A lot has changed in the world of Real Estate over the years. As I move into my 36th year of helping buyers and sellers reach their goals of buying and selling their homes, I can't help but reflect on all that has changed. October 1, 1986, was the first day I began this incredible career and what a ride it has been.
In 1986, we had black and white MLS Books that we anxiously awaited to be delivered every two weeks. It had one photo per listing and bare-bones basic info. To get the new listings, we had to call the Association Office every morning to listen to a recording of that days new listings. It was called the "Hot Sheet". The line was busy quite often because "call waiting" wasn't invented yet.
We advertised in newspapers with black and white print and communicated with buyers and sellers by telephone and snail-mail. I remember when we got our first fax machine and right around the same time our first computer. They were "dumb terminals" with thermo paper and no screen. It was life-changing!
As quickly as the fax machines and full-screen desktop box computers like Macintosh came in, they promptly went out. In came the bag phones. Then flip phones went to handheld "smartphones" with a stylus to write "graffiti". It was revolutionary!
By then, the MLS books were on their way out because more of us were using computers and handheld phones and color photography was being introduced and accepted. Then came the internet, and it changed the industry forever.
Today’s information are at buyers and sellers fingertips 24/7. There are many ways to communicate, and signing docs can be done with a keystroke click. The industry continues to evolve and change every day. We've come a long way, Baby!