PAULA'S SOUTHAMPTON BLOG: HOW DO YOU KEEP UP? ....DO YOU KEEP UP?...OH, I SEE.....We Are Never Going To Be Able To Keep up!!!

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP? ....DO YOU KEEP UP?...OH, I SEE.....We Are Never Going To Be Able To Keep up!!!

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP? ....DO YOU KEEP UP?...OH, I SEE.....We Are Never Going To Be Able To Keep up!!!

HOW DO YOU DO IT??...kEEP UP, I MEAN?At least that is the message I am getting from the tech experts in this business!

OK, so I know you've got the idea of how to embed photos on your emails....and I even know that, for sure you have an understanding of the QR codes! Well at least you know what they are for, right? Oh, and the photo-shopping that you are surely doing on all your own photos for your listings;THE RACE TO THE FUTURE.... you must be doing that too, .....right?

 

 

 

 

 

After reading and commenting on a post today by Barbara Hensley: You Snooze, You Lose! Who Moved My Cheese! Am I in Oz? I had a moment where I really felt that it doesn't matter how hard I work or hard I try to keep up with the newest tech device or the latest tech idea, I will NEVER be totally on top of all of it!!

"WHY?" you ask?....Well, if you look at the last 2-3 things that you now use with frequency in your real estate business, these are already almost antiquated in comparison with the newest gizmos and gadgets, the latest ways to inform your buyers and sellers that you are in the business and tell them about your listings!

A STACK OF TECHNOLOGYIn her post, Barbara tells us she was ill for a full week and when she came back to work she was so far behind that she was afraid she had missed some critical part of her learning process for her business and that she would never catch up... I can totally relate to her message!

I don't take vacations--I take a day here and there but no week long trips anywhere! The last time I went away for a long weekend, I came back and someone else had taken my customer and sold him a $5 million house! No, I do not want to be away for any length of time..I just want to be around for the responding buyer and seller or the next quick technology technique that comes along.

I take classes, courses and webinars on all the ways to take full advantage of the latest technology available to us...and still there is that nagging feeling that I missed something; that I didn't take the risks needed to be on top of my game!

I have the latest laptop with all the latest capabilities for using the Internet...I joined Google +, Google Places, I rank number 1 or 2 all the time in web searches...and still that feeling persists.

I have photo-shopping down to a science; I can embed illustrations and photos in my blog and email and am way ahead of those who I work with in terms of tech knowledge....and I still find that I have not taken advantage of QR codes and other app friendly devices for my listings.

In my opinion, the more we learn about technology, the MORE we have to learn....

HOW DO YOU DO IT???

PLEASE, TELL US HERE HOW YOU HAVE CAPTURED THE WHOLE THING---TELL US YOU DID IT AND HOW YOU DID IT AND HOW WE CAN DO IT ALL TOO!

...If You Can.

 

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Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995;  Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York

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Comment balloon 96 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • February 03 2012 07:45AM

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Paula, you are so far ahead of most including myself which we have discussed in the past on this same subject. I am finding out as I get into more practice is not to be like your running politician, which is be everything to everybody at the same time. Judging by your accomplishments in this industry, maybe zero in closer to the niche you represent is the answer.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Paula, there is no potion or pill, and no easy remedy.....we all struggle to get it all done! Pick your battles! I write a list of to-do's, I cross them off as I do them, but often if they are not important enough I delegate them or ditch them off the list. I'll never catch up....case in point the painting I stared 2 years ago and never finished! But I will!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 7 years ago

I wake up at 4:44 and retired at 11:11... not enough sleep, but that is the only way I can get it all done!

Posted by Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent (Liz Harris Realty) almost 7 years ago

Winston: Maybe--that seems logical but I still feel that I am not yet in the place I need to be where technology is concerned! I have a suspiciaon that I may always feel that way--the nature of the beast so to speak!

Ellen: You are right! I guess we all feel the same way---it can be a defeating thing to do if we dwell on it but otherwise, how to get it all done???

Liz: Good numbers! How did you figure out that that was the time when you went to sleep? :)

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago
I don't think we can really be all the way caught up....in fact by your list indicates I am behind the times on some stuff...I do the best I can an add as I can!!! Otherwise I cripple myself by being overwhelmed!!
Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) almost 7 years ago

Deborah: You make a good point: "I do the best I can...otherwise I cripple myself by being overwhelmed" Thanks for the clarity!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Paula: I remember when you wrote about losing the $5million sale. Was that really about technology or was that about unscrupulous colleague? That could happen no matter how tech savvy we are.  We have to do the best we can at the tools we understand. We cannot make ourselves crazy.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) almost 7 years ago

I do not worry because in my area, agents are satisified with their brokerage giving them a website which we all no gives no SEO. Anything new that comes out I evaluate to see if it's worth my time. My issue is time management. I feel like I have to always get up early and stay up late to keep on top of it all without falling behind.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 7 years ago

Anne: You remembered? That is so cool!--yes it was an unscrupulous colleague--I was showing that here to show why I never take vacations--that and the idea that I may miss something really important in technology--(OK,OK so it is a stretch!) :)

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Jackie: Is that why you are up at the crack of dawn this morning? As to the SEO from the company websites---why is that? Is it because the company doesn't get the idea that it's all about relationships and WE are the ones with the personal connections--not the company?? Time management comes into play for me too but the most pressing issue right now is that I feel like I have not taken full advatntage of the techy stuff...and meanwhile, more is on the way.....

