Tony Lewis, Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo (Summit Real Estate Group)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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I have yet to make the switch although there are many I know who have.  It's such a personal decision.  Choose wisely and good luck.  

Sep 11, 2016 04:09 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Tony,

It was for us.  We also hired someone to load our files from our PC's to our Macs.  We also signed up for the help at the store for $99 a year, unlimited.  We love that everything is synched between the two of us and all our devices.  That was 4 years ago, and no regrets whatsoever.  The best part for us is having the tech support and the great service that comes with it.  The tech people call you back and make an appointment with you...We just don't have time for tech issues! 

My advice is go to the store and talk to them and ask questions to your heart's content.  And then decide what would work for you.   A

Sep 11, 2016 04:07 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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No clue, not a fan of Apple anything

Sep 11, 2016 10:50 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Tony, I'll be totally honest.  For the first couple of weeks, I was ready to throw my new Mac through my office window.  But my learning curve is pretty slow.  And when I finally caught on (about two weeks after the big purchase) I was a zealot convert.  Other advice, get it with Office Mac.  And don't get it with Windows 

Sep 11, 2016 12:23 PM
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Israel Chaidez
Dynasty Real Estate - Los Angeles, CA
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I prefer the PC over the Mac. On the Mac, you will not be able to right click on the mouse for short cuts like in the PC. And for this reason alone, I like the PC best.

On the PC all the main control buttons are on the top right hand corner and on the Mac, they are on the left hand top corner. Everything is on the opposite side with the Mac, so it takes a while to get used to.

If you’re going to be doing video editing or gaming on the PC, the quality if just as good, it's not 1980 anymore :)

Sep 11, 2016 04:16 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I switched about 10 years ago and never looked back. I have no idea now how to use PC. 

Sep 11, 2016 04:12 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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Years ago I would have said yes, in a heart beat.  Nowadays, not so much.  They used to be virus free but no longer.

Sep 11, 2016 04:07 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
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I switched this past January from the PC to a Macbook. I unplugged my PC, put it on a nearby table because I was positive I was going to have to use it for SOMETHING. I knew I'd have troubles getting used to the Mac. 

I never opened the PC again. After a month or so, I just put it in the case and put it in the closet.

I bought the extra technical help package and haven't used it yet, so that was probably a waste of money. The one thing I did buy was the microsoft office for Macs because I had so many excel spreadsheets w/detailed formulas that I still needed. Mac numbers isn't as good (in my opinion) as excel so I'm glad I did that.

I would NOT go back to a PC.

Sep 11, 2016 11:59 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Tony Lewis - I am sure you know that quote from Henry Ford -

"if you think you can or can't you're right."

Sep 11, 2016 03:45 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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My PC blinked last night and made me ponder a MAC also.

Sep 11, 2016 03:24 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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It was not for me. I could not even switch from a droid to an iPhone. Had my iPhone for 2 days and took it back to the store ... give me my droid back 

MAC users will swear by them.  As for how easy or hard it will be ... it likely will depend on each individual. 

Sep 11, 2016 05:19 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

so many have encouraged this.... I'm not that courageous!!! but it's probably a wise move to make.... I know Nestor & Katerina Gasset (katerina) promotes it STRONGLY....

Sep 11, 2016 04:37 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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There will always be a learning curve, especially with the mouse and the limitations of the operating system.  I've used macs before and the basics were intuitive enough, but I did have to call my Mac buddy for help.

 

I know when I went from an Android Phone (personal) and had to use an iPhone for my old job, I could not figure that darned thing out for the life of me.  So unintuitive (to me).

Sep 11, 2016 04:16 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I've heard that it was quite a learning curve to switch. I don't feel I have enough time to do that and run my business.

Sep 11, 2016 04:15 AM
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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YES YES YES YES YES!!!! 
We switched in 2008 and we never looked back!!! 

If you live near an Apple store, it is even better. We live 5 minutes from the Wellington Apple store. We bought for $99 a year, their coaching program. We get to go into the Apple store for one hour one on ones and also for group sessions of 3 hours long "project time". We learned very quickly that way. 

The mac is SOOO intuitive. 

I became a raving fan even before our MLS would get on the mac wagon. I  have NEVER added ANY Microsoft products to pollute any of our Macs. 
We have iPhones, iPads, the Mac book pro laptops and 27 inch iMacs. 

We even have Apple TV. ;) 

I could never stand the difficulty of microsoft, the slowness of their operating systems, their difficult movie making software, 

and the worse part is that every 2 years we had to buy new PCs, also the stupid slow anti virus software would drive me batty!!! 

I have none of that with my macs. 

In fact, I make movies now so fast, that was one of the reasons I switched, was for graphics and video ease. 

Plus no more putting in two dozen hard to read serial codes for licenses. 

Mac NEVER asks for those! 

I could go on and on on but suffice it to say, at the end of the day, the learning curve more than made up for itself with the TIME I have saved!!! 
I have saved SOOO Much Time by using Macs!!! 

Katerina 

Sep 12, 2016 08:22 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Wow,  I am not sure I would switch.

Sep 12, 2016 02:06 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I haven't made the switch as of yet, though everyone I talk to swears it's easy.

Sep 12, 2016 01:40 AM
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Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

I've been in I.T. for over 35 years and I have no idea how to use a Mac LOL - besides, they're so over priced it's crazy!

Sep 11, 2016 11:12 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Small learning curve like erasing type in the opposite direction, but leaving PCs was one of the best moves I have ever made. There should be new MacBook Pros coming out this year. FYI, we typically change every three to four years.

