Chris in California says:
I've been shooting real estate for about a year now and business is starting to really pick up. I'm shooting between 4 and 7 properties a week and some of them are for somewhat demanding clients. They want the photos done when they want them, and there can be few exceptions. Coming up in a few months, my girlfriend and I have two trips (that will total three weeks) that have been long planned and I'm starting to worry. How exactly does a real estate photographer take a vacation?
I know exactly how you feel! My wife was a real estate agent for 26 years and during that time, taking a vacation was difficult, if not impossible. At least as a real estate photographer, it is conceivable (but not easy) to train someone to cover your shoots for three weeks. That's not the case when you are a listing agent because listing homes involves contracts and signing listing agreements; not something you want to delegate to someone.
Most people in the real estate industry take time off between Thanksgiving and New Years when most people don't want their home on the market. Nothing much is going on in real estate during this period but during the spring and summer when the rest of the world takes vacations the markets are smoking hot!
As the farmers say you need to make hay while the sun shines!