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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

my first computer was a MacPlus.

It had 512K in RAM, two 400K floppy drives, a gigantic 10MB (that's right mega-byte) hard-drive which the salesman told me I'd never be able to fill up, a 200dpi black and white scanner (line art only, no photos), and a 300dpi black and white LaserWriter NTX Printer that printed 4 pages per minute.

At a cost of over $10,000.

Today, I have more memory than all of that... in my watch.

Mar 31, 2016 12:30 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

All I remember is how big & strange it was. I used it to play games at first

Mar 30, 2016 10:58 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Too long ago to remember but I remember in the 70s, writing programs in Fortran and Cobol and punching cards.  We've come a long way!

Mar 30, 2016 11:13 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

I remember it being an old commodore and was not cheap!

The contest was keeping all the floppy disc in order.

Mar 30, 2016 10:17 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

It cost a fortune!  I think it was an OS/2 running on DOS.  Does that sound right? 

Mar 31, 2016 10:08 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I honestly don't remember the brand, but it was a desk top for my daughter who was 5 at the time. (I had one at work already) and the cost was upwards of $3500.  Nearly a quarter of a century ago.

Mar 30, 2016 11:37 PM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

First computer was an Atari, then Commidore 64, then the 128. FIrst business computer was a 386 and I got the bigger hard drive with a huge storage of 100 MG. The salesman said I would never fill it up. IT also had 5.25 floppy and the "new" 3.25 disk drive. And it had DOS. We've come a long way.

Mar 30, 2016 11:25 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

First computer, a handheld calculator in the late 70's


First PC was a Sanyo IBM clone in 1984, $500 used, about what I pay for a good laptop now.

Mar 30, 2016 10:36 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I paid too much and I think it was an HP.  I do recall the thing was huge!

Mar 30, 2016 10:33 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It was a Dell laptop---cost around $2,000.

Mar 30, 2016 10:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

IBM. Too long ago to remember the prices.

Mar 30, 2016 10:30 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I can't recall the brand but it was certainly more expensive and less powerful than the last.   

Mar 30, 2016 10:27 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

HP 325.00

Mar 30, 2016 10:27 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Texas instrument

Mar 30, 2016 10:22 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

TI99a cost me $400

Apr 14, 2017 06:01 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

A dual floppy for $1,500. But I made money with it writing Lotus 1-2-3 programs for companies.

Apr 01, 2016 07:58 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Michael. It was a Contel computer, 64K of memory. It was really a big deal.

Mar 31, 2016 07:05 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I don't remember...

Mar 31, 2016 02:57 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Gateway desktop, late 1990's.  All the bells and whistles (of that time). 


Mar 31, 2016 02:13 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Michael J. Perry - oh that was a 32MB machine - desktop with green type mono monitors - and was in India - cost about $1,200 equivalent then.

Mar 31, 2016 01:49 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Radio Shack something or other and it was expensive.

Mar 31, 2016 01:39 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Back in the late 70's-early 80's or so, we had a Xerox computer. They wanted to compete with IBM so offered them to the employees via payroll deduction. It was so long ago I don't remember the cost but it did include a dot matrix printer.



Mar 31, 2016 12:13 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It was back in 1999 and it cost something like $1000, and it wasn't nearly the machine I can get now for much less than that price. 

Mar 31, 2016 12:01 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

They was a huge tower and little screen and slow, slow, slow. It was so long ago but I believe they were 40 mhz. It took 5 minute to fire up. I wouldn't have the patience for that today. They were used and took them in as payment on a debt.

Mar 31, 2016 11:59 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do not remember.  It was big, heavy, and cost more than I wanted to pay. 

Mar 31, 2016 11:54 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I actually don't remember the first computer, but I worked for Motorola when VCR's came out, and I got an employee discount and was so excited to get one for my kids for $2,700 

Mar 31, 2016 10:48 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

It was a Tandy TX.  I don't remember the cost, but I was told I would never have to get another one because of the huge memory.  HaHaHaHaHa!!!


Mar 31, 2016 10:33 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 First PC I bought was a Panasonic and cost $2500.

Mar 31, 2016 09:55 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

AT & T PC...about $3000

Mar 31, 2016 09:35 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I don't remember what we paid but it was a Tandy from Radio Shark!  :-)

Mar 31, 2016 08:50 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

91...1 gig memory $2700

Mar 31, 2016 08:35 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

A Wang for my retial business in 1986. It cost $14,000, had a 5 inch green monitor and required a programmer.

Mar 31, 2016 07:28 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not remember the cost but it was HP, large and very slow!

Mar 31, 2016 06:24 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

It was a clone, paid almost $1000, had 2 big floppy dirsk and a 30 meg hard drive.

