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Having a Baby is Like Going on Vacation

You know how you plan and plan for your vacation, and for a couple of weeks before your vacation, you try to tie up loose ends and make sure everyone is happy while you're gone?  As you get closer and closer to the time to get in your car and head to the airport, your phone keeps ringing off the hook and you receive endless emails...

One fire after another.  One new client after another.  You think to yourself, where did these people come from?  Why do they all of a sudden want to buy and/or sell when you've been following up with them for months and they wouldn't ever return any calls or emails?

Having a baby is kinda like that, thus far... I plan on taking November and December off which means I'm starting to wind things down so I don't all of a sudden have a ton of business during those two months. 

In the past week, I've had to refer off 4 people, 2 listings and 2 buyers.  One buyer wanted something by Thanksgiving, and the other wanted something by the end of the year. I figured it was more fair to them to not start looking for me, and then me having to pass them off to someone else if they didn't find something in time.

The same with the sellers since our average days on the market are about 3-4 months, I don't want to list it now and then work an offer during November and December, or tell the sellers that I have to pass them over.  I rather them start working with the agent now, so the transaction is smoother, and then I just get to collect a referral fee...       


I've been so busy lately, I told my husband that I needed to get pregnant every year... or at least go on more vacations!!

Comment balloon 8 commentsDonna Harris • September 26 2007 05:36PM


Too funny, Donna.  Maybe the karma gods were just testing you to see how you'd handle an overload -- hopefully all that good juju will come rushing back at you once you're back at work!  Lots of luck til your "vacation"... and beyond.
Posted by Maureen McPartlan, REALTORĀ®, San Luis Obispo, CA (Pacific Beach Properties) over 12 years ago
Thanks, Maureen!  Hopefully those karma gods will come back in January and jump start the first of the year!!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 12 years ago
Posted by Stacey McCarthy, @SmartGirlsOwn (McCarthy Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Congrats and Good Luck!!Enjoy you last mintues of peace your life will never be the same! I live up in Denton but I am with Keller Williams Flower Mound!!

Carla Cullum

Posted by Carla Cullum (Integrity Team Keller Williams Flower Mound ) over 12 years ago

Stacey, Thanks!

Carla, Peace?  There's already no peace when she's constantly kicking me!!  Denton isn't too far for you to come down and babysit while I have appts!! LOL

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

Donna: I'm so telling you that you are right...... I can get 3 leads in a day... Boy, talk about timing huh?

Seriously, no matter how far you think you have, it looks like you are winding down. I gave myself a 1-month timeframe to wind down thinking that's plenty of time since I have such a wonderful smooth pregnancy.

You know about my abrupt halt. But guess what? I can still type. So, I'm just laying low and thinking more about my blogging and 2008 efforts. It is still fun. Thank God my brains dont have to go on bedrest....

My doctors say it's anytime now!!! Can you imagine that? I am originally due end of October but my baby cant wait to see us!!! It's one day at a time for us now....

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 12 years ago

Donna...yes - my phone started ringing the day of my c/section. people i've been trying to get off the fence now want to buy. grrr...oh well, at least my sister is also a buyers agent on our team and she's been there to pick up the slack. she's a godsend!

And yes, I had the baby! Check out my baby blog for the info:


Posted by Kim Dean, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own ( over 12 years ago

Loreena, All I can say is I hope bedrest isn't in my future!!  I would go CRAZY!!!  Keep us posted...

Kim, yes, I saw your blog which inspired me to start a blog for BabyHarris:
He was so cute!!  He looked HUGE in the first pictures, but small when all wrapped up.  I didn't see anything on the blog that said the weight.


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