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Paula, I am a real estate agent, my job is to keep up in local real estate issues, statistics, my SOI. This blog, Google +, picture attachements are all just tools in my tool belt, I do not need the latest and greatest, I am not selling the Internet, I am selling real estate. 

And Yes I have a life, if I do not want to answer the 9 pm phone call I will not, If I want to go on a week vacation with my family then yes I will.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 7 years ago

David: Good for you---what ever works I always say! It is terrific you have a life--I do too and since I do have a life I find it useful to NOT go away for long, even a week...but it is great that you have found it easy to do just that....the tools you mention are the ones I talk about being "almost antiquated" because as we go forward the tools that are being used by other agents are quickly going beyond what we just learned and what we have been using for several years now. I do think that if we were all to draw the line and say "No more of the distraction of having to learn a new useful tool" then we would find ourselves in a drastically outdated profession and then we would all be in trouble! So, from that standpoint, it is necessary for some of us to always be in a state of "What did I miss?; What can I learn next to improve my business?" and just get on with it without the worry that we may fall behind--and your point about the things we use now, as "just tools in my tool belt" is accurrate for the agent who does not HAVE to be on the leading edge...I wish I could be that way about it! :)

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

For some reason folks seem to think they need to do it all.  Pick one or two things and do them well.  My website doesn't appear to rank well when I look at Google yet my phone rings constantly and people say "I'm on your website" or "Your site is easy to use"...followed by can you help me?  And vacation...absolutely I figured out a mental break now and then makes me shaper and more focused when I return.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

OMG, I agree.  I have notes and lists everywhere of what I need to catch up on...and I cannot even catch up on that!!!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) almost 7 years ago

Paula, the one good thing is that I get the information about new services and products here, I am confident about that. But keeping ahead of the pack does take quite a bit of energy. Selling real estate these days means you have to wear so many hats, and wear them all well.

But do I fall behind? I am sure. I am not using QR codes on my sign riders, I know I need to do that and do have a few options available to me right now.

What I can tell you is that I am doing my best to provide great service to my clients.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 7 years ago

Paula in our business it is so important to stay on top of technology and have the ability to learn it and use it properly. So many agents get overwelmed by it. I agree with the vacations. It has been a while but I have to admit this winter has been so busy I have not had time to take any days off. It is unisual but I love it. I hope it is a trend that continues. I am like you, i hate to miss anything. Have a great Friday

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 7 years ago

Cindy Jones: I am truly envious of both you and David Popoff! You both manage to compart-mentalize the things that make up the tech stuff! I am exhausted from just getting into the "next" big thing---guess I need to step back and relax--as you seem to be able to do! Thanks for letting me know it's ok! :)

Cindy Edwards: ...Glad you can see my delima!  Let me know if you find a way to get there from here!

Andrea: Good for you! I hope I am too but I may have to re-evaluate my focus! It is so easy to fall out of focus by all the news and tech advancements---I love finding it all here by the way, as you too, mention you do!

Scott: Not even a ski weekend??? :) That's what I used to do---go to NH or Vermont and ski my brains out then come back and find a new world waitng for me--that's when I learned that I really need to stay here for the time being--maybe one day I will find the time again to ski!

 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Kim: I see your point---and I do know that the agent who won the top spot in the Hamptons this year is always going away for R/R...maybe that's my problem??? I may need to get away to re-set my buttons! Then the tech stuff may be easier to comprehend too! Thanks of the input!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Paula- I wish I could say.. ok here's my list of how I do it.. but I don't have such a list.  I try to read as much as I can and try to stay focused on whatever it is I'm doing at the time, be it FB, AR or Linked in or any of the other Social Media.  I do have a long list of techie things I want to try or learn more about but that list gets longer every time I read about something new here at AR or elsewhere. 

I do think it's important to push yourself away from your laptop and get out even if only for a day! You never know who you'll meet or what contacts you'll make and you'll give yourself a break!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Long, long days and long, long lists!  I don't think it will ever be possible to truly 'catch up', particularly if you are a motivated person.  I am, however learning to take some time off here and there, a few days at a time, but, alas, my phone, my computer and some files are always with me!  I am fortunate to have two other agents who have my back, so that helps a lot.

Posted by Sue Ellett, Marble Falls, & Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Lake LBJ (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ~ Paragon Property Group) almost 7 years ago

Kathy: You are so right: "Push yourself away from your laptop"...That is the most difficult thing to do! I think if I focus on the fact that I need to get out more--then I will. Thanks for sharing that!

