Today marks twenty five 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:
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 25 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 25 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 25 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.