Thankful For My Cell Phone!

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Thankful For My Cell Phone!

While out hiking this morning I became aware of how easy it is for me to enjoy nature and take care of a little business along the way - if needed. A home was closing and title needed just a  little bit of info - one click and done - back to hearing the birds chirp. Now some folks say - oh no - don't bring your phone hiking!  And I say - it works for me and whatever works for you is fine by me! My trusty little yellow phone gives me the opportunity to do business and enjoy my nature alone time!


The other thing I love about my phone is being able to text even if I am with a client.  I always put my phone on vibrate when with clients. And 'if' it's important to text a client back, I can - and not interrupt a showing or whatever is going on in that moment. Now don't get me wrong, I'm one of 'those' that don't think it's professional to interrupt the process while with a client. But, texting, if done right and quickly does work fine.


It wasn't that long ago when there were no cell phones and somehow business still got done, just not as easily or quickly as we can today.  Then there were pagers and that was a step up BUT we still had to find a phone to call in! And then we had those BIG bricks for phones - not much to say about those babies!  I used to say my favorite phone - ever - was a little tiny yellow flip phone that I could easily stick in a pocket. But I don't say that anymore - I really appreciate my yellow iphone and all that it can do - easily.


Thankful For My Cell Phone!

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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Anna- You a smart lady. You kill 2 birds with one hike so to speak. 

Nov 07, 2018 03:55 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anna- totally YOU having a "banana" phone!  My first phone was the size of a brick and I remember how we had to be very careful because we were charged by the minute. Thank goodness for our cell phones!

Nov 07, 2018 05:11 PM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Anna... there are those days when I think my pink/glitter smart phone is more of an electronic jailor than anything else... but overall, I'm with you. I can't imagine anymore how we used to do business without them.

Nov 08, 2018 04:02 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Isn't it amazing how much cellphones have changed our lives?  I can remember in 1981 when I was first licensed, there were none.  Soon after our office got a MLS computer, and later came a fax machine.  I may have been the first, or at least one of the first agents to get a pager.  And, my first cell phone looked like this.

Image result for 1980s cell phone panasonic

Nov 08, 2018 06:06 AM #7
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Oh Anna, you know I appreciate my cell phone... especially after being without it for two weeks.  I finally got the replacement yesterday and I'm so happy. 

Nov 08, 2018 07:31 AM #8
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Anna, I still remember a break during a Tommy Hopkins workshop where there was a line about a hundred agents long waiting to get to one of three phone booths at the venue!  Tines have really changed!

Nov 08, 2018 10:49 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna it is amazing how much I depend on my cell phone these days.

I still remember the day of having to pull up to an outside phone booth to call into the office to get messages.  That was REAL fun in the winter ....... LOL

Nov 08, 2018 11:18 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I agree, Anna! It's one of the most valuable tools we have - if not the most valuable (behind US, of course)! And, you know I'm totally with you - not while I'm with anyone but, boy, does it ever speed business up when we're not with others! I can't imagine business life without it either.

Nov 08, 2018 07:59 PM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Anna - isn't incredible how this device has changed our professions/lives in so many ways.

Nov 10, 2018 08:46 AM #12
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Anna!  I included this post in today's "Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain.

Nov 11, 2018 01:03 PM #13
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hello Anna, a few years back we were going to Europe once or twice a year.  I had all my calls forwarded.  You can be backpacking or on the other side of the planet!

Nov 11, 2018 01:09 PM #14
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

For the most part, I agree with you but every once in a while I would love to throw my little phone right in the garbage

Nov 11, 2018 02:31 PM #15
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You know what I like even better than my cellphone, Anna? My Apple Watch. It has its own phone number (which you can get) so I don't have to carry my cell with me while hiking. The Dick Tracy aspect of it is pretty cool, too.

Love your banana phone. Only YOU!

Nov 11, 2018 04:13 PM #16
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886,

I love the color of your cell phone! So appropriate for you! It is amazing how much our cell phone can do for us. I would not go out on a walk with out it..if you need help you can easily make a call!

Nov 12, 2018 01:21 PM #17
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

The cell phone is a necessary evil! I think while we tend to work more with a cell phone in our hand (there is little "off" time), we also can balance life better. 


Nov 13, 2018 04:04 AM #18
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

So very true,  "long ago when there were no cell phones and somehow business still got done.

I could tell you just about where the pay phones were up and down the blvd, and which ones you could and could not use because someome stuck their gum on the earpiece! 

Nov 13, 2018 10:06 PM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I so appreciate my phone!  Great post girl :)  Back in 1983-1984 I was a property manager with about 200 apartments.  Carrying  a pager meant it would go off at all hours of the night.  Calling the service, then the tenant to tell them to shut off their leaking hot water heater and giving the sage advice that they would not be getting a hot shower the next morning was a different kind of fun.  Not to mention that carbon copy of manual entry rent rolls!  Ah but I digress!  We're so spoiled as compared to then, hard to believe how much technology has changed so quickly.  Have a great weekend!

Nov 16, 2018 01:32 PM #20
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I'm with you there - my iPhone is the greatest thing and it makes doing business so much easier than in the old days.

Nov 20, 2018 06:41 PM #21
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

My wife would tell you I have a cribbage playing machine that she can call me on Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 .

Nov 27, 2018 11:33 AM #22
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I remember the big bricks of phones. I didn't have one but my husband did and one month his cell phone bill was $1800. We have it so good and cheap now.

Nov 29, 2018 07:05 PM #23
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