I have been a Towson, Maryland real estate agent for over 20 years.
Just typing it reminds me of just how much I have grown in this business.
Twenty years ago, the real estate agent's job was rather different. In Maryland, Buyer Agency had JUST become law, and agents were navigating the change.
Twenty years ago, our MLS was a DOS-based program, where you DIALED in (taking up your home phone line - you had to hope no one tried to call and interrupt the connection!) and it took so long to pull new listings that you could start your search, go take a shower, and come back and MAYBE it would be finished when you were done.
Twenty years ago, we had Supra Lockboxes where the key had to be updated every night - again, using the phone line, so you couldn't do that at the same time as your MLS search.
Twenty years ago, we didn't give out our cell phone number - we spent most of our time in the office, and gave the office number or our "direct line" (AKA your voice mail.)
Twenty years ago, we called into the office to check our voice mail many times a day to ensure we didn't miss anything.
Twenty years ago, contracts were hand-written with carbon copies - top copy was white, middle was yellow, bottom was pink. We hand-delivered offers and counter-offers. Lenders often wanted the top "wet" copy, as did the title company, (and our office liked the top copy too,) so sometimes contracts had to be written and re-written three times.
Then faxes became "OK" and the contract was changed to reflect that faxing was OK. THEN you could fax to an EMAIL!
Essentially, much about the way our business was done was very different 20 years ago.
What hasn't changed?
Real estate is about people. Often, a real estate transaction is the single most expensive transaction a buyer will ever be involved with.
I love helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Whether to move in, move on, or move out, buying or selling a house is often very emotional and stressful. It makes me happy when both a buyer and seller are happy with the outcome! I've loved participating when buyers and sellers hug, both wanting the best for each other!
Helping buyers and sellers is a passion of mine. And it has been for 20 years!
For any real estate needs in Towson, Maryland or around the Baltimore Metropolitan area,
THINK MARNEY IN MARYLAND!
Cummings & Co. Realtors
1515 LaBelle Avenue, Suite 5 Baltimore, MD 21204
Office: 410-823-0033 Cell: 410-493-4884