Quinte, On. real estate agent: My new iphone

My new iphone

I'll admit that I can be a bit of a stick-in-the-mud. I get that from my mother who for years refused to use a microwave. My old cell phone was pretty good, I could call people, recieve text messages, snap the odd picture, and store information. As far as checking email goes, yes, it was capable of doing that, but I never quite figured out how to do it. It wasn't really a big deal, I checked my email regularly on my old fashioned laptop, and never really felt the need to be able to do so on my phone.

As I was having my early morning coffee the other day at the local coffee shop, one of my friends walked in. He ordered his coffee, sat down beside me, and proceeded to check his email. His phone looked so bright, shiny, .....dare I say it - sexy. I looked over at my friend's face, illuminated in the glow of his iphone and he looked so smug and satisfied. He had one up on me. He knew it.

Not being one to miss an opportunity to boast a little, Dave proceeded to explain all the neat things his phone could do. It was a compass, a GPS system, a digital tape recorder, and look,... a piano. He even had a little drum set on the phone. It was magic, the best I've ever seen. Not only this, but you could browse on over to the application store, and for a relatively small fee download a variety of applications (I had finally learned what an application was - after having heard about them for years). I wasn't sold on the phone yet, but the cogs in my brain started to turn. The iphone worm was burrowing into my head. It was very nice, I knew I wanted one, but the consevative in me couldn't quite justify getting one. Still, I popped by the Rogers store later that evening and sneakily ogled the one that was on display.

The very next day I was driving out in the country, looking for a house that had been recently listed. It was cold, miserable and had started to snow a little. My clients were going to meet me there at 5.30pm, and I was getting worried that I would be late. I felt like I was in that scene from the movie"Children of the Corn" where the couple drive around and around, alway ending up at the same intersection, no matter which direction they drive. "If only I had a GPS",if only I had a GPS". That was the justification I needed. The very next day I went down to the Rogers store and bought one.

Oh boy. I haven't really figured out everything it can do yet, there's so much to it, but just for the heck of it, I checked my email while I was out on my evening walk. I hadn't recieved anything new since I had checked on my computer ten minutes previously, but now I knew that if I did get something new, I would know right away. I'm going to check the application store and download the guitar and see what else I would like. I puzzled a little over the application entitled "Sexy Pastries", until I realized that my eyes had inadvertently put an "r" in the word that shouldn't have beem there. I don't think I'll get that one. All in all, until the novelty wears off, I'm like a kid with a new toy

Comment balloon 13 commentsMalcolm Johnston • January 28 2010 10:19AM


Hi Malcolm-

We are going to be getting the iPhone this year and are really looking forward to being able to have some applications that aren't available on BlackBerry!

--Sara in San Antonio

Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) over 9 years ago

Some of my favorite real estate apps I put on my iPhone include Compass, CrimeReports, and Realtor.com - all free.

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTORĀ® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) over 9 years ago

You might also want to look at a Droid.  Much less money with most of the same apps available.

Posted by Jeff Craig, Greensboro Area Real Estate Photography (Hang Me Up Photos) over 9 years ago

You will have to keep us informed. Those of us who are still resisting ;). Let us know if your impulse buy paid off or not.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 9 years ago
An agent I know has the iphone - and she loves it. All the apps - makes the blackberry look old. Now a new toy coming out.... Applies ibook. Can't wait to see this new gadget...have to wait a bit longer then our American Friends to get it.
Posted by Terri Stephens, REALTOR, Calgary & Airdrie 403-827-4663 (CIR REALTY ) over 9 years ago

iTexas Realty Co. Hi Sara, I'm sure you're going to love it. I sure am loving mine.

Lorrie Semler, Addison Real Estate Specialist (Keller Williams) Those sound like some useful apps Lorrie, I'm going to have to look into them.

Jeff Craig Broker, Realtor, CSP (Coldwell Banker Triad Realtors)Aargh Jeff, don't tell me that, I've already bought the iphone. Don't give me a case of buyer's remorse.

Janice Ankrett ASP (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) Janice, resistance is futile. You know you want one.

Terri Stephens (Century 21 Castlewood Agencies )Terri, there's always going to be something new coming out. Pretty soon the iphone will be dated :(

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Malcolm, you are going to have to report to us on how useful you are finding some of the applications. It might be worth switching over from a blackberry if they are time savers.

Posted by Sean Bergin (Remax Trent Valley) over 9 years ago

This is a great post Malcolm.  I am a long time iPhone user and not so much a stick in the mud.  I love the new technologies and I hope to continue to love them throughout my career.  I know old school agents and new, both are convinced their way works, and they are right.  If you have a way that works for you, old or new, go with it.  The one caveat is don't be so stuck in ways that you do not have your eyes open to other ways to build your business.  (blogging anyone).  Enjoy your weekend and thanks for sharing your wisdom.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles UnlimitedĀ®) over 9 years ago

Sean Bergin (Remax Trent Valley) I will certainly report on how usefull I am finding the phone. It gives me an opportunity to show off.

Larry Lawfer (EXIT Realty Metro Dallas) Thanks Larry, and I agree with what you say, it never pays to be stuck in your ways.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

That video is perfect for this story, how funny!  I resisted for a long time as well, and I am in love with my iphone.  It's just insane what it can do.  Have fun with yours!

Posted by Chris Fisher (Your Virtual Assistant) over 9 years ago

Chris Fisher of StagersLISTWebsites.com (StagersLIST.com) Thanks Chris, I'm actually having a lot of fun with my phone, and you're right, it is almost insane what it can do. I wonder what the next generation of phones have in store for us?

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Malcolm, I was just enthralled with your post!!!  I got an iPhone about 4 months ago (switched from a Blackberry) and I am amazed at what this little device can do.

It is a MAGICAL device (the phone part leaves a lot to be desired in my area).

I've always been an Apple afficionado, and I was salivating over the new iPad.  OMG!!!  But if my AT&T reception in my home is bad with my iPhone, I imagine that it would be bad with an iPad!

We should all share our favorite apps, like  Lorrie did above.

I just downloaded XpenseTrkr today, I was looking for an app to help me keep track of my business expenses.  It is VERY COOL, although at $4.99 the most I ever paid for an app.  I just took client out to dinner to write an offer, and I uploaded the info into my iPhone, and then took a picture of the receipt to add to the file.  It keeps a running tab on my expenses, mileage, etc.  

I also like TweetDeck to stay on top of Twitter, and Bump, to exchange info and pictures with other iPhone users.

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) over 9 years ago

Melissa Brown (Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS) Wow Melissa, that xpense Trkr sounds really cool. I think that I am going to get that app. $4.99 is really a small price to pay for becoming so organized like that. I lose a lot of reciepts by being lazy and not dealing with them right away. Maybe my iPhone willmake me a better man. That is absolutely brilliant. Thanks for the tip.

One app that really made me chuckle was the iPoo application. I'm wondering who thinks these things up.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago