with nothing but work in it..take the phone calls and answer all emails and texts..I don't carry my lap top - I no longer have Ipad...I shut off the phone sometimes..My approach is for me to work smarter and not harder and still have fun..


Apr 26, 2017 02:22 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

It depends. I'm always working no matter what. When we cruised the Mediterranean last summer, I worked in the early mornings, just before afternoon butler visits, and again just after dinner. Of course, I'm a listing agent so it's easier for me.

But when I'm in Hawaii on my winter wor-cation, I work just like I do in Sacramento, from 7 AM to 7 PM. Only it's Hawaii time, so it's 2 hours earlier, which means more like when I get up, which could be 9 AM to 5 PM. Much more normal work schedule in Hawaii.

May 26, 2017 01:02 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Apr 30, 2017 03:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Depends on the vacation.  When I went to Costa Rica, I DID NOT work.  When I took some time to drive around Colorado I took all calls and emails.

Apr 29, 2017 07:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Just emails and phone calls, have someone else cover.



Apr 28, 2017 06:28 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Emails and important phone calls.

Apr 28, 2017 06:00 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, my vacations are usually limited to 2 or 3 days and even at that I only go "hermit" half the time.

Apr 27, 2017 06:39 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is difficult to work while on vacation, but I take calls and return all of the most important emails.  I have found it difficult to play in the Rain while on vacation, haha.

Apr 27, 2017 10:02 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

What's the sense in taking a vacation if you're mixing the two. I tie up the loose ends then disappear with a return date on my voicemail message.

Apr 27, 2017 07:29 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

If it is something only I can handle then yes.

Apr 27, 2017 07:13 AM
Toronto, ON

It depends.

Apr 27, 2017 06:38 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

emaila only and that took a lot of pleading and bribing with my husband!

Apr 27, 2017 05:56 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Depends. When we are at our second home we know it is a working vacation. When we go overseas, we do not work.

Apr 27, 2017 04:39 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

For the most part, our clients are unaware when we're on vacation. We work.

Apr 27, 2017 03:46 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Apr 27, 2017 03:29 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do work on vaccation, but many times it is to pawn off a cal to one of my agents

Apr 26, 2017 05:30 PM