Life as a Real Estate Broker can be an exciting and fast paced business with a lot up strong ups and downs. Let me start by saying exciting and fast paced is what you should be doing as a real estate broker, and you should always be working. Even if you not working with a client, there is all kinds of marketing that needs to be taken care of to make sure you are in front of as many people as possible. The ups and downs for a real estate broker are no with the market but with the clients, somedays you will be packed with clients and home showings, listings, contracts and paperwork. Other days you could have off the entire morning, or even the full day. What do you do, remember you still have marketing, but you can only blog, Facebook, post pictures, and as for recommendations and referrals online for so long. If you have a family, you want to spend as much time with them as possible, but the agents that are dedicated to work it still seems hard, as you get in a habit of always being in a fast paced, need to work constantly, answer ever email, text and phone call right away. If not the potential client or even the client, could just go and move on to the next real estate that will answer their questions right then and there. Now you may say not everyone is so impatient, but I remember when I was looking to buy a home, if you didn’t answer your phone the first time I called, I just moved on down the list until an agent answered and take care of all my questions. Now of course this is not always the case, and most potential clients leave a message and wait for a reply because they are drawn to you somehow and want to work with you. But I always have in the back of my mind, what if I miss a home sale because I didn’t answer the phone. This train of thought is great for business because you are able to hyper focus and make sure your work is done and done right. But for the Real estate brokers with families this can take a huge toll on the families and really hurt your social life. I have found the best way to work is to try to create a balance of life. This is very hard to do but must be done, and when you go home for the evening and have dinner and the kids are in bed. The balance will come when you can put your phone away and talk with you significant other, instead of reaching for the phone when it chimes from calls, emails, or social media.