Sue: You are right--others to help you out as you do the same for them--that is the answer I think; especailly in this profession!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

No longer a box of only 8 crayons to do the real estate job. And your market is not just stay in the lines local boundaries any more either. Develop the skills that fit you and the market and make the voice louder with all the media choices, "colors" out there in an ever changing, reinvented real estate list and sell, twist and shout.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 7 years ago

Trying to keep up can get the best of you too.  It is nice to take a day here and there and it is kind of sad that we are all caught up in the techy rat race.  There has to be more to life.  Thanks for the post and now I am logging off for at least an hour :)

Posted by J S almost 7 years ago

Paula - I know exactly what you mean!  I went to a Realtor luncheon yesterday and the speaker talked about social media tools....oh my goodness!  I am so far behind that I think I'll do my best to keep up but enjoy the back of the line--hehe

Posted by Pam Miller, Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood (Realty Associates) almost 7 years ago

It's a classic textbook situation of every single small business - yet many just don't see it. This is the subject of a long discussion, but in short here it is. No one plans to fail, just fail to plan. So here's the secret remedy that applies to every small business that provides a professional service (doctors, lawyers, accountants, financial planners, etc...:

1. Write a business plan broken down by subjecy matter. Business plan must have all the pillars of your business, with actionables and target dates for each.

As your business grows internally, so does it have to grow externally. Remember: you single largest business asset is YOUR HEALTH - YOU. SO whoever wrote here that they work 15+ hours a day, have no life and try to do it all are out of control. They may have great skills in RE, but lousy skills in business. AND, they are burning up and abusing they most important asset - the YOU part, their health, themselves in other words.

2. Build a team and assign tasks and responsibilities to team members.

The two biggest faults of every small business owner are 1. Trying to do every thing themselves and 2. Control freaks that can't delegate.

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group) almost 7 years ago

Hi Paula, I LOVED this post!  I just started with my social media in December and feel so far behind.  I'm doing a little better about feeling so overwhelmed because 1) I read a post here on Active Rain where someone stated that Google plans changes.  I don't know why but that was a "duh" moment for me.  If the greatest in internet and social media are constantly working to stay ahead and be the best, I will never be caught up.  2) I was literally working on a picnik project the day picnik announced it was closing.  I was just learning to use picnik and started a project in the morning, left for an appointment, and came back to finish the project to be greeted by the news that picnik would be closing.  At that point, I decided there will always be something out there, a tool to use, when I need it.  I will just have to take the time to learn it.  David Popoff says it really well above.. we are in the real estate business.  Oh, I still have TONS on my to do list, I'm just not letting it bother me as much!  Great post and Congratulations on the feature!

Posted by Linda Holloway, REALTOR®, Your Next Home in Tampa Bay Starts Here! (Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central) almost 7 years ago

This is so true.  I just do my best to keep up and remember that I cannot possibly do it all.  With that, I sleep well at night and don't sweat the small stuff.  There are only so many hours in a day. 

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) almost 7 years ago

Hi Paula,

This is a great post - thank you.

I'm a geek, there, it's out. And having a software engineer background, probably doesn't help...

So, I think the point we should ask is this: What is the context of what I am doing?
What I mean is this - we all have work to do, and we all are doing a million things to promote ourselves. But, how many are doing this with a plan? Do you have a plan for what Facebook, twitter, drip campaigns and so forth are actually going to do, how much work you are putting into it and what results are expected?

Let's take QR codes as you mentioned them - I see them on web sites all day long - and that is a complete waste of time - they are already looking at the site (the context is that someone just wasted the time to put it on a web site - because they didn't know better and didn't have the context for proper use) - time that could have been used to make 5 calls?

I am considering getting out of Real Estate all together, because I seem to be very busy doing something else - Teaching people how to use tablets for their business, Teaching easy video and building strategies for how all this stuff come together. Something we do not learn on our own.

There is another saying... If you can't track it, don't do it... That may just be one of the best pieces of advice for real estate agents.

Posted by Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales (Real Estate Places) almost 7 years ago

Paula, I'm so out of the game, I don't know whether or not I'll catch up.  So I've opted to drop what I don't know and cheat ahead to the latest and greatest.  

Posted by Ron Cooks, Texas Real Estate, Ft Hood/Killeen Homes for Sale (The Real Estate Marketplace) almost 7 years ago

Paula- I totally feel you on being behind. I consider myself tech saavy I have all the ipads and iphones and apps and blogs and books etc on seo. But I still feel like I am not out there and I have lost a grasp on the latest and greatest technology for Realtors. It is sooo overwhelming. But you are ahead of the curve I believe. We can't do it all that is a given. So like they say in the movie What About Bob..baby steps..we will get there.

Posted by Nikki Wright (Mia Madison Properties, LLC. ) almost 7 years ago

I hate to say this because it seems to buck the norm, but I am caught up. I completely clean off my desk top and empty my email before I turn off my computer at night. With rare exceptions, I turn it off at 7 PM -- I'm back at work at 5 AM. I focus only on those things that result in closing escrow. If it doesn't move me closer to closing an escrow, I don't do it.

Like yesterday an agent called to ask if a seller would accept an offer of $160,000 on a $215,000 listing that had a half dozen offers, some of which were $10,000 more than list price. After I finished laughing, I told him, "I am hanging up the phone now and please do not call me back. See, this is me hanging up now, goodbye."

