365 Days of Real Estate & Tech - Day 13 -- Global Positioning System (GPS)

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  Even though the Global Positioning System (GPS) has been around pre 2000, it only started to gain popular acceptance the last 3 years. The GPS devices get more smaller and more powerful each yearwith additional features such as MP3, Internet searches, automatic traffic re-routing, and multiple routings. It is very easy to install a program on your BlackBerry, iPhone, or most cell phones and give them GPS functionalities.

Blackberry as a GPS

  A GPS is a great tool to help you on your business.
  If you are prone to get lost when looking for addresses like what used to happen to me, then a GPS would help get you there with lesser stress. I know agents in just my office that took about 2 hours to visit 4 NODs or Expires because they would get lost along the way or go back and forth between addresses. When I had them get a GPS and train them on how to use it, all of a sudden they can visit about 20 homes in the same 2 hours by not getting lost and going the shortest distance to each home. I have a few GPS in my car and am usually pretty happy with the Tom Tom brands with the latest version that I got is the 335XL that cost about $200.

Tom Tom GPS

   As useful as a GSP can be, it might not be for everyone.
   There are some people that don't like technology at all and would refuse to use them. There are also instances where the GPS device lead the drivers to longer routes or zig zag all over the place or have them drive 14 miles locally when the could have taken the freeway a few blocks where they were, which my sister's GPS did to me a few times and I wanted to throw it out the window.

   Is a GPS right for you?
   If you want to see if a GPS is right for you, make sure you buy it at a place where they would warrant a return for at least 30 days without any restocking fee. If you end up liking the device, it would probably pay for itself in a few short trips. Just make sure you don't have a setup like the person below, which is pretty extreme.

Crazy GPS Setup

Comments (3)

Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Song,

I SO enjoy your posts. Another great one.

I bought a car in 2005 that has integrated GPS. It was remarkable when I first had it. Now it is considered slow, and any new developments don't show up at all.

So I have to use my Android phone about a quarter of the time.


Dec 28, 2010 10:21 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I always buy and use a GPS that happens to have a car attached. Yes, I use GPS all the time!.


Jan 01, 2011 07:17 AM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

Phil: Thanks. I tried using my Black Berry as a GPS a few times and it didn't work out. So I just use the BB for phones and the Tom Tom for GPS. Only thing that I don't like is needing to pay for quarterly map updates.

Margaret:  I wish my car have a built-in GPS. Thanks. Maybe the next one.

Jan 02, 2011 05:56 PM