Once you go Mac, you never go back.....

By
Real Estate Agent with EWM

Many months ago , and five pc's later, I jumped in on the MAC revolution.  I was fed up with the Windows system and its lack of user-friendly capabilities.  Mac provided me with a plethora of new technology to intergrate my personal and business life.  Life was great; until I got into real estate.

Here in Florida, listings are accessed through the MLS, and the MLS only runs on Internet Explorer.  Bummer.  Luckily, when I purchased my Mac, I signed up for a service called One-On-One, which allows you time with a trainer, once a week.  This very inexpensive service lets you break away from your pc and master how a Mac thinks.  Through those sessions, I discovered that there were several options available to me to practice real estate and use my MacBook. 

Those are: BootCamp, VMFusion and Parallels.  These three programs are different, yet the same in the sense that they all install the interface of Windows onto your Macintosh, allowing you to use Windows based applications.  

I chose VMFusion because the website offers a free 30-day trial, so if it didn't work, I wasn't out any dough.  The only thing I did have to purchase was the Windows operating system software.  I found this on EBay for $90, after careful consideration as to getting the proper software version and insuring its compatibility.

After a 40 min. download of the Windows software, I was in!!!  I had Windows on my Mac- what a sight to see!!!!  I pulled up Internet Explorer and logged straight into MLXchange, while doing the happy dance.  It works, it works, it works!
 
And as they say, once you go Mac, you never go back: take that to heart.  Knowledge is power.

Disclosure: This in no way, shape or form was an easy task; in fact, was a grueling nightmare!

Comments (5)

Robert Huntsinger
Empire Realty - Upland, CA

I am a PC user of many years, I think the next time I buy a family pc it will be a Mac.  They are superior for home use.

Robert

Jan 20, 2008 01:02 PM
Ricardo Bueno
Diverse Solutions - Los Angeles, CA

Davina,

I run my day-to-day business on a Mac! (Of course I have a back-up PC) To date things have been smooth sailing!

In fact, things couldn't be any easier! Ok, so maybe there's a lot of things I "wish" were easier but hey, that's life right? And I'm having a whole lot of fun living it! :-)


Jan 20, 2008 01:14 PM
Heather Fitzgerald
REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc. - Greenwood, IN
REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate
Thanks for sharing.  I have always thought a Mac would be better, but have never ventured there.
Jan 20, 2008 01:27 PM
Eric Egeland
RE/MAX SUBURBAN - Libertyville, IL
SFR, e-PRO, CDPE
Davina, thanks for the post....I recently bought a mac for my home office (still have a pc laptop & pc desktop) & it is fantastic.  There are a few quirks, but I'm extremely happy w/ my mac
Apr 23, 2008 01:47 PM