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Want to shake things up? Merely attempt a vacation!

Well, the pattern held again for me this week.  I have been in real estate for over a decade now, and pretty much every time I decide to leave town (which has been more rare lately), my business activity seems to explode.  Thankfully, I have a business partner who is great about covering for me when I am away. 

I received offers on two of my listings, and my business partner got an offer on one of his as well.  That may not sound like a tremendous amount, but it is the biggest flurry that we have had in months on our listings.  It seems that I occasionally reach a point when I think that I don't want to list homes anymore, then they all start to sell again.  Overall, the activity picked up dramatically during my getaway to Houston with my family to visit our in-laws and to just be tourists for five days. 

In addition to the good stuff, it seems like the bad things tend to happen during my "away" time as well.  The main page of our site disappeared from Google's index on Sunday evening, only to reappear in a slightly stronger position on the first page last night after we got home.  I credit this one to prayer. 

Not surprisingly, my cell phone apparently decided to give up the ghost (needs a new battery - won't hold a charge) at the same time that a high-maintenance buyer's agent was trying to reach me about one of the aforementioned offers.  I plan to devote an entire post to this agent soon.  It will not be pretty.

I sincerely don't know why I don't leave town more often (barring, of course, the obvious logistical details of travelling with three children and arranging for special care for my mother-in-law who lives with us).  It seems that I almost always end up making a killing financially when I do.  That being said, I am also terrible about checking my voice mails when I am trying to have a good time and relax, so I end up getting a ridiculous number of messages -

"You have....one hundred sixty seven....new messages."

Okay, that is a (slight) exaggeration.  I'm sure that my friends who call on the front end of my vacation (just before I change my outgoing voice mail greeting) assume that I have ditched them and their relationships completely by the time I get around to calling back 10-21 days later.

"Hey, man, sorry it took me so long to get back in touch.  I have been BUSY lately!"

As if I have been too busy to call for five minutes at some point?  But I digress, as usual.

I have a list of "to do" items for tomorrow that could choke a horse.  I have to meet with a client, finalize at least one of the offers, conduct some agent training, follow up with about 70 emails or so, exercise, blog, pray, spend time with my family, sleep, eat, achieve immortality, and floss. 

I can hardly wait to leave town again.  Seriously.

 

If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

Comment balloon 60 commentsJason Crouch • August 28 2008 12:04AM

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It is the truth, aint it?  My friend and I always joke how we plan more vacations.  Well, this morning she left and of course I was a crazy maniac trying to take care of everything for both of us.  It alway seems to happen.  Rule of thumb:  Want more business?  Plan more vacations!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 11 years ago

CRISTAL - I marvel at this each time it happens, yet it never seems to fail.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 11 years ago

Wow I don't know a voice mail that holds more then 10 messages - pls tell me who you have your cell plan with!  lol............but oh so true with the holiday plans - we should plan a vacation every 2 weeks to stimulate our business.  I dont have a partner, and |I've never gone away that I haven't given away business while i was gone........its a wee bit depressing, hmmm lol

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 11 years ago

LIZ - I was exaggerating, but I have ended up with 20-30 messages a few times.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 11 years ago

So true.  In 2000 I did an even 50 sales and took 3 months of vacation!  Don't ask me how I did it, I don't even know!

Love your To Do List :)

Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) about 11 years ago

My phone always rings more just before a long planned vacation! It is amazing how well that works!

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) about 11 years ago

Jason- Absolutely correct. Nestor always says if it gets slow, lets go on vacation because that is when it will all happen. We are leaving Friday morning to take Tristan to Seaworld for the weekend in Orlando for his birthday. Of course, we have 6 new listing calls this week and now that we are on our way to leave, more calls coming in and offers on more listings. P.S. The power is in the listing:)

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 11 years ago

I think we've all experienced the attempt to have a personal life, or some down time, let alone a vacation, when suddenly the phone starts ringing off the hook. And I can totally relate to the agents who think THEY are the center of the universe and we should all be available at the very second they want us!

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) about 11 years ago

Jason - The Real Estate Gods know when you going on vacation, maybe try to plan a vacation unexpected. It does sound like you are a very busy man, that's great!

Jason, can I use your name on my posts?

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 11 years ago

I have to meet with a client, finalize at least one of the offers, conduct some agent training, follow up with about 70 emails or so, exercise, blog, pray, spend time with my family, sleep, eat, achieve immortality, and floss. 

