Real Estate Tools Lost to Our Internet World

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Advertising on the MLS and the internet? How about sticking a sign in the ground.

When you think about it the modern real estate tools we have today most of which are connected to the internet and internet related technologies. Our forefather Real Estate Agents certainly did not have them 100 years ago. They certainly make our lives and those of our clients WAY easier! They did find a way to get through the day.  Even though real estate advertising usually meant just sticking a sign in the ground.

However, for some of the tools we have lost to the internet are sadly missed ways of doing business. Let's face it though the new tools are GREAT!

real estate office

Meeting clients in person was the way to get started in Real Estate.

We all have those "back in the day" stories in real estate. Back in the day, we had no computer, no online MLS, no smart phone, no text, no email. How did my mother, also a Realtor, and I in the beginning do our job? I cannot imagine having to go into the real estate office and flip through the week's new listings to show clients a home just on the market. How did we as Realtors ever do it?

No need to go into the real estate office and review listings, your Realtor makes them available to you on the internet.

MLS search screen                   

Online MLS and real estate search screens help so much

Now we have the MLS online with dozens and dozens of pictures, maps, documents and information including tax records, right there. Our clients can look through the free MLS home search listings without us having to take them down dead ends. We can take our clients to the homes that we have vetted. Yeah, the MLS online is valuable.

RPR mobile app map RPR mobile app allows a Realtor to show clients other homes in a neighborhood they are liking

But how about when we are out there with our clients and they say,  well not this house but we like the neighborhood. I like the RPR smart phone App. Immediately, the app comes up with active and pending homes immediately surrounding where you are at that moment. That is pretty impressive and makes your clients happy. 

The 24 Hour Office to Sign Real Estate Contracts after Client Got Off of Work

Dennys real estate meetings       

No more late night meetings after work to sign real estate contracts with eSign and Docusign

I remember the days, where I would meet a client at the 24 hour Dennys after they got off work on the late shift. It was the only place open. I would bring the contract for them to sign. The clients would have to initial in 50 places and there always still be a place on the contract where an initial was missed. The eSign and Docusign tools have made our jobs soooooo much better. We don't miss places to sign nearly as much and if a spot or document is missed we can email the documents to the client right away to electronically sign. Nice! Also, I found that at the Denny's the client sometimes felt they had to read the entire contact there even if I had left them a blank copy with them earlier. With the eSign or Docusign alternative the client can read at their own pace and not at 10pm at Dennys. Very civilized.

Another benefit? No more ketchup stains on the contracts. I still like Denny's  however as a meet up place, it is always open and good locations to sit in the comfortable booths and rest and use wifi. I like the food also and the coffee keeps coming.

Life goes on and so will the next generation of tools and apps. Password managers are fantastic to manage those multiple passwords that no one can remember. The instant mortgage calculators are amazing. Tax and prior sale histories through the MLS help you help your clients. How did Realtors of the past do it?

Oh well, we have the help we need now.

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Comments (4)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI 

Love the old photos you share. No more ketchup stains on the contracts.  I once had an entire cup of hot coffee get spilled on contract paperwork at a client’s home. The tools we have today are GREAT and at the same time have caused the loss of ways we used to do business.

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Jan 26, 2022 01:56 PM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Hi Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI I really don't miss manually filling out contracts.  I remember the wall of file cabinets we used to have with all the blank contracts.

Jan 26, 2022 05:24 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Things sure have changed, haven't they? Thank you for your memories!

Jan 27, 2022 04:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - like the rest of the world, real estate changes with time and technology.  

Jan 27, 2022 05:14 AM