Technology and Changing Times

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional TN Broker: 208698

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

May 15, 2017 08:53 PM #20
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® He was one of the pioneers. They were so expensive back then. 

May 15, 2017 08:55 PM #21
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Hi Will Hamm, our purchase contracts were one page. Things have really changed. 

May 15, 2017 08:56 PM #22
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We embrace it or we will be left behind, Amanda S. Davidson

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

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Hi Mary Yonkers and I vividly remember all of those innovations 

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

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

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

May 15, 2017 09:06 PM #28
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Roy Kelley
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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.

May 16, 2017 05:49 AM #29
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Saralou Durham

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'.

May 16, 2017 07:12 PM #30
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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.

May 16, 2017 07:56 PM #31
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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.

May 16, 2017 07:56 PM #32
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Marte Cliff
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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.

May 16, 2017 09:29 PM #33
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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.

May 16, 2017 11:29 PM #34
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Debbie,

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

May 17, 2017 07:16 AM #35
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Isn't it wild how much (and how quickly) times are changing?  What a difference, both for the good & the bad. -Kasey

May 17, 2017 08:25 AM #36
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John Wiley
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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.

May 17, 2017 11:00 AM #37
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Debbie

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

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 17, 2017 06:18 PM #38
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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.   

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