Before you go – check your map!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Marte Cliff Copywriting

Today it seems that everyone is tuned in to GPS – trusting it to take them where they’re going. It probably works 90% of the time. Perhaps even more.

But when it doesn’t – it can take you on a wild goose chase!

My suggestion: Check the map before you go, so you’ll have a clue if GPS begins to lead you astray.

I was reminded of this again this morning… when the men coming to install our new mapgenerator system followed their GPS and wound up at the locked gate at the back of our meadow. Funny that their boss didn’t tell them to follow the map, because he knew.

This happens repeatedly, and sometimes it’s a real estate agent who ends up out there. One showed up at my door a couple of years ago, lost and begging to be let through the gate. Had my husband been home, he’d have let him through, but he wasn’t home, and the key was in his pocket.

The agent, who was here from hundreds of miles away, got as far as our meadow, then walked to the house. He explained that he’d be late for his appointment if he couldn’t drive through. He told me which house he wanted to show and I said no – if he could walk a quarter of a mile, he could be on time – or at least close.

I asked Google how to get to my own house...

One day I was curious about how far Google would say it was from town to our house, so I asked. The answer was 28 miles. Well, no – it’s more like 10 or 11. I checked for directions, and sure enough – Google instructed me to head ten miles East to the little village of Laclede, then take a left and head into the mountains. That’s the road that leads to our back meadow – and when the snow gets deep it isn’t passable. Actually, I wouldn’t take a low-slung car on that road at any time. It’s just an old logging road.

One time when we ordered from Home Depot I explained the GPS issue and gave directions to the woman taking the order. She looked it up and said that her computer actually gave her two alternate routes. The other one was even worse! I wonder why Google shuns County roads in favor of logging roads?

It’s not just a country issue…

I thought this was likely a rural problem until an acquaintance in Florida told me about her adventure.

She signed up for a class at a community college in a neighboring town, and she followed her GPS to get there. It got her within sight of the college, but… There was a river between her and her destination. By the time she found a bridge and got to the other side, she was late for class.

Map reading may be “old school,” but I still believe every agent – and every person who makes deliveries or does service calls – should know how to do it. I also believe they should look at that map before they head out for a new destination. It would save a lot of time and trouble.

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Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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Even if they use the internet to check locations prior to leaving, that would help!

Nov 28, 2019 06:08 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
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Congratulations on your feature recognition.

This is good advice to share.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28, 2019 06:10 AM #9
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Richie Alan Naggar
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The ship may get us there but the Captain takes responsibility for it's coming & going...richfuscious

Nov 28, 2019 07:25 AM #10
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Tom Bailey
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Marte, everyone needs a map! In my previous life my father and I owned a Mack Truck dealership. I traveled extensively, and always carried a very detailed trucker' atlas. When we sold the dealership and I moved into RE, I began to use Google maps and gave up the atlas. I had no problems until about a month ago. I was visiting New England and went to Marblehead Ma. After winding my way down to the waterfront the app quit working. I eventually got back to the Interstate, but it took awhile. I went to a truck stop the next day and bought an atlas. 

Nov 28, 2019 08:24 AM #11
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Marte - I still like maps.  I like studying them and knowing points of interest.  Being local matters.  

Nov 28, 2019 10:46 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Dana Basiliere Yes - maps do occasionally need to be updated, but at least they don't usually try to put you on roads that are really only trails.

Sham Pathania I would guess that the Google car with cameras has never been on Blue Lake Road - and definitely not on North Riley Creek. If they'd been there and still listed it as a real road, it would mean that they were complerely insane.

 

Nov 28, 2019 04:03 PM #13
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Kat Palmiotti Yes. If my acquaintance who ended up on the wrong side of the river had looked at a view of the area she might have known that the road they directed her to would end up on the wrong side of the river.

Thanks Roy Kelley - I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

Nov 28, 2019 04:05 PM #14
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Richie Alan Naggar ... and if the Captain takes advice from the wrong aides - look out!

Tom Bailey That was a wise move. I'm glad you could find one to buy!

Michael Jacobs Yes it does, but it didn't help several years ago when they changed our road names. The County eventually provided real estate offices with directions to various roads, which helped a lot. The FedEx and UPS drivers used to stop in often asking for help to find locations. "Where the heck is Gunsmoke Lane?" "Where is Sanborn Creek Rod?" Those poor guys knew their way around by the old names and nobody gave them a guide to the changes.

