Fighting with technology, an all day affair

When you tell a client "you have to be at the court house first thing in the morning to get this recorded before the mail arrives" you have to go to work early. I've been struggling to get a closing done since since mid august and finally was getting to a good place on that deal when I decided it was TIME to sit down and fix my email.

I'd gotten reminder emails from that my blah blah blah had to be upgraded to keep working with outlook.  I went and checked all my settings, I was still getting emails, everything seemed fine.  Then on October 16th.... BAM. Outlook was not syncing with my email provider.  

Now of course I could still go on line to get and send emails.  Heck I could even still get and send email on my phone. But I have really great long term organization going on in my outlook program so was totally bummed. Today was THE day I was determined to make it work.  So after my early morning I dedicated the next 6 hours to on line customer service, on the phone lack of customer service, on line support, and just trying different buttons.

Finally around 4 p.m. success.

I'm feel all good even though it took me six hours.  THEN... (meow meow want to know if I'm ever going to have time to play)

One of my agents comes into my office and says,  "look at this".  Yes, now one of my websites has a broken something something and I've reported it to the IDX gurus and I'm waiting for a fix.  It's always something isn't it?

Now off to go do a quick walk-through of the house before closing tomorrow. I need to know that it's was cleaned well for my buyer.  I want her only to have to unload the truck and move in She's been the favorite buyer client I've had in a long time.  One that I know will be my friend a long time in the future.

PS- if anyone of you is having that issue with Outlook and bellsouth, give a call, maybe I can help.



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Comment balloon 17 commentsTammy Lankford, • October 21 2015 01:53PM


Tammy - I have had problems off and on with Outlook so I feel your pain. The most aggravating thing is the TIME that it takes to unscramble it. Our broker in charge is a web/internet/guru as well as a beta tested for all things Microsoft so anytime something new comes along -guess who are the guinea pigs! It helps since we see the brightest new shiny 'pennies' but it can be a pain in the neck to constantly be trying new things. Anyway, hang in there!

Posted by Susan Jacobsen, 20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service (The Alliance Group Realty) over 5 years ago

My husband always told me to use Outlook. So far, I've resisted, but good to know you're available. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 5 years ago

Tammy Lankford, it sounds like a typical day in the life of an agent to me, sans the meows!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida over 5 years ago

Tammy Lankford It is interesting that technology has made most things much easier for us  --- but it can also be a nightmare.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) over 5 years ago

I don't believe in much but I do believe that when Mercury is in retrograde, technology goes a bit haywire. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 5 years ago

Oh see, I just turn those sorts of problems over to my IT department (my poor put upon husband) and go play horsey.

Posted by Jenna Dixon, 55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms (Momentum Real Estate Group LLC) over 5 years ago

Tammy Lankford 

Wow what a day you had. I have had problems with my outlook syncing for the past 8 months. Just divided up my 4 eamil boxes and look at them everyday. Such a pain. If there is a simple fix let me know. Have a great week. 

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) over 5 years ago

My only server out here, CenturyLink SUCKS. NO other word to use. Every single time we get on the phone with them it's a sruggle. We're moving our lives, in EVERY way on the 28th and I'm hoping and praying that they don't screw up our phone/internet, etc. as it's all connected. My hubby and I took most of a Sat. morning sitting on the phone with them got hung up on FOUR TIMES and FINALLY got a woman on the phone who didn't use English as a second language and "got it"...she kept saying that to ease our frustration. 

Oy vey! I feel your pain...

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 5 years ago

Good morning Tammy. Love it or hate it, we are dependent on technology. Just look at how we complain when things don't go well on AR.

It is extremely important to have good back up support to make sure all works well to keep everything flowing with the least amount of interruption.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 5 years ago

I have had some such days when getting things fixed took  all day. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 5 years ago

Tammy Lankford the general public does not know all the additional time we put into these kinds of projects.  We had our main hard drive go out and we had to get a new one.  Thanks to on line backup systems we were back up with the data but then it took 3 days to re-install new software to match the new hardware.

Posted by Bruce Hicks, Your Lifetime Friend/Helper! (Best Homes Hawaii) over 5 years ago

Did you get the 'we have recorded' email from title yet? That's always a great email to receive!

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 5 years ago

The kitty is cute. 

I feel for you. Technology issues stink. I work very hard to avoid them, but sometimes i still get hit with them. I hope the website issues get straightened out without you have to spend another six hours on the phone. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 5 years ago

It is amazing how much we depend on technology Tammy. I feel for you.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 5 years ago

I feel your pain.  That exact same thing happened to me with Outlook on my last computer and no one, not even the tech savvy office manager could get it to work.  I decided to stop using it after that.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 5 years ago

I downloaded Windows 10 and it played havoc with my computer and brought it down to a crippling crawl. I had to take it to the Geeks. Oh technology can be so frustrating.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 5 years ago

Many days technology makes our live easier, sometimes it just makes it complicated. Can't succeed without it anymore now days, have a great weekend!

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) over 5 years ago