::::gulp::::

I just KNEW today was the wrong day to call you.  :)

Posted by Not Yet Licensed about 11 years ago

Jason,  you are so right.  It is one of those "Murphy's Laws" whenever I try to get out of town.  It can be deader than a door knob and as soon as I start to pack...POW!  Buyer's start calling, Offers start coming, Seller's suddenly want to sell, Closings get extended....etc...etc...etc...   

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Posted by Pam Jank, Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro (Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty) about 11 years ago

It is an unexplained phenomena, eh?  I love that it happens to other people.  I am glad flossing is on your to do list!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 11 years ago

Jason, I understand that you have a very busy day today and I wouldn't want to add anything else to your already long list of things to do but you might want to consider filling the gas tank before you head out!!!

Welcome back sir you were missed ;))

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

Happy Vacation Jason and family... I'm going to plan my fall vacation today, otherwise next week could look empty.  :)  

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) about 11 years ago

Jason it is funny you should mention this because everytime I go on vacation the same thing happens to me. I should probably schedule a few:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 11 years ago

Have fun, Jason. I've always said, if you're not busy go on a vacation. Never fails, one of those quirks of real estate, like 10 showings no offer, reduce the house.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago

This is too funny but it seems like every time I leave town my listing go under contract. Some of the people in my office say I should leave town more often!

Posted by Sonya about 11 years ago

The disappearanceof a web page off page one would stop me in my tracks!  I would not be abl;e to enjoy my vacation.

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) about 11 years ago

Jason...

I never understand why real estate agents are not "supposed" to take a vacation. Due to the aforementioned items, when you think about it, we really don't. There's no way we can leave the office behind! It's just not out nature.

BTW when your site disappears from Google,  it's in the process of a major re-indexing, no biggie unless it's more than 24 hours!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 11 years ago

I am leaving for Friday, for the whole weekend. My partner is already looking forward to this. (she does not know yet, that I will leave my laptop with her and forward my phones.

So, I guess when I come back we have a few offers to work on

Anne

 

Posted by Anne Hensel, Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island (South Beaches Real Estate Professionals) about 11 years ago

Welcome back.  I have found that even with all sorts of warnings and requests to speak with my backup I have something that gets delayed by my absence.  I will not stop going away however.  I will just have to learn to live with it.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 11 years ago

You are a breath of fresh air...THANK YOU!!

Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) about 11 years ago

Jason,

Happens to me all the time. Once I even went on a company retreat and the president saw me in my surfer shorts and a towel in the lobby of the hotel on my cell and asked me what I was doing..I said I was trying to relax but I had to negotiate an offer...which was a good thing at the time and it sold!

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

It is funny how true this is. We are planning a vacation, but I dare not tell anyone when or the business will flood me!!! lol

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) about 11 years ago

I thought immortality was on Friday's list.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 11 years ago

Jason I love it... Since I have been in real estate there has not been one time that I have planned to get away that I  don't find myself running through the airport like the scene from Home Alone.... If you want to be busy in real estate just stop and focus on something else... it never fails...  choke a horse that is one I have not heard. 

Posted by Shannon Gilmore, CRS, Real Estate Sales Associate with Long and Foster (Long and Foster Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Better to be busy than not busy.  I say plan more trips so your business continues to pick up.  Good luck with your 'to do' list.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) about 11 years ago

Jason - Congrats on the new action on your listings. I agree that a good vacation always is seems to be a kick in client activity for me too. It's always nice to have new clients ready to meet you for when you return from a nice family vacation.

Have fun and enjoy your break, sounds like you'll really be working hard when you get back!

Posted by Charity Lane (O'Brien Realty) about 11 years ago

Jason, yep... happens every time.  I'm trying to plan a vacation for the end of September and again in December.  It will surely shake things up, bring in more business and leave me with tons of e-mails and voicemails upon my return.  Glad you had the chance to get a way for a bit.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 11 years ago

Jason,

Great! Anytime you need money, just leave town!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Jason - I am leaving on Monday for 5 days. I'll let you know how much biz I get in the interim. I used to be the admin for a bigtime realtor and every time she went on vacation the buyers and sellers just came out of the woodwork. That's what got me hooked on RE and provoked me to get my own license.

I haven't had a vacation since I got my license nearly 5 years ago, so it will be interesting to see what happens next week.

Dee

Posted by Dee Nofziger, Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty (|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog) about 11 years ago

Your experience sounds soooo famaliar.  I, too, have a very hard time returning voicemails, or even checking when I'm focused on my family.

