In Just 15 Years Real Estate Has Changed For Realtors

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In Just 15 Years Real Estate Has Changed For Realtors


Life has changed in so many ways in our lives in the last 15 years.  I am just reflecting now as a real estate agent and Realtor of my beginning times in this field I have with a passion.  In my decluttering ways it was time to tackle my old real estate files that were kept hard copy before scanning to electronic file storage occurred to me.  As we were told 'paper was best'!  One can only laugh now.  


As old huge files of closing documents are passed their times for retention required, I became amused as I looked at the 'triplicate' NCR paper needed to do a listing when I first became a Realtor.  OMG how I had forgotten how time consuming it was to do a listing for a client then.  And the amount of paper to be stored it was overwhelming with the big files!  It is easy to block all of this out of your mind.  Remember also that many other Realtors never used a computer and could not even use a fax to send items.  Thank goodness we are a smaller state so hand delivery could be done within an hour of travel but cumbersome.


We all may curse the electronic age in many ways but the benefits can be balanced always with a quality of life one wants.  It is good to look back in one's professional life and appreciate what we have now because not all past times were the ' good ole days'!


How about you and your remembrances in real estate gone by?

Living the life of a Realtor and Remembering When


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Comments (20)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Ginny Gorman times HAVE changed....but it's very difficult to remove all of the "old ways" and one should not....there's value in maintaining much of it, especially marketing.....  

I'm so happy all of the transactions I did in the past are well beyond the days of retaining them.... they're all in the shredder.... I previously had three very tall file cabinets filled with deal folders!! each drawer labelled the year of closing and files in alphabetical order with the buyers last name written first....they would be the next seller!!!!  everyone laughed at my system... and then when they witnessed how every deal was at my fingertips as soon as the phone call came in, they had a change of attitude....  within seconds, I had all the information I needed about the history of each home.

Jul 10, 2019 04:31 AM
Ginny Gorman

So true Barbara Todaro having that method & system has served you marvelously!

Jul 10, 2019 04:40 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I remember curly fax paper! and sending the listings to clients because there was no internet back them! 

Jul 10, 2019 04:36 AM
Ginny Gorman

Lise Howe it is a hoot!

Jul 10, 2019 04:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ginny... I remember those days! Of course, I remember real estate going back 25+ years and the days of no internet, no mls (in NYC), no cell phones.

Jul 10, 2019 04:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Ginny. You brought back many memories with this post. Thanks. Enjoy your day 

Jul 10, 2019 05:17 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ginny - cursing has its benefits at times and perhaps that is something that doesn't change in real estate but the ability to be better at conserving all things paper-related is a darn good evolution.

Jul 10, 2019 06:10 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Ginny Gorman

They say there are two things we can count on in life...death and taxes!  I would add a third thing to the list....change. I have learned to embrace change and look for the positive benefits of the change. 

Jul 10, 2019 07:22 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Ginny,  so much has change for us even lock boxes and fax machines, now people can sign on line, wonder what they did in the 70's.


Jul 10, 2019 07:33 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ginny we have also had huge changes in the Lending Industry as well.  I can't imagine on doing things the way I did when I first began in this business.

Jul 10, 2019 10:55 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Digging out our office for remodeling...wishing the technology brownies would come and do away with all the paper !

Jul 10, 2019 04:00 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Yes, the real estate profession has seen many changes these past 15 years.  Just yesterday I was remembering when I was first licensed in 1981, the MLS was published in a book.  Computers came really soon after that, followed up with fax machines, and cellphones.

Jul 11, 2019 01:44 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Even though nearly everyone had cell phones when I started in 2005,  they weren't smart phones and texting wasn't around yet.     Now even my retired clients prefer to text!     And GPS has made showing most property easier, too.

Jul 11, 2019 12:57 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Instead of taking a sheet out of the MLS book and making a copy we now can send a client an electronic list of properties.

Instead of driving to a customers home to have them sign every document we can now have them digi-signed.

Life has made some improvements.

Jul 11, 2019 01:37 PM
Ginny Gorman

John, technology can be wonderful in our field !!

Jul 12, 2019 03:34 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Ginny: So many changes in the 12 years I have been in this profession. It is not always easy but I can't imagine doing anything else!

Jul 12, 2019 10:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your thoughts on the changes in the industry.

Have a very productive summer.

Jul 12, 2019 11:10 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I need to write my blog for this challenge. I agree- less physical paper now, but still just as much, if not more, 'paperwork' to complete!

Jul 12, 2019 03:18 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true, much has changed in 15 years.  I used to have thick files and printed copies of everything.  If someone wanted to see a listing, I had to go back to my office to look it up!  Now, it's all on my phone :)  Great post!

Jul 13, 2019 06:52 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Ginny Gorman - I need to go to my storage unit and empty files I no longer need. It will be a weight off my shoulders. I'm glad for electronic storage but when those files go missing or corrupted I'm thankful I have back-up copies. 

So much has changed in my 16+ years too. 

Jul 21, 2019 03:15 PM
Ginny Gorman

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I do hear you but more than 10 years is no longer needed so cull!!

Jul 22, 2019 05:05 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

The new technology really helps.  I'm so glad I missed that whole "listing book" era.

Aug 01, 2019 03:34 AM
Deepak Chauhan
Versailles Property - Irvine, CA
Irvine, CA ... the place to be

Wow, lot of interesting comments from all over. I need to revise my pic to fit in the group

Aug 04, 2019 06:56 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

When I transferred my office I hired a shredding company to dispose of 22 years of files.  in the "old days" out triplicate purchase agreements had social security numbers and all sorts of personal information. I needed to make all that go away for good. 

Sep 23, 2019 04:00 AM

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