Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : REALTORS DON'T GET SICK DAYS...


"Ewwww," said my doctor as she looked at the back of my throat yesterday morning. 

Swollen and filled with white spots, my throat certainly wasn't attractive.  I had, however, expected a different response from my doctor.

"Yep.  You've got strep," she concluded...

Strep throat sucks.  I used to get it as a kid, but it has probably been 20 years since I have had it.

Today is day four of misery...


Realtors don't get sick days.

They don't.  At least I dont.

Sure, you can sometimes coast a bit...

My marketing has come to a standstill.  I haven't written a post on Active Rain or even chimed in on Facebook since I have been sick...

But the phone keeps ringing. 

The emails keep coming. 

New prospects calling on a listing.  Old clients wanting to go see homes.  Realtors calling for feedback.  The activity keeps coming...

In my fifth year as a real estate agent, my business is just starting to generate the type of activity I expected long ago...

And now, due to some bacterial infection in my throat, I am cowering from the activity...


I just emailed a young couple I was supposed to show homes to tonight.  I delayed as long as I could...

I asked to reschedule.  I have never done that before...


Real estate sales is a series of ongoing conversations.  The more conversations you have going on, the better...

My goal is to keep my end of the conversations going as quickly as possible.  I like to be very quick...

When I am sick, I slow down...


My couple just emailed back.  We have rescheduled for Saturday.  There were 3 more homes they wanted to see anyway...

All's well that ends well.:)

Realtors don't get sick days...





Comment balloon 125 commentsKen Tracy • February 23 2010 03:30PM


About 2 months ago my husband rushed me to the ER. Before the morphine shot I gave him a summary of the 4 appointments I had for the next day. Thank goodness he's a licensed Realtor as well.

Posted by Vickie Nagy about 8 years ago

I know how you feel.  I've been fighting something for the last few days.  I don't STOP...but I did slow down.  No realy choice, whatever I had knocked my socks off and left me with no reserves.  I did what I needed to and no more.  But there is no STOPPING. I did stop ONCE for an intestinal flu that had me violently sick for 48 hours.  Basically, I had no choice in the matter - but that's the exception - not the rule.

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

Hi Vickie and Ruthmarie.  Thanks for stopping in.

I am glad it is not just me.

I am drinking a hot cup of tea right now, nursing a deathly sore throat.

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

I did my tour of the hospital in September. I di have coverage though and you're right. No sick days for a busy realtor.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( about 8 years ago

KEN - we hope you will feel better soon. Drink a lot of those hot teas - our suggestion - add some lemon and honey.

Posted by Megan Izdebska & Hanna Manoufar Chandler, Scottsdale Real Estate Agent, Double Commitment. Double Results. (United Brokers Group) about 8 years ago

Hi M+H and Robert.  Thanks for stopping by.

Robert, lot's of people have been real sick this year.  Swine flu?

M+H, I am heating up another cup of tea right now...

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

Oh I know how you feel..One time the Doctor said she would write me a sick  note ...I laughed ....get as much sleep and rest as possible ...hope you feel better


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 8 years ago

I know how you feel. Been in bed all weekend and Monday. Zicam is helping. Take care of yourself.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 8 years ago

Ken - I understand this feeling completely.  I once had to working with a raging migraine (only one I've had).  I just told my clients about it, and I explained that I wasn't exactly 100%.  :)  Sorry to hear about your strep - hope you're better soon!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 8 years ago

Good evening Ken,

I hope that you are feeling better after taking care of all that business.  Now is not the time to cower but I can totally relate.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 8 years ago

Hi Don, Jason, Missy, and Hannah.  Thanks for reading.

Feeling a tad better today (Probably why I have the strength to return to Active Rain).

But it has been rough.

If this would have happened on a day when I had an open house?  I don't know if I could have made it!:)

Anyway, thanks again everyone,



Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

Hi there,

Guess I'm the odd man out of this one, how does anyone expect to last if they/you don't take care of yourself. Sorry to say it, but sometimes we just need to slow down and listen to what's going on with our body, that's how (in the long run) we have longevity in our biz. Please know I don't mean to be preachy, but I guess I am.

