Most of you are probably younger than me. You probably weren't in the real estate business in the 70's. Heck, some of you weren't even born yet. But I fondly remember the adventures of selling real estate in the late 70's.
Interest Rates: The highest interest rate on a house I sold was 17 1/4!! I remember the house and the buyers very clearly almost 30 years later. The nice folks refinanced later at a much better rate of 14%. Seriously.
Gas/Oil: We'd have been happy to pay high prices for gas and oil. Unfortunately there wasn't enough of it and gas lines were a way of life. And you could only buy gas on certain days of the week depending on whether your license plate ended in an even or odd number. Here in New England oil shortages were a major concern since most of our homes were heated by oil. Homes with wood stoves and solar power were in demand and builders started to build with electric. When oil shortages ended, homes with electric heat became hard to sell and still are.
Qualifying Buyers: I'm not sure how it was where you live, but here we did our own qualifying of buyers. The age of the mortgage officer hadn't arrived yet. You set your buyers down, got all their financial information and did your own qualifying. You wrote the contract and the buyers to the local banker. This tended to eliminate agents who couldn't do math.
Dress: Men agents wore suits. Woman agents wore....yep, suits.
I'm sure there is more to remember but I'm getting older now. What was I saying?