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

First of all, congrats on the feature. This does need to be said. Secondly, you have a full time job keeping up with all the real estate business you NEED to know just to do your actual job.. it's a full time job in itself just to keep up with the tech side of it, believe me I know! ;-)  So how do you do both? You simply let some things slide. You can't be everywhere at once nor can we know everything all the time the minute it comes out. Find something new? Ask yourself, could I benefit by having this in my life or my business? Not sure? Give it a try. If it's taking too much time that you could have spent utilizing something you already know, then you might just let that one slide. It's OK not to know it all and be on top of it all. This IS my job and I don't do everything! I have not jumped on the QR code bandwagon, (although I know about it and could), I don't do the Foursquare, Klout, posterous or flikr stuff. I could, but I would rather hone my efforts where it counts instead of spreading myself too thin.

Oh, and take a break once in a while... you won't be on your death bed saying, Gee, I'm so glad I never took that vacation! ;-) Have an awesome day, Paula!

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) almost 7 years ago

Hello sweet Paula...My business model (and we should all have our own) consists of hands on neighborhood activity including volunteering and word of mouth. I don't care to put to much energy into web sites and sparkle. I am not recommending my way, but finding what works for you is where you want to arrive..Best Paula

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 7 years ago

Andrew: I just knew I could count on you to make me laugh about it--"Twist and Shout"!!! :)

Julie: Enjoy your hour off! I don't know what else to say--I wish it were: "Have a great week in the Bahamas"--or "Enjoy your ski vacation in Aspen!" but "enjoy your hour off!" will have to do!

Pam: You too? I suspect, if the truth were known, that we are all in the same boat!...all but the most "anal" of agents will be able to keep up  in this techno age!

Richard: You mention the most important thing of all Health--If you don't have it you can't win in ANY kind of market...and you can't win without your health with ANY amount of techno skills either!

 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Linda: Good for you! It's great you caught on to the "hurry hassle" of learning tech information! I guess we are the ones who put the pressure on us! So in that case, keep up on the ability to see the value of taking time away--and I will try to do the same!

Paula: What a great attitude! There are only so many hours in the day! When I  lose sight of that I lose sleep! I am in such a mad rush to get the right techniques of technology down that I can't calm down at night and I find myself awakening at 4:30 in the morning remembering I forgot to do something!

Terkel: Great advice! "If you can't track it, Don't do it!" I will Cherish that saying forever---there-in lies the truth!!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Ron: Very wise indeed! That may be what i do --although I don't know what I would do without some of the tech stuff that I want to learn asap! See? There is the trap!

Niki: ...And: "How do you eat an elephant?....bite by bite"!! That is a good one too!

Elizabeth: Now that sounds like something I would do! I do have to keep a lid on some of the things I want to do when faced with the stupidity of some people! There is not enough time for the GOOD buyers and sellers so when I get one like that I do lose it too!

Tammy: You are too much! I appreciate that you can shut down when you need to--sounds like I need to take your advice and take a break more often!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Richie: You are such a dear--and I respect you so much that I will go back, search my memory for some of the more successful things I used to do (not techno) and start to put a little less stress on this brain of mine!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I think the key is not to try to use everything all of the time, but to continually test to see what works best for you and then focus on those aspects of the technology.

Posted by Chris Lewis, I want to SELL your home, not LIST it! (Gracious Living Realty) almost 7 years ago

Chris: Sounds like a plan to me! I need all the suggestions I can get and it looks i have some meaty ones to work with here..thank you, Chris, for your words of wisdom!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Paula, over the years, I have realized that Real Estate is NOT the all everything.  In 2007, we had a boom year, so I took advantage.  We took Two 10 day vacations and a TWO WEEK vacation.  During each trip, I started a transaction prior to leaving and closed a sale during each trip, no assistants, just bringing a laptop, and phone and working via the cloud as much as possible. Docusign has been a blessing for me.

Posted by Bruce Hicks, Your Lifetime Friend/Helper! (Best Homes Hawaii) almost 7 years ago

Wasn't all of these tech tools and gadgets supposed to make our life easier, save us all a bunch of time? It seems the OPPOSITE is true!

Posted by Kevin A. Guttman-Author, Reverse Mortgage Advisor, 877-251-9709 (NMLS#384936) almost 7 years ago

Having an assistant solves some serious problems--tuning out a fair amount of the gadgets can also make a difference!

Posted by Ben Ganje + Partners, Minneapolis Market Leader (Lakes Sotheby's International Realty) almost 7 years ago

Paula, it's impossible to keep up with Everything! There's always something newer, better, shinier right around the corner. We just need to focus on what's working for us and watch for upgrades on that. There's no way to find, text and use everything.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) almost 7 years ago
Hi Paula. You are way ahead of me... Despite my best efforts to keep up, I think my learning curve is flattening... Thanks for writing! Ken
Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 7 years ago

Pick and choose, that's all we can do. Even the techies are having a hard time keeping up with all those changes.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 7 years ago

Bruce: Well, I see you have conquered the "devil" in the details! If it thought for one minute I could make a living that way believe me I would--Not possible here!

Kevin: I agree! It is so vast, this techno world for real estate!

