What do you do for a living?

“What do you do for a living?”  Yeah… I get that question a lot.  Then when I try to answer… oh boy.  Either I try to keep it brief with the standard Real Estate Assistant – which is followed by more questions – or I try to really explain and it comes out sounding like a tedious laundry list, all while the person in front of me is glazing over and wishing they had never asked.

So – here’s my blog.  HOORAY! 

My intent here is to shed some light on exactly what I do each day while simultaneously shedding some light on the fact that real estate is HARD.  I know a lot of people think we all just fall backwards into piles of cash every day but if it were really that easy – why wouldn’t EVERYONE do it?

For awhile there, it seemed like everyone WAS doing it until the real estate bubble burst and a lot of newer agents quit and went back to “real” jobs. *sigh*

What I do as an assistant isn’t nearly as expensive as being an agent, and I don’t have to be quite as professional or as “on-call” as an agent.  However, I do get to be as broke as an agent when there are no sales closing, because I earn my money the same way he does – commission.  Don’t get me wrong – I love it that we are in this together and that we are a team.  But it can to be daunting, as well.

A huge part about my job that I love is doing architectural photography.  LOVE. 

As an income enhancer for the slow times (as in the last 2 years) I have found a niche supplying photos to agents that (a) don’t want to spend $500 or more on a professional from the city, and (b) don’t care that my photos are edited and enhanced – but NOT with HDR.  The good news is that a lot of advertisers actually prefer my photos because HDR looks amazing on the computer screen – but doesn’t print well. 

So yesterday, I went out to get some photos of a waterfront home that Dennis will be co-listing with Molly Neary – from the water.  This, of course, is the best way to show with the blink of an eye that it’s a waterfront home.  Unfortunately, the private dock I snuck on to had a locked gate at about the middle of it, and I need to get to the end of this dock in order to get a good shot of the house without the neighboring home looking like it’s attached to it, like a Duplex.  I spoke with another agent in my office who knows someone with a slip on this dock, and hopefully I can get down there before we go live with this listing next week.  Here’s the best of what I got yesterday:

Monday we’ll get the interiors shot and hopefully the sun will make an appearance and I can get to the end of that dock.  Here’s a shot I took of the beach, from the deck of this home, on a sunny day.  Big difference!

Look!  There’s the dock I was standing on!  LOL

Anyway, as we go through the machinations of this listing, I will be keeping you up-to-date on everything Dennis, Molly and I will be doing to get it active and noticed by as many agents & possible Buyers as possible.  It’s a great house with a lot to offer, so I’m really looking forward to marketing it and getting it sold!

13 thoughts on “What do you do for a living?

  1. LOVE YOUR SITE! Awesome shots.
    I think you have a whole new lease on life because of your Bump Its.

  2. Love your blog Pattie. Your comments are always so hilarious and spot on (like agents falling back into cash…). Have a fabulous 2010! love ya, Vesna

    • Thanks V!

      I hope it’s a great year for all of us. The last 2 years sucked hard enough. It’s time for our sector of the economy to recover!



  3. Hi Pattie,

    My friend Carol Audleman told me about your blog, I love you’re pictures! Email me when you get a chance!

    Thanks have a great day!


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