Nov 28, 2019 04:10 PM #15
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector I love your story. That could easily have happened here when the road names were changed. What we all knew (know) as Bailey Road became Sanborn Creek Road. There were several other instances around the county - with no rhyme or reason.

We do get stuck on the names we know. It hasn't been long since I overheard a cell phone conversation in the grocery store. The man said "I'm at IGA." Yes - he was at what was IGA until about 15 years ago, when it changed to Harvest Foods.

Nov 28, 2019 04:15 PM #16
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Sham Reddy CRS
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I use Waze!!! Its correct 99% of the time. But you can beat any GPS if you are familiar with the raods

Nov 29, 2019 04:49 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Yes, Sham Reddy CRS - knowing where you're going beats all.

Nov 29, 2019 09:58 AM #18
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Kathy Streib
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Marte- yes, yes, yes!!!  On our long road trips, I always have a big road atlas and even when driving around town I consult a map as well as my GPS. When we lived in Leesburg, VA, the GPS would try to take us through a fence and house to get to our street. And often with gated communities, the GPS may not realize that you can't get through that resident's only gate. 

Nov 30, 2019 03:42 PM #19
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Marte Cliff
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Kathy Streib A road atlas is a very good idea. I'm glad they still sell them! I got a chuckle over your road through a house - and the gated communities. That's much like GPS (and sadly, some maps) that show a road going through our property.

One day a guy got nasty about it and I pointed across the meadow. I told him the road was over there. If he could fly over our meadow, have at it. Some people DEMAND to be let across the property. They're the ones who get turned back.

Nov 30, 2019 04:42 PM #20
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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I really hate putting all my faith in an electronic device when in a strange place! So many times they get it mixed up. But it's pretty useful for generalizations, and associated places and businesses,

Dec 01, 2019 07:34 PM #21
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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I totally agree!  Sometimes that GPS leads you through a maze of side streets when it's actually easier to find a location using a 4 way street.  I always look at routes the 'old fashioned' way, on a map, before I show in an area I don't know well. especially those new subdivision mazes!

Dec 02, 2019 10:37 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 Yes, it does have its uses. It just needs backup from a good map.

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR I was once with my son when he decided to shop at a new store. He had the address and it wasn't familiar, so plugged it in to GPS. We wove through a couple of residential neighborhoods  before coming out to a storefront on a side streeet - just a half block off one of the major streets in that city. It makes you wonder if the person doing the programming didn't have a perverse sense of humor.

Dec 02, 2019 11:15 AM #23
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Marte:

I so agree with you - I almost always check the map before heading out. I have had plenty of goofs with the GPS and it's embarassing with you are out with buyers or they are following you.

Jeff

Dec 02, 2019 02:45 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Yes Jeff Dowler, CRS that IS embarrasing. I recall getting lost following written directions, since the roads (trails) we were on were not on the map. We were doing fine until we got to the wooden road sign we were hunting for and it was sitting smack dab in the middle of a "V" in the dirt road - with no arrow to say whether we should go right or left.

We ended up trying both roads and never did find the agency sign we were searching for. Since it was all unimproved land we couldn't even look for a house to guide us.

Dec 02, 2019 03:01 PM #25
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Laura Filip
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The use of GPS has become very helpful, if you are in the city it is even more helpful. Now in the back 40 of life, the GPS does not work so well. Some of the well-used roads by the locals are not in the system. The old way of doing things will get you to where you are going. Follow the road until you see the old windmill on the left, just a bit further turn right, follow until you see the old tractor in the field on the right-hand side of the road, look straight ahead you will see the house. did you find it? 

Dec 26, 2019 08:56 AM #26
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Marte Cliff
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Laura Filip Yes, sometimes the old way is the correct way to find something. When THAT gets funny is when they say "Turn where the one room schoolhouse used to be." If you're too young or not from the area - you're still lost!

What I don't get with GPS and the Internet search directions here is that they overlook well-traveled County roads and direct people on to roads that aren't even plowed in winter.

In addition, I know at least one of those roads is gated a few miles in from one end and again at the other end, so unless you have the keys to both gates, you have to turn around and go back.

Dec 26, 2019 02:27 PM #27
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