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Practicing Real Estate is Like Having a Baby These Days!

Practicing Real Estate is Like Having a Baby These Days!

I watch my 5.5 month old grandson on Fridays. It is really selfish of me as it gives me a quite day (for now) to catch up on computer work. Marketing, CMA's, looking at homes for buyers, and of course blogging. As I was putting my grandson in his bouncer I looked around the room and realized just how much "stuff" you have to have for babies these days! Swing, bouncer, bouncy chair, car seat, stroller, pack & play, baby bathtub, toys, diapers, wipes, hi chair, bottles, formula, on and on and on and on.

Practicing Real Estate is like having a baby

Then I thought how similar this is to practicing real estate these days.

  • I used to keep a few files in the car, that was it.
  • Next came the cell phone.
  • Then the laptop.
  • Traded in the cell phone for a Blackberry.
  • Camera
  • Added a video camera
  • Some food to snack on in case I am out too long
  • GPS Navigator
  • Electronic Keypad
  • More and more and more papers added to the files I was already carrying

I now have a laptop bag stuffed full of files in case I need something when not in the office. I had to trade in my purse for a large backpack in order to keep the camera in there. Add the video camera case, a bag with my lunch or snack in it, some water, etc. I look like a pack mule when I leave the house! I think I have just as much stuff as my daughter has when she leaves the house for a trip with the baby.

Then of course finding the right buyer for a house, or finding the right house for a buyer can be just like being pregnant. And the frustration level toward the end is probably the same. Just get this thing done!

Missing that all important due date or closing date is common!

Bringing things to a closing can be just like labor, same horrifying pain, can take forever, can be difficult. There are those times that we are all pleased and the baby just pops right out, or the sale goes off without a hitch, we all wait for those easy deliveries.

Of course the delivery makes up for everything, doesn't it? Yes indeed, practicing real estate is like having a baby these days!

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 36 commentsAndrea Swiedler • June 18 2010 10:30AM


This is a perfect analogy!  I feel like I am moving in and moving out of my car/office/home everyday!

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 8 years ago

And you can't forget the closings that go like a c-section---Simple & painless...Until the next day!

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 8 years ago

Andrea, Any many clients are like babies, whining and moaning, perhaps not cooperating, failing to understand (because they don’t want to) kicking and screaming because … they want what they want … and we do our very best to help them get it!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 8 years ago

Very cute analogy!  I am expecting our first grandbaby soon...I too hope to work more from home and spend some time with her.  I am sure I am about to see how much "stuff" I will need!

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 8 years ago

And somehow when neither children nor real estate required so much stuff, both still turned out ok.

Have we made things better or over-complicated something so SIMPLE?

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Amy, lol, you are so right! Pretty soon I will need a suitcase on wheels!

Kathleen, LOL, you said it, I didn't!

Lori, oh good for you! This little tyke above is grandbaby #2 for me. I go to my daughters house every Friday, she put in a wireless modem for me so I could work from here. Great fun I have to say! Enjoy your new arrival when it comes, but build up those muscles!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Jenna, I think that all the time! How did my kids survive without all this stuff? How did houses get sold before?

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Andrea, thats a great comparison. I believe some of the customers require more attending.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 8 years ago


What a fun analogy.  Wish you would have included a picture of your grandson, I bet he is adorable.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 8 years ago


Whoops, I did not look carefully at the picture.  Yes, he is adorable, I was caught up in all the other baby stuff.  Sorry!

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 8 years ago

That's a lot of "stuff" you're carrying. I carry my license and credit card in my back pocket, no purse. The last three times I've taken my 2 year old out, I've been diaper bag free! It feels great to not carry "stuff" around.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 8 years ago

Andrea, I concur with the analogy, but want to say here that I ENVY your Friday schedule! I have 7 grandchildren, including a new-born that I just visited for the first time last week in Oklahoma. It wonderful for you, baby and baby's parents!

Posted by Derenda Grubb, GRI, ABR, CRS (CENTURY 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) over 8 years ago


What a delight to read this post. I smiled and nodded all the way through...but I especially smiled as I looked at your grandbaby!!!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 8 years ago

It IS as if we're moving every time we get in the car to go to work, much like when you have a little one! Great analogy Andrea!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Andrea, there is so much truth in the comparison. I don't pack as much because the office is so close and I almost run parallel files, but making sure I get into the car with everything I need is a must. Of course we have everything a little closer here in the big city that you do out there in the country.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

Andrea, and after the whole thing is over, you can find yourself with a very bad case of post partum depression!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Andrea - This is soooo true. I have the equivalent of an office file cabinet in the back of my SUV with files and papers ready to write that offer, or sign that listing at a moments notice. Count in the camera, the video recorder, the cell phone, laptop, gps, snacks, drinks and we are all a bunch of pack mules.

