Hand signals and social media. Don't get rear ended!

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Licensed in Connecticut

Doing business the old fashioned wayRemember the good ole days when you could use hand signals if your brake lights or blinker when out? Try that now, let me assure you that those who are of a younger generation do NOT know what those hand signals mean. They think you are waving, cooling off your arm, or are just nuts, or they smack into the back of your vehicle as you are slowing down to make that turn. 

I lost my right turn signal late yesterday afternoon. Of course I had places to go, people to see and there was no chance of fixing it until this morning.


Do you have ANY idea how difficult it is to make only left hand turns and arrive at your destination? Just sayin...

This got me to thinking about how we practice real estate "these days". I was at a meeting yesterday where the guest speaker, an agent out of Manhattan from Prudential Douglas Elliman, was talking to the dumbstruck group about social media.

"How many of you have websites?" All the hands gleefully shot up in the air and waved excitedly. My, everyone was so proud of their websites.

"How many of you have NON Prudential owned websites?" Me and one other lonely gentleman kept our hands in the air. Although he had just purchased his website and it was not up and running yet, someone was working on that for him. 

"And how many of you are blogging?" Yep, it was only me.

no right turnsThen he spoke about Facebook, you could see eyes glazing over and the quite whispers in the back of the room became louder and louder, talking about the state of the market, about weekend plans, anything to keep from having to talk about social media.

The speaker was very patient, as if he seemed to understand that the average agent wants things to be the way they were. They don't want to have to build a website, understand SEO, they certainly don't want to blog if they even understand what blogging is, AND there is no way they want to hear about Facebook and Twitter.

As I was trying to get to my destinations while only making left hand turns, lamenting the fact that hand signals are certainly a thing of the past, I realized that many agents are probably feeling the same way about real estate. But times have changed, those that don't understand, who don't move forward with the times will find themselves getting rear ended as they wave their arm out the window trying to let everyone know they are slowing down trying to make that right hand turn.

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Andrea Swiedler
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Chuck, they are afraid! There is no reason to be afraid of it, is there.

Connie, isn't that wonderful? I remember when I came here, I was petrified. Quickly it became a lifeline, almost an addiction!

Sharon, that is a scary thought indeed. I think many people don't understand the signals, and that is not a good thing!

Richie, oh my. I thought about that exact thing too actually. That someone would take my gesture and think it something else and come after me, LOL. Thank you!

Than, I am right on the edge of an area that would prefer to do things the old fashioned way. It is hard to understand that attitude. I can feel your frustration!

John, why thank you! I appreciate your support indeed.

Colleen, I am not suggesting we ignore the past. There are times when we will need to back off on technology and do things the old fashioned way. But if you don't know both, well... that is a problem! And your figure scares me, are you serious? That is a crime... wow...

Philip, I agree with you we need to know BOTH. There are times when it is appropriate to use one over the other. But learn we must.

Mike, those that fear change and are unwilling to make change will certainly get left behind!

Donna, lucky for us indeed! ActiveRain has taught me so much and I appreciate it so much!

July 04, 2011 06:33 AM
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What a great post and you are right. I speak to other agents in my area and very few of them even know what I am talking about. Those few have glazed looks too because they don't want to blog. They want to sell homes the old way... well....good luck to you....

July 04, 2011 11:06 PM
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I wanted to suggest this post but it appears I can't!

July 04, 2011 11:07 PM
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Your description of how a room of uninterested agents reacts is perfect, but I thought it was only STAGING agents don't  want to hear about! SO FUNNY, and great point, thanks.

July 04, 2011 11:34 PM
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Jay Beckingham
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there's at least one hand signal that today's youth understands, and then there's a bunch they use that i have no idea what they're trying to tell me. no matter which ones they use i just smile and wave.

i had to write down search engine optimization so i'd remember what seo stood for. i understand one thing real clear. the "rain" oozes google juice, and makes my phone ring, it's also caused a gingle in my pocket, if you know what i mean.

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