Bought a GPS & Love It!

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Homesale Services Group

I was probably one of the last REALTORS in PA to GPS for my car. Some of the excuses I used were  1)  to expensive  2)  too hard to use   3) want to learn the routes myself  4) confused how to operate it  and 5) confused about which one to buy.

Yesterday, my out-of-town clients offered to plug in their GPS to make our journey a little easier.  At first, I was reluctant, wanting to appear in control and capable of navigating the old-fashioned way- maps and Mapquest direction printouts.  After being coaxed for a moment or so, I consented to using the magical navigation device.  It seemed "right at home" on my windshield.

It was love at first sight! I glided from one listing to another with ease.  I especially enjoyed being able to converse with my clients without worrying about missing an exit or getting lost in the country.  Upon deciding to stop for lunch, I was delighted to find the "touch screen" could lead us to the restaurant of our choice. 

After arriving home, I told my husband what had happened and entreated him to accompany me to a local discount electronic store right away.  (You know, the one with the "Geek Squad.")  Within one-half hour, I had purchased my first GPS, aptly named "Gabby."

Today was "Gabby's" maiden voyage.  I only missed one turn.  Would you believe that "Gabby" rerouted us immediately in a seemingly effortless manner?  When it was time for lunch, we asked "Gabby" to locate a restaurant in town which was open on Mondays.  No sooner said than done!

I am now a BELIEVER!  My only regret is not having bought a GPS sooner.  My excuses for not investing less than $200 to save time, money, and stress seem foolish.  With "Gabby" by my side... I mean on my windshield, I will be much more relaxed behind the wheel.  Finally, my penchant for getting lost while driving, going around in circles, and taking the longest route from Point A to Point B should be a thing of the past- thanks to the techno-savvy clients who showed me a better way to navigate.

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Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Roseann: I won one last year at an agent open house... I didn't use it for about 6 I can't go with out it.

Jul 07, 2008 04:20 PM #1
Joe Virnig
RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS, Ventura County, California - Ventura, CA
No Ordinary Joe

One came with my car and I must say it is very handy.  Need to find the nearest gas station or directions to a particular restaurant and the info is right at hand.

Jul 07, 2008 04:24 PM #2
Christine Hart Howlett
Painesville and Eastern Lake County - Painesville, OH
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland NE

Roseann, my husband gave me one for Christmas.  I'm ashamed to admit I haven't used it yet.  It's finally out of the box and is making its way to my car.  I look forward to using it.  Thanks for the post.



Jul 07, 2008 04:28 PM #3
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Roseann... I know my local area pretty well, but my short sales business often takes me beyond my comfort zone and I would be lost without my GPS unit.  It provides a comfort level that I rely on.  Welcome to the GPS club!

Jul 07, 2008 04:37 PM #4
Pam Winterbauer
Pam Winterbauer Real Estate - San Ramon, CA
"Providing Blue Ribbon Service" took me years to concead to getting one.  finally agreed and got one for christmas and it has been a godsend.  The greatest thing since sliced bread.

Jul 07, 2008 04:39 PM #5
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Roseann, there is no better sound then when your GPS say, "You have arrived at your destination" and you're sitting in front of the location. I also like the rerouting feature if you make a wrong turn.

Jul 08, 2008 01:21 AM #6
Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

Way to go!  You'll find out it is one of the best tools you can ever have in real estate.

Jul 08, 2008 01:28 AM #7
Marcia Kirtonx
EXIT All Seasons Realty - Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY - EXIT Realty

Oh Yeahhh!!!  GPS is the best thing sice slided bread (well 2nd after the internet). I will no longer rent a car in another state unless GPS is included. Unfortunately mine is built into the car, so I can't take it with me when I travel. But yeah ... can't live without it!  My GPS is a female voice. 3 years ago my then 9 year old godson christened my GPS with the name Grace. We tried confusing her by taking the wrong turns, and he was so impressed that she kept putting us back on track. He declared that we should call her Grace, because she was amazing... as in Amazing Grace!

Jul 10, 2008 02:59 AM #8
Roseann Annis
Prudential Homesale Services Group - Camp Hill, PA

Roland, Joe, and Christine, Steve, Pam, Michael, Jim, and Marcia!

Thanks to all of you for making comments on my blog!!!  One thing for sure, we ALL would not want to live without our GPS systems.  It is good to know that I wasn't the only "fraidy cat" in the crowd.  Peace of mind, relaxation, comfort, safety....what more can I say?  What a cute sotry about your godson who christened your GPS with the name "Grace!"  Amazing for sure!  Now that I won't be getting lost anytime soon, I am free to take time preparing for meetings, showings, and client contacts. That a real boon to all of us, isn't? Thanks again!

Jul 10, 2008 06:56 AM #9
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