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Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Easy, by the use of "Gophers" and i mean it was me being told to "go for" this, "go for" that, go pick up the paperwork, go get the signatures, go back and drop off signed paperwork and on and on for many years. 

Sep 02, 2015 10:23 PM
Ambassador
1,409,284
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

We are an adaptable species

Sep 02, 2015 08:10 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,174
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Michael, I ask this question daily... I started in the business world in the early 1970's.... over the ensuing decades negotiated major corporate acquisitions without all these tools. When I started in real estate we sold a ton of it in NYC without mls, cell phones, computers, etc. If it all went away, I could still work--I've had decades of experience!

Sep 02, 2015 08:54 PM
Rainmaker
1,386,585
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We'd definitely survive - probably even thrive. Without all that info at their fingertips, homeowners and home buyers would be much more dependent on us.

Sep 02, 2015 08:33 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Of course it would.  When I started out I had just gotten my first flip phone.

Sep 02, 2015 10:36 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,535
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Just pull out the old stone and chisel, parchment and feather pen, wax seal and finger poker for signatures.

Speak with mouth rather than texting, emailing all day long.

Physical tours rather than photography, iphotography and videography.

Horse and carriage rather than car.

See, it can be done! 

 

Sep 02, 2015 09:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Things just moved at a slower pace.  I can't imagine life now wo/ cell phones in particular...and yet, I lived a good portion of my life wo/ them and did perfectly fine.

Sep 02, 2015 08:29 PM
Rainer
274,009
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

Everyone ran to the nearest payphone, I know because I was a telephone man for over 32 years.

Sep 02, 2015 08:12 PM
Rainmaker
1,466,027
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Michael Thornton The business world survived very well. Face-to-face meetings got a whole lot more done and more effectively.

Sep 02, 2015 11:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Of course we could...some would have to learn how to write and speak English correctly...A

Sep 02, 2015 11:26 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,809
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

We will have to do it the old way. It will be difficult for the younger agents .

Sep 02, 2015 11:08 PM
Rainmaker
1,440,156
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I believe that yes I would, There is a plan for everything!

Sep 02, 2015 10:26 PM
Rainmaker
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Belly to Belly contacts! the old fashioned way

Sep 02, 2015 09:51 PM
Rainmaker
3,622,507
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Yes but it would be soooo slow.

Sep 02, 2015 09:41 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
The Agent you choose REALLY does make a difference

I remember well a time when there was one cell phone to be "signed out" for business trips in the division in the NYC bank where I worked early on.  Though hard to imagine working without them,  some aspects of life would improve.  We've gained much, but at the expense of real personal interaction.

Sep 02, 2015 09:34 PM
Rainmaker
778,856
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

We did it before, and we are capable of using paper and pens again.

Dec 23, 2018 01:38 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We survived before them, but we were less efficient back then.

Jul 01, 2018 09:22 PM
Rainmaker
236,297
Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

Yes, I'd survive and probably sleep more!

Sep 03, 2015 07:27 AM
Rainmaker
4,244,729
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I did it before, I can do it again.  

Sep 03, 2015 01:20 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Of course, if everyone was on the same level of low-to-no technology.

Sep 03, 2015 12:49 AM
Rainer
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Alvin Bert
Real Estate - Chinatown, NY
Here just for Real Estate activities.

:) business process would be slow, more physical activties 

Sep 02, 2015 10:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm often ask myself the same question. Cell phones became powerful and very valuable tools. That's why I believe, it is a good investment to have  good mobile devices.

Sep 08, 2015 05:12 PM
Rainmaker
1,424,950
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Do I still have a computer and a printer?  I was around the industry when Realtors had pagers and you had to find a pay phone to call the person back.  If the mobile phones, tablets and apps went away I would do wonderfully, might even make me better by not being distracted by every email that comes in.  Take away computers and go back to the days of paper forms with carbon copies... I doubt my board would have those!

Sep 07, 2015 02:27 PM
Rainmaker
2,472,994
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

My business would survive.

Sep 03, 2015 11:34 AM
Rainer
156,289
George J. Creed
Metro Referrals - Vienna, VA
Associate Broker

Got in the car and drove -- ratified contracts often late at night, and then delivered. My rolodex was full and I used it often; eventually scanned the cards into my computer

Sep 03, 2015 08:53 AM
Ambassador
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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

My business might, but I wouldn't!!!   Love my gadgets!

Sep 03, 2015 08:08 AM
Rainer
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Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

yes you could and you would be valuable. 

Sep 03, 2015 06:18 AM
Rainmaker
6,966,308
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was in the real estate business long before we had all of these aids. We probably had fewer problems then than now. And, the contracts were much shorter.

Sep 03, 2015 05:41 AM
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I still can't imagine how we did things back then. But yes we would survive. Albeit we won't be playing Angry Birds as we wait for our clients.

Sep 03, 2015 05:17 AM
Rainmaker
844,102
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Good notes, rolodex - remember the good, old rolodex? 

Sep 03, 2015 05:07 AM
Rainmaker
634,382
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

It thrived, Michael. It was just different. Transactions were slower, more face-to-face contact with both clients and vendors, and in many ways I think it was a better experience for both agents and our clients. Much less misinformation.

Sep 03, 2015 04:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes ,it would survive...but at a much slower pace....and it would cut the volumn in half....

Sep 03, 2015 01:28 AM