Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

By reading the instruction, I might become too afraid to even try to operate the device. No; I would rather throw caution to the wind and just flip the switch as see what happens! ZIP! Zing! Zoink! Whoops! It broke! Damn junk!

Nov 21, 2015 08:32 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I almost never read instructions.  Instructions are just the back up plan.

Nov 21, 2015 06:57 AM
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530,685
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

I am trying to remember any that came with instructions  -- maybe a few with a link online.

I try to figure them out on my own

But if I can't, I look on Google or youtube for instructions from someone who has already figured it out.  To use the instructions from the manufacturer is the absolute last resort. 

Nov 21, 2015 08:54 AM
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2,007,235
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I wish I had Roger Mucci  to read the directions for me!

Nov 21, 2015 08:45 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends upon the particular appliance or device.

Nov 21, 2015 08:36 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

They come with instructions?

Nov 21, 2015 08:22 AM
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846,375
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Set it up myself of course! Then when I can't get anything to do what it is supposed to I pull out the instructions!

Nov 21, 2015 07:50 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Or, #3, have someone else do it! That's me.

Nov 21, 2015 06:46 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

They come with directions?

Nov 21, 2015 06:42 AM
Rainer
231,174
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i read as a last resort. i dont ask directions either lol

Nov 21, 2015 06:38 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You should know that men do not read instructions.

Nov 21, 2015 09:47 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'm one of those people who figures it out and refers to instructions when I hit a bump in the road.

Nov 21, 2015 08:17 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Sometimes I jump the gun and set it up and figure it out. Sometimes it works and sometimes I wished I would have read the instructions.

Nov 21, 2015 07:57 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Carol. It depends on what it is, but most of the time won't read the instructions and will feel my way through it.

Nov 21, 2015 05:48 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Sunday morning Carol. Most the time, I can figure it out on my own. Occasionally, I have to read the instructions.

Nov 21, 2015 05:20 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Both. Depends how familiar I am with that appliances. I have a coffee maker that I still keep the instructions around( super complicated machine, lol). 

Nov 21, 2015 03:54 PM
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Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA
Realtor

I look for a how-to video on YouTube.

Nov 21, 2015 02:21 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

That is what I do...I set it up and try to figure it out.  If I can't I read instructions.

Nov 21, 2015 01:20 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I like to read the directions in Spanish and then see how much I remember from high school. I determine this by counting how many parts I have left over Carol Williams 

Nov 21, 2015 11:33 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I like installing / figuring out things on my own. 

Nov 21, 2015 10:24 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Just remodeled my kitchen and got new appliances, and did need to read to figure out how to set the clock, and thought I would read to how to operate it.

Nov 21, 2015 10:15 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Carol Williams I always read the instructions after I can't figure it out myself.

Nov 21, 2015 10:13 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Depends on how complicated the setup is.

Nov 21, 2015 10:11 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I read the instructions since my techy son moved out several years ago. I used to hand them to him to figure out and teach me what I needed to know.

Nov 21, 2015 10:06 AM
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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

It depends on what it is.  

Nov 21, 2015 09:31 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I usually figure it out on my own. If I can't, I will refer back to the manual.

Nov 21, 2015 07:30 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If it is just a new model no but something I haven't had yes. I think Digital SLRs are a purchase where you need to read insturctions and get instruction.

Nov 21, 2015 06:08 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I try to read the directions if they provide them. Sometimes you have to go online and download them.

Nov 21, 2015 05:58 AM
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Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Carol, we usually wing it or if in doubt ask our daughters to set it up.

Nov 27, 2015 01:53 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Carol - Usually just set it up and figure it out on my own. If all else fails, then I will read the instructions.

Nov 24, 2015 10:21 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I am bad about not reading the instructions until I run into a snag.

Nov 23, 2015 10:01 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Carol,
Depends on what it is and what I want to do. I often find YouTube is faster than reading.

Nov 23, 2015 09:34 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Carol Williams I think most of us start installing/working on it immediately!

At least I do! ( No patience to read that small type...)

Nov 22, 2015 01:38 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I am a man,  We don't use instructions!

Nov 22, 2015 11:46 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

What are instructions?  Columbus didn't need them to find America, so I don't need them either!

 

I like to turn it on and explore it.  Learn it.  But maybe that's the computer geek in me.

Nov 22, 2015 03:32 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I never read instructions....and my percentages of success are not great!!!  that's what adult children are for... whatever I buy, there's always a kid there to set it up.... when I tell them I'm buying a certain item, they now offer to set it up....because they know I won't read....tammy actually comes with power tools if michael is not available!!! jimmy's in north carolina and probably thankful much of the time...

Nov 22, 2015 01:52 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

If there is a booklet enclosed I read it. If I have to download I do not.

Nov 22, 2015 01:05 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I read the book of words.  Suzanne does not!

Nov 21, 2015 11:44 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I would just set it up and figure it out; 99.9% of the time they are in a foreign language that I do not know.

Nov 21, 2015 10:30 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

"Instructions!" 

When I refer to the instructions, they tend to Always be written in Spanish. So I figure it out. 

As a result, I have the most unusual assortment of parts and pieces in my 'odds-and-ends' box.

Nov 21, 2015 09:15 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Unless you can read Spanish ..... Never have I read any manual on any devices or machinery. Even very sophisticated .....

Nov 21, 2015 12:29 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I think you are talking RTFM. I usually don't read the book Carol.

Nov 21, 2015 11:14 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I usually try reading the directions. Sometimes there is useful information in the directions. 

Nov 21, 2015 10:28 AM
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Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com - Brighton, MI
SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

It depends.  I may browse only if I'm familiar with the technology or features, but other times I thotoughly read (and follow) instructions.

Nov 21, 2015 05:53 AM