Staying Connected With Modern Tech; Forestry, Real Estate, Family, Recreation, and Life

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Staying Connected With Modern Tech; Forestry, Real Estate, Family, Recreation, and Life

The world we live in is significantly different than the world we knew just a year ago. Around the world, people face self-isolation and quarantine as we attempt to stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. This can be scary, especially for those who live alone or who have distant loved ones that they’re worried about. Fortunately, we also live in a world where technology can bring us closer together even as we must stay apart.

There are a number of ways that modern technology can help us stay connected. While some of these depend on you having the right pieces of hardware, others are software solutions that almost anyone can use. If you’re feeling lonely, here are a few tech solutions that might help bring you closer to friends and loved ones.

VoIP Solutions

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and VoIP-like phone services are seeing increasingly widespread use around the world. These services allow you to make voice and even video calls over the internet, letting you stay connected without the need for a landline phone or cellular service. Many of these services allow for text chat as well, and most are available both on a computer and as a smartphone app.  On our team the VoIP of choice is our Google Suite, which allows for calls, texting, chats, and so much more all for a very reasonable price.

Video Conferencing Software

When you need something a bit more robust or sophisticated than what a VoIP solution offers, video-conferencing options like Zoom and GoToMeeting can help. Video conferencing software lets you connect people from multiple locations into a single chat. Most of these solutions allow for video, voice and even text chat, ensuring that people won’t be left out if they lack a webcam or have slow internet service. Some of these options even allow the use of virtual backgrounds, so you can set a favorite photo or other image as a backdrop for your video call as an added bit of fun.

Each day I find myself in a few virtual meetings with colleages, clients, church committees, and staff. It takes a bit to get used to the new ways, however they are much more efficient.

Virtual Vacations

To help people around the world have something to do, many zoos, museums and other public spaces have taken to streaming video or offering up other virtual options while they are closed. A family trip that might have been out of the question otherwise can now be simulated by starting up a conference call between multiple households and embarking on the same virtual tour together so that everyone can experience it at the same time.

Some of our clients are finding game cameras that they can set up on their remote properties to monitor the local wildlife as well as monitoring their cabin's security.

Community Groups

A lot of people already use social media to keep in touch with friends and family who are far away. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, people are turning to sites like Facebook and Twitter to stay connected even to close friends. By setting up private groups or interacting on specific posts, isolated friends can still share stories and humor, post pictures and share status updates, and generally stay up to date on everyone’s well-being.

The Rise of eSports

One thing that got a lot of people to pay attention and start taking COVID-19 seriously was when various sports organizations started cancelling their usual events and seasons. In the time since, people have started paying more attention to online gaming competitions and eSports. There a wide range of games that people can watch online and then talk about with friends and family, and some professional athletes have started playing and streaming their games as well. Some race car drivers have even taken to having online races using various video games.

Senior-Friendly Options

There are an increasing number of options available to help families stay in touch with seniors. In addition to VoIP software and similar solutions, there are also dedicated hardware devices such as tablets that are designed with senior ease-of-use in mind. These devices coordinate with apps placed on the phones or other devices of family members, giving seniors one-touch access to their families so everyone can stay connected. This also helps families check in with their senior friends and relatives to calm fears that they might be under the weather.

In It Together

As you can see, there are several options available to keep in touch even while we have to stay physically distant. This isn’t an exclusive list; you may have additional options available that aren’t covered here. Just remember that no matter what you use, check in with friends and loved ones periodically both to get that much-needed social contact and to ensure that everyone is okay.

When you are ready to learn more about how to buy sell or manage your home or forestland remotely or in person, give me a call. I would love to help you with some of our systems and solutions.




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Comments (16)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You never realize how much Tech you use in your life until you run out of bandwidth...

Happy Wednesday Bob Crane 

May 06, 2020 11:03 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Bob Crane - there are so many solutions with technology and I think the video conferencing has been transformational.

May 06, 2020 11:23 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - the need for connection and finding the right technological method as well as whatever low-tech versions are available(and fit) remains important.  Regardless of time.  



May 06, 2020 12:18 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Bob it seems like yesterday that I was using phone booths at gas stations to call the office for my messages.  I am glad that what we are going through was not back then.  A lot of us would be out of business if this was happening 20 years ago.

May 06, 2020 01:19 PM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

We all have to rely on technology to get through this difficult time - virtual open houses, virtual tours, conference calls, paperless transactions, and more. I am ready for a virtual vacation! Have a great day!

May 06, 2020 08:19 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Bob.

When I was a youngster, my mother would tell me to call her when I got to my destination, now you can put a device on a vehicle and track it every moment to see where it is going, the speed and so much more.  Technology has changed, and is continuing to change.  For me, I can't keep up with it.

May 07, 2020 12:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bob, for sharing these suggestions.

Have a great day!

May 07, 2020 08:33 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Pretty sure there are going to be major changes when it's all over. 

May 08, 2020 06:00 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Bob, I have been very thankful for technology right now. It's wonderful to be able to face to face with my family members. As for real estate, I've appreciated the technology for a long time, now however, it's even more center stage. 

May 09, 2020 07:37 AM
Bill Carroll
Corcoran Real Estate - Westhampton, NY

Fantastic post Bob, Thanks for the great synopsis

May 09, 2020 08:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bob:

Great overview of the tehcnology options we have today. While all this is not brand new it seems that with the pandemic the use of technology has exploded, and perhaps many who weren't doing much with it aare doing far more than they ever could have imagined.


May 09, 2020 01:25 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

As far as technology, I agree this is the best time to ever be quarantined with all the entertainment and things to distract us and the things to keep us closer together.

May 09, 2020 01:52 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good afternoon Bob Crane,

Do you think we would be lost without technology, can you imagine what we would do. I think we could make it without if we had to, it would be back to basics. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

May 09, 2020 03:34 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Bob.

Have a great day with your family and have an outstanding week.

May 10, 2020 04:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bob Crane - Thanks to you, I learned something new, "VoIP Solutions." Adapting to all these new ways can be challenging for some and exciting too. Getting all family members, all ages connected with whatever works best for them is very important. I hope your post gets featured. I can't be the only one who needs this information. Knowing there are options is very reassuring. 

Thank you, Bob. 


May 10, 2020 04:15 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

These are all great ideas for anyone feeling isolated, bored and lonely during this crazy time!  It's been fun connecting on Zoom with family . Great post!

May 13, 2020 02:06 PM

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