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Confessions of a Non-GPS Using Agent

It finally happened.  I got lost.  Yep, me the native of Northern Virginia, the one who proudly gloats that they "don't need no stinkin' GPS" to find their way around.

My instincts told me when I left the house that something wasn't right.  I checked and double checked to make sure I had my supra key, my phone, my digital camera and even my car keys.  They were all there so that wasn't the problem.

 
CowSo off I went.  I followed the directions.  I took every left turn, I took every right turn.  How could I be wrong?  It was all spelled out for me in black and white.  But still that little nagging feeling wouldn't go away.  Why wasn't I seeing houses?  Lots and lots of houses?  Cows?  Not on the list of what I was expecting to see.

 

 

  

Reading GlassesTime to stop and put on the reading glasses.  Perhaps I zigged when I should have zagged.  Nope the directions told me to go this way.  How could I have gotten myself into this predicament? 

head SlapIt was easy.  Instead of following my instincts I followed the directions in the MLS.  A big slap my head DUH to me.  I know better and yet I did it anyway. 

 

 

 

So to my fellow agents, before you hit the submit button on the MLS re-read your directions.  Gas isn't cheap and sending an agent even a few miles in the wrong direction is costly both in gas and time.  Don't rely on Google instead get out and drive them yourself.

No I'm still not going to buy a GPS....yet....but I am going to trust my instincts.  They usually don't steer me wrong!

 

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Comment balloon 27 commentsCindy Jones • April 04 2008 07:07PM

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AW come on go ahead and breakdown and get one.  You know deep down that there is another agent out there that will do it to you again. :-)
Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

About 6 years ago I purchased a a touch screen Kenwood at nearly 4K!  The replacement discs were over $400.  What I liked since I started using them?  The time I save!  It shaved 2/3 of my showing time!  I was able to schedule 2 or 3 buyers in a day!  They pay for themselves easily since the prices are so cheap these days!  You are cheating yourself!  I have two Garmins now and I love them!

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (RE/MAX Paramount Properties) over 10 years ago
Don-I laugh sometimes when I read directions and wonder how in the world do they expect anyone to actually find this house.  Oh well I'm always up for a little adventure!
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Jim-Two Garmins!  Wow you have them for both coming and going :-) 
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

I have a fellow agent who refuses to buy one - we call her the "map cruncher!" She folds, refolds, slams, crunches, and abuses her trusty map. We have NEVER gotten lost with her I will have to say! She can read a map for sure.

 

Posted by Cindy Bock, Hendersonville, NC Real Estate (Bungalow Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Cindy, Cindy, Cindy.  A good admonition to listing agents to try to enter their directions accurately.  However, haven't you tried out VAR's Maptimizer?
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 10 years ago
A GPS is on my list of things to buy. I use maps and mapquest .
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 10 years ago
No one for each vehicle!  My wife and I both sell real estate!  I wrote a Blog about this over a year ago!  That as a buyers agent a GPS is the best tool you could ever own!  Even if you know the are, It allows you to converse with your buyers and concentrate on the close!
Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (RE/MAX Paramount Properties) over 10 years ago
Cindy-hmmm maps.  I do have a nice big lamenated one that I refer to now and then.  What is frustrating is knowing that I was going in the wrong direction but figuring that the listing agent would have it right. 
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Brian-yes I was hoping others would see it as a bit tongue in cheek with a little message to check your directions in the MLS.  I have checked out the VAR's Map and think it is a great tool.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Jim-I was kidding about the coming and going.  I've always had a great sense of direction especially as a native of the area.  I haven't found a GPS system that I actually like but will go back and check out the Garmin's and see what if it is time to make the investment.  Of course I could buy a new car with one already installed too :-)
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Yeah I don't like using others directions because for some reason they aren't always accurate.  Even mapquest has steered me wrong before having me turn on roads that don't exist.  I have the feeling of being lost!          
Posted by n d (Naoma Doriguzzi) over 10 years ago
My husband got be a GPS for Christmas. Now i'm hooked! I love it! I plug all my appts in every morning, if I don't know the house/neighborhood, and it's a breeze!
Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 10 years ago
Loved all your graphics.  Very cute!  I have been selling real estate for 23 years with no GPS until this year AND no sense of direction!  I can't trust my instincts because I don't have any when it comes to driving!!  I love my new car with GPS. 
Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 10 years ago
Naoma-I don't mind being lost if I'm not on a schedule.  Exploring new roads can be fun but I'm one of those fantatics that if I tell you I'm going to be there at 7PM I start to panic when I'm running late.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Erica-I have to admit I spent a little time this morning researching a couple of GPS systems.  The ones that allow you to load multiple locations are appealing.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Susan-Glad you didn't get lost on your way to my blog post :-)  I would figure after 23 years of selling real estate you would know your way around very well!
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
I cant live with out my GPS, Mainly because it reduces printing, and its easy.  I learned a long time ago that the mls directions are often wrong.  Today its a necessity for me to have and use gps like a lockbox key.
Posted by DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones, The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick (Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.) over 10 years ago

You really should break down and buy a GPS.  We held out, but finally bought one last November.  We've probably saved ourselves hundreds of miles since then.  We've even named her ... Rosie. :-)

Patty & Scott Carroll - RE/MAX Equity Group - Vancouver, WA

Posted by Patty Carroll over 10 years ago
Cindy, I loved this...sounds like me...I love the reading glasses part!  I am afraid if I get a gps, that I will become too dependant on it!
Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest) over 10 years ago
The GPS does not work great in rural areas anyways.  I live in NH and my business partner just bought one (I won't name any brands) and it wanted to send her down a snowmobile trail.  Funny, but not funny when it ended up making her 45 minutes late and almost stuck in the mud.  Just when you thought you bought a gadget that would really help!!! Go figure....
Posted by Monique Currie, Full Service Real Estate For A Flat Fee! (Polka Dot Properties, LLC) over 10 years ago
Dee-Dee-hadn't thought that it might reduce printing.  Another reason to give it a thought.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Patty & Scott-I may be getting closer to considering one.  I need a new phone first then a GPS second.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Debra-spare reading glasses everywhere.  I even found reading sun glasses that are reading glasses.  I'm set now.  I don't want to get lazy and stop look at all of the fun landmarks I find when I'm driving around.  I'm like you I'm a bit concerned about the dependency issue.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago
Monique-how horrible! I'm not sure a GPS would like all the back roads I take on a regular basis trying to avoid traffic on our interstates during rush hour.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

I for one could not live without mine.  One of the best features is the kids quit asking "How long till we get there?".   We still have an issue with "I have to go to the bathroom"...but now we at least know how long to the next potty. 

The one problem I find in this area is that many newer roads are not listed yet.

Posted by Dawn DeGroff (Fredericksburg Realty, Inc) over 10 years ago
I told my husband I was going to pull the truck out today for my appts so I wouldn't get lost.  Instead, he told me to go buy a GPS.  I think the truck is cheaper!!
Posted by Latonia Parks, Certified Military Relocation Expert (Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV) over 10 years ago

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