Posted by Hope Goss, Ventura Real Estate (Ventura Property Shoppe) about 11 years ago

I have one worse for you J.  We have 5 kids.  The oldest is 9 and the youngest is 1.  EVERY TIME that we have a kid, the market rates tank or buyers come out of the woodwork.  ALWAYS!  I want to be there giving my 100% attention to my wife, but I'm asking my wife to not go into labor for just 1 more week so that I can get things done....blah, blah, blah.  The baby comes.  I get paged in delivery.  I don't have the cell on.  I come out call family and I have 22 new voice mails with 13 new deals.  EVERY FRICKIN TIME.  The economy is slow....so I'm thinking about knocking on my wife's door about #6.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) about 11 years ago

I wrote about this last year and I just don't get it, it is like people don't want me to pack up and leave. I guess they think if we like it too much we may not come back and they want to remind us that they are out there.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

That's one of the justifications I used to convince myself to buy a motorcoach, Jason!  I've sold 3 listings in the last year from the HallPass.  It just doesn't get any better than that when the big toys practically pay for themselves!

I'm surprised yours happened this past weekend with all of the back to school activity going on. Good for you!

Posted by Amanda Evans, Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas (DFW Living) about 11 years ago

Jason I'm so relieved to hear you are flossing again. Also take up golf every time you play its like leaving town.

Posted by Scott Barr, Realtor (Pacific Sotheby's international Realty) about 11 years ago

I have the sneaking suspicion that this is some sort of vacation conspiracy. You know that Americans (as a general rule) take less vacations and work more hours then most other people in the world. I'm not complaining I have food to eat, a place to live, floss for my teeth J along w/tons of stuff I don't really need. However I'm just saying that this happens to almost everyone I know. I planned a weekend get-away last week and received 3 contracts! I'll be planning more of those get-always in the future!

Posted by Mandi Perkins (Pioneer Title Agency) about 11 years ago

No matter how short the trip, whenever my father or I are gone, business is always busier...I remember the one time I was gone, my father did 4 sales in 3 days...  One was our oceanfront listing for over 2.3 million!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 11 years ago

Funny post but so true. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Daisy Montano (The Saavedra Team) about 11 years ago

Jason,

     Yeah, the same seems to happen to us.  Last time we left town for a week we sold our one of our personal homes.  Now we are leaving for 10 days so hopefully 2 of our listings get offers.  I'll be praying for that one. 

Posted by Joshua & Kathy Schmidt (ERA Henley Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Jason,

You speak the truth!!!!  We need to plan vacations whether we're truly going or not just to get things moving!  I'm out of town this weekend and wouldn't you know it......I have a client that has decided to look at a "couple" homes over the long holiday weekend!  Isn't it wonderful to have friends and/or partners in this business!  Good luck to everyone who's traveling over the weekend!  

Posted by Pamela Patterson (Prudential C. Dan Joyner Co.) about 11 years ago

Jason, I agree. I always get busy when I am about to go on vacation.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 11 years ago

Jason, glad you had such a productive "vacation".  Same thing happened to me -- didn't leave town, just planned to take off most of last week and part of this week for my daughter's wedding.  Last week, I had a closing (delayed from the previous week), was still negotiating an offer on one of my listings from the previous week, and a new client contacted me to list a property here (guess how he found me).  And of course, I had a few details to take care of for the closing scheduled for tomorrow, that we decided to move up to today!  I'm still trying to catch up -- have 3 clients on "hold" and need to catch-up with them.  I worked most of last week and managed to squeeze in all the last minute wedding details, dinners and parties and entertain guests (from out of town).  I'm exhausted from my "week off".

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

It's murphey's law - happens to us all the time too.  I'm expecting it to start happening even more (it's been crazy busy the last 2 weeks) next week as we are going on a short 4 day vaca.  We'll see!

Posted by Christina Ethridge (The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group) about 11 years ago

Jason, I have been in real estate for the same amount of time as you and that holds true for me also.  I can be DEAD, DEAD, DEAD and plan a trip and people come out of the woodwork.  I'm taking a girl trip to New York City in September so we will see if that holds true.  Since I'm leaving my husband here he will be the one running around like a chicken with his head cut off.  Hopefully that won't happen or i might not be doing another girl trip.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

Jason, while reading this, I am on the phone planning a trip, maybe that will help- and here all this time I thought it was the economy.