Ben: I guess if you have a clientele that is not tech savvy that is one thing; in the the New York metro area, I am dealing with techno babies who have every gadget in the realm of possibilities and then some!

Eric: I think it may have something to do with the millennials; they are onto the next thing before I can say Jack  Rabbit! ..and if I don't have it they go to the next agent who does!

Ken: Well, I wouldn't go so far as to say that but I do have to be on top of what my clientele needs and it seems to be the leading edge of techno gadgets and ideas.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Jill: I keep telling myself that and telling myself that they don't know what I am missing but I have found that a certain age group is so plugged in to the techno world that I have to be plugged in too, to a degree.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I am so glad that I resigned myself early on in my career to not listen to everyone.  To do what works for me & try new things out as I see fit.  It really is just way tooooo much!

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) almost 7 years ago

in reality we are so far ahead of our constituents be cause we are afraid of falling behind

Posted by Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055 (Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA) almost 7 years ago

Every week I watch several different webinars on various technology things - from MLS graphs and CMAs to Facebook strategies, SEO - you name it.  I feel JUST like you do - I'm always following the crowd who's ahead of me . . .

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Hi Paula,  Tech overload !  By the time I get pretty o.k. with some of the tech stuff a new gizmo or upgrade comes along and I'm playing catch-up all over again !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) almost 7 years ago

Paula, I agree with Tammy. First we have to do our Real Estate job well. Then we focus on Technology. Are you getting business off your blog? If not then you need to work on your writing and SEO. If you are, is it enough? do you just need to fine tune it for more leads? If it's plenty, then just have fun with the rest.

You're already ahead of most of your competitors. Most of us don't compete here in AR. WE help each other improve when needed. I work 7am to 7pm. If it's not done during those hours. Too bad. Got to have a life.

When I leave town, I leave my clients with a capable Realtor from my office. We don't lose business by having a life. We take care of each others things when needed.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Kirsten: Good for you! That is what I should have done---even our meetings are geared around what we should be doing to get our business set for the high tech crowd---the millennials  who are all over the city--with money to buy houses ...they don't even pay attention to the old ways---they are using the QR codes and if the photos do not look like killer photos the buyer is gone! Very fussy, this bunch!

Jim: Maybe that is the plan---to get us all juiced up and ready for the new crowd of buyers and it is really too much!

Margaret: It's so true! I can't taek a breather---I am tied in knots trying to get my self all tecked up!

Bill: You hit it right on the head--I think that the masses of agents out there all feel the same way!

Connie: I used to do that--until that fateful Thanksgiving when I went to be with my family up in NH---boy did I learn a lesson--the untrustworthy agents are all over the buyers and sellers; if you turn your back for one moment---watch out!!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Paula such a good post and the comments are terrific.  We all do it differently because different strokes for different folks is the old adage.  I am upper middle of the road tech savvy and ahead of a lot of people, yet what I really know is just a small amount.  I have good equipment and am constantly learning new things and some old things again, but I have to say time is always my biggest hurdle and these days it seems to go so fast.  I took a webinar the other day on productivity with Krisstina Wise and I have to say it was one of the best ones I have taken.  Could I work like her, the answer is no, yet she offered so many great things that it was more than worthwhile.  Not the same ole same ole.  I don't worry anymore about being behind with technology we can only do what we can do.

Posted by Mary Stewart, Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas (HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone) almost 7 years ago

Mary: Thank you for saying that! I think I am going to give it up as well...We CAN only do what we can do --that's it!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Hi Paula. Did I read that right? You NEVER take a vacation?  If you don't I don't know how you do it...you GOT to give yourself a break, and more than just one day here or there. You'll burn out! You'll never be able to ALWAYS be in front of technology...that one time you were gone for a week was an instance. Doesn't mean it will always happen. I do have to say though I could use some help in the photo-shopping though:) Enjoyed reading.

Posted by Cheryl Thomson REALTOR Army Ret, Associate Broker in Northern Virginia ( United Real Estate (703.216.5635) cheryltee47@gmail.com) almost 7 years ago

Cheryl: Thanks for your kind words--and yuo are so right! I am already so burned out that I can't see straight--problem is, now we are getting busy again and it is almost impossible to take the time now. :(

As far as the photos shop thing goes--I use Picnik with great results--they are closing though and I think there will be a Google place to go for the same thing. I know that I have at the top of my page--a "edit your photos--Google" menu  and that is the new place to go for Picnick...Google bought them out! Do you belong to Google+? or Google Places?..if not, just go and play around with it--it can't hurt---gives you great SEO too!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Paula I am right there with you. And I fired an assistant who was chronically late and never reliable, and now I cannot hire someone because I have no time to TRAIN a newbie. Catch22, eh?

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) almost 7 years ago

Hi Paula--I have given up ever trying to find an answer to this question.  If I wrote a list of the things I still have to learn/do it would stretch for miles.  And everyday as I read AR blogs I find other things I don't know or should do. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Paula, you are describing Generation Flux! I just read about this last week and at last I have confirmation that the uneasiness I feel all the time is normal - that I am not alone and this is the new normal for us as we go through all the constant changes that are going to be part of our lives between now and....

