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Rainmaker
5,583,167
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes..... those items just make life easier....it's what you know that counts!!!

Jul 19, 2016 05:34 AM
Rainmaker
4,901,011
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I remember the old days, it made me carry quarters with me all the time and a pager. 

Jul 19, 2016 05:51 AM
Rainmaker
1,619,191
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It reminds times long time ago...nope, I'd rather not. Even in general, it is hard to imagine the life without our mobile devices! 

Jul 19, 2016 05:19 AM
Rainmaker
987,152
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Yeppers - my phone is not who I am

Jul 20, 2016 12:21 AM
Rainmaker
5,096,366
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I started in real estate some 25 years ago in NYC--no cell phones, no mls, and no computers. What I carried was a change purse with quarters to use public phones. And boy did we sell a lot of high-end real estate. Sometimes, I miss those days without all the electronic "jailers" we have today. But I wouldn't want to be without them today if everyone else had them.

Jul 19, 2016 09:48 PM
Rainmaker
1,466,207
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Rich Gaasenbeek I was an agent long before cell phones, pagers and fax machines. We all got along fine.

Jul 19, 2016 12:00 PM
Rainmaker
1,840,036
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

No, it's like an arm now. Can't do business without it. Same with any type of computer. Why would you want to?

Jul 19, 2016 07:02 AM
Rainmaker
1,525,616
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I was a REALTOR before the days of smart phones and was very successful then so I would just go back to the old way of doing business with land lines and email.

Jul 19, 2016 06:22 AM
Rainmaker
664,215
Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

a lot of my leads start off as text messages. when they are comfortable they call or set an appointment.

 

Jul 19, 2016 06:16 AM
Ambassador
1,446,619
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I remember before and after; I am Susan 2.1  To me it is like asking how effective would I be with a horse and buggy.  The job would get done but never as efficiently.

Jul 19, 2016 05:56 AM
Rainmaker
2,169,638
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

No , it is my computer on the go !

Jul 19, 2016 05:50 AM
Ambassador
2,157,778
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Ten years ago the answer would have been yes. Today, not having a smart phone or other mobile device but everyone else having them would be a major disadvantage.  

Jul 19, 2016 05:12 AM
Rainmaker
7,792,529
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was successful in the business long before we had smart phones.

Jul 19, 2016 08:31 PM
Rainmaker
4,319,419
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Rich Gaasenbeek - Smartphone is just a tool!

If the agent has smartphone but does not call anyone, does it really help?

Jul 19, 2016 03:33 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sure, as long as nobody else had one!

Jul 19, 2016 03:08 PM
Rainmaker
3,988,007
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Absolutley not. It is my most important tool that I use in my business and would hate to try to get by without it. I can do everything on it if I have my reading glasses with me. 

Jul 19, 2016 11:51 AM
Rainmaker
5,772,353
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Rich,

We did well before and after.  It just made life easier in many ways.  A

Jul 19, 2016 09:43 AM
Rainer
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

There are days that I wish I could ditch the connections but in reality that is not possible.  Everything I and most of us do depends on technology.  I'd never want to go back to the "book" and message pads.  

Jul 19, 2016 07:45 AM
Rainmaker
2,775,741
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I am a hands on person. Tools compliment, enhance and make easy but I suppy the power and direction.

Jul 19, 2016 07:09 AM
Rainmaker
908,708
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes, because I plan ahead and set schedules. Yes, I might find spare time in my travels where I can check email or look something up online.

Jul 19, 2016 06:50 AM
Rainmaker
1,712,551
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It's a computer not a phone.

Jul 19, 2016 06:48 AM
Rainmaker
760,523
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

No, working old school would be disaserous.  Cold calling, door dropping, open house, floor time, landline all would make life miserable.  I'll bet you anything that a good 10% are still doing it old school today.

Jul 19, 2016 06:31 AM
Rainmaker
1,237,495
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

You got to be quick before the callers go to another agent. Many have zero patience. 

Jul 19, 2016 06:05 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Most of us would be out of business without these devices.

Jul 19, 2016 05:20 AM
Rainmaker
1,209,215
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I'd adapt, but those things sure make it easier.  

Jul 20, 2016 09:54 AM
Rainmaker
1,498,418
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes.  Most emails require responses that are better done on a keyboard or require files that are better accessed and reviewed from a full sized computer screen.  Smart phones have some benefits, but I'd be just as effective with or without them.

Jul 20, 2016 08:38 AM
Rainmaker
4,852,560
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Yes.  You use the tools you have.

Jul 20, 2016 03:19 AM
Rainmaker
5,192,333
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

My iPhone and iPad make life easier but as Barbara Todaro said it is the knowledge that counts!

Jul 20, 2016 12:17 AM
Rainmaker
3,071,489
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Certainly would be less efficient...

Jul 19, 2016 11:17 PM
Ambassador
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I'd prefer not, and things may move a little more slowly, but it all about experience, what we know, and how we can help our clients

Jul 19, 2016 03:15 PM
Rainmaker
519,324
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Rich, I'm having better years since I got more mobile technology, but I'm also more experienced and in a better market than when I didn't.  

I know how to function without them, because I did, but I wouldn't choose to go backward. 

Jul 19, 2016 02:53 PM
Rainer
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Eric Valente
Calabasas, CA
Eric

How else you are going to communicate with your clients without call/text/email on the go?

Jul 19, 2016 01:52 PM
Rainmaker
1,683,762
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I may get the job done, but it would take longer, so the answer is No, I wouldn't be as effective.

Jul 19, 2016 01:24 PM
Rainmaker
2,350,858
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

no

Jul 19, 2016 12:56 PM
Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Sure I would. I would just have to do what works best for me with the tools I have. 

Jul 19, 2016 12:31 PM
Rainmaker
3,986,196
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

You Bet.  I don't use these gadgets much any ways and people really like the personal touch.

Jul 19, 2016 11:30 AM
Rainmaker
4,135,724
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Rich Gaasenbeek Nowadays, I need mobile devices to function in life.

Jul 19, 2016 10:46 AM
Rainmaker
2,443,200
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

That seems a little obvious to me, I would have to wait until I was at a computer to give updates.  With a smartphone I have a computer with me.

Jul 19, 2016 10:35 AM
Rainer
231,224
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i am soooooo much more effective. so much of my days is spent in the truck

Jul 19, 2016 08:58 AM
Rainmaker
1,231,853
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto under Barbara Todaro It's what you know that counts!!!

Jul 19, 2016 06:54 AM