When I first started in real estate in the mid-1980s, I had no knowledge of computers at all. There was not much demand for computer skills--the machines were housed in temperature-controlled buildings.
As the use of computers increased, I started getting serious about taking extra classes. I picked up some information from my husband and children. I started out with basic computer classes at the San Fernando Valley Board of Realtors. They taught me how to find homes for sale by using the computer. I learned how a computer functions and what to input to get the information I wanted.
The hardest part was the change. I was comfortable with what I was doing and then I had to change the way I was working. Now I don't know how workers can do without a computer.
It takes so much longer to find information without a computer. You lose a lot of sales listings that way.
I use a computer in my office at Fred Sands Realtors in Northridge and I have one at home too. I use my Pentium PC daily for several hours. I can do a comparative analysis to know what a house is worth on the market.