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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I feel pretty good when technology and I can get along without much of a major upheaval in daily functioning.  A replacement strategy? Not really. Grin and bear it.  Maybe.

Sep 28, 2019 08:26 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

When my or either of my assistants' phone/computer/technology/equipment interfere with production, they are swiftly replaced.

I keep the replacement costs for all items in my budget each year. Whatever is not spent, is carried over to the next year's budget.

I will also add, I do NOT replace just because a new model is introduced either - there has to be a 'functional' (or lack thereof) reason!

Sep 28, 2019 11:16 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have enough computer back up to last me several life times Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS . As far as my phone I've never used it as a computer so it would not be much of a loss. Now that I've retired from RE I really don't even think the contact list would matter much.

Sep 29, 2019 05:11 AM
Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

No matter the outcome, be happy. Love & light.

Sep 29, 2019 12:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Ireplace as needed. No strategy beyond that.

Sep 28, 2019 10:39 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

When needed we replace, many things get handed down to others, a few are junked.

Sep 28, 2019 10:28 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Both my phone and my laptop are old - but I hesitate to replace them.  I will have to break down within the next year for both, but I know how they work and will hate to see them go.

Sep 28, 2019 08:03 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I usually wait until the technology changes then I change to something compatible

Sep 29, 2019 06:38 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I pretty much wait until everything just quits.  With technology I don't need the latest and greatest.

Sep 29, 2019 04:12 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

I'm no longer excited about replacing my technology tools so I only do it as necessary. They are insanely expensive but you can't do without a properly functioning phone or computer.  We all get to the point where we bite the bullet and just do it.  This reminds me of a blog post I wrote several years ago. I'll have to go dig in the archives and find it. 

Sep 29, 2019 06:40 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

When it stops working or it's slowed down to the point where it becomes a hinderance I'd replace it. I would not feel great about paying for a new iPhone either. 

Sep 29, 2019 06:19 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I have two laptops working at all times!!   and long before my phone dies, I have a new one.... I'll be looking at the 11 pro....I now have an 8 plus

Sep 29, 2019 05:33 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have the Iphone forever prgram though Sprint, so i get a new one every time a new one comes out. I tend to replace my laptop every 2 years. 

Sep 29, 2019 05:17 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Paul.

No sir, no backup for me.  I have an iPhone 7X and it is still going strong.

Sep 29, 2019 03:28 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

At some point in time the existing products will be incompatible with the new apps. At that point, 'others' have made the choice for me. And when that happens, when others make choices I should make, it never benefits me.

Get a really low cost consumer cellular. You'll still get your work done.

Sep 29, 2019 05:02 AM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Paul, it's a write-off.

Sep 28, 2019 09:48 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We replace when it is time to do so.  Since we have Apple as our tech of choice, we appreciate that they have a trade in program.  I traded in my 7 year old desktop because it was running slow, and had developed a few idiosyncracies that stumped Apple.  The trade in value was good, and Apple will no doubt add new chips and donate it.  Same with iPhones.  So the price comes down, and makes it more affordable.  I am assuming that other companies are doing the is a win win.  A

Sep 29, 2019 07:00 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

New phone is always good. 

But tell me who can buy each year and spend over 1K?

Sep 29, 2019 12:50 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

My strategy is to replace when it is necessary.  The cost of a "smartphone"  is absolutely ridiculous! 

Sep 29, 2019 08:09 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

When my iPhone quit, I just went to Verizon and bought the cheapest iPhone on display. The 5SE and it has been a workhorse and is incredibly durable.

Sep 29, 2019 12:20 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I am trying to hold on to my Iphone longer then normal this time around.


Sep 29, 2019 10:05 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

My groove is, I use up till I can use up no more BUT technology is rarely 'moody' and when it's getting ready to go, THAT'S when it's time to find the replacement. Give you time to move everything over gently and gracefully in the midst of 'everything else we have to do' in this crazy biz!

I also have multiple computers going on so as to have plenty of redundancies. 

I STILL HAVE my FIRST real estate computer from 2001 and it WORKS. A buyer agent from 2003 needed an elevation cert and County didn't have it. BUT I DID. LOL right in my old Systemax. Now it's in my other computers too. (I worked at a different office back then or it would have been!)

We have an obligation to have backups for our backups. It's on my audit form every license/entity renewal. 

Plus, I can always use the writeoffs.

Sep 29, 2019 08:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I replace when I need to but not because there is a new model.

Sep 29, 2019 08:13 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I admit first thing, I am a tech junkie. My whole life is on my phone, so saving money on it is not part of the equation! I go no longer than 2 years without trading for a new one. I use my iPad Pro for most things others use a laptop for. I have a note app that I hand write all my customer notes in. All my notes are instantly synced to my phone, and back up to iCloud.

Sep 29, 2019 08:04 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When in its death throe...I start burial/replacements. Side note: the day will come when phone cost is in line with take it or leave it prices. Take the sparkle out of it and it becomes gadgetry not must have....

Sep 29, 2019 06:46 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

My lovely daughter got me last year new IPhone, still in box...

Computers - still have my favorite Sony all in one (4 of them) 

I know, soon I need new computers, it is hard to chose today...

Sep 29, 2019 01:03 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

If something continues to slow me down it either get fixed or replaced. I don't like getting hung up and techie stuff!

Sep 29, 2019 11:51 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

I bought a new laptop last fall, knowing my existing one was aging. The memory port on the older one just went kaput last week. So now transitioning everything to the year-old "new" one.

Sep 29, 2019 10:46 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

When it becomes a major impediment to my ability to do what I want to do, then I replace.  The last computer I had, I replaced because it wouldn't load Starcraft 2.

Sep 29, 2019 10:00 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My phone is several years old. It does what I want/need. When it is on the brink of failure, I will replace it and shudder at the cost. Glad it is a business expense.

Sep 29, 2019 09:17 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That last time was a dieing battery turned it off. A $4M not exaggarating sale came in. I waited until it was charged up. They went with another agent.

Sep 29, 2019 03:54 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have a couple computers, couple printers, but one phone.  When it isn't working the way it should, I have to get another, no choice.

Oct 10, 2019 09:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We replace equipment as needed.

Updating computers will extend their lives.

Sep 30, 2019 02:07 PM