Thankful for Technology

Real Estate Agent with | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

On this, Day-9 of the REAL Debbie Reynolds' 10-day Thanksgiving Post Challenge here in the Rain, I share my gratitude for technology!


Okay, I admit that some days, like you, it's a love-hate relationship with technology!  Have you ever tried posting a blog to a website and had the entire creation vanish right before your very eyes?  On those days, I have a little 'hate' thing going on with my computer!


But for technology, where would we be today?  "Ahh, the 'simple' life," we say, "How we yearn for it again!"  Not so fast!  Without technology, you wouldn't be reading this!  The relationships, both here (online) in the Rain and those from ActiveRain who we know in real life, would not be.  Imagine!  There are some ActiveRainers with whom I've traveled to other states- across the nation to meet in WA, CA, NV, TX, FL, LA, AL, SC, GA, TN, NY HI and others to spend days with, and have even had several into my own home!  Without technology, I would never have known those wonderful people existed!  


Rogue Warriors

*This amazing group from AR paid me a visit just after we finished building our home 2 years ago!  I spent a few days sharing our beautiful city with them and we exchanged knowledge along the way!   This group is from CA, MI, OH, FL, GA, VA, TX & NC.  I'm ever so thankful for each and every one of them!


Old fashioned telephoneWhere would we be without cell phones and cell phone apps?  I remember the days being tied to the phone - we bought those extra long cords so that we could wander around our rooms/homes while talking on the phone!  Never would we have thought we could be driving and speaking to our loved ones through the wi-fi in our cars!  


What about Supra keys to allow access to homes so that we no longer have to be met at a property by the listing agent...or use those God forsaken combo boxes!  


Or Docusign?  No longer do we have to travel to the buyers homes to have them sign their Offers OR travel to the listing agents' office or home or even the sellers home to present the Offer!


Russell Lewis

 *Our beloved Russell Lewis - he always had a smile on his face and was filled with nothing but, kindness for everyone.  We all miss him so very much.

Heaven forbid we get LOST!  AHHH, GPS!  I still do love my paper maps but, gosh, how sweet it is to be driving down the road, hearing my GPS telling me to turn 1/2 mile ahead! Who would have THOUGHT this would be possible?! 


Thom, Ray & Brian

 *Atlanta friends paid me a visit for the day - with Thom Abbott & Brian Dover!


The beauty of a plethera of websites for marketing properties - not having to mail photos to the newspaper & arrange for magazine photography - WOW!  Digital photography has allowed for ease of marketing on a multitude of websites as well!


TN Peeps

*Agents from TX, NC, CO meeting in TN in September, 2016 - I'm so thankful for them all!  


Now social media may be your true love-hate relationship - especially during this last election cycle! Without it, however, I couldn't keep up daily with my family, high school classmates, college classmates, peers from work, friends, clients...and other ActiveRain members there too!


Sure, without the World Wide Web, we wouldn't have the many distractions we do today but, there are a multitude of wonderful things that have come from the Web.  For me, it's been a Godsend when 'fighting' insurance issues for my husband, finding medical information that can help with his condition or finding medical technology/products to make his life easier.  Of course, there is entertainment, work, news...I mean, the WWW IS, after all, where you can search for literally EVERYTHING! - Need I say more?!  


And, where did we first hear about ALL of these things - well, besides cell phones and the World Wide Web?  Right here on ActiveRain!   We taught each other how to set up FaceBook & Twitter accounts, build websites, market our listings, share market report templates; we learned of IDX and new technologies across various MLS Boards...and SO much more. Communicating with one another, we learned so much that we surpassed most of our own MLS Boards and the vast majority of our peers/competition!


Missy Caulk & Amanda Hall*More AR peeps in NOLA


Yes, today I am thankful for technology and this wonderful venue that introduced us to much of the technology that we utilize on a daily basis today!  


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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Debe not to long ago I was using a typewriter and carbine paper to type quotes.  Things to day are much different.

Nov 23, 2016 03:36 PM #1
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

It is a love/hate relationship. Right now I'm in love with the Google app on my phone. It can answer just about any question I throw at it!

Nov 23, 2016 03:42 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

George Souto  - That's so true!  I loved my typewriter too!  LOL  I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world when I got an electric typewriter for Christmas and didn't have to use a manual one any more!  Gosh, we're showing our age, George!

Nov 23, 2016 04:36 PM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

LOL  Oh, how we love those apps, Donna Foerster!  I remember graduating from a bag phone to a 'cell' and WOW, what a difference!  Then came the apps - so many of them!

Nov 23, 2016 04:38 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debe- I'm with you on this one, and I am ever so grateful that I was born during at least the latter part of this wonderful technological time.  I'm on Amazon daily and wouldn't know what to do without my iPhone.  I also love the fact that I can find out about most anything by just Googling it!

Nov 23, 2016 05:01 PM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debe - without technology as it is we wound not have the range of friends that we have now.

Nov 23, 2016 05:26 PM #6
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Kathy Streib - I came into the technology era kicking and screaming - but, am now ever so thankful for it!!  And, it (but, hubby hates it!) LOL  

Nov 23, 2016 05:55 PM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Grant Schneider - I know!  Can you imagine not having the friendships that we've forged here in the Rain?  And, on FB, keeping up with old friends who live out of state?  That would have been impossible to do pre-technology, for sure!

Nov 23, 2016 05:57 PM #8
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Debe, I am also so thankful for technology. What will it be like in ten years.

Nov 23, 2016 06:28 PM #9
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Debe

Technology has advanced lately so fast and Vegas Bob is also very thankful!

Great photos and thanks for the shout today on the Q & A platform

Nov 23, 2016 06:35 PM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® - I wonder the same thing!  Think about 10 years ago when we started here!  Just WOW!  It's a little scary to me!

Nov 23, 2016 07:58 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz - Glad you're thankful too and congrats on becoming an AR multimillionaire!!!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2016 07:59 PM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

You have met so many people. What a blessing! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Deb.

Nov 23, 2016 08:31 PM #13
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Life was sure difference before the advent on technology.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 23, 2016 10:44 PM #14
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes the tech does open up whole new worlds Debe!

Happy Thanksgiving !

Thanksgiving greetings

I hope that you and your loved ones have a very good weekend!

Nov 23, 2016 11:24 PM #15
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It seems so long ago when I would write out proposals for clients and then have a secretary type them all out.  Now we have so many ways to make our businesses flow smoother.   Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 24, 2016 05:10 AM #16
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Gosh, I remember when I won a typewriter in 1966 (in a sewing contest) and thought I was hot stuff.  Oh how times have changed.  LOL

Happy Thanksgiving, Debe!

Nov 24, 2016 05:41 AM #17
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There are times when my phone seriously makes me feel like a superhero in some small way. :)

Nov 24, 2016 11:12 PM #18
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debe Maxwell - technology it is! We are connected with each other thanks to technology.

Nov 24, 2016 11:29 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Debe

Well if anything needs convincing to be thankful about technology, or maybe to resent the challenges less, plus the beauty of AR friendships this post will do it. Loved seeing all the photos!!

Have a great weekend!


Nov 25, 2016 01:03 PM #20
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