Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Technology and Changing Times

Technology and Changing Times

 Technology is Moving Fast

When I first got in real estate we have very few techie tools. We used a typewriter to write contracts and if away from the office we carried pads of contract forms and carbon paper.

Cell phones were not common nor affordable therefore we carried change to stop at phone booths to make appointments for showing. A few years later the pager came along and we loved that.

Take this little quiz and see if you know the order these came to be.

Palm Pilot

World Wide Web

iPhone

YouTube

Handheld Mobile Phone

PacMan

Faxes were used and we were mesmerized by the technology of the transmission onto the paper. I didn't start using a computer until the late 90's and boy was it slow.

 

There have been so many technological changes and improvements over the years. Most have made the real estate business easier to conduct our business. They have also made it more complicated by constantly changing and improving.

 

Answers: 1996 Palm Pilot, 1989 World Wide Web, 2007 iPhone, 2005 YouTube, 1973 Handheld Mobile Phone, 1980 PacMan

 

 

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Comment balloon 39 commentsDebbie Reynolds • May 14 2017 01:38AM

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Debbie,

Remember how the fax paper used to come off a roll?  So if your document was at the end of the roll it was on a pretty rolly piece of paper.

Posted by Will Allen (Concept 360 Property Management) over 1 year ago

Wow Debbie, I have seen so much change in 20 years in being in the business from the contract to purchase being 4 pages to 17 pages. now.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 1 year ago

Hi Debbie- This reminds me of when I was placing office support staff in Houston. This was back in the late 70's and we had to wait for a runner who went from office to office picking up job orders and distributing them to all of the offices. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago

I have talked to many agents and they feel they spend more time marketing nowdays than when things were simpler.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 1 year ago

It all seems so quick, I remember sending an invoice by fax, and the client paying from that by check we thought we were so cutting edge, now people just make transfer from their account to yours. Change is constant and we have to keep up with it.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 1 year ago

Oh my, we are dating ourselves, aren't we? Best response, keep up or move over.

Let's go with the flow, that is my response.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 1 year ago

Debbie.

Technology is definitely constantly changing. I agree. life is learning in process.

Posted by Shahar Hillel, Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer. (Augusta Financial Inc.) over 1 year ago

Good Morning Debbie, there is so much technology available today that it's often hard to sort through what we do and don't need. If we don't change and adapt with it, we'll be come extinct in our business. I completely agree, it's a learning process.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) over 1 year ago

Hi Debbie, 

My husband purchased a PC computer back in 1988 and it costs $4000! It was the fastest on the market and custom built. It was a glorified typewriter but helped him get through college and get his degree. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 1 year ago

Well I knew the Palm Pilot was first, but didn't know the order otherwise.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 1 year ago

Technology seems to change daily and is difficult to keep up with, even for those that are fairly tech savvy.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 1 year ago

Hi Debbie - Every time I'm tempted to complain about technology, I think about how much more productive we are - in work and in life. I'm mindful of this every time Google delivers a needed bit of information in no time or effort at all. It's a struggle to keep up sometimes, but well worth the effort. And i'm really excited about where we're going with it.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 1 year ago

I was working for the government and started using computers...I found them so fascinating. I wrote computer manuals for employees as I caught on so fast.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) about 1 year ago

Debbie

The tech world is moving at lighting speed . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 1 year ago

Hi Will Allen, and those faxes started fading over time. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

We had such patience for the computers to start up, now we don't, Rebecca Gaujot.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

My latest toy is Alexa and even have two of them. What will be next, Lou Ludwig .

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

We real estate agents are some of the techies, Brian England

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Dick Greenberg, I am thankful for all the conveniences and can't wait for the next new thing. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

I had a palm pilot and remembered bumping to share programs with other users, Sharon Tara

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® He was one of the pioneers. They were so expensive back then. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Will Hamm, our purchase contracts were one page. Things have really changed. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

We embrace it or we will be left behind, Amanda S. Davidson

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

No matter our jobs, technology is part of it, Shahar Hillel

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Mary Yonkers and I vividly remember all of those innovations 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

Most of my clients don't have a checkbook nor know have to write one, Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

Oh those runners, I remember many were young college students, Kathy Streib.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

Even though we have more tools, we are busier than ever, William Feela.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

Thanks, Debbie, for sharing some of your memories. When I opened my first office in the summer of 1961, we had no computers or cell phones. Copies were made by using carbon paper. And, that was before we had an MLS service in town.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

I still remember my first day in 1989. Everyone was gathered around the fax machine for training. Most people had never seen one and no one trusted that it would really get to the other agent, so you had to call to check that it had arrived. WOW...the times they is a'changin'.

Posted by Saralou Durham about 1 year ago

Dear Debbie,

In high school, I refused to learn typing, because I did not want to be anyone's secretary. Ha!! Had to catch up quickly in college, because everyone types now.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) about 1 year ago

I wasn't in the business when Palm Pilots came around but I did have one in HR. Those bumps weren't always friendly either. We've come a long way and for people like you, a long, long, long way!

It seems as if technology is forever changing and that part isn't fun.  Thanks for taking us back in time and thinking about appreciation for the tools we have that make life better.

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 1 year ago

We had an answering machine, which hardly anyone ever used to leave a message. We also had an ancient copy machine - rememer that funny, slick paper? There were two phones in the office, but they weren't connected. One was for incoming calls, the other for outgoing, but the broker didn't want us to use it. We were to write letters. On a typewriter, of course.

MLS books were books and we had to drive 30 miles to pick up our copies twice a month. And yes, the forms were one page each and we could either type or write into them.

When we did get computers and go online - in the mid-90's - there was no local Internet service. My son hooked us up with AOL and when I got the first months' phone bill I told him to shut it off and stay off! It was $400 for long distance charges. Of course the next month's bill was the same because of the time lag.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 1 year ago

Debbie I remember the typewriter. I can't imagine typing a contract. I was in one of the turnpike stations a few weeks ago and saw a phone booth. I had to take a picture. I eemember the beeper and the phones stationed in the car.

Posted by Dr. Karen Lewis, Broker, Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward (K1 Realty Group) about 1 year ago

Debbie,

I still have a Palm Pilot that works.  They were the coolest things around in the early O's 

Posted by Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen" (Rossi & Riina Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Isn't it wild how much (and how quickly) times are changing?  What a difference, both for the good & the bad. -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com) about 1 year ago

They say that if you go to the store to buy a new technology, when you walk out the door it already has a newer/better version.

I thought I had hit the Big time when I got a pager. Now many of the younger people do not even know what a pager was.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) about 1 year ago

Debbie

When you buy new technology it's out of date before you leave the store.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 1 year ago

I can only imagine what it was like selling real estate with old technology!  Today we have so many technology advances that make our work as real estate agents much easier.   

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 1 year ago

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