As time flies by we have seen our world slowly change with new inventions and ideas that help human beings get jobs and chores completed more effectively and efficiently. Initially, inventions were made in households by men and women who just wanted to be able to have more time to relax. Unfortunately, as time went by people were able to get their work done faster and better, but rather than relaxing decided to do more work. This escalated over the centuries to where multitasking is not a talent but a necessity.
Technology now commands us to do more and do it now. In the short five years that have passed, several new "improvements" have caught on like wild fire. Texting on phones, Instant Messaging (IM), Blogs, Social Networks, etc. have exploded into our world. What started out as a way for teenagers to talk more has grown into an amazing opportunity to expand clientele, communicate with potential clients, and express professional networking.
Nowadays as I interview potential clients about the house they are looking for or the house they want to sell, some of my key questions (other than name, what they are looking for, email, and phone number) is do you text, do you IM, are you on any social networks (MySpace, Facebook, ActiveRain), and may I communicate with you on these venues?
It is a commendable way to keep in touch with scores of potential clients and keep up with current clients. For instance, most of my sellers use texting. They also all work. When I get a call saying a buyer wants to view the property, I text the seller to make sure it is fine. They are able to get the text at work and send a quick OK, rather than interrupting them at work or in a meeting.
Buyers and Sellers today are fast paced and in the "now". We as professionals have to stay ahead of the game in order to keep up with the vast changes that are occurring right before our eyes.