New Tools

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

I've collected a fair number of tools over the years.  I've not caught up with my Dad, but I'm in the neighborhood.

I've done the same thing for our real estate business.

Pick up tools here and there.

Some tools are specialty, others can be used just about anywhere. 

And sometimes tools need replaced.  Something breaks or wears out, or sometimes a new and improved version comes out and makes it worthwhile to make the switch.

This last week has been one of tool replacement for me.

One was a planned change.  Our Wordpress site has needed a refresh for quite some time.  While everything worked fine, the content was attracting buyers, it could be better.  I'd worked on various things to increase speed, added SSL so we were https, but sometimes you just need a new motor to drive things, especially with the increased emphasis on mobile search.

So we hired out a company to fix some initial issues, move our hosting to a faster host, and then had them do a complete face lift.  New framework, new theme.  Wednesday they finished the prep work and our new site is now live.  We've still got a few minor tweaks to make, and as always, more content to add.

The other change wasn't planned.  When it comes to my smartphone, I tend to stretch it out years beyond what Verizon would like.  And it actually got to the point that some apps were no longer compatible with my phone.  Nothing business related, just personal things, but I could live with that.  Phones are expensive and I could do without.

But eventually some decisions get made for you.  My phone was fine Saturday night.  Sunday morning, not so much.  I tried all the tricks I knew, and all the tricks the Internet could tell me, but that phone just wasn't going to return to normal operation.  So after church, a quick run down to the local Verizon store and I'm now 6 generations newer with my phone.

For the most part, no real losses outside of a few recent text messages since my last backup.  Photos were already on a memory card, and most of the apps reinstalled without any prompting.  A few tweeks here and there and I was back in business.

And the fringe perk?  I've got a better camera for taking flower pictures :)



Interested in having us help you sell your home or help you buy a home? Just give us a call/text at 513-520-5305 or email 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz


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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Vickie Teel
Allison James Estates & Homes - Punta Gorda, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

Liz and Bill Spear What beautiful flowers!  What kind is it?  Love how vivid the colors are with your new phone.  Sometimes we just have to face the music and get the new phone.  Mine was 3 updates behind when my battery wouldn't stay charged for very long so I feel your pain.  I look forward to new flower pictures!

May 17, 2019 06:41 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- I was going to ask what those flowers are.  I've never seen them but they are beautiful. I'm waiting to see what Apple comes out with this year. I still have the iPhone 7 . 

May 17, 2019 07:18 PM #2
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

My phone has been doing some strange things lately. One of my sons thinks it is something purposedly done by the phone company so I'll buy another phone. I doubt it, but then, you never know!

May 18, 2019 04:04 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. I tend to be behind when it comes to technology. Unlike Kathy Streib , I consider my iPhone 7+ to be at the edge of technology. My son just laughs. Enjoy your day!

May 18, 2019 05:43 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

New tools are always coming and in real estate, we definitely have to keep up.  The cameras on the newer cell phones are amazing!

May 18, 2019 05:53 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Wonderful photo, the cameras in today's smart phones are really incredible. It's one reason we're actually shooting videos using our iPhones.  I'm sure the upgrade from six years is a remarkable difference. Good for you, Bill. 

May 18, 2019 07:06 AM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Bliz there is a point when you have to change out your phone.  And honestly it's kind of ridiculous how expensive they've become. I think my phone is two years or so old now and I hope it continues to work good longer.

May 18, 2019 10:49 AM #7
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I recently had to delete my wordpress site and really need to hire someone (instead of doing it myself) to get it back up.  My point2 site is carrying us right now.  It's such a maze trying to figure out who to use.  I've already bought hosting with BlueHost but have not sat down and worked on it.  Such beautiful flowers!

May 19, 2019 02:43 PM #8
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