Since I got ZERO comments on my last installment of the Real Estate the Old Fashioned Way series (pffft!) I took a little break from the series to salve my wounded ego, but I'm back. Let's see if I can redeem myself with today's ramblings on how we Old Fogies managed to sell houses back in the olden days.
So, today's topic is... Facebook.
First, let it be known that I love Facebook. LOVE it. I'm heavily involved in shelter dog rescue and the rescue world revolves around Facebook. I credit Facebook for singlehandedly saving the lives of hundreds/thousands/maybe even millions of shelter animals and for that, I am eternally grateful.
But that's a topic for a different day.
Back in the day (mid-to-late 1990's) the only real online entertainment we had was solitaire. Oh, and Free Cell. So, if you got a little bored during your work day, you could open up a game of online cards and kill a few minutes (or hours) to clear your head.
But you know what *my* Facebook was in the 1990's? Take a guess...
Yeah, seriously! When I wanted/needed a little break from my work, I would log onto the good old dos-based Multiple Listing Service and see what was new in my world!
Any new listings in my preferred neighborhood? Oh, did that awesome Victorian go under contract? Any new hot hot hot investment properties for my 10 amateur investors? I wonder if that listing I interviewed for last week went active (since I haven't heard back from them)?
Yeah, I was an MLS junkie.
And it served me well. Instead of puttering around on Facebook, Instagram or MSN.com, I surfed the MLS, keeping myself up-to-the-minute in touch with my local real estate market. And, a lot of times, I'd see a new listing that looked PERFECT for my first time buyer/investor/out-of-state buyer and be inspired to race right out and preview it. And then to contact my buyer and let them know about it. And then show it to them. And then sell it to them :-)