Great post!

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 7 years ago

Hi Paula, great post! Like you, I believe I will never catch up, but that's ok bec in the interest of consumerism, there has to be the latest, greatest gadget still to buy. The basics are what we need and if another "must have" comes along, then will be time to get it and learn it.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) almost 7 years ago

Paula - I agree.  It does seem the more we learn, the more we know we have to do.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 7 years ago

Erica: Isn't that always the way? It really is like a balancing act---In order to get things done, learn new tools and get our business rolling we have to be "on" all the time...if we are not we fall off the high wire and may even injure ourselves...best to balance everything and know that you are only one person; things will get done if you stay persistent...and positive too!

Janet: I wonder if other professions are this way right now too--I don't see it letting up. I think this intensity will be here for m=some time to come, at least until the economy turns around!

Sharon: I saw that too and sent it to my family members who are in high powered jobs in Manhatttan---we are all par tof this Flux, don't you think?

Sandy: So you think it is all part of the "new" marketing of the latest gagets and tools...this pressure to learn it all, do it all?? You may have something there! The pressure is on and it is not necessarily coming from ourmanagement or even ourselves, although we do play a big roll in making learning new things a priority!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Christine: That is a big factor in the way we try to get ahead of the agent who is excelling!  It used to be that the print ads would easily identify those who were doing well in this business--not anymore! Hidden behind a computer screen and up at all hours of the night you can find people like me trying to get ahead--not able to get a full nights sleep; wondering where the next bit of business will come from--there are agents all over the country in this boat I am sure!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I think most of us intuitively know when we see/hear/read about some new tech gizmo whether or not it makes sense for us to incorporate it into our business. I don't attempt to use everything I hear about--that's not my job. I'm a Realtor®.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Staying in the loop on changes is key. Classes, webinars, and coaches help me. I am also part of an accountability group and they keep me running!

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) almost 7 years ago

I work in a rural area, and I worry sometimes that I am always behind the new tech wave.  But then I look at the area I work in, and I realize that they aren't going to the website.  They are just walking in the door.  It is working for us.

Posted by Karen Steed, Associate Broker Haralson Realty (Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton) almost 7 years ago

Good morning to all I would say that my Job is my LIFE... it is what gives me the ability to have a house to makea home, to enjoy a dinner out with family and friends, to enjoy driving my pretty little red mustang, type away at this computer put clothes on my back take a vacation well maybe not a vacation  but just enjoy life in general... To those that say I have a life and work is not so important must have retired from another job and have income stream that comes in every month so they can say I do not pick up the phone after hours or on weekends holidays those are my days... HMMMM just retire already.....

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) almost 7 years ago

Paula, I hear you loud and clear. I dont take "vacations" too but not because I've had a horrible experience like you did. I personally don't like to get out of my "norm". I love my schedule and I take a few hours off here and there if and when I want to.

One thing I experienced about a slum I went through last year, especially from January to July. Work was no longer something I did, and clearly, learning was definitely not a priority at that point. Did I lose clients? Probably but I'd never know for sure. But I can tell, until June, I wasnt closing much.

But what I lost in the first half, God made up for more when I got a grip of myself again. Not only did I surpass my goals I set back in January, He even gave me enough for escrow for 2012 to pay for all my expenses this year, and a huge chunk for taxes and charity giving too.

All I'm saying is that you do what you have to do, vacations and breaks included. What is yours will be yours.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) almost 7 years ago

Lottie: I wish I could say those words!---My Lord do I wish I could say it's not my job!!! All kidding aside, I have found that in order to capture the buyer who has the money right now and the will to take on a risky investment like a house, I have to be conversant with them.---That means I need to be at least somewhat familiar with the places they hang and the methods they use to communicate....All of those places/things require attention and knowledge at all times to be able to get their attention!

Sylvie: That's a good idea..become part of an accountability group!...Well, another group, but it is worth checking into it! Thank you for the suggestion!

Karen: That's good that you have realized that they are not "techies" either---all real estate IS local and this just verifies it for me--thanks and good luck with your down to earth buyers and sellers!

TLF: You said it! I feel the same way and I am getting to the point where I may be getting cynical and I don't want to do that---but really! I have to work 7 days a week with a day off now and  then--maybe 2 in a row. That is the only way I can make it, pay my mortgage and pay my bills; sorry but don't get me going!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Loreena: You are so wonderful!---I needed to hear just that! What you said hit me squarely between my eyes and in my heart!...I am struggling right now but I trust and have faith that I will overcome all and I WILL be able to pay what I need to pay and I WILL be able to keep my house...all of it because I trust in the power of prayer and a higher power! Thank you for commenting here--I am sure many needed to read that too and we will all be just fine; trusting that the Lord is on our side, always!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago
Fourteen years ago I was stuck in bed for three months from cancer surgery. The doctors told me it was a miracle I was still alive (I had stage 4 melanoma) and I needed to REMOVE STRESS from my life......so I asked God for help. I told Him we needed to make a living down here and real estate was considered the 17th most stressful job under the Presidency. I asked Him to either show me what other job I could do....OR, could he take over and just bring the clients to me......so I wouln't have to stress......and I quickly added " and make them nice." i am still in real estate and doing just fine, and all my clients have been super nice. Many have become my friends. I also take a day off to go golfing and lunch with friends and a half a day off to play bridge. I take anywhere between 3-10 day vacations at times and my clients actually have waited for me to return from vacation. I am the sole support of my family and I live in a nice home in a nice area......ALL BECAUSE I TOOK THE TIME TO ASK FOR GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION. Try it......it definately works!
Posted by Nancy Hankin (RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants) almost 7 years ago