Mar 31, 2016 05:04 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It was a Windows 3 machine.  And, I think it was around $1,500.

Mar 31, 2016 04:33 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The first one I got was for Christmas when I was 12.  It was a 386sx 16mhz WITH the math coprossesor and a "Turbo" button!!! Ran DOS 3 and Windows 3.11 for Workgroups.  Man, I wish I still had that computer!

My next one was one I built, a Pentium Pro in the 2000s.  No idea of the cost any more, since I did everything individually and found good deals on NewEgg and some local PC stores (we used to have two that sold parts).

After that, I bought a netbook then a laptop and inherited a bunch of older systems from my parents and various projects.  Used to have quite the lab setup.  :)

Mar 31, 2016 03:27 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

A HP and it was bit and cost probably about $1500. I am guessing.

Mar 31, 2016 03:17 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

4341 running DOS/VSE-virtual memory lease for $3,000/month.  All PC earlier development was simulated there. But the PC did not have an operating system as those DOC/VSE could not be supported by a its limited ram.  There was no internal os supplier as big blue only encourage monster.  Then Bill Gates came along as a OS vendor the rest is history....

Mar 31, 2016 02:35 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

In the '80s and we had to have a programmer come in. There was no software. Cost a bundle! In those days, the computers needed a space like a closet and special ventilation.

Mar 31, 2016 02:35 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

It was an Apple MacIntosh with a color laser printer, purchased in 2002

Mar 31, 2016 01:39 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Had a Commodore 64, mostly for the kids to play games on. First "real" computer was a custom built 286, standard hard drive at the time was 40MB, upgraded to a whopping 80MB and additional memoryalso, which was very expensive at the time, paid about $2,500 for everything. Then decided to build my own for the next several. About time for me to get a new laptop, sigh :(

Mar 31, 2016 01:31 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

We had an apple 2C.  I was pretty young and my mom bought, so I don't know the price.  We were one of the first to get one as my mom taught computer programming at a local university.

I know it was before War games came out (in 1983) as we were more energized to find the hidden programs (which we did).

Mar 31, 2016 01:23 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

We bought one years ago (I was still married)  it was so expensive that my ex husband's employer offered loans if you got one.  It was also huge.

Mar 31, 2016 01:05 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

A Tandy 386 in 1991. 1200 bucks. My husband INSISTED. Being the practical Capricorn, I shrieked. "How do you make money with THAT?"

Mar 31, 2016 12:56 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

It was a Dell PC, I felt so "with it" getting that thing set up. It was probably $1000.00 or $1200.00

Mar 31, 2016 12:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

1990 IBM $5000.

Mar 31, 2016 12:51 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Gosh...  It was back in 1985...  a PC of some kind.  I'm guessing about $2000. Then I spent another $2500 for some custom software to run my entire brokerage business, with only 20 MegaBytes of storage.  Crazy how times have changed.  

Mar 31, 2016 12:49 AM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

I loved my PCjr!  It cost $2500, upgraded from 256K to 640K.  Who would need more than that?  LOL it lasted me almost 10 years.  

Mar 31, 2016 12:40 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Fisrst I ever used was in 1985 the Radio Shack TRS-80, fist I ever bought was the 1987 Macintosh SE and it was $3,000 and my first student loan (from Mom). 

Mar 31, 2016 12:26 AM
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

My dad bought us a computer and showed us how the stick figure could dance on the screen. I am talking about the first computers ever built. Large one that sat on the desk and took up quite a bit of space.

Mar 31, 2016 12:08 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Boy, that was along time ago lol. It was windows HP desktop setup. I can't even remember remotely what the price was but it was 'screaming' for the time.

Think about how different things are now - your phone is 100x more powerful & quicker than that was.

Mar 31, 2016 12:03 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my first computer was a toshiba laptop and it cost alot....if I remember correctly, almost $2,000....

Mar 31, 2016 12:00 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

That's so long ago, I don't remember!  It was in the early nineties, but I think it still cost me under $500.  I couldn't afford anything more expensive.

Mar 30, 2016 11:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I don't remember for sure

Mar 30, 2016 11:35 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Commodore 64 - don't remember the price!

Mar 30, 2016 11:15 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Michael J. Perry The first real computer I purchased was a Commodore 64. I don't remember what it cost. I went big time when I upgraded to an IBM AT 286.

Mar 30, 2016 11:08 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

??  Just bought Surface Pro 4

Mar 30, 2016 11:08 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

Apple, floppy disk. I loved that thing and helped me get my degrees and gave me a love of technology.

Mar 30, 2016 10:51 PM