Having the Office to Yourself

If you’re a Realtor and want the office to yourself, all you have to do is show up before 6:30 a.m.

In fact, lots of mornings, you’d be safe until 8 a.m., which is when the front desk personnel and folks in title show up.

The Realtors?

If there’s a 9 a.m. office meeting (every Tuesday), most will blow in around . . . 8:59 a.m. (or maybe 9:02 a.m.)

Night Owls vs. Morning People

Twelve hours later, the picture is 180 degrees different.

Especially in the hyper-busy Spring months, it’s not unusual for the office to have a dozen Realtors (out of +60 in City Lakes) working with clients writing offers, setting up showings, etc. well past 8 p.m.

By contrast, the rhythms in the legal world — which I once inhabited — are completely opposite.

I remember being shocked to arrive at my desk at Moss & Barnett downtown at 7:30 a.m. and realizing that everyone else was already there (what time could they possibly have arrived??). 

If you wanted the office to yourself, though, all you had to do was show up after 6 p.m.

P.S.:  As you might imagine, the personality types drawn to real estate sales and corporate law are also completely different.

I’ve always suspected that Realtors are overrepresented by what the Meyers-Briggs personality test labels “ENTP” — basically, entrepreneurial-minded extroverts (my category, by the way).

Lawyers . . . not so much.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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