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October 24, 2014

2012 Computers: What Your Peers Use

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2012 Computers: What Your Peers Use

Other real estate practitioners are finding success with these computing solutions.

“Brand Loyal”

When Hanna Williams, ABR, decided it was time to finally replace the HP desktop system she’d been using eight years, her past experience served as her guide. “I like a desktop and was very pleased with my experience with HP,” says the sales associate with RE/MAX Eastern in Feasterville, Pa. Williams considered other brands, but a widescreen HP all-in-one for $800 quickly won out.

“I was a little hesitant at first about getting a Windows 7 computer, but that’s not been any problem,” she reports. “This system has a much larger screen than my old computer, and it’s a touchscreen too, so I’m very happy.”

“Multiuser”

Marco LaPadura, CRS, e-PRO, in Charles Rutenberg Realty’s Bayside, N.Y., office, has all bases covered in computers. There’s a Lenovo desktop in his home office. He’s been carrying a Lenovo portable in the field, but it’s taken a backseat to newer devices. His Droid 3 smartphone keeps him connected to clients and the Web, and earlier this year he added an iPad 2.

“I’m always going to need a primary PC for doing spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, and I can see that becoming my notebook,” says LaPadura. “But smaller, more mobile devices are definitely where real estate is going, and the iPad is great for that.”

He’s used his to manage open houses and to show area listings and virtual tours to clients. “It’s smaller than a laptop and easier to carry, and you don’t have to wait for it to turn on,” he says.

“Resident Expert”

“The biggest issue when buying a computer is knowing the right questions to ask,” according to Victoria C.B. Trees, broker with Crater Lake Realty in Chiloquin, Ore. “All the terms you hear are hard even for someone like me to understand, and I’ve been working with Windows since 1995.”

As resident tech expert for her small office, she makes buying decisions and recommendations. Last year, when Trees added responsibilities as office manager, she decided it was time to upgrade the office computer to a new system running Windows 7. “I’m a multitasker and have to have two monitors on my desk,” she says. Trees contacted Dell customer service, explained her needs, and put together a custom system.

Currently she’s investigating tablets for the company’s owner to carry as a mobile computer in their remote market area, where cellular service can be spotty at best. “Right now, I’m leaning toward the iPad,” Trees says. “She needs something mobile, but with a larger screen than a smartphone for viewing an entire ranch on a map.”

“Almost There”

The transition from Windows user to Apple enthusiast is almost complete for broker Debbie Reynolds, ABR, with Prudential PenFed Realty in Clarksville, Tenn. She got her introduction to Apple via an iPhone, then added the iPad. “I’m doing Web searches and document storage and running different apps on the iPad,” Reynolds says. “I use the iPhone to answer e-mail and for texting, and really like the way the two integrate.”

This summer, she chose a MacBook Pro notebook as her next computer. “I intend to make the MacBook my primary computer, but I’m not quite there yet,” she admits.

A long-time Windows user, she’s taken time to familiarize herself with OS X and the Mac environment. “I know from my phone and iPad how the ease of use and having all my devices integrated will lighten my load,” she says. “I’m glad I made the move.”