I Can List and Sell With Only a Pen and Paper But the Gizmos Make My Life a Lot Easier!

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I can list and sell with only a pen and a piece of paper but the gizmos make my life a lot easier.


William Feela wrote a post You have all the latest Tech Gizmo's...So What?  that made me realize....

 I can list and sell with only a pen and a piece of paper but the gizmos make my life a lot easier.

                            Pen and Paper HomeRome

Three of my last four listings do not even use email or computers. Now there is a challenge in this tech savvy business. One of those three is already under contract. It took three days.

This week my 90 year old seller  did not want to join in with the contract discussion because  of his poor eyesight. You should have seen the smile on his face when I showed him his fresh painted garage on the iPad. I was able to make the picture full screen size. That was not very techie but it brought this gentleman some pleasure.

So it does not have to be just techie stuff we do with our toys. A lot is just plain common sense!


If you can't help buyers and sellers overcome objections to list and sell property, believe me a high tech gizmo is not going to make you any better.

If you are not good at networking and meeting others, that new iPad is not going to make you better.

If you can't get a buyer to make an offer, the electronic signature is not going to make you better.

If you can't get a seller to agree  to selling their house and using you, your iPhone is not going to make it better.

I can list and sell with only a pen and a piece of paper but the gizmos make my life a lot easier. 





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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I think you have hit the nail on the head with this one.  The fundamentals still count.. and as you mention the technical stuff just supplements those fundamentals.

Jun 19, 2012 12:19 PM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Yup.  The gizmos make it easier, but it all boils down to who is driving the bus.

Jun 19, 2012 12:24 PM #2
Pete Xavier with AffordablePlan.org
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

No gizmos needed to gain trust and a client, I think I'll wait for iPad four(important but not vital)!

Jun 19, 2012 12:42 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I prefer a VW bus, Tammy! :)

Jun 19, 2012 01:17 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


You raised an excellent point. Many buyers and sellers are not nearly as high tech as some of us are, and we should not assume they are, NOR necessarily expect that they will conform to our techie standards. On the other hand showing folks what technology can do can be a very good thing, as you just illustrated.


Jun 19, 2012 01:36 PM #5
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Margaret...Do you suppose Simple is one of the Reasons Pinterest is so popular.Your Elderly Client Understood what the Phtograph Said..Smart Lady!


Jun 19, 2012 03:04 PM #6
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

Margaret, I totally agree with that. Gizmos truly makes our life easier.

Jun 19, 2012 03:18 PM #7
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Well done Margaret. You are so right, we just have to find ways that others can share in our toys ( sounds like joy) and if technology is not their thing, then use it for entertainment. Life is about shared experiences and who knows, this older seller may get one for his next Birthday. Imagine all the family memories that could be contained within the iPad.
Jun 19, 2012 04:27 PM #8
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

So not a gizmo and gadget kind of guy, but kudos to those who are................has to make life easier and  business too.

Jun 19, 2012 06:28 PM #9
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Margaret - You are so right.  The gizmo's enhance our ability.  They are tools to help us, but they should never be the be all and end all.

Jun 19, 2012 07:11 PM #10
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

They do indeed! I cannot imagine life anymore without our gizmos, Margaret!!! Great post!

Jun 19, 2012 08:36 PM #11
June Piper-Brandon
Remax New Beginnings ---------- and ------------- Ashland Auction Group - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Having a client that doesn't use email is a real challenge Margaret.  I'm such a techy that not using email is just a huge problem for me.  I feel like it keeps me out of trouble sometimes.

Jun 19, 2012 11:36 PM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

From the "whatever works" school and making your audience most comfortable school....both come in handy.

Jun 19, 2012 11:50 PM #13
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

This is very true.  Thanks for the mention.  For those wondering about my post, the point is and most everyone got it is that technology doesn't replace knowledge, but enhances it as margarete posts here!

Jun 20, 2012 03:43 AM #14
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

I totally agree with you.

Jun 20, 2012 06:50 AM #15
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

I agree technology is wonderful, its the thing to have but never substitute it for good old fashion excellent customer service and sometimes those are the simple things - basics.

Jun 23, 2012 06:50 PM #16
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

This post was written back in June of 2012 and I am way late on making comments. Going to link this post to the AR Challenge.

Mar 16, 2013 01:13 PM #17
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