Mona's Real Estate Matters and a Myriad of Other Conversations: Real Estate Really Depends Upon Equipment and Contacts

Real Estate Really Depends Upon Equipment and Contacts

One of the reasons my AR participation had slowed way down was the computer at home would sometimes work, sometimes not.  When I needed to work from home, I developed a work around the issues by using harsh language and just abruptly shutting the computer down.  Then, I'd give it time to consider the hardship it was causing me and would turn it on again.  Sometimes that would take care of the issue and if not, more of the same. 

With AR while I was trying to write a post it was like the Executrix IBM typewriters from the 80s.  Don't lie to me, I know many of you understand what I'm talking about!  If you are a fast typist, it wasn't difficult to outrun the machine's capabilities.  You'd do the touch typing thing...yes, that is a thing to be able to type with all 10 fingers and never look at the keyboard.  Anyway, you'd finish typing your thought or whatever handwritten copy you were working from and then have to wait while the Executrix caught up with you.  That's what I was dealing with trying to work in AR.  So, I'd use the harsh language and computer turn off trick except slowly but surely the trick was working less and less.

Someone reminded me that a good test of insanity was doing the same thing over and over, getting the same bad results and then wash, rinse and repeat.  I'm not an idiot, much of my work was done at the office with the good computer...or so I thought.  I started to remember exactly how much I also do at home.  Finally I broke down and did what I hate doing, shopping for a computer.  Not that much shopping actually.  I wasn't interested in going it alone...ordering something online and hoping I'd get all of my data transferred correctly. Nope, not for me.  I went to the Staples in Waynesville and was shocked to find how few desktop pcs are available to consider in the store.  At any rate, I selected one and made an educated decision on RAM, storage, battery, ports, blah blah blah.  Doesn't matter...everything has more than what I had.

I had the old computer in the car and gave it to the Staples tech and then waited for a few days while everything was transferred and my emails trained to download from the server.  One problem though?  I'd been flirting with disaster not taking care of this sooner.  I'd been using an email service called Thunderbird which the tech told me was no longer "supported", whatever that means.  What it mainly meant to me was those all important emails from the home computer hadn't been transferred.  The tech saw I was devastated and said he'd continue to work on it for me.  In the meantime, the old computer quit booting up.  The tech is researching a way to do some kind of emergency boot and at least try to save them to a flash drive.

All is not lost.  The office computer has the same emails so I could always disconnect and take that computer to Staples to save the emails but the point isn't normal for a computer to be as contrary as I allowed the home computer to behave.  Shame on me for not dealing with it sooner.  It won't happen again.  Everything could have suffered, my attitude in particular!  With the two computers I do have a redundant system but even those need kind and loving care and lots of back up!


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Comment balloon 19 commentsMona Gersky • June 21 2019 02:03PM


Good afternoon from Mongolia Mona. Congratulations on the feature. A good Realtor always fin ds a way. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 1 year ago

Mona Gersky  Well best wishes for a sucessful new computer life and hope to see much more of you once again 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 1 year ago

Ugh, I'd be lost without my computer. I'm glad to hear you have a new one, and am hopeful the email issue will be resolved as well.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 1 year ago

I have a line item in my budget for new computers every two years.  I would rather replace before they start being silly.  Fewer headaches and more fun for me.  Just money and well spent if I don't have headaches.

Posted by Gwen Fowler-864-916-2019 SC Mountains Lakes Homes, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc. (Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc) about 1 year ago

Well said,

Properly working equipment with calm and collective thinking and attitude is the key to take look at things in the right light and save our sanity

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) about 1 year ago

May the computer serve you instead of you serving it....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 1 year ago

Mona, who knew how much technology would play a role in Real Estate and our everyday lives? 

Posted by Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) about 1 year ago

Oh, just reading about the loss of a computer and all the information inside scares me. I just got my new Apple last year, the old one was still doing a good time, but I felt it was "time," before something happened. 

Hoping the current set up serves you well. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 1 year ago

so sorry to hear of your issues, yet tech and backups are a major part of any business, and our real estate businesses are no different. We need to ensure we perform routine backups and even to several locations or services so we are never dependent on just 1 provider.

Posted by Stephen Turner, The BIG Guy of NEW HOME SALES (Burkentine Realty Group (Burkentien Builders)) about 1 year ago

Equipment certainly adds to the two most important components to me, expertise and vision.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 1 year ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Totally understand the frustration, my phone started acting up so guess what made a change asap. 

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) about 1 year ago

Hello Mona - flirting with disaster rarely finds a happy ending but in this case your experience provided a good read and one that many of us can relate.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 1 year ago

Mona I'd venture to say most of us have had a equipment disaster along the way. We have and thankfully Gary is a wiz at figuring things out quickly and buying new equipment if needed. I'm so glad you gave in and just got a new computer and help getting it all set up. Best choice!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 1 year ago

Ah hum!  And who was it that reminded you of the definition of insanity?  Oh, I know. The one other than your computer that had to listen to the harsh language.

Posted by Leslie G. Rojohn, GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty (MoonDancer Realty) about 1 year ago

Good afternoon Mona Gersky ,

Loved the title because its so true! I'm glad to see you bit the bullet and made a wise investment! Your business and AR thanks you!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 1 year ago

Nice to see you back here like old times. There's nothing more exasperating than computer issues.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 1 year ago

Congratulations on your new computer. It’s always good a refresh and some piece of mind. Enjoy it

Posted by AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS, Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL (Keyes Co. ) about 1 year ago

HI, Mona Gersky 

Our local Realtor Association offers FREE computer consulting and repair. Labor and technical expertise is free...not the new computer or parts or software for the old computer. Now, there is value in being a Realtor in my AOR.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) about 1 year ago

Glad it's not only me. I had my laptop just not bootup one morning & that was that. Not any warning or things to swear at - it was DOA. Still haven't found anyone to take the data off the hard drive - seems that it is beneath some tech minded folk.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 1 year ago