I know I'll never be able to catch up so I've given up trying to be on top of every technology that comes out. I've had the same cell phone for 5 years now. I'm thinking about getting a new one soon because the one I have doesn't take pictures. I know this will make eyes roll, but if I run out for every new thing I'll never be able to do my job. Reaching out to those who need my help most is what is important. I've discovered most financially distressed homeowners are not on the internet--they're trying to work to get enough money to keep their homes.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) almost 7 years ago

It sounds like you need some help!  Figure out what you don't like to do or can't do, and pay someone if at all possible. 

And by all means, partner with another realtor enough so you can take a vacation now and then.....and so can they!  Cover for each other with the agreement not to steal clients!  I know others do it.

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) almost 7 years ago

Nancy: You are so right--prayer is the way; and it does work! I have a real issue with the amount of work it takes and that was what precipitated the post...I am so happy you are all better and that you are as successful as you are too! Many here may not use prayer to get where they want to go--I find it does help...look at this post a s version of a prayer; I am looking to my angels here on AR to guide me! :) Thank you!!!

Pamela: You are right! There are so many homeowners out there suffering that it is wise to keep that in mind as we deal with them too..I have discovered that a new approach to homewners includes the assumption that they are struggling---you might be amazed at the way that works! It gets past the idea that the seller can wait with an overpriced property and it prepares the seller for a compassionate attitude: "This agent knows exactly what I am going through---I want to use her/him no matter what!"

Beth: great suggestions!--but I am much like Loreena in that it does not bother me that I don't go away on a"vacation"--never did it as a youngster and don't need to do it now---wouldn't even have a place to got to in mind. As an adult and because I was with a man who NEEDED vacations, I took them then...we went to Europe, St Baths, Italy, and even Canyon Ranch 3 times a year to hike---what a waste, is all I can say! Now I can see that if you were brought up with the idea that a vacation is a "Must" then you NEED to take one--not for me! But if it is a "Must" for those of you who take them---enjoy your vacations!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I had a great comment to make here, but I do not have time to do it. Got to go learn more about Facebook.  lol

Posted by Thomas McCombs (Century 21 HomeStar) almost 7 years ago

The hurrieder I dos, the behinder I gets.  ;-)

Posted by Marshall Brown, BSEE, CHI (Mid America Inspection Services, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Dear Paula,

Sometimes being a relaxed, pleasant human being is more important than having the latest whiz bang. In the meantime, we fake it 'til we make it, no?

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) almost 7 years ago

Thomas: Very funny :) I get your pain!

Marshall: Is that what it is??? I never would have guessed!

Dorte: I agree--as long you don't have to make money to live!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I created a schedule for myself that includes some technology each day, usually an hour.  Don't try to do everything on each day - it is impossible and you will feel like you should be in the social media business!  But here's an example:

Sunday:  videos

Monday: blog, website maintenance

Tuesday: facebook, twitter, linkedin

Wednesday: blog, trulia, zillow

Thursday: research new stuff, ie qr codes or single property websites; videos

Friday: blog, facebook

Saturday: trulia, zillow, realtor.com

 

(This isnt my real schedule but you get the idea.  Just cycle through whatever it is you want to do.)  Keep on keepin' on!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Paula,  Thanks for this conversation.  Looks like lots of us are having trouble getting ahead, let alone keeping up.  The tech people are going to just keep throwing more updates at us, and we just have to decide how much we can handle.  I'm in the process of deciding whether an IPad is what I need next.  And have been trying to update my website for months!  Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Posterous, etc., etc., etc.   And remembering, that, above all, it's the one-on-one contacts that make the difference!

Timewise, I try to follow the idea to work hard when working and play hard when playing.  Which I do pretty well.  Will have to admit, it's difficult  for me to take long vacations, too, even though my son is my partner and can handle the business when I'm gone.  I think I'm just a workaholic.  There is, like they say about housework (who does that anymore???), always something more to do.  Or learn!

We just have to do what we can, without going crazy!  Now I have get my house clean for a party.  Have been putting it off all day, because I'd rather be here and answering emails!  So appreciate what I learn from all of you.

Posted by Sharon Tudor Isler, TWO Generations Serving ALL Generations (ERA Landmark Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

No one can do it all.  You have to carefully choose what works for you.  Then of course you need to change as the market demand changes so you have to carefully choose new things and discard old.  Different things work of different people too.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Hi Paula, Technology seems to be advancing exponentially and it seems to me that the people who can hire assistants will keep up with these changes or the people who require little sleep.  Your very unfortunate situation with the unloyal customer that could not wait for your return, seems to have thrown you into a place that can be unhealthy for you, i.e. too much stress is unhealthy.  Yet, you have this healthy desire to continue to learn and grow.  I hope that you can find the balance that gives you peace and reduces the stress that could stop you in your tracks.

