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Diary of an Estate Agent Mummy - Week 4

So here we are in week 4, the end of January and for me one of my busiest weeks with Property Webb.

In the last week I have had 4 valuations, 3 recommendations and one who saw my sold board. This for me is amazing, I would never have expected at this time to have 4 sellers potentially considering me to sell for them and not only that have 4 sellers who have agreed to sell with me. As always until the contract is signed you never know, but I have two signed already and will put faith in myself that the other two sellers once ready will come to me.

I did lose one this week but I already knew I was going to lose it before it even happened and you know what its fine, you can’t win them all. Unfortunately, on this occasion the other agent used the age old trick of over valuing, always a false economy on the sellers behalf but as an agent there are times when you have to wish them well and walk away.

Every day I am trying to think of new ideas to reach out to sellers and buyers as well as new ideas for videos and marketing. It feels like my head is full of race cars, going round and round constantly! But at the same time, it’s so much fun! I get to finally be Me, the agent I have always wanted to be, making all my own decisions, being professional but also being FUN, I always get the job done but let’s do it and have a laugh as we go, life is too short. If there is anything that we have learned in the last year it is that life is short, let’s work together, let’s talk, let’s sell houses.

Home wise, it has been another week of attempting school work with the 6yr old, I have resigned myself that if he will do maths and phonics every other day, then I am winning. I have the greatest respect for teachers and I fully understand their years of university, yes that’s right, years of university to learn how to teach. So that is why I know that I am not failing as I don’t have the years of university. I am a mum who along with working and building a business, has a house to tidy, washing to do, food to buy, dinners to cook, a husband to keep sane and kids to look after. I am one of the lucky ones who has a husband who helps out, to all the single mums out there, I salute you and just know you are doing ‘GREAT’

My daughter struggled recently and I was concerned over her anxious behaviour so we sat and had a chat and she came up with a business idea of making sweetie cones for Valentine’s Day, although initially I was unsure, after thinking about it, I realised this was a good thing, something for her to focus on, to get her away from electronics and she might actually learn something. Yes, it is likely that I will do the majority of the work, but is that not what mums are for :-)

So, one week in, we have sold 15 treat boxes, 64 sweetie cones and here I am this Sunday afternoon making chocolate covered strawberries, another idea from Grace that we could make lol

4/5 weeks into lockdown and it’s been a bizarre few weeks, full of emotions and realisation that this pandemic is having a huge impact on my local community.  A local business that has been going for 34yrs closed this week and I wonder how many more will have to close their doors. I have been lucky, as estate agents we have been allowed to continue to work and for that I am so grateful but also mindful that it could change at any time.

Last year’s lockdown feels very different from this year’s, last year I enjoyed the novelty of it all and enjoyed the experience of slowing down and spending time with my kids, which was something for 3yrs I struggled to do whilst building up Purple Bricks in West Lothian. I became ALMOST the mother earth type that I always thought I would be as a mum, doing crafts, painting, making a fairy garden, baking cakes, playing board games. 2021 and well it’s a different story!!!

I am looking forward to better days, conversation over lunch with friends, dinner in a nice restaurant with my husband, drinks with friends in a bar, dancing, singing and to keep it nice and simple having coffee with my mum in my house.

It’s been some week, and there is so much more that I could have written about, but I won’t drivel on anymore.

Thanks again for reading and as always any comments or questions, happy to reply xx