Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Nope! In fact, with all the Internet disinformation, misinformation, misinterpretation and general sludge . . . consumers need expertise and someone to protect them (from themselves and everyone else) more than ever!

Feb 07, 2016 02:13 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have no fear of that. Though most of my clients have done extensive looking online, they are still full of questions and dependent on my expertise when we connect. I love seeing them get it.

Feb 07, 2016 05:35 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Are you referring to door to door sales?  If so, there are many agents still door knocking. The Guru Party teaches it and preaches it.

Feb 07, 2016 02:18 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

At my age Paul by the time (if it does) get to that, for me anyway, it won't make any difference.... 

Feb 07, 2016 06:29 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Overall? No. But those who do not adjust their practices and knowledge to keep pace with consumer behavior, and provide the services buyers and sellers need WILL suffer

Feb 07, 2016 04:32 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I also agree with Candice A. Donofrio agents who give personalized and top notch service will survive.

Feb 07, 2016 03:09 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If an agents business model is from 1990, they should know this is the extinction model. 

Be aware the encyclopedia sales person did not go out of business because people no longer needed information.

The information business is BOOMING and the need for skilled sales people has never been greater. The WORLD BOOK folks just were not agile enough to stay on the wave.

Feb 07, 2016 02:38 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Not a chance. Real estate will always be a person to person business.

Feb 07, 2016 02:22 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I agree with Candice A. Donofrio 

Feb 07, 2016 02:18 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

They are sue trying but what the consumer needs is service, those who provide it will have success where those order takers will be looking for new work

Feb 07, 2016 09:37 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Not if we keep treating people like they are buying encyclopedias...A

Feb 07, 2016 05:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Those who do not update their practices to meet consumer expectations may become extinct.

Feb 07, 2016 03:03 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I really don't think so.

Feb 07, 2016 03:02 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

I don't think that's a fair comparison for 2 reasons:

1) simple vs complex sale

2) Encyclopedias basically don't exist any more.  So how can you sell something that people don't need/want.

Feb 07, 2016 02:37 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - I certainly hope not.

Feb 09, 2016 02:13 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington I don't think we're looking at extinction, but I do believe we will have to change the way we do business.

Feb 07, 2016 10:48 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't remember the salesperson but we had Encyclopedia Britannica in our house growing up.   There are some who might say that your next question is true.   I don't believe so.  

Feb 07, 2016 10:05 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

No - we have a value that is not replicated by non professionals or the internet - we may be getting more professional as a group though

Feb 07, 2016 09:33 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Nope, the personal touch and local knowledge are still major factors in a purchase!

Feb 07, 2016 09:29 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington . If something doesn't change, real estate may go the same way as the Fuller Brush salesman and the Encyclopedia sales people. Online services are going to appeal to sound cannot take their face out of their mobile device.

Feb 07, 2016 06:38 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Paul. I don't see that at all, it is very difficult to take the human element out of the real estate listing and selling process.

Feb 07, 2016 06:09 PM
Toronto, ON

Yes and no.

Feb 07, 2016 04:02 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington - remember the record companies? They don't exist any more. Remember travel agencies? Now they sell something more than just tickets.

As long as we keep pace with technology and make sure we serve our clients,  and as long as the things we sell needs personal touch, our industry will always be needed.

Feb 07, 2016 02:58 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I noticed that Quicken Loans is now pushing Rocket Loans to get loans online.  I hope it doesn't all go that way.

I went to Advertising school and worked at Advertising agencies doing layouts for ads.  Now it is all computerized. My expertise is obsolete now.

Feb 07, 2016 01:33 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

no I don't.  The internet will never be a substitute for buyers actually being at and in the property.

Feb 07, 2016 01:14 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move


Feb 07, 2016 12:55 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Only if we do not keep up with technology - I believe buyers and sellers need the human touch  and someone to bounce their fears off of . They need someone to keep things in the right perspective and guide them in the right direction .    It is not easy selling a house and getting it to closing

Feb 07, 2016 09:54 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A few may, but most will adapt.

Feb 07, 2016 09:42 AM
LuxurySoCalRealty San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

I recall I almost bought the package many years ago

Feb 07, 2016 09:26 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

We spent $1300 a large sum back then to purchase what we thought would make our kids excel in school. My wife even had her spend the night too and we completed the sale in the morning. We both loved reading these. As to your question, an app could very well do the steps but someone would have to make sure those steps are the what they are. What about questions too?

Feb 07, 2016 09:22 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No...pages and pages of disclosures ensure that

Feb 07, 2016 07:32 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I do not think so Paul.  It still takes someone to put the deal together


Feb 07, 2016 06:42 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

No way, they still need us.. Real estate is a people business that cannot be done by an online robot.

Feb 07, 2016 05:46 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington we're already out of business and don't even know it.  Trulia, Zillow, Home Gain, Redfin and even will enjoy dancing on our ashes.  Well to the Bill Gates of the world, enjoy!

Feb 07, 2016 05:46 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Feb 07, 2016 05:25 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't think so.  Try as hard as Zillow, Realtor and Redfin might, the traditional model will still exist, at least in some capacity.  Just like when call centers moved to India and then moved back, I think any change away from a 24x7 realtor to a 8-5 call center realtor will backfire eventually.

Feb 07, 2016 04:43 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's certainly a possibility, though I don't think the technology is anywhere near the level to replace us as of now.

Feb 07, 2016 03:59 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

No, I don't think so. Like any industry, we need to adapt and the good ones  will su

Feb 07, 2016 03:30 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

The public is smart enough to know when they need a professional.

Feb 07, 2016 02:50 AM