Now have I ever worked when I didn't feel like it, of course, yet there are times when we all need to just slow down and take care of ourselves. There's usually someone who can fill in temporarily.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 8 years ago

Poor baby.....sure hope you feel better real soon.  By the way, mommies don't get sick days either! 

Patricia/Secoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 8 years ago


We really don't have sick days, or vacation days, or weekends. But it's all part of the job. I hope that you feel better soon.

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

There is something about sick adults that just doesn't work.  So my falls during the blizzards don't count either?


Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) about 8 years ago

Get well soon -- when you are sick your clients do not want your germs and honestly they should understand.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

Hi Ken -- I hope you feel better, I feel your pain.  I broke my ankle and was out a week later on crutches with an out of towner showing over 50 homes over a 3 day long weekend.  I didn't do stairs until they narrowed their selection. 

What's up with the KW logo throughout the post?  It was distracting trying to read the post.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) about 8 years ago

No, we don't get sick days. But it is good when our past clients think of us isn't it? The more bothersome they are, the better. Get Well

Thank you

Posted by Scott Baker, Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area ( Coldwell Banker West Shell) about 8 years ago

HEY! You stole my post! Not really, but I could have said the same thing...I've a triple hit. 3 illnesses issues hit me at once this morning. Can't work through kidney stones. I am on my back in bed with the laptop working away. I did have to reschedule showing houses tonight, like you, but I'll be better this weekend and try again. And, I just got the call that the short sale I've been waiting for got final approval and will close Friday! So, I spent the day in bed sick and working my sore, feaverish fingers off. I hope your better soon!

Posted by Amy Law (Alliance Properties) about 8 years ago

Believe me, we can take a sick day. I got that dang stomach virus yesterday and had to cancel two appointments... then, we had snow today, so I had to cancel three more appts...

Everything has been rescheduled and showing properties tomorrow, but I actually canceled appts for being sick for the first time ever!!  I stayed in bed ALL day yesterday and made snowmen today!!

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

I feel your pain... I did 6 hours of phone duty today with a sinus and throat infection. I am hoping the medicine kicks in soon.  Get well soon!!!

Posted by Jay Schmitt, Gettysburg Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) about 8 years ago


Take care of yourself.  You are definitely entitled to a snow day.

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) about 8 years ago

Ken - You're right. I'm in the same boat you are.... I feel so weak. I hate being sick.

I realized that Realtors and Mothers cant have sick days. That sucks!

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) about 8 years ago

Ken - I feel for ya man... strep is no fun... Sorry to hear that and your right we don't get sick days.... Hope you feel better soon....

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) about 8 years ago

I'm a whimp when I'm ill so I completely shut down, wait for the meds to work and move on.  With the internet and texting you gave give the voice and rest.


On the brighter side of a winter cold.

Posted by Ross Therrien, Realtor, Broker Associate (Prudential Verani Realty, Londonderry,New Hampshire) about 8 years ago

I think you are entitled to a sick day.  I am pretty sure your clients respect you enough to want you at your best (not to mention not wanting you around if you are contagious).  Hope you feel better soon.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 8 years ago

Ken, I hope you get to feeling better.  About 10 days on those antibiotics should take care of that!  Stay close to your computer & your phone, but try to text more than talk!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) about 8 years ago

Yep - been there, and pressed on with work anyway !

... I cant remember the last weekend I had off !

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 8 years ago

I try really hard to almost never cancel or change an appointment. It is almost the kiss of death for me so I go no matter what unless it snows. No sick days, you're right. The flu shot almost ended my winter sick days so I am able to say this more easily the last few years.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge about 8 years ago

Ken~  I found out you were sick by seeing Donald's re-blog of yours.  Hope you get to feeling better soon!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 8 years ago

I feel your pain.  Thankfully not strep, but have had some sort of sinus bug sneezy headachey drippy sore thraot thing for nearly a week.  I had 2 days where I couldn't speak in more than a whisper! Interrupted my plans drastically.  And I had to take a nap today.  Pitiful!

