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It's Great to Be Needed!

 

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Today in Real Estate we are surrounded by the latest and greatest tools.  Buyers now pre-screen and do their shopping for homes on the Internet, email and text us with what they wish to view.  Technology .. imperative that we embrace all the benefits and conveniences that it has to offer. 

The more immediate the information that can be provided to the buyer the better.  Patience is a thing of the past as more and more demands to incorporate these tools for faster delivery and details is placed on the Realtor to provide.

When the Internet first came to be a vibrant presence it was said that this would be the doom of our industry.  It was just a matter of time until buyers would eventually do one stop shopping over the Internet from loans to purchases.  Realtors prepare you are about to be extinct.

Yet, here we are still a vital piece to the process of assisting sellers and buyers.  I believe that the tools we have today have greatly enhanced our business and taken us to levels one would never have imagined.  Then there is one element that the Internet could never provide, the personal touch and drive to make things come together in this often strained process of buyer and selling homes.

Realtors provide the polish and glue to keep these transactions together and to get them closed.  The Internet and technology tools that we use just assist us in introducing the information and we take it from there to the finish line.  Providing the personal care to make it an enjoyable experience to our clients.

Worried about being replaced by the Internet .. Not Me!  It's GREAT to be needed!

A special thanks to Richard Weisser for suggesting on one of his response to a comment I left on his blog that I should write a post about this ... so Richard here it is!

Comment balloon 11 commentsConnie Goodrich • March 03 2011 08:33AM

Comments

The internet is the tool we realtors may use wisely to buy and sell homes for our clients. We are the human face to the internet.

Posted by Joyce Herr, Lancaster County & Beyond (Prudential Lancaster Real Estate) over 8 years ago

That is the attitude!!! I am needed and will always be needed. I have the hand ,personal touch over internet.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 8 years ago

Hi Connie,

Great post and I couldn't agree more.  I also agree with the two comments above me!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 8 years ago

Connie...

This is an ecellent post about tje symbiotic ties of the Internet to both the buyers, sellers AND real estate agents. We, as agents, fill in the voids that cannot be addressed online, and as such, are a vital part of the process.

Thank you very kindly for the mention!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Using technology to help our clients is a huge benefit (for both the client and realtor). But you are right, the person to person relationship can't be replaced by the Internet.

Your Friend in Charlottesville

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 8 years ago

Good morning Connie,

This is an excellent post and I agree whole heartily! The Internet is a wonderful tool and we only need to embrace the endless possibilities it has to offer us.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 8 years ago

Very well said Connie. The Internet has certainly changed our daily duties but I believe it has made us more productive as we are now working with better educated buyers and sellers.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 8 years ago

I remember some of my collegues years ago getting worried b/c they didn't like change, and didn't think they could keep up without technology....they are no longer in the business!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 8 years ago

Connie, I don't think REALTORS are going anywhere in the market, although the business model of how they are being paid sure does drive a lot of them away on their own. Those that fail to stay up with technology surely will have a tougher time though with the speed that the consumer is picking up on things.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Joyce - I like that visual - the human face to the Internet!

Sarah - I think we all feel that man is superior over machine but we also realize those tools make our life so much easier!

Cindy - I just love your visits, I look forward to your comments.  Thanks for your agreement!

Richard Y. - glad you liked the post, you inspired me to express the thoughts, thank you for the suggestion, it was fun!!

Charles - I don't feel threatened by the Internet but love what it enables us to do!

Dorie - each week it seems more & more opportunities for expanded sources through the Internet are made available.  Thanks for your continued visits .. I appreciate your consistent reading of my posts!!

Bob - it has indeed changed our duties .. added so much more to what we do but my goodness it is all wonderful!

Kristin- you have to adapt or you join your acquaintance - "inactive" or whining all the time.

Richard- so nice of you to stop off and comment.  I always like to extend a helping hand when I can.  I always laugh when asked .. do you text .. I guess they judge by age and not ability to get a Hand on technology.  I too love my iPhone and it does make a world of difference!

Gary - I believe with the Internet, buyers have become more knowledgeable and also tell us what they want to see based off their research on the Internet.  It can be a good and a bad. 

Thanks to all, I appreciate your visit and love the comments!

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

The internet is like you say a tool to enhance our business, it can get us to our market  & target faster and more efficiently however we will always do business when dealing with homes with people! Learning to harness the power of the technology at our disposal is only the means to an end. Never fear change is my motto, embrace it! Nice post as usual Connie!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 8 years ago

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