Dancing in the Rain While Walking in the Clouds

Real Estate Agent with Five Star Real Estate

Cloud ComputingHello "RainMakers"... I'm new to Active Rain... so let's see if there's any Rain in this Cloud?? (Pun intended)

When I started selling real estate 28 years ago, we didn't have a computer system. Anyone else out there that remembers "The Book" that was printed monthly? Then we evolved to the bi-monthly printed book that contained all of the available homes for sale.

Then came the radical idea of computerized data... on the DOS system. How fun was that? When updated windows based computers saw the beginnings of web-sites, some Realtors were skeptical about whether an online presence was really necessary. And email... who would need that, when we could just talk on the phone or leave voice mail messages? Then suddenly, email became obsolete, as social media forms of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others replaced the way we communicated.

This past week I attended an all day workshop on "Cloud Computing".  Imagine a time when all operating systems are compatible to all computers and all information is readily accessible in a public or private cloud.  The next 10 years will show massive leaps forward in how we do business locally & globally. The "Cloud" will be where we store, manipulate, and share data.

There's no question that the technical aspects of business is rapidly changing. The question now becomes... Will the real estate community embrace the next big change? Will we merge our local Grand Rapids, MI MLS data with other local MLS systems, evolving to state sytems, a national system? How will we store our data in the future? Who will have access to it? Is the real estate community positioning itself to be a global presence?

Cloud Computing photo courtesy of mansikka on flickr

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Bev Boerman is a real estate Broker at Five Star Real Estate, and is passionate about promoting local bussinesses and area attractions in the West Michigan area. I've been assisting buyers and sellers in Grand Rapids, MI for over 27 years. I've helped hundreds of first time home buyers find their dream homes, and look forward to helping you or your clients. Please contact me for assistance with home buying, selling, or relocation within the greater Grand Rapids and west-Michigan area.

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Comments (9)

Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to Active Rain. You will learn a lot here on Active Rain. Good luck.

Jun 21, 2010 07:06 AM
Steve Bowen
Taglierre Partners, LLC / Bowen Investments, Co. - Scottsdale, AZ

Welcome to Active Rain. I"m new as well to this wonderful community (3 months ago) and look forward to learning from you as well with your experience.

Jun 21, 2010 07:21 AM
Bev Boerman
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Realtor Grand Rapids MI

Hi Gita: I'm sitting here in a training session with Lola Audu. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Steve: Nice to meet another new Active Rain person. Thanks for the encouragement.

Jun 21, 2010 07:47 AM
Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!

Bev, it's amazing to think of how quickly things have progressed in the field of technology and how dramatically this has impacted our industry.  Enjoyed spending some training time with you.  Best wishes in your blogging and real estate business!

Jun 21, 2010 09:35 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Hello newbie!  I'm in my first month here and LOVING it.  I was so unaware of the big picture until I came on here and started reading.  I'd also recommend that Soci@l book.  I'm about 3/4 through it and its awesome.  Good luck and enjoy.  There's a wealth of information here.

Jun 21, 2010 11:28 AM
Gwyn Besner

Yes, Bev, it is amazing.  Hang on to your hat, the changes are exponential.  


Gwyn Besner,


The Home of Dynamite Education.

Jun 21, 2010 03:04 PM
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

Welcome to the Rain. Looking forward to great posts. You will have a great time here.

Jun 22, 2010 11:12 AM
Katrina Cole
The Jonathan Arnold Team of Inlanta Mortgage - East Grand Rapids, MI
Inlanta Mortgage, Business Development Manager

Hi Bev! 

Welcome to Active Rain.  This is a great place for information and networking.  I look forward to reading your posts.

Jun 23, 2010 05:21 AM
Bev Boerman
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Realtor Grand Rapids MI

Thank-you Cara for your encouragement in my new venture, and for your advice on new reading material. I will be sure to check out the new book "Soci@l" and look forward to reading your posts.

Thank-you Lola & Gwen for your continued encouragement.

Robert~I saw you at the "Cloud Computing" event. Hope you enjoyed it.

Katrina~ Thanks for stopping by my post.

Jun 25, 2010 07:37 AM