Tools that I use as a California and Hawaii real estate broker

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Secure server co-location

Ranking my tech tools as a California and Hawaii real estate broker obviously includes my smart phones and pc computer at the very top. That is a no brainer in this day and age. If I didn't have them, I could not do my business in today's world.


1. HOT SPOT on my iPhone:

This is a tool I got from AT&T when I got my iPhone4. Because I'm on the road so much, I need to be connected on my pc no matter what. In fact, I can connect several devices although it will slow the speed down. But who cares? I'm connected.

In fact, I have a small office in Carmel-by-the-Sea that is not wired into any of the services that try to get my business. Comcast, for example, sends me love notes probably 2 to 3 times a week trying to get me to sign up. Nope, I have my HOT SPOT and as long as my phone is connected to some tower, I'm on!

When I go to Hawaii and help clients on other islands, yes, there is my HOT SPOT. But, you say, there is wifi all over the place, at coffee shops, at the airport, practically anywhere. Yes, but how secure are you? I never worry about my connection, I have my secure HOT SPOT.


So who is your hosting company? Who broadcasts your websites? Do you pay extra for this service? Who keeps track of when domain names need to be renewed? Do you even OWN your own domain or do you just have the use of it so when you quit that company's services, your website disappears?

We have our own dedicated server with all our websites on it, probably about 50 of them. My marketing plan includes a whole bunch of "community" websites that give me thousands of unique visitors every month.

When I want to build a new website, I have the choice of doing it myself without any restrictions or, if I hire a service to do my IDX feed, the domain name is still hosted by my own server.

Yes, this costs me money every month, but I have done this for so many years, and am very happy with the results. If for some weird reason the server goes down, I just call them and they reset it. But this rarely happens because the server is located in a co-location complex with hundreds of other servers. It's build to withstand electrical failures, and pretty much any natural disaster except for possibly "the big one" but then the whole west coast and probably much of the country is in deep doodoo anyway.

By the way, I have loads of extra space on that server. If you are interested in having your website hosted on there, call or email me. I run it as a separate business from my real estate brokerage with the help of an associate.


This is my entry into the February Activerain contest about what two tools I cannot live without--besides the two obvious ones.


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Or we can just chat on the phone to discuss your real estate needs.

Are you out of the area? No problem, I often never even meet my clients. The whole transaction is handled long distance.

As an independent real estate broker licensed in California and Hawaii, I can represent you with residential real estate, commercial properties & investment opportunities.

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like you, I find our hot spots on the phone are heaven sent.  I can use it on the plane while they are loading passengers.  I like the idea of your own server.  Happy Monday to you, stay dry!  A

Feb 20, 2017 10:47 AM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hving Hot Spot access is a great tool.  I just got the service connected through my On-Star account so power for the devices is not a problem

Feb 20, 2017 10:52 AM #2
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hella, I have a hotspot too, and always use it versus Starbucks free WIFI, it is secure!  Great post about your tools.

Feb 20, 2017 11:02 AM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I had my website hijacked by a web guy on Active Rain and he moved it to his server in Oklahoma or somewhere weird that was not up to date, and when I forced him to put it back from whence it came, under the threat of a lawsuit, it arrived back at its destination with all kinds of weird code in it that took me days to manually remove. What a nightmare that was, and I paid thousands and thousands of dollars for that awful experience, which produced nothing. I would have sued him if I felt like flying to Oklahoma. Word to the wise, go local!

I like my host server, and yes, they update every night. They are in Utah, I think.

Feb 20, 2017 06:50 PM #4
Melissa Jackson
Riverside Homebuilders - Sales Consultant - Springtown, TX
Your New Home Sales Consultant in Parker County

Hotspot is a wonderful tool! Control of your own server - this is an idea I never thought of. 

Feb 21, 2017 07:09 PM #5
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We agree with you on hotspot too.  Better to be secure, especially when handling confidential busiess and internet is anywhere your phone date an hotspot works which is so many places these days.  Sometimes we work on our laptop with our hotspot in our car while one of us is driving across country. -Kasey

Feb 23, 2017 12:36 PM #6
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hi Hella, having your own hotspot, and avoiding public WiFi is the better way to go.  With as many websites as you have, being in total control is where I'd want to be (John here likes the idea of more websites too!!!)  John and Kat

Feb 24, 2017 09:19 AM #7
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