What are those things on the shelves behind Jennie Ling and Virginia Cook? Any agent under age 35 may NOT know what they are. Old MLS Books! Yes, boys and girls, back in the days of ice cube trays, garages you had to open yourself, and pay phones, these books were how you looked up homes for sale in the MLS. Cumbersome, you bet, but they were updated weekly. Anyone want to complain about computers again? I was at Metrotex Association of Realtors today, talking to the most energetic group of young real estate leaders in town: the MetroTex Young Professionals. God is was great to talk with them… no one asked me what blogging is, instead, we compared platforms (WordPress versus Blogger versus Blog.com) talked shadow inventory — unlike some young cub reporters, I know what it is — the rise in Dallas rentals, and the future of the market. After the talk, Joe Mazza showed me the Metrotex Library: Jennie Ling, who was number one in real estate sales probably longer than any human being has been, brought these books in along with some other relics of old real estate — lockboxes — to show the young ones what life was like back then. In just a few years, maybe they’ll add a new bookshelf of more things to keep for posterity: magazines!
A Trip Down Memory Lane at Metrotex Association of Realtors