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I'm so happy the days of curled up fax paper contracts are gone!
The biggest change is me - I'm smarter. I've learned a lot in the last 15 years. I'm a better educator and negotiator.
Falls Church, VA
I would say communication, when I was first licensed there were no cell phones, no Internet, we had MLS books and the first computers you hooked a phone to that would produce reams of thermal paper. Oh & no lock boxes you had to pick up a key to show.
Listings appear all over the internet these days. When I first started only agents had information about listings .
Im more selective about what listings I take. If sellers are unreasonable about list price, showing times etc. I pass on the listing.
That was 25 years ago-everything has changed!
Technology! We didn't have cell phones, computers, or even fax machines.
I don't waste time on unqualified buyers or unrealistic sellers.
Good morning Debbie. "Let me count the ways" this business has changed. Number one would be the amount of regulations it takes to comply.
More rules, more technology, different methods of communicating to many types of clients.
Mls much more accessible now than when we had to use those books.
We all have Cell phones now, and smart phones too.
Much more reliance on MLS and most transactions handled by two agents now.
The amount of paperwork
I ask more questions. Don't spin my wheels by meeting with un qualified prospects.
The Internet rules Debbie. It was not like that way back when.
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I quit working with just anyone and learned to market.
The technology part of my business has changed so much (and it keeps on changing) and it has changed the way I do business in so many ways.
Over 30 years ago!
It would be more difficult to find something that remained the same.
Conceptually, the change that has occurred changing every ones business is the complete acceptance of THE GREAT EQUALIZER. The Internet.
Everything is now online!
When i started i carried around a 10 pound book of MLS listings, now everything is computerized, on my phone even and info at a touch of a button instead of running to every town hall form here to the middle of no where.
That is not a 25 words or less answer. But if I could I would use this to describe the biggest change, WWW.
The copy machine, computers, technology, cell phones, lock boxes, etc.
It has to be the methods of communication, as there was no internet, no cell phones, etc. when I started. I also started in NYC where there was no MLS.... so how I do business today is very, very different.
There has been a lot of changes in the inspection industry. I really can't say much about real estate at this time. My goal is to have my RE license by the first of the year.
Now all is digital~ so technologies changed this job a lot ( no complaining from me!).
Nina Hollander, Broker
It's more about the client, instead of me!
The old days we had a mls book in our car.
Debbie - Oh gosh, it has only been about 10 years, but it seems as though almost everything has changed. With technology; communication, marketing, and contracts, are all done differently now.
Debbie Reynolds lots of things have changed. Personally, I am lot richer in relationships.
And another major change is - now I am addicted to ActiveRain. What I started my real estate career in 2003, ActiveRain was yet to be born....
Navigation systems, virtual tours and electronic lockboxes. Love it all.
Becoming a broker and being my own boss. When I think back to those weekly meetings, floor time, broker tours, don’t miss it a bit.
My belly/the way I eat. Love those brokers' open houses.
This little thing called the "internet." I'm not sure if it is a fad or here to stay, but time will tell. LOL!
When I first was introduced to the business, the MLS was a giant monthly book and every week you'd get a smaller update book. We must have gone through the amazon forest printing up those things! Then it was a dial-up service and I would hear "Ryan, get off the phone I need to get on the MLS!"
I'd also like to say contracts have changed. No longer are they carbon copies that you had to buy in bulk and always inevitably purchased a pack of 20 right before a form was revised and you had to toss the old ones. Now zipforms and docusign make life so much easier with legible forms (yay for typing!) and emailing people for signatures instead of having to meet with them. Definitely speeds up certain processes.
In the big scheme of things, not all that much.
The basics in the industry remain the same but practically everything else is unrecognizable from the day I first was licensed.
Debbie Reynolds I would have to say technology. When I first got into the business there was barely an MLS.
when I was first licensed, I worked buyers....I haven't been active for 10 years, but I finished my active career as a listing agent and only new construction..... my career evolved well....
Technology by far. I remember writing contracts on NCT paper on the hood of my car. Even got a chuckle while writing that!
I remember everything Buzz has said plus I remember presenting offers to sellers.
Almost everything has changed since I received my real estate broker license in October, 1960. There was no MLS, there were no computers, printers, cell phones, fax machines, etc. We used typewriters and carbon paper for contracts.