Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: I Go the Distance for My Clients and Weight Loss!

I Go the Distance for My Clients and Weight Loss!

How far do you go for your clients?

In the past two days, I have driven 206 miles with my out-of-state buyers.  We looked at 27 houses.  After the first day, I remembered my GPS could track exact driving time and such, so on the second day, I remembered to reset the system when they got in the car.

On Day two, we met at 10am and I dropped them off at 5:05pm.  A good 7 hours!!  We went 132.88 miles.  Out of that 7 hours, we were in the car for 3 hours and 44 minutes.  That means we spent 3 hours and 16 minutes looking at actual houses!!!

That's 3 hours and 16 minutes of constant walking.  Upstairs, downstairs, around the pools, up and down driveways... On average, I think you burn about 300 calories an hour with a slow-paced walk.  I think I burned close to 1000 calories yesterday!!

I got on the scale this morning, and I was 1 1/2 pounds less than the day before!!  Looking at houses makes for a great diet!


**Are You Packed Yet?**

Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.

Comment balloon 15 commentsDonna Harris • June 19 2009 01:36PM


Donna, that is a good excercise, I hope all the time you spent with them will pay off for you!  Good luck!

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 9 years ago

I recently had a buyer client that loves Starbucks.  We stopped each time we went out condo hunting.  I gained 7 pounds.

We closed on her condo, not I can lose that weight :-)

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 9 years ago

Rita, I hope so too... we're supposed to write an offer this afternoon!

Kris, It's a good thing I don't drink coffee!!  I like to eat my calories rather than drink them.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

The  Donna Harris real estate diet and fitness program, interesting. I stop at Starbucks just about every week day and spend over $15. for the most part I give it to office staff and clients on my way to the office. I might not lose weight but I'm a lot more popular since I started...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 9 years ago

Donna: We have 50 listings 10 miles down the road and am in desperate need for shoes for my poor daughter going to college.  Save gas, save money, save time, help a fellow AR member and his poor daughter.  Gotta go eat eat my beans for dinner........  Heck, next time do it on bike to show them how much fun Austin is to ride on bikes.  Just a thought........ 

Posted by TIM MONCRIEF, Over 2,000 homes sold….. (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Great results!  Hope they find the right property!!

Posted by Kathy Jackson, CDPE, Your Tri-State Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Midwest Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Paul, $15 a day??  YIKES!!  That just adds up to some nice marketing dollars at $3900 for the year!  You know how much PPC I could do with that??!!

Tim, I was thinking of you, but these guys wanted a minimum of 1 acre, so we've been down in Dripping Springs and Driftwood areas mostly with a quick stop off in Spicewood and Buda.

Kathy, Me too!  I did send them a preliminary offer to review.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Donna - The title threw me. I could see it being good for you though. Either you are walking or at least on your feet during that time. I need that type of excerise.

p.s. Paul  - During the summer.. I like the Frappacino's. I'll meet you half way.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago

Hi Donna ~ I'm showing 16 properties tomorrow to an international buyer.  It's about 3x my normal maximum.  I wish it meant I would lose weight! Usually it means I pack on a few more pounds as I hit the fast food joints while rushing through my day.  Not to mention most of these are elevator buildings.  I like your method better!


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 9 years ago

That is alot of time you spent showing homes.  I hope they at least made an offer.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna... way to go.  Just another added benefit of working with buyers!  Congrats... and remember to stay hydrated!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago


I hope by now they are close to putting some ink on a contract.

Showing homes can make for a long hard day.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 9 years ago

John, And fidgeting back and forth while standing burns even more calories!

Elizabeth, Good luck!

Angelia, Yes, we executed tonight!

Steve, Of course! I kept a cooler filled with water and even those drink mixes so my buyers had variety.

Richard, Yes, we executed!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Donna, The "real estate weight loss system"  you invented sounds great! and much more fun than weight lifting or the banana diet.  (sounds like your tires may have also lost weight.)

Posted by Kathleen Frawley, South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404 (Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento) over 9 years ago

Kathleen, Yes, my tires lost weight, but they were refilled yesterday with the oil change!!  I've lost 2 pounds in the past 2 weeks!  It's amazing how 2 pounds can make a big difference in the way pants can fit.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago