My family just left, and Ms. Super Organic Heritage Turkey is a carcass that is going to turn into some fabulous turkey soup.
I have been totally blessed with an amazing family and friends who constantly give me reasons to give thanks. And when I’m sitting looking at the remains of today’s feast, I’m thinking about some other things that all Realtors can give thanks for. So let’s look at a few of them.
Supra: when I was a new agent, they didn’t have lock boxes. When we prepared to show a bunch of houses to a buyer, we had to go by a bunch of real estate offices to pick up the keys that might or might not be checked out by other agents. Then, after the appointment, we had to go back to return them. What a pain! So, I’m thankful for those wonderful electronic lockboxes you open with a magic keypad. It’s a magic little tool of the trade!
The Multiple Listing Service: when I got my license, there was one funny little computer for the whole office that printed out information on the inventory on paper that turned brown when exposed to any sort of light. There was basic information – address, number of bedrooms and baths and lot size. To get a clue to what a property looked like, you had to hop into your car and go preview (first running by the listing agent’s off to get the key, if it was there). That was a huge improvement over the old listing books that were two weeks out of date. Today’s MLS systems give us lots of information as soon as a property is listed.
Digital Cameras and Virtual Tours: this is part of the MLS systems that make it possible to figure out what a place is likely to look like without driving for a preview. It’s something that anyone in the business for less than fifteen years takes for granted, and the old-timers totally give thanks for every year in late November.
Email: it’s not just a way to communicate, but it’s a way to get contracts, HUD-1 forms and other documents around town. We used to have to hand deliver a lot of this stuff. Email is a freaking miracle that totally simplifies our jobs.
Blackberry: cell phones are amazing. But my Blackberry lets me read your comments when I’m on a train, having dinner with my sweetie (I have to sneak), or whenever.
Macs: I switched from a PC to a Mac about three years ago and haven’t looked back. There’s the big Mac on my desk and my little MacBook that has become my vade macum. What I like best is that I needn’t worry about viruses or worms or other nasty bugs
Navigation System: I'm no longer humiliated getting lost driving clients around the burbs.
Piers: He’s this guy in my office who photographs my listings and does the fact sheets and mailings. He’s the god of Photoshop, and he’s been great about teaching me how to take better photographs.
Active Rain: You guys came into my life last spring. You’re fun, you’re informative, and you helped to cure me of a serious Tetris addiction. That’s something to be thankful for - trading a non-productive addiction for a good one!
So, this Thanksgiving I gave thanks to God for family, friends, all of the other blessings in my life. And this year, there are a lot of things in the other blessings category.