Sep 11, 2016 10:06 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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A question I have asked myself many times Tony.  I'm making the switch later this year or early next year.  Now the decision is which one to buy. 

Sep 11, 2016 09:42 PM
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I had an iPhone and iPad and I made the switch pretty flawlessly in just a couple of weeks

Sep 11, 2016 02:38 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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I haven't switched because I don't want the downtime of learning a new system

Sep 11, 2016 02:27 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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YES - for me, it was MUCH faster and easier than I could ever have imagined - very little learning curve at all.  In fact, I had to learn how to close pages on the other side of the screen - that was the biggest hurdle for me, which is minimal!  Now, I don't know why it took me so long to take the leap into the Mac world - I LOVE IT!

And, yes, you can right-click and do even more with your mouse or track pad than you can with your PC mouse.  You'll love that the Mac boots up in seconds - not minutes!

Sep 11, 2016 02:21 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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My wife has a mac and I would not change.  I feel the PC runs the programs I need much better

Sep 11, 2016 01:12 PM
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Sam Shueh
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Yes. I have given up using an Apple but took notice  iPhone products and other programs.  People switched to PC from Mac before it appeared to be on its last legs.

I came out of PC development and I can do most window apps in the back with DOS still w/o a mouse. Apple is sleek, pink case....

Sep 11, 2016 11:59 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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A Mac is very easy to use once you get Windows out of your head. I switch back and forth but when my next PC gives out I will replace with another Mac. I like to use Publisher which is Windows based. 

Sep 11, 2016 11:46 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I will probably stick with a PC. I don't want to take the time and have the frustration of learning how to use a mac. I already have so much to keep up with in my business why add something else. 

Sep 11, 2016 09:52 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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It was SIMPLE!

Sep 11, 2016 09:22 AM
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Bob Crane
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I have glanced at a few macs, looked like a new language and set of procedures and time did not permit me to dig into it at the time.

I do suspect that the average person could be proficient with one within a few days though.

Sep 11, 2016 09:06 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Lke my iPad and iPhone but still have my PC and no intentions to switch at the present time!

Sep 11, 2016 08:50 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
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Why would you switch? Curiosity or need?

Both are easy, I actually started on a Macintosh Plus in 1986 but switched to PC in the 1990's for less expensive programs, shareware  and customizing abilities. My sister is die-hard Mac. But we're both iPhone users. Michael Jacobs summed it nicely too.

Sep 11, 2016 08:37 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Yes, not too hard. I switched years ago and never looked back. All your devices sync - iPhone, iPad, laptop, desktop. You'll like it.

Sep 11, 2016 08:06 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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Lots of good advice in comments here.  Personally I am sticking with PC at least for now.

Sep 11, 2016 07:37 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have not tried to switch.

Sep 11, 2016 07:06 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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I like this question and the host. I heard it takes a new learning curve but worth it once there. Let the heart decide the matter not the mind

Sep 11, 2016 06:33 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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I think people are Apple crazy & I get along 'seamlessly' with my PC. Rubish .....

Most people I know can't even work their Iphone correctly & those are the ones trying to sell you how great everything is lol.

Sep 11, 2016 06:28 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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    Find a friend or a computer store that will let you practice on a Mac, so that you can get a feel for it.  Macs are obviously different than a PC, but not difficult.

 

Sep 11, 2016 06:23 AM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
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I have not made the switch but my Geno has now that he has retired from real estate. Its a personal decision..I'm too busy right now to contemplate a change like that..maybe some day.

Sep 11, 2016 06:04 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Tony Lewis I don't have a Mac, but I do have an iPad. I don't know if they are similar, but there wasn't a big learning curve to the iPad.

Sep 11, 2016 06:04 AM
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For many people, it is easy to learn how to learn a Mac.  Many of the concepts are the same as on a PC but some are different.

Whether it is a good idea to switch depends on many factors.  For example, if you have some critical programs that only run in a Windows environment, then you would still need to use a Windows machine.

 

 

Sep 11, 2016 05:35 AM
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

I have heard a long time ago that for graphics and movies it is a MUST do.  I am impressed with Ron and Alexandra Seigel  strong thumbs up.  Fear of the unknown is probably what holds me back.  For all we profess of welcoming change...when it comes to computers we have experienced enough heartache to try and avoid intentionally causing more.  Tough jump for me.  I sure am fed up with the present choice.  Mark

Sep 11, 2016 05:19 AM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
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Can't help you. I still have issues with PC. I wouldn't dream of switching to another device.

Sep 14, 2016 12:54 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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I don't know!  I have never had a MAC

Sep 13, 2016 06:26 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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yes and yes

Sep 11, 2016 11:04 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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That would be a personal choice.

Sep 11, 2016 10:52 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I do not know.

Sep 11, 2016 10:14 PM
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I switched to Mac only because my wife was a Mac person so I kinda had no choice.  It definitely seemed like Macs were more logical once I transitioned but I had my wife helping me out everytime I was stuck technologically speaking.

Sep 11, 2016 08:44 AM
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Val Evans
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Why not get a Mac and enjoy both sides of the fence. A Mac will run all your PC programs just as good if not better than a regular PC will. Plus a Mac very rarely breaks or can be hacked.

Sep 11, 2016 05:55 AM
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Tony - I started with Macs in 1984, used them until 2000, when real estate software required I switch, and am now stuck in the PC world courtesy of a ton of data files that I can't convert to Mac. But I regret every day that I'm not using a Mac.

Sep 11, 2016 05:50 AM