It seems like the more we practice, the larger the collection of stuff we seem to require. What the heck?!

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 8 years ago

Ted, how true! It is funny how sometimes they sail through, other times we have to hold their hands. Expected though, very difficult thing buying and selling a home.

Ron & Alexandra, glad you realized that was him. And thank you!

Donna, wow, nothing else huh? You must have all the info right in  your head, good for you!

Derenda, awww... yes, I have two right here, it is nice. And Friday is a day I can stay glued to him and the computer for the most part. Very relaxing, get tons of work done, all good stuff!

Ashville NC, thank you so much! He makes me smile too I will tell you.

Craig, like how I piled all that stuff around him? There was more, I just couldn't fit it in the photo, LOL. It is like moving, ghesh.

Ed, true. My office takes a while to get to, anyplace can. When I meet with clients I have to be preparedds!

Pat, rofl... that is funny. Yes we most certainly can!

Hi Judy, oh, an office file cabinet, rofl.. great idea! I used to but in this jeep it is impossible. My left arm is growing weary to say the least.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

That's a good way to look at it. We recently welcomed our first child into the world and i had no idea how much stuff you have to have for them, and I have about the same collection of goodies that have to be in my car for work as well.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 8 years ago

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Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 8 years ago

Yes, real estate is like having a baby - without the crying. Oh wait, clients cry.  Okay, without the spit.  Oops, I think they spit at us sometimes, too.  Well then, without the sleepless nights - no, I guess we have those too.

I think you are right on!  It's exactly the same as having a baby!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 8 years ago


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Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 8 years ago

That was just too too funny Andrea, great analogy.  Congrats on yet another feature! You are on a roll girl!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Andrea, yep I have most of my files with me all the time, and of course I don't go any where without my bouncy bounce :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 8 years ago
Good analogy. Although as a man I'm not sure whether I'm qualified to say anything about having a baby. LOL. I feel like a beast of burden when I leave the house too. ;-)
Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago


I don't know much about having a baby around anymore, but I do know that selling real estate requires a lot of stuff!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Great analogy. It was not all that long ago that all stuff was part of the landscape of my home. I never really stopped to think how much stuff you "need" for a little baby. My two girls are now well past that stage (6 & 9) thank goodness.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea,


Yes, life is allot of stuff..........!!!!!!!!

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale ( over 8 years ago

Great job Andrea and congrats on yet another feature at AR!

VB ;-)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 8 years ago

Great post Andrea....  I too take care of my grandchildren at least 1 day a week.  You should see me when I have been working all day then go to their house and get their stuff.....  I have a Volkswagen Beetle so it takes me a few trips from the garage to bring everything in.  Wouldn't change a thing!!!!

Posted by Cindy Doup (Re/Max Real Estate Professionals) over 8 years ago

Wonderful analogy! I have now started using 2 bags to hold everything.  Since I work at home, at least I don't have to carry the diaper bag to the office, except for a meeting.


Posted by Marcy Moyer, Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist (eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales) over 8 years ago

JL, congratulations on the baby! Late as I am though, LOL. Isn't it amazing how much stuff we need in life? I want less "stuff", that's for sure. Thank you for the feature!

Margaret, and sometimes we cry and even spit.... and we have sleepless nights, you are right. It is like having a baby!

C Tann, thank you!

Hi Al & Peggy, thank you! I just looked at all his "stuff", then looked at all my "stuff" and couldn't help myself.

George, we all should make sure we have our bouncy bounce with us in life, LOL!

Nate, LOL, yes indeed, I have a thought about what we need to make our life easier, now if I had money I would patent it!

Richard, we need to de-stuff somehow! Before my shoulders and back are gone!

Jim, the stuff is quite amazing. I know you have lots of stuff for your work too, but you can leave it in your truck, LOL.

Robert, isn't it though, in many way.

VB, why thank you so much!

Cindy, at least I am at his house, which makes a difference. But early in the AM I am dragging all my stuff to add to his stuff, rofl. There is stuff everywhere then.

Marcy, LOL, the bags grow, and it is driving me nutz!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Andrea - I love the analogy and it is so true! That was very witty! Thanks for making me smile!

Posted by Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA (Paige Walker) over 8 years ago

Oh, this is so true! I am always amazed at how much baby stuff parents think they need now. But then I read your blog, looked over at my desk and laughed.

Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) over 8 years ago

The other thing I was thinking of was that its kind of like giving birth.  I have two transactions that have been in "gestation" for about 9 months. Hopefully there is a birth closing in the near future.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 8 years ago

Did you describe the natural childbirth, the labor pains...and how many transactions last more than 9 months. Maybe they are the high risk ones. I have seen a couple of "terrible twos" and a few temper tantrums.

Congratulations on your grandchild and your featured post!


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 8 years ago