My Blackberry is two tools in one . A Realtor should not be without one ( smart phone)

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Entry for Active rain Contest. Category Hardware.

I was licensed in 1992. Those were the days when I had to carry a lot of coins for the pay phone. I remember waiting for clients and they could not inform me that they were running late. I had to look for pay phones to call the listing agent that we are running late . There was one time my car broke down and I had to walk a few blocks to get to a phone booth to call for help.

I like to also use the Texting feature of the Blackberry. I was attending a Phillies game and it was loud . I could not hear the client so I negotiated via texting and texted to the other agent as well. One time I had presented an offer to an agent and he was at a meeting and could not talk to me so he texted me the counter. I had to inform a busy Doctor so I just texted the Doctor who agreed to the price and we had a sale.

I cannot imagine going anywhere without my Blackberry.

The Blackberry is also very useful to me because I can check my email. We receive leads from Re/Max and if we do not respond in a timely manner the lead goes to someone else. After I got my Blackberry I have not missed a lead. It used to be frustrating when I used to log in to my email in the morning and there was a hot lead overnight and it said it was assigned to someone else.

When I travel I do not have to worry about not having access to a computer. I can be in touch with my clients via email and also call if necessary.

I need not sit at my desk checking email any more.

Another great feature is the camera . If I do not have my camera with me and I need some pictures I can use my Blackberry and email it right away.

A Blackberry is two tools in one : cell phone and computer for emails . I cannot manage without it.

It has so many other features but I can do without the other features. If you do not have one yet you should get one .You can get a free one with data plans and two year contracts.

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com

 

She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email gita01@aol.com

If you would like a FREE MARKET EVALUATION OF YOUR HOME IN PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS or MONTGOMERY COUNTY call me at 2152758491

 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.

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Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Gita, a smart phone is a necessity for a professional real estate agent.  Great post.

May 03, 2012 05:24 AM #12
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Chris, Thank you. I can't imagine anyone leaving their home without it.

May 03, 2012 05:26 AM #13
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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It is a great tool Gita. . 

I can;t believe how much we advanced in technology  the last few years. .

May 03, 2012 05:40 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Fernando, I agree. There was a time a cell phone was considered a luxury owned by the wealthy  and weighed a ton. the first time I saw one was with a Doctor client. She had a separate bag for it.

May 03, 2012 06:11 AM #15
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Rob D. Shepherd
Coldwell Banker Coast - Florence, OR
Principal Broker ABR, GRI

We are a retirment town and no one is in a hurry. I could make money opening a cell phone store if I could find cell phones with a rotary dial on them! I am hitting "suggest" as I do agree with you!

May 03, 2012 06:15 AM #16
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Rob, There are cell phones advertised in AARP magazine that are good for seniors. They do not have many features.Thanks for the suggest.

May 03, 2012 06:35 AM #17
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Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Gita, when I had my blackberry it was my new best friend. I feel like we are so spoiled did not know how to live with out them. Good luck with your contest.

May 03, 2012 07:19 AM #18
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

Oh Gita, you sure do well in the contests don't you?  I can't keep up LOL...I can't live withouth my BB as well!

May 03, 2012 07:20 AM #19
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
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Love this post and best of luck in the contest, you got my vote!!  The contrast of 20 years is clear and having to find a pay phone nowadays would be the challenge ;-)

May 03, 2012 09:05 AM #20
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Gita, thanks for the update on Blackberry productivity, we really have come a long ways in the past few decades, amazing the things we can do without showing up at the office.

May 03, 2012 09:11 AM #21
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Christina Hood
Inland Empire Luxury @ KW | 01820455 - Redlands, CA
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Gita, it seems that I love my iPhone as much as you love your blackberry :)

I agree, i would not be able to manage my business as effeciently as i do without my smartphone.

Make it a Great Day!

- Christina

May 03, 2012 10:19 AM #22
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Ritu, I agree. It is especially useful when I go to India.

Kristin, Thanks for reading and for commenting on my posts.

Carla, We may have to walk a few miles for a pay phone not a few blocks .

May 03, 2012 11:13 AM #23
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Bob, I agree. It has helped many agents to work from home.

Christina, You too have a great day.

May 03, 2012 11:37 AM #24
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Jeff Jensen
Annie Mac Home Mortgage - Greenwich, CT

Smart phones are indeed marvelous tools.  Imagine all the time we save and conveniences we afford ourselves due to their high functionality.

May 03, 2012 02:48 PM #25
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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Gita - I could not do without my phone - the email access and texting are two things I could not do without for sure.  

May 03, 2012 03:06 PM #26
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Kathy Streib
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Gita- I love gadgets and all things tech!  I've never had a blackberry but I do love my smratphone!  

May 03, 2012 05:23 PM #27
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Lynn B. Friedman
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Dear Gita -

The smart phones make us look really smart too. They have so many features it is almost impossible to learn them all.

Did you know when the 911 disaster happened in NYC, Blackberry communications were the only ones that could get through reliably?

Have a happy day -
Lynn 

May 03, 2012 06:20 PM #28
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Jeff, It has made our lives easier.

Barbara, Can you imagine a time when we did not have it ?

Kathy, I am sure you do not leave your home without it.

Lynn, I remember. They are great in an emergency.

May 04, 2012 04:12 AM #29
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Roy Kelley
Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger - Gaithersburg, MD
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Based on news reports this week, you will soon be able to upgrade your Blackberry.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend!

May 04, 2012 06:06 AM #30
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Roy, Thanks for the information.

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