Aaron Sorensten (PaToohey)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

OMG  soooooo much easier.  I am from the days prior to the big MLS print book.  We had the newly invented Polaroids stapled to typed listing sheets. (which we had to type on a manual typewriter with sheets of carbon paper for copies!)

The time spent driving around to collect signatures, etc was huge.  No Home Inspectors put a lot of the liability on us! 

It is a very much changed business and, I for one, EMBRACE technology and have no desire to go backwards.

Jun 08, 2016 10:32 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Both I guess.  I know that I am REALLY PO'd that we have to reset everything up in DocuSign now that my company switched from Dotloop. 

It seemed faster & there are plenty of people that will argue with me on that. 

Since I type at 80+wpm swiping on the screen is not faster than the mouse or typing. If I couldn't type - that would be a different story.  If I have to now go to 5 screens instead of 3?  That's not efficient.

Jun 08, 2016 06:23 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

It has made it both harder and easier.

Jun 08, 2016 06:02 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

It can be a blessing or a curse. 

Jun 08, 2016 05:56 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends on the situation.  Also some technology is poorly or well designed.

Jun 08, 2016 05:47 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Seems rather obvious, EASIER.

in nearly every way, I do not want to back to the pre tech days.

Jun 08, 2016 05:37 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Both!  I remember the carbon copy forms you had to buy in packets... lord help you if you made a mistake on page 6 and the montly MLS books 3 inches thick with the weekly supplements.  Having to be with a big brokerage to afford that full page ad in the sunday paper!  Oh and lets not forget waiting for your photos to be developed and then SCANNING them in to upload over your (if you were lucky) 9600 baud modem!  Yeah, I've been around a LOOOOONG time.

Electronic forms, electronic signature, the entire state's listings on a website, 99 photos that can be taken and uploaded within a couple hours of signing the contract.  Worldwide marketing of listings for free or at most the price of a steak dinner... Definitely the pluses!

 

Buyers going to places like zillow or realtor.com and not knowing what they are seeing, yet thinking because it is there the information must be accurate and better than what you can provide.  The "I texted you at 830pm why didn't you get back to me until the next day?"  The rise of transaction coordinators... definitely the minuses!

Jun 08, 2016 10:36 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Technology has proven to be a force equalizer and multiplier.

Less expensive to get into the business.

Easier to be competitive against the deep pockets.

Technology has not made the job easier. It has caused a deeper intrusion into the persona life of agents, creating a never ending demand of instantaneous response all the while the agent must balance personal, family, professional, educational, spiritual, physical, experiential, social, community and charitable service and reach their destination in some state of sane-ness. What missing from that list....they have a business to run ALSO!

IT is more demanding but those demands are  wearing a different suit than seen in 1982.

The good news is their are more real estate business models that have proven successful. The agent who can identify the business model that meshes with their genius, resources and skills will discover a much simpler way to make a living.

Jun 08, 2016 05:44 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 Easier.

Many search on line and often go direct to listing agent. The number of buyer agents is significantly reduce since everyone can find new listings.

 

 

Jun 08, 2016 05:32 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Yes.

Jun 09, 2016 06:18 AM
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Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
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Both for sure.  Has many benefits and made things more efficient, but also causes some slight headaches.  Both buyers and sellers have more information at their fingertips, and some of them think they are experts now in the field of real estate. 

Jun 09, 2016 12:38 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
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Much, much, much easier. I started back in the day when we used carbon paper to make copies of our handwritten contracts. We carried around big, heavy books of all the listings in very small print, took pictures of homes, made 100+ copies and glued them to our listing brochures etc.., etc.. Today is WAY easier!

Jun 09, 2016 12:13 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

easier

Jun 08, 2016 11:01 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Easier.

Jun 08, 2016 10:54 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Easier

Jun 08, 2016 10:24 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Easier.

Jun 08, 2016 09:25 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Easier, no question.

Jun 08, 2016 06:21 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Easier, much easier. Less driving, less printing, no faxing, huge exposure and online possibilities of marketing. 

Jun 08, 2016 05:29 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Aaron Sorensten - if we use technology, right way, to connect with our clients, the job becomes easier...

Jun 08, 2016 04:47 PM
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

i believe it has actually made the profession easier but also less profitable

Jun 08, 2016 04:03 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

it depends on the day and the hour

Jun 08, 2016 01:13 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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It has definitely made my job easier and enabled me to do 2-3 times more business by myself.

Jun 08, 2016 12:56 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Technology has made it easier, but with the fast faced advancement of that technology, it is difficult to keep up.

Jun 08, 2016 12:10 PM
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Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Aaron, technology has made my life radically easier. The mobile devices make keeping up with clients easier. We can look up a property while looking at properties. I can grab a tax record while in the field. My clients find a lot of their own properties to view before they even call me. It is quite a change for the good.

Jun 08, 2016 11:03 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

For the most part it is easier but there is usually a learning curve!

Jun 08, 2016 10:22 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I like to say easier in most cases.

Jun 08, 2016 09:01 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I can see both sides of the coin.  But to be honest, it depends on alot of different circumstances.  Life was easier back in the day of make a phone call, someone answers, you ask a question, they answer and you are done.  Now it's like ... Make a Phone Call, No one answers.  You send a Text.  They don't respond.  You send an Email, and you wait. After a while, you start all over and in the long run?  Alot of wasted time spent for nothing -- just stress.  Sometimes I want to get off that Merry-Go-Round.

Jun 08, 2016 08:19 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Both.  On the "harder" side, it has made people more demanding.  On the good side, it has made gathering info, and timely communication so much easier.  

Jun 08, 2016 07:38 AM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Aaron, easier!

Jun 08, 2016 07:27 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto most of the comments before mine

Jun 08, 2016 07:16 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Both...at first technology appears to help and it does. Then, certain types of it make you dependent on it and that is the hard part. Keeping up with it

Jun 08, 2016 07:03 AM
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Much easier. I can't imagine trying to do what we typically do using 80's or 90's technology. Of course, the very definition of our job has changed drastically since then as well, and we do a lot more, but we also do it better.

Jun 08, 2016 06:34 AM