Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Making the Electronic Magic Work

I got an email tonight from some favorite buyers that they wanted to make an offer on a cute house we saw yesterday.  Could I write up the papers and email them?

OK, we've been through this drill often enough that they know the purchase agreement more than some real estate agents.  So they know where to sign and initial.  

So I sat down at my trusty Mac and whoa!  ZipFormMacConnect refused to load!  

Well, for just such emergencies, I have a little Sony Vaio.  So I fired it up, went to and voila!  I had it done in no time at all.  But something goofy happened when I tried to email the forms to my clients.  Little Vaio gave me a really hard time.

Not a problem without a solution!  I have a new wireless HP Officejet, and once I installed the driver software, I printed out the stack of papers and then actually figured out how to do a proper scan/email.

Just one thing.  I am totally spoiled by the lightening fast machines at my office.  I sat playing Bejeweled Blitz for about 20 minutes waiting for it to go through.  

And as I stifled the urge to whine, I had to remember the old days.  Yes, once upon a time before the invention of home computers and printers and scanners and email, I would have had to fill out carbon copies of the twenty odd pages of the agreement and various addenda - by hand with a ball point pen!  Then I'd have to pull myself up and drive to the clients' house and have them sign everything.  

"Push hard, you guys!  There are five copies!"

And I won't even go into the physical labor it took to get everything to settlement!  

OK, it's getting late.  My last email (sent at 10:45) said to call me with any questions.  But I think it's OK to go to sleep now!  

Comment balloon 29 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 20 2010 11:03PM


I remember the days of carbon copies.  Email has revolutionized the paperwork world :)

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS (Grants Pass, OR) over 10 years ago

WE love technology!!!  LOL   I was just talking to some one about the "olden" days of technology!   LOL   I remember that our contract was not only carbon...but it was a front 1 page document on legal size paper...and the back had all the "legalese"  LOL  ANd really it wasn't all that long ago...16 years in July!  Makes me feel old!  LOL

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 10 years ago


And the faster we can get it produced, printed, scanned... the less patience we have. I remember delivering papers and it could get half a day both ways

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 10 years ago

I like it when the electronic magic works, but things that do not proxy errors...make my life wild and crazy.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Patricia - Thank you for sharing an informative and helpful blog.


Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 10 years ago

Patricia, we live and die with technology nowadays. good points.

Posted by Bryan Watkins (LRA Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

You gotta love computers.

You do don't you?


What ever the trouble computers may cause.....I really only have one regret.   I don't get to say "Press down hard, there are six copies."  

I used to love that.



Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 10 years ago

Thanks goodness carbon paper is pretty much gone for good -- all the best with the contact.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Aren't we ever spoiled.  Wow.  I remember the old mimeographs to make copies. 

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

Do you have the latest update for ZipForms Connect?  I had a problem recently and had to do a software update.  Now you need to add Docusign to your toolbox and you wouldn't have to print a thing :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Great reminder of how fortunate we are to have so many great tools to save time and bring efficiencies to our business! You blogs always make me smile - Ms. Bejeweled Blitz! I also like your images - they are fun!

Posted by Betsy Schuman Dodek, (Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Pat, now that was funny! And LOL @Jane, there is a word I haven't heard in a long time, mimeograph!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago


There are still agents in our office who hand write their contracts instead of using the LNF automated system. Old habits die hard.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Hi Pat, We are so used to getting and wanting it done now that when it fails us, we are like chickens with our heads cut off, lol.  At least you got it done! :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 10 years ago

Pat, when I first started teaching many moons ago we had the old memograph machines.  Remember those that you hand-cranked and all the kids would smell their papers?  How times have changed.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Pat!

Your post reminded me of this video that I've always loved and just had to share with you.....

Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 10 years ago

Pat, times have certainly changed (mostly for the better).  We are somewhat spoiled by our technology, aren't we?

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) over 10 years ago

Pat - You don't let anything get in your way; do you?  It's great to have the backup when the normal manner isn't working properly.  Great job.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 10 years ago

Amazing, I sent a contract to another agent yesterday. It was on the NEW office "biz-hub". 10 pm comes no response from a normally responsive agent. You know the drill. Email her, she hasn't received it yet. So at that time I go to the office and do it again with a different delivery method. We may get this done today.

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) over 10 years ago

I have a brick imprint on my forehead from trying to scan a listing agreement last night and saving it as a pdf file.  It wouldn't save as anything except a png file.  This morning, everything was working fine.  Sometimes you just have to call it a night and pick up where you left off in the morning.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 10 years ago

Pat:  Those of us that have been in the business for decades will remember "White-Out", Carbon paper, re-typing documents because there couldn't be typos or corrections made on originals ... and more.  Now we cuss and fuss if the computer has a "glitch" for a few seconds.  How quickly we forget!  I'm not a natural at technological gadgets ... but I eventually tackle them and are glad that I do ... very very glad ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 10 years ago

Pat, technology just spoils us, isn't it? 

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 10 years ago

Pat - we are indeed spoiled by modern technology - so much so that my laptop is going to be replaced this Summer for something with a lightening fast processor!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Pat:  We all have to stop ourselves at different times and realize that we are spoiled brats. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 10 years ago

Hi Pat, I remember years ago...too many....starting as a clerk typist for the Dept of Navy...all letters had carbon copies, but when writing to Congress there could be NO mistakes...I can tell you I was SOOOO happy to see word processors....then desk tops...laptops, IPADS...:)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 10 years ago
....and I think the days before MATRIX were the dark ages. I will stick to cursing at my slow PC
Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I am kinda glad I never had to deal with pre-technology real estate!  LOL !

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 10 years ago

I am kinda glad I never had to deal with pre-technology real estate!  LOL !

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 10 years ago

The magic is driving me nuts tonight. Between server errors and proxy errors, I can barely get my comments in.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago