My real estate career began in November of 1996. That year marked the start of the transition from Dot Matrix to reliance up the internet. The good thing for me is I never really had to learn the dot matrix system and my career aligned with the innovation of the internet. I became the go to agent for those that had been in the business for many years.
The internet began a Paradigm switch in real estate as well as life in general. There were, at one time, huge books that were printed once a month with all of the listing for sale in the MLS. There would be an update sent out during the month as well.
These MLS Listing books disappeared within about a year after all listing were available online on the internet. This change made us Realtors the kings of real estate as we could answer questions at lightning speed for our clients and those we were hoping to win as our clients.
A good thing doesn't last forever though. The advantage we had knowing how to use the internet in our business soon became a thorn in our side. You see, the public also learned how to use the internet to find homes in locations of their choosing. The also learned how to research companies and agents online to see those highest rated with the most sales. Savvy Agents took advantage of their superior technological knowledge and began to dominate their competition.
We all somehow persevered and the benefits have far out performed the drawbacks. The internet became a part of the new device called the Smart Phone. We learned quickly that we could make everywhere, including on the beach, our home office. This lead to more and more agents giving up their rented offices. This lead to many new competing real estate companies in which training and internet tools became the most important reason to choose a company.
The internet lead to a new way of quick communications and ways to reach clients and earn new business. Text Messages, Facebook, Twitter and many other internet skills became the wave of the future. Changes continue not annually, or monthly but daily. Learning and stay up to date is now more important than anytime in the past. Those of us that have embraced the internet have been revitalized each and ever day. The internet is like finding the fountain of youth.
Respectfully, Tony & Dani Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group
Call or Text us at 661-510-7975
Offices in Valencia & Aliso Viejo, California