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I think I have figured out how NOT to become one of "THEM"

Real Estate Agent with RETIRED 200305001

As many know I have embrace technology for the most part. I am the only agent in our office with a personal website and IDX. I have my own scanner, camera and so on.

I have been the "Holdout" on NOT getting a smart phone. I have been so turned off by everyone screwing with them all the time. It seems you can't do a 15 minute cup of coffee or a short lunch with another person without interruptions.

I finally bought myself one and set it up to NOT beep every time an email comes in. In a typical day I get many and only a few are worthwhile. I usually check every 2 hours. If its more urgent call or text.

So far business is great and I have NOT become one of "THEM".

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Rob Shepherd -  ABR, GRI, REALTORS® for Florence Oregon Real Estate
Expert in helping those buy or sell Florence Oregon property and retire in Oregon. Call me anytime or visit my website for local listings and information on Florence Oregon.
Email: mr.listit@gmail.com 541-991-0607

Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro
Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors - Frisco, TX
Your Success is My Focus!

Hey Rob - for many the cell or smart phone does nto belong to them. They think that the phone is there for others benefit when it is really for your benefit. I'm with you and tend to silence the ringer and vibrator whenever I am with someone. The exception is when I am expecting a critical message. Otherwise it can usually wait as I rarely have meetings that last longer than 30-60 minutes any more. You are not alone!

Jan 14, 2014 10:12 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Jeff: We may not be alone but there seems to be fewer of us.

Jan 14, 2014 10:16 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Good for you.  More than likely, I will never become one of THEM either Rob. Honestly, I don't think there is a need to be that accessible.  Checking every few hours is sufficient in my book.

Jan 14, 2014 10:29 PM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

 Hi Rob, It all depends on who I'm with, what I'm doing and what I have going on at the time. When meeting with clients, or if in meetings, my phone usually will stay in my purse and put on vibrate. Most times though, guilty! Good for you!

Jan 14, 2014 10:49 PM
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

one of them one of them one of them... ouch I seem to be one of them!

Jan 14, 2014 11:54 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

My husband is definitely one of them and I hate it. I don't check if I am at lunch or dinner with someone or never when I am with a client. Otherwise I do check it often so I am only 1/2 of one of them I guess. Good luck on holding out! 

Jan 15, 2014 06:29 AM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Roger: I knew I could count on you!

Cindy: I would not expect you to behave ALL the time. LOL

Mark: Somebody has to, just not me.

Shar:: Thats the stuff!

Jan 15, 2014 11:34 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Rob, good for you.  When I'm with customers I never check, but I do check when I'm waiting somewhere for something with not much else to do. 

Jan 17, 2014 09:17 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have to figure out if I can set up Blackberry not to beep every time there is an email message.


Jan 20, 2014 11:02 PM
Jill Saddler
Draper, UT
Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+!

It's a fine line, isn't it? I get sad when I'm at a restaurant and see a group of people who are sitting there in a very social setting but everyone has their head down and is talking to OTHER people on their phone... good job not becoming one of them!! :)

Jan 21, 2014 04:47 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I think if you are with someone be with that person. You have the meeting with them not with a string of interlopers.

Jan 22, 2014 07:10 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Silvia: I do the same.

Gita:Find an 8 year old kid, they are the best techies!

Jill: Worse yet is when they are sitting together texting each other.

Cheryl: Absolutly

Jan 22, 2014 09:15 PM