Get better!!

Posted by Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits (Realty World Alliance) about 8 years ago

Ken-  No we don't get sick days. I was talking to an appraiser within hours of giving birth to my son and doped up on Pitocin. Back to (phone) work the next day.

I hope you are feeling better.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 8 years ago

No health insurance either.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) about 8 years ago

Hi Sheldon, Don, Dr., Ross, Robert, Loreena, Carol, Jay, Donna, Amy, Scott, Chris, B+C, Michael, Richard, Patricia, and Lynda.  Wow.  Thanks for stopping by.

Chris, I was worried about this too.  I have changed it to a series of hyphens.  I hope it makes it easier to read...

6 hours of phone duty stinks on a good day.  Horrible with a sore throat...

It is amazing how many people have been very sick this year.  Is it the swine flu?:)

I do agree we are entitled to a sick day.  I did cancel the appointment today, after all.  Just very reluctantly.  I wouldn't do it if I didn't have to...

Thanks again everyone,



Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

Hi Gregory, Ellie, Sheree, Vickie and Cheryl.  Thanks for stopping by.

Yes, mothers don't get sick day's either...

Who would take care of us men?:)

Wow.  Cool.  I was reblogged. (one of the highest honors, IMO)

Ahh.  Health insurance...

Ellie, you should have been Realtor of the month! 

Cheryl, I am with you.  Seems like bad practice.  My clients generally don't leave me.  I try to not give them a reason...

Thanks again everyone,


Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

Sorry you are sick.  That is why I am glad I have a partner.  It is great because we can cover for each other when necessary.  At our Keller Williams office, we all try to cover for each other.  You need to give your KW agents a chance to help.  It is part of the culture!

Hope you get better soon!!

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) about 8 years ago

I had a sick day that cost me about $4k...  The doctor bill was almost nothing...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 8 years ago

Ken - We definitely don't get sick days, I too have been sick lately and it hasn't been easy, especially when you're stuck in bed unable to do anything.  I hope you feel better soon!

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 8 years ago

Sometimes the mind want to work but the body does not. Get well soon!

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) about 8 years ago

Ken - Hope you're feeling better soon!  You're right, we don't get sick days - at least not paid sick days!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Your Health is your wealth and without it you have nothing anyway....

Glad to hear you keeping the wheels spinning even if the motor can't run with it :-)

Posted by Mindy Kaye, Real Estate Photography by MindyK (MindyK Photographer) about 8 years ago

Sadly, this is true.  I can't believe I haven't thought of this before and, boy, is it discouraging!

Posted by An Marshall, Your St Augustine Real Estate Consultant (Berkshire Hathaway - St. Augustine) about 8 years ago

Hi Ken,

Hope you feel better soon!  Strep is no fun.

Have you ever thought about having a team?  Or at least an alliance with another agent.  That way you have coverage with situations like this, plus coverage when you take a vacation.

Even if you don't take sick days, you should still take vacations.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 8 years ago

I was down for the count for a week last year in early May.  I couldn't have worked if I wanted to.  Luckily at that time I had just finished up a bunch of business and didn't have much going on. 

Posted by David Monsour, ABR - (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) about 8 years ago

I was having dizzy spells and couldn't safely drive.  My partner was nice enough to drive me around and make sure I didn't fall down.  The client was in town for the day to finalize their housing.  I had no alternative. Thanks to another agent helping me I made it through the ordeal and have thanked my friend for being so kind to put his work aside that morning.  Agents might not get sick days, but other agents are willing to help you out.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group) about 8 years ago

Sick happens!  :-(

Feel better soon . . .

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 8 years ago

Hi David, Bruce, An, Mindy, Elyse, Melissa, Michelle, Lane, and Barbara.  Thanks so much for reading.

I certainly want to have a small team.  I would love an assistant and a part time tech guy.  I need to sell more houses!:)

I don't feel I would be a very good partner...

I know I could ask for help.  But I don't feel it would be the same experience for my clients...

Wow.  Still sick, but I must say reading the comments is addictive!

