List of Tasks

What goes into hosting a successful dinner party?

My list includes:

–Make sure the home is cleaned up and inviting;
–Buy/prepare food + desserts;
–Set out plates and utensils;
–Provide a mix of drinks (soft and otherwise), plus glasses and ice;
–Send out invites in a timely fashion;
–In wintertime (at least in MN), make sure steps & walk are shoveled/ice-free; and finally . . .
–Afterwards, dispose of leftover food, drinks, and garbage + sweep/mop/vacuum as needed.

Dancing Backwards

So, what’s involved hosting a Broker Open for Realtors? (at least in the Twin Cities, Broker Tour is held each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Doing all of the above tasks . . . at someone’s else’s home!** (“Where was that Living Room light switch again??”; “Exactly how does the thermostat work??,” etc.).

And that’s while simultaneously doing one or more of the following: (hastily) finishing marketing materials for the home; plugging it at the weekly broker meeting that morning; fielding other agents’ calls and emails about the newly-listed home; and setting out/picking up “For Sale” signs in the neighborhood directing agents to the “Tour” home.

It all sort of recalls the famous line about Ginger Rogers doing everything Fred Astaire did . . . except backwards and in high heels.  🙂 

P.S.: Still not challenging enough?

Try hosting a Broker Open at a condo in a security building — plus, all too frequently, with limited parking for guests.

**Minus the “drinks – otherwise” part — after all, it is the middle of the day.

See also, “Realtor Compliments.”

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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