The Internet - Take the Best, Leave the Rest

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

The Internet - You have the Power to Choose how to use it. Take the best and leave the rest. 

We think most everything in life comes with a double-edged sword. Too much of anything tends to create problems. Sunshine, in large doses, can cause sunburns and skin damage. Too much food can make us uncomfortable, lethargic, and create a myriad of health woes. The list goes on.

The internet is no exception.  We think of it as a very useful tool that has brought us amazing capabilities. In real estate, it's now possible to work from a variety of locations. If you need to write up an offer, it can be done hundreds of miles from the office.  During 2020, we had closings via FaceTime in order to "be there" for our clients. 

Most of our clients prefer the ease of signing documents at home - including a favorite client  in his 90's. Many also appreciate our live video previews of properties to save them time. Overall, the internet has given buyers, and sellers, easier access to properties and the marketplace. In short, they are more savvy. 

It's brought more transparency to our industry, and that is a good thing. 

Another plus for our clients is our on-line video marketing. Sellers appreciate that we showcase properties with lifestyle videos designed to give buyers a taste for what it feels like to live there. Buyers say they got to know us through our community videos and many mention our white dog. Now, two white dogs. 

How wonderful to be able to create libraries of videos to show case properties, communities, towns, events, and other local amenities.  It helps us stay in step with the local happenings, and gives relocation clients a good sense of what it's like to live here. 

Does the internet have a dark side? Certainly. But, that doesn't mean you have to spent time there. 

Last night, we watched our grandson play in a  basketball tournament via a live feed on YouTube. The game was in Haines, Alaska. Today, we're watching him play again. What fun it is to be able to see the action miles and miles away. During the game, we texted with our son. Proud dad, and proud grandparents singing the praises of Sage. 

We enjoyed the same technology last Fall, when Sage ran cross-country. 

Nearly once a week, we FaceTime with our daughter and granddaughter who live in Denver. We've watched Raegan take her first steps, learn how to ride a bike, and recently, watched her first Mutton Bustin' competition at the National Western Stock Show. She came in second!  A close second, according to her mom. 

Life is ever changing. We think our ability to adapt and change with it is critical to our well-being and happiness. The internet has given us professional freedom, given our clients access to more information, and on a personal level, we enjoy a closer connection to out-of-town family and friends. We're so appreciative. 

A special thanks to Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES for the January Challenge - Things we have lost to the internet. 

Posted by

Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
Call or Text 360-608-4900

We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 

We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.

We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.


Comments (30)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This is totally it in a nutshell, Debb, and couldn't have said it better myself:

"The internet has given us professional freedom, given our clients access to more information, and on a personal level, we enjoy a closer connection to out-of-town family and friends."

Jan 30, 2022 06:23 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debb,
Love your post and your Title sums it up perfectly! 

Jan 30, 2022 08:14 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb and I have a client in Baltimore that wants to buy a rental property in the Broomfield area.  So video time.


Jan 30, 2022 08:59 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Endre Barath, Jr. hence, take the best ( for you) and leave the rest. ;) Have a wonderful, Sunday. Imagine you'll be whipping up some delightful recipe today. 

Jan 30, 2022 09:08 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Michael Jacobs and we didn't even touch on how we can use it for "instant" research. Recipes, proper spellings, directions, biographies....

Jan 30, 2022 09:09 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debb and Bernie - like everything it can be misused and overused.  It certainly is great for grandparents isn't it.  My daughter does Facetime and we have a collection of Moment Garden photos an videos.

Jan 30, 2022 12:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Debb and Bernie:

I love the title of your post, and all that you had to say. It really is the right attitude to have. We do have plenty of opportunities to make choices as well as to avoid the negatives...if we want. The connections with people, especially family, is a big plus a,d being able to be in touch and "with them" no matter where they are or what they are doing is huge.

Our daughters created Tumblr sites when they first had kids so they could share photo, thoughts, and videos of the grandkids as they were growing up, practically from Day 1. Even when we could not be there we could share in their lives! 


Jan 30, 2022 01:32 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - you have a beautiful outlook on life and life returns goodness back to you. Although I couldn't see any pictures (I just get an outline of a square), I am fortunate to read and appreciate what you write. Writing is a language of its own, and you do it so well. Seeing your grandchildren develop new skills and grow because of the Internet is something we didn't have but weren't those old home movies memorable too! However, nothing can beat real time seeing your family live or in person. Wherever they are, however you get them through videos YouTube, or FaceTime, family is a blessing. 

Jan 30, 2022 01:43 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I remember when I bought my first computer, an Apple IIE in 1983.  We weren't connected to the internet back then.  I didn't accomplish much with that ole computer.  I did a little word processing and that was about it.  Finally, in 1993, I bought my second computer, with the Windows version of the day, and connected to the Internet.  A whole new world began to open up.  And, I've never looked back!  I even worked over 8 years at an software development company.

Jan 30, 2022 02:33 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Debb and Bernie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 30, 2022 02:34 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I totally agree with you, Debb and find that there are some major plusses (including those you mentioned) and some times that I miss having to meet people face-to-face to review documents, etc. I do love the personal aspect as you do with Sage & Raegan - that is priceless!

Jan 30, 2022 07:32 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Great post

Jan 31, 2022 06:43 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, technology has sure evolved and made our business (and personal) so much more fun.

Jan 31, 2022 07:32 AM
Anna Chroscicki
Re/Max Masterpiece Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate

Yes. I think internet, smart phones, technology definitely brought us much more GOOD than BAD.  

Jan 31, 2022 09:38 AM
Matt Brady
Finance Of America - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

Like everything, life is about choices. The internet has allowed me to help many more clients and increase efficiency. Unfortunately, it also allows me to work 20 hours a day, LOL.

Jan 31, 2022 12:10 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Deb, 

Great info and I completely agree...even for an ole' timer like me!  

Jan 31, 2022 07:07 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Loved reading about your family and their wins!  Such great photography - wow!  You're a lucky set of grandparents to be able to "dial" in as much and see their happenings! 

Feb 01, 2022 09:14 PM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

I love the ease it has created in our business. But it also comes with it's hardships. And I'm mostly concerned about our children...but that's why we are guide and help them and we need to stay out of the weeds/dark places on the internet first before we can teach them. 

Feb 02, 2022 07:50 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Yes, my grandchildren are def learning the rules from their moms and dad. 

Feb 04, 2022 11:29 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Debb...So true.  I love this post.  Thanks,

Feb 04, 2022 11:21 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Good to see you. 

Feb 04, 2022 11:28 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Great Post Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD and CONGRATULATIONS on the FEATURE!  When I think of all the technology changes I've seen since 1978 my heads spins.  I loved ...  Take the best and leave the rest. 

Feb 04, 2022 03:50 PM