Thanks again everyone,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

Hi Larry and Carla.  Thanks for reading.

Sick does happen...

Larry, great story.  That's dedication!:)

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

Not only do we not take sick days the business is always on our minds.  I liken it to when you were in college or high school and had a big exam or term paper coming up.  No matter what you were doing that term paper/exam always loomed in the back of your mind.  That's how I describe being a Realtor to most people.  Then they get it.  Great post and best of luck to you Ken.

Posted by Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES, Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate (Long Realty West Valley) about 8 years ago , John Fiorelli REALTOR Richmond, VA , Richmond, VA Homes for sale , Chesterfield, VA homes forsale , Midlothian, Va homes for sale , Glen Allen home for sale , Henrico homes for sale , Search MLS

 You should follow this up with REALTORS don't get VACATION!!!! Unless you go on vaction without a cell phone, laptop etc. you will spend some time doing business!!! COUNT ON IT!

Posted by John Fiorelli, REALTOR Richmond, VA aka (Premier Realty) about 8 years ago

Ken,  Hope you are feeling better!  I kow how you feel.  Seems to me that you have done a great job of doing a great job!  Keep on providing that exceptional service and those customers/clients will keep buying and selling through you! 

Posted by John Howard, GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614 (Century 21 LeMac Realty) about 8 years ago

Maybe you needed a stronger antibiotic. It's no fun being sick or worrying about all your not getting done. Get well soon!

Posted by Sherry Chastain, Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales (Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee) about 8 years ago

Ken-Hope you are feeling better real soon, it does suck being sick.

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) about 8 years ago

Ken - Be careful with strep throat.  It can cause permanent heart problems like mitral valve prolapse, if not treated properly.  This is one illness you want to give yourself plenty of rest for.  There are some things that can't wait in real estate, submitting offers, etc., but many other things can be rescheduled.  I like to give my body time to heal AND not spread germs or viruses to my clients.  So I do take sick days, but haven't had to take too many of them, thank heavens, because we sure don't get paid for them.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 8 years ago

And no time off when you have a baby.  I was taking calls while I was in labor.  LOL

Posted by Kelly Courvisier about 8 years ago

Oh Ken, I am with you. We tend to be taking care of everyone else and forget about ourselves. Sometimes I think our bodies are telling us to slow down and stop. Mine has recently, and made it physically impossible to leave my house or office for a long period of time. It has helped me to look more inside and try to get healthy.

FEEL BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) about 8 years ago

Ken ~ Hope you get better soon. I was real sick last week and yes, I still worked in mystery. I had surgery a few years back and I had a client who really wanted to look at property. I couldn't drive or barley walk. My mom drove and it was so painful People sometimes just simply don't get it.

Posted by Monique Hailer, South West Florida & Southern Maryland Homes (Schooner Bay Realty., Inc. & CENTURY 21 New Millenniun) about 8 years ago

Ken.. You are so right... Just before Christmas I got this too with the exception I was not told it was strep. I was told I had a bateria infection. The only good thing was I lost nearly 20 lbs being sick and a total of 30 lbs as a result. I didn't get sick days either, but was in no way able to go out and work...

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) about 8 years ago

Ken, you are so right!  We don't get sick days.  Or vacation days, really.  The only time I can really get away is when I go overseas.  I cannot think of a time when I just stayed home and did NO work in the 7+ years I've been doing this.  Hope you get well soon! 

David in Boston

Posted by David Cahill (Century 21 Cahill Associates) about 8 years ago

Ken, get better quick.  Clients  don't care how sick we are as long as their needs are taken care of.  I've been fortunate not to be sick this year. 

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions) about 8 years ago

Hi Ken,

Your comments are so true. Take care of yourself and feel better soon.

Posted by Pat Kady (Keller Williams Check Realty) about 8 years ago

I spent a week in hospital in my 3rd year, had 3 closings while lying flat on my back. I found a great friend to help me out, she is now one of my agents. Most clients are understanding as were yours. Hope you feel better soon, Strep is just plain nasty.

Posted by Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, Barrington, a Luxury, Country Suburban Lifestyle. (Barrington Realty Company) about 8 years ago

Ken- You must take care of yourself first. Please take care of yourself. Health is really worth more than money. This is also why agents need to have assistants in order to grow their businesses to the next level. Most mom and pop shops have both mom and pop working in them, most small businesses at least hire a clerk. A real estate business is no different. 

You must take the time you need to heal and to reboost your immunity. And make sure you get rest. Lots of rest. Katerina 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 8 years ago

Ken take a couple of advil and go to bed.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

Hi Ken -

A friend of mine has been a Realtor for 4 years and her mother also has her license and fills in for her when she is unavailable.... I never realized what a great gift that is until I became a Realtor!  Feel better and congrats on being so busy :)

- Lori

Posted by Lori Liveston (Virtual Homes, Real Estate) about 8 years ago

I hear ya brother. I've played injured on many a day...flu, strep, food poisoning, you name it. When you are self employed, your boss is the results. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) about 8 years ago

Ken - sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well, I also have a very sore throat but no strep for me (so far!)  I am in management so I don't need to worry about losing clients anymore.  However I have always been blessed to work in an office where I could pick up the phone and ask any number of people to cover an appointment for me and feel comfortable that my clients would be in good hands. I hope you feel better soon!

Posted by Becky Brand (Shorewest Realtors) about 8 years ago

Ken - Hope you feel better soon. It is true. When you are your own business, there is no sick day or vacation time.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) about 8 years ago


Hope you are feeling better soon.  I totally understand how hard it is when you are in business for yourself....there really aren't sick days...

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

Ken you are the man!    featured while you are sick..  Wow!   Hope you get better very soon!

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) about 8 years ago

Ken, sorry you feel crummy, stay home and heal. I'll tell you that the only thing worse that being a sick Realtor with strep throat is being a sick Realtor with two kids with strep throat and closings. I'm sure that CT Geneva is now thoroughly infected with our germs. Tomorrow I'll take Lysol along.

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) about 8 years ago

Tell me about it...and like Oprah once said I'm too busy to get sick.  That's been my story fortunately...A little down time here and there goes a long way...Get Better Soon!

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Coldwell Banker ) about 8 years ago

Ken:  You are doing the world a favor by staying home.  Thanks for not sharing!  Hope you're all better soon....

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) about 8 years ago

From the desk of David Dee,

Ken, we can call in sick and work from home? :D

Posted by David Dee, Real Estate - San Gabriel Valley (L.A.) & N. Orange County CA (IRN REALTY) about 8 years ago

It is best to develop a backup plan for such occasion as sickness and vacations.  Hopefully you will come up with such a plan and I hope you get better soon!

Posted by Robert Machado, CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management (HomePointe Property Management, CRMC) about 8 years ago

No one wants to slow down especially because of sickness...  But if you feel it coming on Stress will make it worse - Relax, your clients will understand, and if they don't you don't want to work with them!

Posted by Barbara Kornegay, Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes (REMAX Essential) about 8 years ago

i had a female agent in my office ask me to pick paperwork up once. i asked where she was.  she said at the hospital in labor.

Posted by John Armstrong (Coldwell Banker Heart of America) about 8 years ago

I hope you feel better fast Ken- No, Realtors don't get sick days...:)

Posted by Catherine "Cathy" Chaudemanche- Edison, NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven (Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ) about 8 years ago

Hi Ken ~ hoping that you find a way to enjoy the rest.  Do you have any enterprising children who can take calls :).  I ran for 3 straight years as the only guy (and no sickness -- who has the time???), then I realized I needed help, and devevloped 2 more agents to do what I do.  Thankfully if any of us need a break, we have one another!  Will say a prayer for your speedy recovery ~ God bless you.


I like the first comment -- her husband is a realtor too -- NICE. 

Posted by Keith Sellers, Greater Kalamazoo and Lakeshore (Sellers Real Estate) about 8 years ago

No sick days for a couple we "plan" never getting sick at the same the absence of that...buddy with someone in your office for exchanging time for such occasions...emergencies and vacations. While you can always be in touch by cell or e-mail someitmes only being there live and in person will do it.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) about 8 years ago

Good morning Ken, hope this day finds you feeling a tad better.  I had to smile reading all the woe is us comments.  But seriously we, like many other professions don't get sick days.  We don't get paid for them, and as Lane said they can COST us money.  That's one of the benefits of a husband & wife team ~ just as long as we don't pass it on to each other!! Take care of yourself ~ we look forward to your being up and about here in the rain...

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) about 8 years ago

Hey Ken...I am a sole proprietor so it is really important that I stay healthy but because I am working alone I have learned that if I have to cancel (  which is seldom ) I just don't stress over it and explain my situation ( but it is still hard ).

Posted by Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner (Hillview Realty) about 8 years ago

A client reminded me recently (I currently have their house listed) that I was sick as a dog when I showed them an investment property several years ago -- I didn't even remember being sick!!!

Posted by Pam Turner, REALTOR®, e-PRO®, SFR (Century 21 Belk Realtors Dalton GA) about 8 years ago

True.  Kind of like being a mom, or dad.  I've learned to have someone that can cover for me when I'm sick and I can do the same for them.  And we don't ask for money in exchange.  Great friends!  Hope your feeling better and find them a house Sat.

Posted by Lisa Stafford, Broken Arrow OK Homes For Sale (Broken Arrow, Tulsa, McGraw Realtors) about 8 years ago

You are so right.  However, remember that life is short and you have to take care of YOU!  Get better.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) about 8 years ago

Great post Ken, The show must go on!!  Get well soon!

Posted by Home Design, Home Design and Real Estate about 8 years ago

I had emergency gall bladder surgery last year from some wings I ate on Superbowl Sunday, and was negotiating a contract while walking up and down the hospital aisles while recovering-you're right, we don't get sick days!

Posted by Lisa Schlitz, Realtor - Wellington, Florida Homes 561-214-3216 (Home Run Real Estate, Inc.) about 8 years ago

I don't like it when I see people who are sick go to work.  I once had sick dental hygienist and then a Subway sandwich maker in my way.  I got nasty, nasty flus.  Now I speak up, if you are sick stay home. 

So stay home, and I hope you feel better soon.

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) about 8 years ago

An aggravating combination ... My business seems to go in daily/weekly cycles as well where everybody and their mother want to get approved, typicially at the very same time I have two sports games, cello practice, and a special event. And then when I am free nobody picks up the phone. Hope you ar feeling better soon. It is one thing to take time off from work, it is another to be forced "off" and have to pick everything up!

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) about 8 years ago

I had a tangential thought about this. Sometimes I play my best tennis after a cold. The reason is my mind has slowed down and I am not so anxious about performance and just play. I don't like sick days but sometimes really good work comes from it in a flow. Anxiety sometimes make us try to hard.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 8 years ago

Hope you're all better now! 

Remember -- if you don't take care of yourself, how can you take care of the people important to you (yes, that includes family, associates, and CLIENTS!).

I think clients are more than understanding when you are ill.  They sure don't want to get sick from being in a car with you!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA) about 8 years ago

Hi Jerry, John, Joe, Gail, Kelly, Marney, Monique, Roland, David, Kay, Pat, Corinne, Katerina, Tammie, Lori, J Phillip, Becky, Mike, Lori, Judy, Leslie, Frank, Kirsten, David, Robert, Barbara, John, Cathy, Keith, S+D, L+P, Dennis, Pam, Lisa, Paula, Jennifer, Lisa, Tere, Steve, Joe and Richard. 

Thanks everyone for reading.

Quite an amazing turnout to this post.  I guess we can all relate!

Some funny stories in there...

You never know where the inspiration for a feature will come from!

I am feeling a bit better today.  Still staying home and resting.  I have lots of work to do this weekend!

Thanks again everyone,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

Ken - I know how you feel. I had strep last year with a terrible migraine that came with it. I couldn't do anything for a few days. I hope you feel better soon.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) about 8 years ago

We can't take care of others unless we take care of ourselves.  I understand that we must be accessible but at the same time we have or recognize that we are not invincible.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) about 8 years ago

Strep is contagious so do your clients a favor and have a co-worker handle the aspects of your work requiring face to face contact.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 8 years ago

It's the pits, isn't it?

I know how you feel. It's a pain having to juggle appointments because of being ill.

Best way to never have that happen again is to take care of yourself from this point forward. Plety of rest, eat right, etc.

But, you could have used the down time to crank out a few posts...or complete some other work that doesn't require face to face contact....

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) about 8 years ago

That's why real estate was an easy profession for me to go into...cuz as a mommy I didn't get sick days either.  :)  Hope you feel better soon!

Posted by Claire Record (Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country) about 8 years ago

Ken- By business seems to ironically Peak when I am sick. I just muddle through. IT is the same as being a mom- you don't get to have those sick days to do nothing. Now when my husband gets sick...

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) about 8 years ago

Haven't had a day off since Christmas. It is hard to say no! and when we are not busy we worry about getting busy and we tend to work more! I cant complain too much, I still love the business but my health is important and I should take some time off... 

Posted by Eryn Richardson, Broker (Century 21 Heritage Group, Ltd. Brokerage) about 8 years ago

I guess I will be an odd man out as well.  I do get sick days.  I have a very understanding boss, ME, who does not want me infecting clients (who BTW are not impressed when I show up sick), having a drawn out illness due to lack of rest & recovery time, and being unable to care for my family.

I lost two weeks in November, just before Thanksgiving, to a terrible flu type thing that had me unable to breathe, sleep, or think clearly.  Who could I help in that condition?  Do clients want me around making them or their children sick?  I don't think so.

No real estate emergencies happened during those 2 weeks(has there ever been one?).  And, I got better in time to enjoy a wonderful holiday season with my family.

Be a nice boss, give your star employee a few SICK DAYS!

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


I've been in the business since 1986.  When I get sick (which is not very often!), I keep going and just get sicker with each passing day!   You'd think I would have learned by now...... when you feel the germs a'knockin' ... take a break!   Rest, heal and you're back on your feet in no time!  I need to take my own advice!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) about 8 years ago

Hi Ken,

Hope you're on the mend soon. I've had at least 6 colds this year from a new grandchild. Take the days off when needed and be on top of your game for your clients when you're up to it. Last thing you want to do is give them strep throat! That's really put the frosting on a closing! Be well, and be successful.

Posted by Marilyn Cunningham (Executive Brokers) about 8 years ago

Hope your on the mend Ken! I feel for ya. I've been out with the flu for 5 days and my buyers are back from their mini vacation and quite eager to get out there and look at homes. Thank goodness my partner came to the rescue! He's not only brought me soup, but has also brought my son dinner and packed him lunch for school and cleaned the house, yep, he's my husband!! Maybe your wife or girlfriend might consider becoming an agent too?! Best wishes for a quick recovery!

Posted by Bonnie Lovitt (CENTURY 21 North Homes Realty, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Hi Marilyn, Kathy, Jenna, Eryn, Kristi, Claire, William, Norma, Charita, and Robert.  Thanks for stopping in.

Lots of mileage on this post!

I still haven't left my house since the my doctors appointment.  So I am resting...

However, I did just get a call from a soon to be seller whe had read a recent market report.  She was very nice, and we are meeting next Tuesday to discuss selling her home in more detail...

Realtors don't get sick days...

Thanks again everyone,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

Ken, it is tough feeling lousy when you have work to do. I have a partner and assistant but still feel lost if I can't be here.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine (Davidson Realty Inc.) about 8 years ago

Ken, Hope you are feeling better.  My favs for fast healing are Zicam (tabs), Airborne and sublingual vitamin D and B  (  I do this everyday to keep my immune system strong.  Hope you sell something this weekend!  I also keep anitbacterial gel in my car and use it after showing each property.


