Is the system down?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

What would you do if the internet crashed 5 minutes from now?

I’m not talking about about a website being down . . . or your modem going bad . . . or the power going out . . . I’m talking about a complete crash of the internet.

Your smart phone wouldn’t be so smart anymore – the flip-phone hold-outs would be gloating.

Everything works just as it always has with the exception of the internet.

While the internet mechanics make themselves busy trying to revive it, what do we do?

Heck! We have NO clue how long it might take to fix the internet . . . This has never happened on this scale before.

I figure we would start with denial . . . Reasoning that it must just be a blip. Maybe if we reboot our computers, it’ll resuscitate itself.

As time passes, worry will set in. We will worry a LOT and we will imagine all kinds of scenarios all the way up the probability that the apocalypse is upon us.

Yes – The Sky IS, indeed, FALLING!

Now it’s time to lynch someone for crashing the internet or failing to maintain it sufficiently. we must gather committees and posses and find this idiot who allowed this to happen.

Meanwhile, the conspiracy theorists will stir up some very believable scenarios with everything from terrorists to elaborate Government interference so as to have more control over the citizens . . . to partisan political finger pointing.

While all of that is happening, how do WE rewould notspond?

Do we quit working?

Can you transact business without the internet?

Seriously! Are you so proudly “paperless” that you wouldn’t be able to write an offer or list a property?

You might be thinking that everything I am saying is simply not possible and that I am delusional . . . there is NO way the internet would EVER go down.

What if I’m not delusional?

Are you prepared to adapt your ways to be able to operate without the internet?

Guess what?

There will be plenty of folks who WILL be able to adjust and continue to operate by returning a to “paper” based business and relying on colleague relationships to do business.

There would be an up-side to the internet crashing . . . emergence of LOCAL community.

Sunday morning musings . . .


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Thanks for the thoughts Barry, I think we could all adjust and learn a lesson. 

Jan 31, 2016 01:39 AM #1
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Conspiracy Theorist... the Internet will go down.  So will cell phone signals and the entire electric grid.  Not a matter of if, but when.

     When it happens, the Millennials will be walking around like zombies.  The Preppers will be ready.  The rest of us will sigh, and figure out how to survive.

Jan 31, 2016 01:45 AM #2
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

For us older ones we would adjust with some time but it certainly want be easy. Lets hope it never happens while I'm in real estate......have a great Sunday.

Jan 31, 2016 04:23 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barry- yes we would adjust but gee... I do love the Internet.  While I do what I can to go paperless, I always have what I really need backed up on ..... PAPER!

Jan 31, 2016 10:53 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                     Thank you Barry Owen for my Ah-ha moment. 

Feb 06, 2016 10:29 AM #5
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Call me crazy, but it would not be a totally bad thing and would be fascinating to watch, as well. 

Feb 06, 2016 08:29 PM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Barry. It certainly could happen but I would adjust: I lived before the internet and could again.

Feb 06, 2016 08:33 PM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This would be my worst nightmare.  Chaos is what will happen.

Feb 06, 2016 09:00 PM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Barry Owen ,

So glad Kathy Streib featured this post on her "ah-ha" moments for the week!! Wow it would be chaos but we would adapt..just as we adapted to the Internet!! Loved your post.

Feb 06, 2016 09:18 PM #9
Barry Owen
Pareto Realty - Nashville, TN

thank you Dorie Dillard - You're right :-)

Isn't Kathy Streib AWESOME?

Feb 06, 2016 09:46 PM #10
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

We survived without it before, we can do it again, just not as easily, but some will be totally stumped.

Feb 06, 2016 10:43 PM #11
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I love this post!  I can see why Kathy included it this week in her summary!

Feb 06, 2016 10:54 PM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Delusional? Far from it. I'm sure this is a very good possibility and it would be wise to be prepared.

Feb 06, 2016 11:03 PM #13
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

My email service just went out...fortunately my phone is still working. The Xillow server timed out on me this morning.  My day is just falling apart!

Feb 08, 2016 02:38 AM #14
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