The Only Thing between Us and Brazil is 12" of Runway Snow.

Real Estate Agent with REMAX North Winds Realty

With the help of technology, planning and executing a vacation for the 'non-teamed' agent was never easier.  Our last winter trip below the equator lasted 3 weeks and I listed a home (back in Wisconsin not in Brazil) while in South America.  It was an REO and the contracts were via email, I just needed the agent covering for me to put up a sign and lock box.  Other than that, it really did not matter where I was.  Brazil along with many other countries historically had poor land-line phone service but they had technologically leap-frogged into new communication systems that put them on par and at times advanced beyond us. Once I returned excited to tell my fellow agents about Skype, as it was in widespread use in South America.  I had trouble getting anyone here to use the service.  One agent did and he met someone on the service, quit and moved to Asia!  What do you think?

Everything (Virtual) is set, communication systems are established, I have access to files so if needed I can take care of business.  But a real world, old school snow storm is about to hit Green Bay and is calling the shots right now.

Nicole Kraus
Signature Realty Associates - Dover, FL

Great Blog!  By the way how did you feel about your safety in Brazil?  Also and recommendations that you can share on where to stay....thanks so much!!!

Jan 16, 2008 07:41 AM
Gary McAdams
GMAC Schwartz Property Sales - Key West, FL
Brazil is great.  I love it there.  The Florida Keys has the same weather without leaving the country.  The best of both worlds.
Jan 16, 2008 07:45 AM
Zen Ziejewski
Keller Williams Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA
Laguna Niguel Real Estate

That's great to hear. Now I know that I can travel and still get the job done.

Jan 16, 2008 07:47 AM
Mike Wilken
REMAX North Winds Realty - Shawano, WI

Really, with the technology available, from the standpoint of distance,  there is not much of a difference between 50 miles and 4000 miles.  At least for a short period of time.  Now we can walk a foreign beach, cut into a town and find Internet access, check email for any important matters, transport docs, make international calls through Skype for pennies a minute to the USA and return to the beach knowing we won't return home to find unmanageable chaos!

Gary: I also love the Keys, travel there keeps the dollars here in USA.  But soon with the weakening dollar we'll be seeing the Brazilians back in Florida.  Maybe that is happening now?

Nicole:  My first trip to Brazil was 10 years ago.  Then I had never been outside the USA except a camping trip to Canada and a 100' swim off Key West toward Cuba!  It was a shock, an adventure, like stepping into a dream and not waking up.  I am actually trying to tone down the words as it is easy to give the wrong impression, Brazil is beautiful, massive, culturally and historically different from us, warm, fun, dangerous, gentle and cruel.  Sometimes I think even the Brazilians can not grasp it all. See a small part of it if you can.  Start with a resort area like Praia do Forte in the northeast.

Jan 16, 2008 10:05 AM