December 12th, 2014
I really enjoy your blog, although many of the rules and things you deal with in the US is different to us in New Zealand it is nice to see the feedback and ideas that flow in the comments.
With that in mind, I had this question that might suit the blog:
I have a number of agents that push me to shoot listings on Sat and Sunday, (weather, vendor not ready, deadlines for press etc) Frankly this one favour turns into a regular occurrence and I want to “fight back.” I want to charge a weekend fee for sat and double time on Sunday to put them off forcing me to do it, and if they do go ahead with it then I get more money and am happier to be put out. I wonder if any of your readers have done/had the same experience and what their solutions were. I’m not in the business of working 7 days a week, my down time is important to me.
Jeff, one of the great things about running your own business is you get to decide on things like, do you work on the weekend or not! However, getting the job done when it needs to be done is a big part of good customer service.
My experience from working with my wife in real estate for 10 years is that you won’t get much sympathy from real estate agents for not wanting to work on weekends. Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days of the week in real estate, with open houses and people wanting to write contracts. If this is a big issue, it is within your control to set the rules.
Are you being pressured to shot real estate on weekends?
Update 12/15/2014: Interesting article in venturebeat.com that relates to this issue that I just ran across. You think you work hard now; it used to be a lot worse!