Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Both. There's only so much time in a day. With work taking up most of the day everyday it takes quite a balancing act to make time for family & the kids activities, things that need doing around the house, absolutely necessary errands & all those phone calls, visits to family & stop & chats. I appreciate something made for me but also take pride in doing somethings for myself. I'll make a pizza or a pasta salad every once in awhile- homemade food is good. I mow the lawn myself. I've got a nice tractor that makes it a speedy pass. I find the time to do the things I am OK with doing. I leave the complicated stuff to the experts.

Mar 29, 2019 04:56 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Time is valuable & there is not enough of it in my day for the stuff I enjoy. I'm not a get your hands dirty, crafty kinda' gal. So I'd buy it.

I used to do stained glass windows & put in too much time & money & not get paid. Unfortunately with mass manufacturing that's the way it goes. 

Mar 29, 2019 04:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I am not a do-it-yourselfer.

Mar 29, 2019 05:11 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I like making stuff too, but what is my best use of time.  What truly brings me happiness 

Mar 29, 2019 05:00 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

What is the value you assign to personal pleasure and relaxation? It must exceed the cost difference! It is up to you.

Mar 29, 2019 04:55 AM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

Most of the time I buy the things I need/want. I do enjoy making things and I do lots of things many pay to have done. Like I really enjoy washing my own car and doing my own yard work. However,  I have not made a piece of furniture in a long time unless setting up a round of wood to sit on around a camp fire counts - I buy most of the "things" I need/want.

Mar 29, 2019 05:55 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Hahaha! I service my own evaporative cooler twice a season. I can pay someone to do it.

But dammit, my ego blossoms like a flower every time I can tame that infernal machine. That delightful machine. It's like a marriage! LOL

And although French vanilla is totally my favorite, I'd rather allocate my calories to a Bacon Bloody Maria extra spicy with marinated asparagus, pepperoncinis and extra Rim salt!

TGIF, tall glass in the air in T minus 8!

Mar 29, 2019 05:33 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Time is money when it comes to business - I spend it wisely!

When it comes to personal time, there are a couple of DIY things that I enjoy - I do make my own body scrub! 

Mar 29, 2019 05:32 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I like to cook, I don't like to do anything else that can be outsourced.

Mar 29, 2019 05:17 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I'm very cost and time conscious Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 . If I can purchase it for less then it would cost to make it (and I do figure my time into the cost equation) then I buy it.

Mar 29, 2019 06:34 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

You lost me here ?

Mar 29, 2019 05:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I am not a DIY person.

Mar 29, 2019 05:27 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

I enjoy using my creative side to make something when my talent is well spent. Yosemite Sam was a favorite costume that I made one afternoon while sitting outside enjoying the fall weather. I will buy when lack of time presents itself. Good question Annette!

Mar 29, 2019 06:59 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Time is more valuable than money. 

How do you want to "spend" it?

Mar 29, 2019 01:20 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Depends on the item.  For the most part, I'll buy it.  Because of the flipping business, I can get some things at a fraction of the cost that HD sells them for.  My thermostat was $140 on Amazon, HD Supply had it for $75 and I got a $75 rebate from the power company!  FREE!!!!


On the company I'm launching soon, I built most of it but got stuck on a point and hired it out.  I ended up getting so busy (and the work was done so well) that I hired the developer to finish the rest of it.


For food, people love my cooking and baking and I love doing that for them.  But last Christmas, zero time, so I "phoned it in" and bought food at the local BBQ joint.

Mar 29, 2019 07:42 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I enjoy making stuff... I make all my own fresh pasta, fresh sauce, home made bread from scrach... fresh pizza with fresh ingredients... and seldom used pre-prepared food.

Mar 29, 2019 06:40 AM
David M. Dwares
Title Professionals Corp. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Title guy with a broker license

Many years ago a lot of friends of mine were into making homemade pizza.  It was almost universally awful.  I would constantly remind them that there are professionals who's sole existence is selling pizza in restaurants, in fact about a dozen within 3 blocks from where they lived.

So I say buy it from the people who make it for a living.  It's ok to have a hobby, but honestly I rather sit on patio furniture from Walmart than something I made in my garage.

Mar 29, 2019 06:21 AM
Julio Vasiu
IXACT Contact - North York, ON
IXACT Contact a ‘next generation’ real estate CRM

It all comes down to, how much is your time worth and can if you can use that time to generate more leads. 

Since in your case it keeps you centered and grounded why not. That essentially translates to you being more effective, motivated and focused on the field. 

Mar 29, 2019 06:09 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Every decision like this is decided individually, most research we do on our own, most mfrd goods we buy.

Mar 29, 2019 05:34 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do whatever brings me joy. 

Mar 29, 2019 11:37 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I think you should do what makes you happy.

Mar 29, 2019 10:03 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

It depends. There are somethings I know I can make at higher quality, but somethings are just too cheap to try. I built my own computers for about 15 years. Today, to get the same high-performance system, I can't even buy the materials for less than an off the shelf system.

Mar 29, 2019 08:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It depends on what it is. I like to putter in the garden.  I am happy to pay someone to save time..  Not into ice cream at all.  More into long walks on the beach, in a park or in a city I love to wander in.  A

Mar 29, 2019 07:15 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A friend insisted to repair her backyard storage with a design modification. I told her go to HD for $1200 for a prefabricated barn. She spent over 3K on fixing old storage. Looks like crap not painted yet.

That being said, I got a lawn dining table and 6 chairs from someone not wanting anymore. They look just fine on our deck. 

Mar 29, 2019 07:02 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

The most important variable for me is Sandy standing behind me yelling that I should have bought it already made. Thank GOD for earplugs!

Mar 29, 2019 06:59 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There is no denying that buying store-bought ready to go is cheaper however I like my food a certain way and I like making it too plus natural ingredients

Mar 29, 2019 06:45 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Time is money someone said to me once


Mar 30, 2019 02:10 PM