Two favorite tools that help make me a success!

Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

Two favorite tools that help make me a success!

Folding Map, Road Map, Travel Route, Auto Map, Atlas

Among the numerous tools we can access in this technology world, I can't ignore the two following systems that keep me on top of my Real Estate business.

GPS Systems

Remember when our cars were filled with pieces of folded paper and thick books, where we had to fight with half torn pages, crumpled in the front seat of our cars, in our search for homes, somewhere within the city our county?  I believe they were called "City Maps", or "County Maps" and some "State Maps".

I'm glad those days are over, with the new and definitely improved GPS, where we now can type in an address and within seconds, we are directed right to the front of the home, we are seeking.  They come in various forms now, but my first GPS was a "Garmin".  Now the technology has reached our cell phones.  I know we are not suppose to include our phones in this contest, so I will just stick to the technology that made it all possible.

Who knew, that I could plug my Garmin into the cigarette lighter and instantly have the world at my fingertips, complete with a visual map and directed by a pleasant sounding voice, instead of having to fight with a folding map, that I got at the local gas station.

Looking at what we now have, to assist us in our travel, it's hard to imagine the "Old way" of getting around.


In our fast paced lives today, "time is of the essence", a common phrase used in our Real Estate world. Clients are on the go, as well as ourselves. so it is sometimes difficult to schedule an appointment to have contracts signed. Driving across town, or to the next town can be a headache, without having to be concerned with sending documents across the country.

It was a blessing to have UPS, FED EX and Fax machines available to us, but now, with DocuSign and other methods of E-signing documents, it has made our lives a pleasant experience.

It was a tossup between DocuSign and Zip Forms, as they both are fast and friendly, when it comes to taking care of our clients and our Documents.

I don't know what is in store for us in the future that will make our work much easier, as we watch our favorite systems become obsolete, but I am sure the home buying and selling experience will be changing.

This contest was one that got my thought juices flowing, just trying to narrow the subject down to two of my favorites.  Thank you, and I can't wait to see what is in store for us in the years to come!



If you know someone who wants to Buy or Sell a Home in

Elkhart, St Joseph, LaGrange and Kosciusko Counties, in Indiana

Call me: Larry Johnston at 574-304-7577


"We have agents to serve you with your Real Estate needs"

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate

and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC, Elkhart, Indian

Comments (15)

Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree with you. These are my favorite tools as well.

Feb 28, 2017 04:42 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good evening Larry. Great products you endorsed. Enjoy your evening 

Feb 28, 2017 04:52 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Two of my favorites also, Larry Johnston!  I saw a 60-Minute segment on Sunday with an interview with an inmate who was released after 30 years.  One of the stories he told about acclimating back into society was that he was riding in the car with a friend and all of a sudden, there was a woman's voice, telling them to turn.  It took him totally by surprise and said something to the effect of, "There ain't no woman in this car - where is that coming from?!"  

Oh, the things that have changed in our society - and in our businesses!  

Feb 28, 2017 05:15 PM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Larry, GPS is a wonder tool! I sure don't miss getting lost trying to find a property.

Feb 28, 2017 05:45 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Larry

Docusign was one of my picks, too. But I love GPS and it has been blessing, especially when I first moved to CA and had no clue how to get around. My first GPS was also a Garmin, but I love my iPhone.


Feb 28, 2017 06:02 PM
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

Having GPS on my phone is so handy!  Great choice.

Feb 28, 2017 06:19 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Two very essential tools and we love DocSign but even more important, our clients love DocuSign.

Mar 01, 2017 05:49 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Love DocUsign!

Mar 02, 2017 07:53 AM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Couldn't agree more that the GPS is something I take totally for granted now, sure does make life easier, most of the time.

Funny thing about Docusign, we don't use it here in our transactions in NYC, just hasn't caught on for whatever reason.  But I can totally see that it is an amazing tool. 

Mar 02, 2017 08:04 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Both of these for sure.  I remember the days of maps and printing off maps and laying pages of directions out on my living room floor to plan the days showings. Then we finally spent the money on a Tom Tom which was soon obsolete with our upgrades in smartphones with GPS capability.  Funny to look back at all of that.  

E-signatures, same.  Running around getting "wet" signatures or faxing back and forth so many times that the document was no longer legible to viola, clean and legally e-signed docs.  Amazing.  


Mar 08, 2017 01:16 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It is surprising how often I use those two favortie tools of yours. Every week I use electronic signatures and my GPS. My favorite GPS app is Waze.

Apr 09, 2017 06:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you.

Have a most productive summer.

Jul 03, 2017 12:47 PM
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

I can't say those are 2 of my favorites. But good they are working out for you and some of the others.

Aug 27, 2017 09:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Larry - even though it's been more than twelve months, the truth in your post

the truth of it remains. 

Mar 06, 2018 01:28 PM
Ralph Post
Suntree, FL
Melbourne Florida - Exp Realty LLC

Hi Larry   These are two great tools for sure..  I remember the old paper MLS books that came out once per week like carring a small phone book. How things have changed.

Sep 29, 2018 03:25 AM