Thank you for this post.  It is a subject I struggle with, so it was good to hear your comments and the comments of others.

All the best.
Gloria

 

 

 

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 7 years ago

Paula, Work to Live! Don't Live to Work!

I gave up on "trying to keep up" a long time ago. I think we need to know the basics. Some Realtors in my area don't even know how to scan a document, uggg. I cringe when they are at their office and say, "can I just fax it to you?"

So many things are automatic. I concentrate on my listings. They need to be accurate, good photos, a nice write up in the remarks and all related documents available for another Realtor to properly show one of my properties. Once advertised on the MLS, H&L magazine and a couple other places, the listing spiders out to thousands of other sites. All I need to be able to do is answer the phone, emails, texts and be prompt getting the customer the information requested. Being nice helps too:)

I figure the longer I sit in front of this computer, the less time I have to shake someones hand.

Don't get me wrong, I think keeping up with technology is important, however, there is no one in cyber space writing you a pay check for doing so. It's meeting people face to face that will result in a sale.

Oh, vacations are important! Just remember, Work to Live....Don't Live to Work!

Posted by Marcie Lanz, Realtor - East Tennessee (Jackson Real Estate & Auction) almost 7 years ago

Kathryn: This is a great list--makes me stop to think that just maybe it is possible to do it all! Although, this post was written as a commentary of the way technology sneaks up on us, takes us by surprise and in general causes us all to think we are not "up to suff" even when we are!! But tahnks anyway ---it is going to be very uselful to me and I am sure other members will see it as helpful too!

Sharon: How good is that,  that you find the time to do it all too--well, at least you try to do it all too!! Thank you for sharing what you do and maybe this will help all of us to get ahead!

Gene: Well said: "different things work for different people" ....and I will take that to the bank too! It is so correct for me to be concerned abouot the Mellinials and how they converse; while it may mean nothing to someone from Podunk, Iowa! (Is there a Podunk Iowa???) :)

Gloria: How sweet that you are concerned---and you are right that the balance that can be found in our work is the way to go---I try to balanace but it has been difficult! Thank you for your concern!

 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Marcie: That's good--to focus on your listings--I do that too but I have found that a lot of contacts that I make with buyers are made through the newest tech things--that is where I get bogged down and feel like a am losing out on new business.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Paula, we are definitely ALL in it, whether we know it or not. Those who don't know it may be about to be hit by an avalanche as they are so totally unprepared by the onslaught of technology. I liken them to the agents who have left the business who couldn't handle email and cell phones...

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 7 years ago

Hi Paula, your post reminds me of what a seasoned expert said when I was trying to "catch up".  She said "ketchup come in a bottle".  Never truer than when it pertains to technology.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) almost 7 years ago

Sharon: I agree--someday they will wake up and if they are still in the business, they will be even mor eoverwhelmed than we are. Actually, I think this post has helped me a great deal in "dealing" with the fact that I will never be ahead of the game when it comes to technology....and neither will anyone else!! :)

Bob: You are always so good when it comes to "getting it"---My posts just love your input because you make them SING with the right tune for the message--I feel much better about being behind in technology; this post has put to rest any"guilt " feelings I may harbor......I don't really like ketchup anyway, do you?

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

This is something that is really frustrating to me.  I always feel behind and like I can't catch up and like I don't know everything I need to know and I think the problem is that trying to do it all is a detriment to me.  I need to focus on a few things and run with them and that's it otherwise I am constantly frustrated. -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com) almost 7 years ago

Kasey: very wise decision--one that I have come to as well...especially after seeing all the comments here! We can only use a certain number of the technological gimics that truly work--"just find out what those are and forget the others!" That is my new mantra!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I think it's impossible and it's refreshing to read your post and know I'm not the only one who feels this way.  It is hard to keep up!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 7 years ago

Patricia: You know what? After writing and reading this post I agree--completely! It is so hard to keep up that I think it is a nightmare that I will awake from someday and find that I know nothing about the business anymore!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

i feel your pain!  Especially the going away for a few days or a week part.... it's so hard to get away and not think about what's happening behind your back, only to be blindsided!  Good luck with trying to keep up anyway.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 7 years ago

Paula, there's just no way for one real estate agent to use every single new technology gadget that comes along. We can be aware of most and use the ones that work best for us but we must spend a good portion of our time with real people on actual real estate to be successful.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) almost 7 years ago

Georgina: And the same to you too! It is so hard to make sure we have a full knowledge of every tool we can possibly find to make things work for our businesses. oing away for me is not that important--I do get to relax whenever I want to though and I do take advantage of that!

Maria:You are so right--and now I think I can go forward, knowing that I am not alone in the idea that "I will never catch up!" Real people is the key here, as you said....I can see that the generation now in the throws of using every tech thing they can get their hands on, are very unfortunate indeed; when you think of what they are missing in the physical connection between human beings, it is truly sad...and maybe even dangerous!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

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