Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty
Technology has revolutionized the residential real estate business. I was an agent in the day of file cards, when each listing was represented by a hand-typed 3 X 5 card, sorted by address and lodged in trays which we flipped through when doing a search. The early computers, which came in during the mid-1980s, were actually MORE laborious to use than the cards, but we knew it was the wave of the future so we persevered, each of us with a giant monitor on our desk and a manual as thick as a phone book instructing us on how to use the system we had acquired. Gradually the programs improved, the system speed accelerated, the Internet entered the picture, and thirty years later we find ourselves micro-processed, frustrated if seconds pass before all the information we are seeking appears on the screen.