Joplin, MO Real Estate Professional : Phones! Newspapers! Real Estate! What Has Technology Wrought?

Phones! Newspapers! Real Estate! What Has Technology Wrought?

I really enjoyed this post and wanted to share with others I hope you found your phone!! Another place where things have really changed is when you are at a seminar or RE meeting. At break time all the bank of pay phones would be full and people waiting their turn to check in or answer messages. Now everyone is outside or in the lobby walking and talking. I have made the comparison in my mind more than once. The phone and iPad have certainly made a difference in showing property!! I love being able to double check to make sure no one is home or check in with the agent right from the site if there are questions! Here is to modern conveniences!! First the microwave and now the iPhone and iPad!!

Phones!  Newspapers!  Real Estate!  What Has Technology Wrought?

On the last leg of our road trip, I lost my I-Phone.  I freaked myself out over the whole thing.

At the same time, though, it got me to thinking about what life was like before these handy little tools of the trade. 

On a vacation, it was possible to check messages (they hadn't started to call them "Voice mail" yet) at filling stations along the route.  You dialed a number, punched in the office code, and you could listen to your fan calls.  But there was no piece of equipment to misplace, but finding a pay phone was kind of a pain.

Today, I started to think about the different businesses that are, thanks to modern technology, completely changed.

Telephones, of course, will never be the same.  My mother had a gazillion shares of telephone company stock that, luckily for the family trust, her stockbroker sold a while back.

The newspaper I grew up with, The Topeka Daily Capitol, was as skinny as I'd like to be, just one more newspaper impacted by the Internet.  And once we in Washington were at the mercy of the Washington Post Classifieds to publicize Open Houses.  The Internet has changed all that.

And with respect to real estate,  we have a lot of modern inventions to thank for making our lives easier, or at least more interesting.

I had several of them, along with their chargers, on my recent vacation.  Phone, MacBook Air, I-Pad, I-Phone, and three digital cameras.  And when I misplaced my I-Phone, at least I could borrow my sweetie's Android to check my voicemail and make calls.

Somehow, I'd rather carry a bigger handbag with all of the gadgets and chargers that look for pay phones that hadn't been vandalized. 

Barbara Calwhite


Barbara Calwhite, Broker-associate
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri
Cell Phone:  417-438-7387


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Comment balloon 5 commentsBarbara Calwhite • October 02 2011 10:26AM



So many changes over the last couple of decades it is hard to keep up at times. Good post

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) over 6 years ago

We are more technologically connected and less personally connected.

This is one reason I am happy when I 'forget' my cell phone.

Turn your ringer down or off when with a client.

This is self talk too.

Posted by Brian Schulte, SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ (Allison James Estates & Homes) over 6 years ago

How would we even be able to function without all of this stuff ! Too many choices

Posted by Dave Williamson (Gateway Funding) over 6 years ago
Thanks for the comments. I really enjoyed the post and wanted to share!!
Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) over 6 years ago

Hi Barbara,

Technology really has changed the way we communicate.  Everything is so instantaneous!  For the most part, this is good, but sometimes I do need to get away from all the technology - times where the phone and computer are shut off.



Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) over 6 years ago