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A little too computer-dependent

Diary of a real estate rookie

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I admit, I am fairly new at this game, but it seems to me that we're all getting a little bit too computer-dependent. In Ye Olden Days, my sponsoring broker tells me, when a listing came in you put it on an index card. When a client walked in who needed to be housed and you didn't have an appropriate listing, you called the other brokers in the neighborhood and jawed with them until you found the thing that was just right. Apparently, they got used to talking on the phone with you, and didn't try to bite your head off. Now, there's no need for anyone to talk to anyone else because everything's "on the computer." I have one client I'm doing buyer representation for who is going to take a long time. It's a first-time home purchase for him, and he's young enough (30ish) that he can't project his circumstances. Is this going to be a good year for bonuses -- and thus his income -- on Wall Street? Should he buy something he feels comfortable carrying by himself, or something that's a bit ...