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Procrastinating Can Have Expensive Consequences!

This weekend has been all about getting things ready for the packers to come on Tuesday. Part of that was an assignment I gave myself to go through boxes in my office that I moved into this house in 2005 that have not been touched. 

I figured, if I haven't needed the stuff in the past 3 1/2 years, why would I need the stuff later, so I was planning on going through them to throw stuff away...

However, I've been procrastinating and procrastinating and doing other things instead... like writing this blog post!!

I finally went to my closet, sat down, and started going through the first pile.  After only 2 minutes, I found a piece of paper I had been dying to find!!  It's a piece of paper that shows payment on a deposit that I gave up hopes getting back. 

You know that when we get into real estate, there are many costs involved.  Some are straight out costs and expenses, while others are deposits.  I have been trying to get back a deposit for the past few months, and have had no luck because I couldn't show the payment.

On the flip side, the person owing the deposit felt they weren't responsible for prooving that I didn't deserve a deposit.  Anyway, I had basically chalked it up to a loss a couple of weeks ago, until now! 

Now, I'm excited that I'm going to see this money again, though I haven't seen it in almost 9 years!!  It's like FREE money!  There really is a money tree, isn't there!!

Ok, ok, stop procrastinating and get back to the closet!!

Comment balloon 23 commentsDonna Harris • April 19 2009 01:57PM


Donna, yippee!  I am so bad at keeping track of receipts, at least after I've filed my taxes.  I have this cabinet with a bunch of drawers, one for each year.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Good for you! We all need those little boosts! Dinah Lee

Posted by Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) almost 12 years ago


Just think if you had tackle that closet soon, how much richer you would be.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) almost 12 years ago

Good luck on gong through things, a move is painful and serves us a reminder to be empathic to our clients.  I commend you for not just saying ... I haven't used it so I'll just toss it without looking.  Time is money and you were rewarded for being diligent in looking though the old.  I found myself trying to trip down memory lane and spending way too much time in reflection than working.  No time for that in the moment either.  Best wishes for settling in.

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago

Pat, I used to keep everything, but since Mike has taken over paying the expenses, I'm bad at keeping things...

Dinah, Thanks!

L & L, I know I know...

Connie, Thanks!  And yes, that's why I didn't want to go through things because of memory lane time-wasters.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago

Well I thought my sister was the Queen of procrastination with her garage full of boxes after she moved collecting dust but you may have her beat with your 3 years. LOL I did go through my emails the other night & find an email from October '08, It was a $10. gift card to Amazon from the California Association of Realtors for some survey I did. I figured it had expired, but I went to Amazon & ordered something & it worked! Small triumphs in a busy world!

Posted by Claudia Efthimos, GRI,SFR,ASP,SRES (Signature Homes & Estates) almost 12 years ago

Hi Donna... I am glad that you will be getting your deposit back... really I am... but my question is "How many pieces of worthless paper did you manage to rid yourself of in this process?"  I save way too much paper with the logic that I "might" need it again someday, but over 99% of the time I never do!  I need some inspiration to do a big "spring cleaning"!

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 12 years ago

Claudia, Yippie!!  $10!!  Yeah for you!

Steve, I got rid of TONS of stuff.  I got rid of 4 blue recycle bags of paper back in December, and just this afternoon, I've filled 2 good sized boxes full of paper, and none have to do with files from clients.  We're talking old builder community materials, old water bills from 2 houses ago, my old t-mobile stuff and I've had at&t for almost 3 years... go throw it all away!  I can actually walk in my walk-in closet in my office!!  My new office doesn't have a closet and I'm freakin' out!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago

Hi Donna - I know what you mean about the feeling that you just got something for free.  It's funny, but I was going through my closets and bagging up clothes to give to charity when I found a $20 bill in a jacket pocket.  I felt rich!  $20 is not very much money, but since it was such a surprise, it made my day.  Good luck with your packing.  I know you must be anxious to get into your new place.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 12 years ago

Hi Donna. I remember you talking about the butt heads that wanted YOU to prove the deposit to get it back. Now you have your proof. Good for you.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago

I am always hiding money so I won't do any unnecessary spending.  A couple of months ago, I found $50.  Don't remember when I put it there.

I think I also hid my supra key because I cannot locate it and it has been 4 months since I last used it.  I hope it turns up because I don't want to have to dish out $150 to replace it.  In the meantime I am using my Broker's.  He does not do showings.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) almost 12 years ago

was this about your offfice rent?

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 12 years ago

was this about your offfice rent?

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 12 years ago

Susan, $20 bucks is huge!  That's 2 meals plus an appetizer at Applebees!!

Gary, Yeah, that was a different one, so now I have my deposit on both... I'm hoping for a refund back from Metrotex too!

Angelia, I have the same problem!  I have money tucked away in many places, for the "just in case", and now I have to find it all before the movers get here!

Greg, I don't "rent" from an office, but I was owed a different deposit from my old office, but I got that back too!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Congrats that you found that receipt.  I know your broker was not going to pay you back without proof, although all agents in your office must pay it.  At least you wont have any more hassle getting the deposit.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 11 years ago

Good thing you found something to motivate you early. It made you feel like what else is in here. lol

Posted by Felix Buchanan over 11 years ago

Funny my blog today was about procrastinating too.  buyer are just procrastinating on buying!!! never a good thing to wait till tomororw what you can do today! : -0

Posted by Jesse Vasquez, "APPROVED” (REMAX PIONEER ) over 11 years ago

John, Cashed!

Felix, Yep, and I got rid of a ton of papers!

Jesse, I know I know...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

I am still working on my new technique but instead of the onto the list and Oh, I will get to that tomorrow I am doing it right away. I do admit my taxes are late though. It is a new system I haven't worked all the kinks out yet.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 11 years ago

A packrat after my own heart!  My files are mostly "piles"....when I'm good, they're relegated to the desk in my office....that's when I'm GOOD.  Right now the kitchen counter, the "work" desk in the kitchen (ha!) and the living room endtable are also covered with my work droppings.




Glad to hear you found your money is always good!  :)

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors) over 11 years ago

Well Donna, you sound like a soul mate! You at least will get your money back. My discovery didn't fare too well. While stopping at my home in California (on the market to sell at the time, and vacant) I picked up what looked like two bags of mail that nobody had mentioned being there. In it, I found five checks that totaled up to several thousands of dollars. The paperwork said I'd have to sign off that I wouldn't be asking for further restitution if I cashed the checks. Suspicious me--I pocketed the checks, meaning to discuss it with my investment person when I returned home. Then couldn't find the checks for almost two years. When I found them at the bottom of boxes from my previous office (what's up with bermuda triangles and offices?) I saw that they had an expiration date--two days earlier than when I re-discovered them. So what will YOU do with your found money?

Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) over 11 years ago

Why is it when something needs to get done all of a sudden you get in the mood to do everything but what you are suppose to do....I know there is something I am probably suppose to be doing right now but...I had to get caught up on active rain...could this have waited?

Posted by Arlene Eckert (Mortgage Pymt Help and More LLC) over 11 years ago

Sabrina, You better get caught up!

Coleen, Oh, I understand completely!  I clean by shuffling piles around sometimes.

Sherry, Oh no!!  Can you call and get new checks issued.

Arlene, I don't know, but it happens all the time!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago