The Running Realtor: The Caliper on my desk keeps me sane!

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

The Caliper on my desk keeps me sane!

Dan Cummings - Connecticut's Running Real Estate AgentOr for a REALTOR does this appear I N S A N E  ?

My tool caddy is filled with useful goodies.  Of course I have all the standard stuff every agent needs,  Pens, Pencils ( 2H, HB & RED ), Highlighter and Scissors.  I also have a few of my own must haves,  an X-Acto knife with plenty of blades and my old trusty Calipers.

The X-Acto knife comes in handy when I need a few post cards for special occasions.  I can whip up a quick design, print four to a page and trim them with precision.  No scissors or paper cutter can match the surgical slice of my knife along a steel straight edge.

Gotta use those calipers when the paper thickness  just doesn't feel right.  How many times have you printed a CMA on a 75 lb. card stock when you really wanted a 67 pound bond?  You need those calipers to measure down to a thousandth of an inch!

They also satisfy my curiosity when a business card feels a little loose or snug. Had to search through several cards to find one that was just right.  Technically your business card should be 3.500 x 2.000 and my printer did a decent job. My cards are within +/-0.005 which is acceptable.

Business Card of Dan Cummings - Realtor

My X-Acto and Calipers are remnants of my days on the Board.   Today they serve as a daily reminder that details matter.  Precision has always been part of my career and real estate is no different,  I expect and demand accuracy.

After several years in the Real Estate business I am learning to lighten up.  Initially the transition was difficult for me, seemed everywhere I looked there were errors.  Now I'm more of a Reformed Perfectionist and try to go easy on the overly sensitive bunch that fills this field.

Opps.. I have been reading as I write.  In the last line Chris say "It doesn't have to be technical!".  Well.. I still see things from a technical angle.


Comment balloon 9 commentsNo Longer Active • April 26 2007 12:01PM


Yes, we CAN blog about anything!

By the way, how did you add that nifty time and temp clock? 

Posted by John Cilladi, REALTOR, EcoBroker, e-PRO (Keller Williams Real Estate) about 12 years ago

  Found this site where you type in a zip code and pick the display you like.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Caliper?  You need to get out of the office and quit measuring paper.

Thanx for participating.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 12 years ago
Chris...  I'm up early and need something to occupy my time QUIETLY while waiting for the world to wake up!
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 12 years ago
I read the post, thought you were INSANE and then took a look at my own caddy. As a microbiologist, I've done my share of labelling, anything and everything. With it comes the realization that not all permanent markers are made equal. I laugh at Sharpies! Permanent my arse! These babies,, are the real deal. They keep me sane in a world in which 70% ethanol ruins everything, even "permanent" ink.
Posted by Nadya about 12 years ago

Hey Nadya:

Can I borrow one?



Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Dad, after living with you for 25yrs I never fully realized how crazy you really are. Now Nadya knows where my curiosity comes from...
Posted by Brian Cummings about 12 years ago
Ha! Ha!.... Pick on Pop...  I write a nice creative and informative piece and get picked on by the family.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 12 years ago
you have got to be as crazy as they come - you crack me up
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

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