Today marks twenty two years that I’ve been a REALTOR®. I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the big changes over the years. Here’s a few:
Yep, catalogues. Publications of listing information with ONE black and white thumbnail size photo. Wait, it gets better. The catalogues were printed and delivered to brokerages every two weeks. Yes, that’s right … you had to wait two weeks to find out about a new listing.
Look, I don’t want to cause waves but if you’re still using a fax machine to transmit documents, come on! It’s 2017! The clarity of even the most expensive fax machines suck at best. I got rid of our office fax number years ago.
I’m not talking about “car phones” here (those shoe box sized contraptions) but those mobile devices that are used for more than making phone calls. According to Business Insider, people didn’t start using the term “smartphone” until 1995, but the first true smartphone actually made its debut three years earlier in 1992. There’s an interesting read about the first SmartPhone here. It wasn’t until some years later though when smartphones became as necessary as having your own vehicle in the real estate biz.
Interesting facts to note. Anybody remember “BlackBerry?” The very first device to carry the BlackBerry name was BlackBerry 850, an email pager, released January 19, 1999. And the first generation iPhone was announced on January 9, 2007.
I don’t even want to calculate how many tens of thousands of dollars I’ve spent over the last 22 years on classified advertising. Just like I haven’t sent a fax in years, neither have I spent a dime advertising properties for sale in the newspaper. In 1995, the year that I entered the real estate business, 2% of buyers reported using the internet to search for a home. Today that number has reached 95%
My absolute favourite change I’ve experienced in the last 22 years as a REALTOR® is the ability for buyers and sellers to sign agreements of purchase and sale electronically. This wasn’t a reality until July 1, 2015, however. With this change, agreements can be signed using a computer, tablet or smartphone. My clients have absolutely loved the ability to affix their signatures to contracts electronically anywhere thereby saving them time.
A lot has changed over the last 22 years but my love for the real estate business remains the same. You can get in touch with me by clicking here or calling my office at 519.586.7922.