Real Estate Really Depends Upon Equipment and Contacts

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097

One of the reasons my AR participation had slowed way down was the computer at home would sometimes work, sometimes not.  When I needed to work from home, I developed a work around the issues by using harsh language and just abruptly shutting the computer down.  Then, I'd give it time to consider the hardship it was causing me and would turn it on again.  Sometimes that would take care of the issue and if not, more of the same. 

With AR while I was trying to write a post it was like the Executrix IBM typewriters from the 80s.  Don't lie to me, I know many of you understand what I'm talking about!  If you are a fast typist, it wasn't difficult to outrun the machine's capabilities.  You'd do the touch typing thing...yes, that is a thing to be able to type with all 10 fingers and never look at the keyboard.  Anyway, you'd finish typing your thought or whatever handwritten copy you were working from and then have to wait while the Executrix caught up with you.  That's what I was dealing with trying to work in AR.  So, I'd use the harsh language and computer turn off trick except slowly but surely the trick was working less and less.

Someone reminded me that a good test of insanity was doing the same thing over and over, getting the same bad results and then wash, rinse and repeat.  I'm not an idiot, much of my work was done at the office with the good computer...or so I thought.  I started to remember exactly how much I also do at home.  Finally I broke down and did what I hate doing, shopping for a computer.  Not that much shopping actually.  I wasn't interested in going it alone...ordering something online and hoping I'd get all of my data transferred correctly. Nope, not for me.  I went to the Staples in Waynesville and was shocked to find how few desktop pcs are available to consider in the store.  At any rate, I selected one and made an educated decision on RAM, storage, battery, ports, blah blah blah.  Doesn't matter...everything has more than what I had.

I had the old computer in the car and gave it to the Staples tech and then waited for a few days while everything was transferred and my emails trained to download from the server.  One problem though?  I'd been flirting with disaster not taking care of this sooner.  I'd been using an email service called Thunderbird which the tech told me was no longer "supported", whatever that means.  What it mainly meant to me was those all important emails from the home computer hadn't been transferred.  The tech saw I was devastated and said he'd continue to work on it for me.  In the meantime, the old computer quit booting up.  The tech is researching a way to do some kind of emergency boot and at least try to save them to a flash drive.

All is not lost.  The office computer has the same emails so I could always disconnect and take that computer to Staples to save the emails but the point isn't normal for a computer to be as contrary as I allowed the home computer to behave.  Shame on me for not dealing with it sooner.  It won't happen again.  Everything could have suffered, my attitude in particular!  With the two computers I do have a redundant system but even those need kind and loving care and lots of back up!


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon from Mongolia Mona. Congratulations on the feature. A good Realtor always fin ds a way. 

Jun 21, 2019 09:47 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Mona Gersky  Well best wishes for a sucessful new computer life and hope to see much more of you once again 

Jun 21, 2019 09:56 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Ugh, I'd be lost without my computer. I'm glad to hear you have a new one, and am hopeful the email issue will be resolved as well.

Jun 22, 2019 03:13 AM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I have a line item in my budget for new computers every two years.  I would rather replace before they start being silly.  Fewer headaches and more fun for me.  Just money and well spent if I don't have headaches.

Jun 22, 2019 05:31 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Well said,

Properly working equipment with calm and collective thinking and attitude is the key to take look at things in the right light and save our sanity

Jun 22, 2019 05:31 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

May the computer serve you instead of you serving it....

Jun 22, 2019 05:43 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Mona, who knew how much technology would play a role in Real Estate and our everyday lives? 

Jun 22, 2019 05:45 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Oh, just reading about the loss of a computer and all the information inside scares me. I just got my new Apple last year, the old one was still doing a good time, but I felt it was "time," before something happened. 

Hoping the current set up serves you well. D 

Jun 22, 2019 07:40 AM
Stephen Turner
House Broker Realty - York, PA

so sorry to hear of your issues, yet tech and backups are a major part of any business, and our real estate businesses are no different. We need to ensure we perform routine backups and even to several locations or services so we are never dependent on just 1 provider.

Jun 22, 2019 08:14 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Equipment certainly adds to the two most important components to me, expertise and vision.

Jun 22, 2019 09:34 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Totally understand the frustration, my phone started acting up so guess what made a change asap. 

Jun 22, 2019 10:19 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Mona - flirting with disaster rarely finds a happy ending but in this case your experience provided a good read and one that many of us can relate.  

Jun 22, 2019 11:00 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Mona I'd venture to say most of us have had a equipment disaster along the way. We have and thankfully Gary is a wiz at figuring things out quickly and buying new equipment if needed. I'm so glad you gave in and just got a new computer and help getting it all set up. Best choice!

Jun 22, 2019 12:07 PM
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Ah hum!  And who was it that reminded you of the definition of insanity?  Oh, I know. The one other than your computer that had to listen to the harsh language.

Jun 22, 2019 12:24 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Mona Gersky ,

Loved the title because its so true! I'm glad to see you bit the bullet and made a wise investment! Your business and AR thanks you!

Jun 22, 2019 12:25 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Nice to see you back here like old times. There's nothing more exasperating than computer issues.

Jun 22, 2019 07:13 PM
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

Congratulations on your new computer. It’s always good a refresh and some piece of mind. Enjoy it

Jun 24, 2019 04:09 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

HI, Mona Gersky 

Our local Realtor Association offers FREE computer consulting and repair. Labor and technical expertise is free...not the new computer or parts or software for the old computer. Now, there is value in being a Realtor in my AOR.

Jun 24, 2019 05:47 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Glad it's not only me. I had my laptop just not bootup one morning & that was that. Not any warning or things to swear at - it was DOA. Still haven't found anyone to take the data off the hard drive - seems that it is beneath some tech minded folk.

Jun 27, 2019 04:45 PM