Really? You Don’t Have a Computer???

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

 

Really? You Don’t Have a Computer???

 

 

 

keyboardRemember back in the days before all of our clients had computers?  We spent so much time in the car driving around to obtain signatures for one piece of paper after another.

 

 

 

I guess I have been spoiled lately, because all of my clients have had computers and have actually been fairly computer literate, with the exception of ONE.

 

 

 

I am working with a lady right now who is in her early 50’s.  She has never had a job that required that she use a computer and has no idea how to even turn one on.  No Problem!

 

 

 

It takes me back to the old days when I first started in real estate in the mid-nineties.  Electronic signatures weren’t even a thought back then.  Properties were posted in the MLS book that came out once a week and we lined up to grab our copy.  And boy did we burn through the gasoline back then. 

 

 

 

The up side of this situation is that I get lots of face time with this client and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with her.  I feel like we have become friends just because she sees me non-stop, as opposed to my other clients who do everything electronically. 

 

 

 

Maybe the real estate Gods sent this client to me to remind me of the importance of face to face communication with clients.  It has certainly given me a new perspective.  I will cherish the moments I have with this client and try to make this experience a learning experience and a slight slap in the face to never forget to get in front of clients in the future.

 

 

 

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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
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I had a client recently that didn't have ink in her printer so she couldn't print out (or scan back) her offer.  I had to print it out and run it over to her -- does that count?!?  ;-)

July 17, 2012 05:28 PM
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Jill Sackler
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!"

Among the elderly, you meet many people without a computer. Your client is not that old but I guess she never had reason to embrace technology. Good attitude on your part.

July 17, 2012 06:14 PM
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Kathy Sheehan
Movement Mortgage 770-634-4021

I have a meeting tomorrow morning with a prospecitve client that doesn't have a computer either..... this is certainly going to slow down the mortgage process.

July 17, 2012 06:33 PM
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Mona Gersky
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MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC

Belinda, I don't mind folks who are local without a computer but I find it difficult to work with people out of the state who don't have a computer.  It's one thing to email listings but it gets expensive to print and mail listing sheets.

July 17, 2012 08:15 PM
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Toni Weidman
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
Re/Max Sunset Realty

This is funny, Belinda. I had a client call who wanted a list of homes but said he didn't have an email address. That gave me pause for a minute. Then I said, Oh that's too bad, you won't be able to see all the inside pictures if I snail mail you a list. funny thing is: he came up with an email address in about a NY minute.

July 20, 2012 09:19 AM
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Belinda Spillman

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