Posted by Karen Pannell, Owensboro KY Real Estate -270-903-2167 Homes, Cond (Real Living / Home Realty) about 8 years ago

Ironic!  I'm sitting at the Neurologist's office right now blogging on AR while my daughter gets an IV therapy for chronic migraines. I know when I get home I will need to do what I should be doing right now and can't because I'm needed here.  Sick days?????

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) about 8 years ago

Ken, Wishing you a quick recovery. Glad to hear you are feeling well enough to "work from home", and handle calls and emails. Take care. Mary

Posted by Mary Weaver, Expertise & Knowledge in Ruidoso-Alto Real Estate (Weaver Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Hi Mary, Linda, Karen, and Ted.  Thanks for reading.

And again, everyone, thanks for all the well wishes!

I think the flip side of the Realtor's flex schedule is you have to be very available.  I try to be.

Linda, hope your girl feels better.

I look forward to having enough business to begin hiring.  Perhaps 2011?

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

Try to team up with someone at the office who could help you with some tasks for the next couple of days. Make sure you rest & you'll be better in no time!


Posted by Monique Ting, Your agent under the sun (INET Realty Honolulu, HI) about 8 years ago

No we don't and there are no "substitutes' to call in either!

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) about 8 years ago

Hi Monique and Erica.  Thanks for reading.

Now in day 6.  Out of total misery.  Still quite sick.

Have been resting, but having two little girls, rest does not come easy!

My next appointment is Saturday afternoon with an open house on Sunday.

I will be ready!:)

Thanks again,



Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

I know the feeling - when I had my daughter - I was taking phone calls from work in the delivery room to reschedule appts and keep things moving.   No 6 weeks off!

Posted by Jody Lautenbach (Century 21 Premier Associates) about 8 years ago

Ken we don't get sick days but we are human.  I hope you are feeling better.

Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Ken - Realtors, like parents, don't ever get sick days.  Hope you feel better soon!

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) about 8 years ago

Holy smokes, am I late getting to this party. So getting sick gets you a feature lol.  Suck it up.  The ice cubes I mean, and your meds.  I never get sick either.  Oh does this broken ankle count???  Not a happy camper here.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Hi Jenny, Coleen, John and Jody.  Thanks for reading.

Yes, getting sick gets you featured!

We are now in day 7.  Recovering.  Still haven't left my home since the Dr's office.  But feeling better...

Appointments get started again tomorrow.

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago


Being sick completely sucks especially in the real estate biz. I remember a couple months ago I was out for a week AND my husband was deployed at the time as well....worst timing ever! You just have to take that one extra day to make sure you rest up and take care of yourself so that you can go full force with your clients!

Hope you're feeling better. 


Posted by Abby Waltz (Homes for Heroes) about 8 years ago

I've used my current head cold (first in nearly a year) to catch up on some computer work and some HGTV.  We need to know what our clients are seeing on television so this gave me the opportunity to do so.

Posted by Eric Lanspa (Town & Country Realtors) about 8 years ago

Hi Abby and Eric.  Thanks for reading.

HGTV would just make me sicker!:)

Abby, it is no good.  I am in day 10 and still not 100%...

But certainly back to work!

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago

So true Ken! I am lucky as I rarely ever get sick. It is a real pain though when you do.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Bill.  You might be jinxing yourself!

Stay healthy...


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 8 years ago


In the old days, you would answer the landline and if you were sick, people knew it. Nothing you can do it about it. Today, we have emaill and texting that allows business to keep moving forward. When I first discovered Tylenol, the big pay-off for me was that I could keep working and that this helped me do it. Sickness only slows me down, but it doesnt stop me. Just to balance out my statements, a few months ago several of my fellow office workers approached me when I was sick and said...we admire your commitments and  your responsibilty but we would all like you to go home before we catch what you have. On that note, I was out voted and went home. Thanks for the memories Ken

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 8 years ago

Our office hours are 7am-3pm Monday through Friday, closed on weekends and holidays. We have a Buyer Agent Network Division available for working with buyers on their schedule.  Works like a charm!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Richie and Tony.  Thanks for reading...

A few months later.  My clients are safely tucked into there new home...

And I am feeling a whole lot better!

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 8 years ago

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