Change is Good!

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When my daughter was four years old, her beloved kindergarten teacher was reassigned to another school due to budget cutbacks.  That evening her teacher called to see how my daughter was doing.  I told the teacher that I thought she was doing fine because she hadn't mentioned it.  So after getting off the phone I asked my daughter how she felt about having to move to a new class.  Her response was short and sweet, and something I will never forget.  She looked up at me with a puzzled look and said, "Mom, change is good".  Wow, out the mouths of babes!

Now I guess you are wondering how this relates to us Realtors.  Well, since late last year I have been attending course after course about technology, social networking, web site design and all of that good stuff. It never ceases to amaze me how many Realtors are "fighting" this change.  Folks, technology is here to stay...we will not be going back to how we used to do things.

Can you imagine?

  • Not having a computerized multiple listing service
  • Not having a computer
  • Having to use a typewriter
  • No copy machine
  • No fax machine
  • Only a land line, no cell phone
  • No Internet
  • No video camera

Most of these things have made our lives a lot easier.  Yes, it is easy to go overboard with technology, but the fact remains that we have to embrace it at some point because if we don't, we will truly be left behind.  I'm not saying that you have to do everything, but you should at least be willing to look at it, try it, and see if it works for you and see how you can make it work for your business.

The average age of today's first time home buyer is getting younger.  The younger generation communicates in a different way than many of us are used to.  But guess what?  If we want to reach this population of potential home buyers we must step it up on the technology front.  And just when you are ready to say, "It's not for me" or "I don't see the point in this social networking stuff", think back to my little four year daughter and remember, "Change is good".

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Rainer
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Noah Levy
Coldwell Banker - Highland Park, IL
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Candy

I so agree with your post ...This is something that I tell my clients, family and friends....change is GOOD!

Feb 15, 2011 09:10 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Donna Paul
Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast - Dix Hills, NY
Long Island Home Specialist, Search for Long Islan

Yes Change is good, although it may not be easy at first in the long run it will work out for your good. I know that now with the first time home buyers are using the computer to seach for homes. We really have to make sure that we can be there for them when it's needed.

Feb 15, 2011 09:15 AM #2
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Karin Lundeen
Keller Williams Realty - Denver Southlands - Centennial, CO
Realtor Centennial Homes For Sale

Candy, Your daughter will succeed in whatever she sets out to do with that attitude...she's head of the rest!

Feb 15, 2011 09:17 AM #3
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Diane McDermott
RealtorĀ®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

Candy, your daughter has a great outlook!  Big changes can be intimidating but starting small can lead to more and more before we know it :)

Feb 15, 2011 09:33 AM #4
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Don MacLean
Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY - Franklin, MA
Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA

She is right.

Change is good, it's just a matter of our mind sets to change (or not) with it. lol

To change or not to change that is the question

Enjoy the day

Feb 15, 2011 09:43 AM #5
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Navona Hart
Real Living Cornerstone - Farmville, VA
Real Estate Agent, Farmville Virginia Homes & Land

Candy, Sometimes our kids say such great things.  Change is good, just have to put the seatbelt on for it sometimes.  good post!

Feb 15, 2011 12:21 PM #6
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors, 3816 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing REALTOR Montgomery County, Maryland

Candy, you have hit the nail on the head and so has your daughter.  We all need to adapt to every situation as it presents itself whether we want to nor not.

Feb 15, 2011 08:05 PM #7
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Candy Miles-Crocker
Online Real Estate Agent Training - Chevy Chase, DC
Realtor - Real-Life Real Estate Training

Donna, change can be a little painful in the beginning, but in the end we usually end up saying "what took me so long"!

Karin, I think my daughter is an old soul!

Diane, like you said, if we just take a baby step every quarter we will see that these tools can actually make our lives easier and our business more efficient.

Don, my dad always said "you can do anything if you put your mind to it"!

Navona, change can give you a bumpy ride, but the road gets a lot more bumpy if you stay in the same place.

Barbara, we can learn a lot from our kids.  They aren't afraid of hitting the wrong button or making a mistake.

Feb 15, 2011 08:47 PM #8
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