Posted by Jane Page Thompson (Aiken Properties) about 11 years ago

Jason - Good reminder. It never fails. All the "big listings" come when you're out of town. Always!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 11 years ago

Jason - That is the story of my real estate career. If I would go out of town all the time every buyer coming to my area would want to look that weekend and listiings would defintely sell. i need a vacation!

Posted by Jason Secor, Birmingham Alabama Real Estate - Hoover Homes for Sale - Property MLS (LivingInBirmingham.com) about 11 years ago

It is amazing isn't it.  We definitely should go on vacations more often!!  I am very glad you have a partner you can count on.

I am visiting the in-laws right now have received an offer, have two new listings that want in now and another client ready to make an offer but I got great people working with me so life is good!!

We will never finish it all so we just keep plugging along and make sure we prioritize the right things!

Posted by George Wilson, Raleigh Cary Realty 919 439 0965 (Raleigh Cary Realty) about 11 years ago

When you achieve immortality let me know how that goes. 

Posted by Robert Machado, CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management (HomePointe Property Management, CRMC) about 11 years ago

Two of my biggest sales in the last year and a half came when I left town.  Once, I even made it to the edge of town on my way out before I had to turn back to make a listing presentation after weeks of dead air.  It really is amazing how it seems to happen that way more often than not.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) about 11 years ago

I am with you too.  I take a vacation, every year around Christmas time to see my mother.  I inform my clients, yes, even prospective clients and let them know.  And it happens for the past 3 years! The buyers decided to come to town and buy, and we open escrow and rush to take care of what's needed.  Sellers also happen to have the urge to sell.  This summer was slow for me.  I needed to attend a family wedding, and prep my clients. Guess what, they decide it's time for them to come at the same time when I will be gone.  Yes, coverage is so important, but it will be nice especially for those buyer-clients who have been looking for a while, to plan their buying when we are around.

Posted by Sherry Peckhoon Sim, Broker/Owner, Covering the Beautiful Central Coast (Sims & Company) about 11 years ago

I need a vacation. Maybe you're on to something. Nice post.

Posted by John Doe (None) about 11 years ago

Jason - ah ha ...  the well laid plans of mice and men ... no matter how hard we try getting away in this business usually means packing up the home office and taking it with you ... there is so much technology to our business today we almost need to take our tech store with us in case of failed batteries, fried hard drives, wireless from the deck only is out when it rains etc etc.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 11 years ago

Jason - I know what you mean.  It seems like the minute I go out of town for half a day or go to an area where my cell phone signal is low, BOOM!  everybody wants to get ahold of me.  You're right - maybe we should go on vacation more often...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 11 years ago

Jason, how true this blog is. EVERY TIME I start to plan to leave town, it seems that someone calls every person I know and they start sending over the most complex, "you have to handle it personally" type of files around. It's an absolute struggle to actully leave, but the first day back is really the bomb. I still don't know why I even go through this, but this is supposed to be fun right?, the reason we're working so hard to start with to justify our leaving town a couple of times  a year.

I remember several years ago after I had neck surgery, just being home from the hosiptal, conducting business out of the recliner. Oh, the lives we lead. Good book material!

Posted by Stacy Jones (West Little Rock Title Company) about 11 years ago

Jason,

I just returned from vacation yesterday and I am really proud that I spent the time with my family, checked email maybe two times and only took one phone call and placed two for business.  Feels like an accomplishment and I am really happy that I spent the time with the family.  Especially because school starts on Tuesday.  My most rushed moments were right before vacation.  By the time I left I was more than ready to go and felt a little drained that very first day- so many last minute things and trying to make sure everything would be perfect before I left.

Hah, that was my first mistake. 

Anyway, we all need to take vacations.  Instant communication be damned:-)

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) about 11 years ago

This is so so so TRUE.  It does seem every time I plan to go away; I have something come up.  A new client - an offer on a listing - something.

Having someone to rely on is HUGE!  Of course; me being the workaholic that I am; check email 2x per day even when on vacation.  2 years ago I negotaited a deal from a cruise ship off the coast of Italy.

I so need to learn how to relax!

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) about 11 years ago

TO ALL: It looks like this post struck a chord with a lot of people.  I am happy (but not terribly surprised) to find that this phenomenon is widespread. 

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 11 years ago

Jason,

Hilarious!  I didn't realize it was a "real estate thing"  I thought I was lucky enough to have someone "watching" over me on vacations...like my very own real estate Angel.  Never knew I was actually sharing! 

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