The Advance of Technology is Unavoidable

avatarthumbnail.jpgHere’s an idea of just how big a baseball fan I used to be …

Jealous of the gentlemen on Prime Ticket Sports, sitting smugly in their chairs after Financial News Network went off the air, referring to daisy-wheel prints of the day’s baseball statistics, and unsatisfied with the weekly stats that were printed in the local newspaper or in USA Today, I set out to track the stats myself.

And so I wrote a quick problem on my old Texas Instruments 99-4A – with the tricked out cassette drive, voice modulator and rockin’ 16K of memory – where I could enter the day’s box scores and see the updated statistics. The tricky part was recording the new data on the cassette drive, which took roughly as long as your average game between Tony LaRussa and Buck Showalter (that’s a long time, by the way.)

I always think of this program when I’m working Texas Rangers games because their manager, Ron Washington, was one of the players active at the time. And for whatever reason, his 1-for-4, one run scored day has stuck with me all these years.

There are days when I miss these hacked stats versus the readily available information permeating the Internet, but it’s a longing that doesn’t serve any purpose and likely will go unfulfilled. Nothing would drive me to update the baseball stats manually, not when there are a hundred places to go for the same data.

And such is the state of the real estate world. It’s possible to still do this job the old way and limit the amount of technology you use and that you make available to clients, but at the end of the day the clients are going to opt for the places where they can get the most information.

There are agents who have yet to use platforms such as Trulia or Zillow, who provide next to no information about a property … in essence, by sitting open houses and eschewing any of the technology, the agent is updating the daily baseball stats off the box scores by hand and expecting the clients to follow suit.

Maybe some will do it … there are still some of us who miss the feel of dice in our hand with our old tabletop baseball games versus the computerized versions … though the vast majority of folks will take the easy way out. Technology’s made it possible. You only need to keep up.

Real estate technology need not be complicated and is certainly less complicated than even the most basic BASIC program to compile stats. It’s not a question of whether all agents need to get on board because they do, whether they realize it or not. It’s just a matter of realizing the public doesn’t need your printed stats anymore.

Give them the data they want or they’ll find it on their own.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at