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I’ll Never Be Lost Again

Magellan Maestro 3225

My favorite new real estate technology tool of 2008 is my brand new portable Magellan Maestro 3225 GPS unit. I’m probably a latecomer to the GPS game, but for those of you who haven’t adopted GPS, I’m going to give the Magellan a strong recommendation.

For starters, I think it is a potential lifesaver for Realtors. My old method of taking clients to see homes (if I was not 100% certain of the location), was to refer to my mapquest printouts while trying to keep the car on the road, carry on a conversation with the client and just pray that we made it there safely. I’ve been lost more than once, I am embarrassed to admit, though most times I manage to cover.

I’ve only owned my Magellan for 2 weeks, but I think that my local Costco might sell out soon due to my word of mouth advertising. Too bad I can’t get a referral fee. It really is the best $150 I’ve invested in my business this year.

My favorite real estate application is that I can pre-program my showing itinerary for the next day as I schedule the appointments with the listing offices. The next day I just have a button or two to push once I turn the device on. I leave it sitting on the center console of my car and the lovely lady inside of the GPS alerts me that I have a right turn coming up in 2 miles. I love her. When I miss my turn, she reroutes me. Her route is not always the fastest or the most efficient, but it gets me there without thinking about it.

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I know GPS is not new, and many people have it built in their cars. For those of you who don’t, this little device is fun. It’s about the size of my old Blackberry, has a vibrant color screen and it comes with a bunch of accessories. I keep it in my purse all the time. Best of all, it lets me keep my mind on driving safely, which is a very good thing.

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  1. Jay McGillicuddy

    March 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Maureen,
    It was the best investment we ever made too. We love our Garmin and i don’t know how we ever lived with out it. I wrote a post about “are you smarter than your GPS on AR and it was featured and a few people told me they bought one because of the post.

    Sometimes I second guess it but you just have to believe it and all will be well. It has taken me down a dead end road though.

    They are a handy tool. Just remember to take it with you and don’t leave it visible when the car is unattended.

  2. Maureen Francis

    March 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Jay, I had a Realtor friend telling us to buy one 7 years ago. Back then they were about $500 bucks and we were brand new in the industry. We bought some advertising instead. Probably should have bought the GPS!

  3. Rod Rebello

    March 29, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    I wouldn’t part with my Garmin either. One of my better investments for all the reasons you said – especially not having to print out the maps. Mine even monitors traffic and reroutes around congested highways.

  4. Maureen Francis

    March 29, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Rod, That is a cool feature. I have no idea if I have that. I never read manuals, so I guess I will find out some day if it starts rerouting me!

  5. Jamie Geiger

    March 29, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I had a Garman (an older model)- it was stolen out of my garage :(- . I saved me a few times. I know I paid over $600 about 4 years ago- so $150 is a great price. If I am very familiar with the area, I can find a house even when the directions on MLS are wrong-which happens way to often. However, if I am showing in areas that I am not as familiar with I rely on mapquest. I will definitely check out the Magellan. Thanks for the recommendation

  6. rockson

    March 29, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Dont feel bad, I am playing catch up with technology as well!

    Will it route out your destination if you have more then 2 places programmed?

  7. Benjamin Bach

    March 30, 2008 at 3:53 am

    I just bought the Garmin Nuvi 200 for about $170 canadian (pretty much @ par these days with the USD), and it’s phenominal.

    I had someone down last week shadowing me, and he had a GPS in his car. I kept looking at it in awe, and marvelling “how come I don’t have one?”

    Being the High-D that I am, I went out and bought one that day 🙂

  8. Dennis Pease

    March 30, 2008 at 4:16 am

    I have been wanting one for years and I just keep shopping for what I think is the best one. I guess I just need to break down and make the choice. I’ve read stories about them not giving the best directions, taking you through construction zones or heavy traffic. I know they keep getting better with traffic updates and better mapping. There sure have been some days I wish I had one.

  9. Matthew Rathbun

    March 30, 2008 at 6:47 am

    WHAT!?!?! You can’t trust the directions the Listing Agent put in MLS!?!?!

  10. Bill Lublin

    March 30, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Maureen – I’m such a GPS junkie that I not only have one in my car, and my wife’s car, but I bought a Garmin for when I travel (I had been renting the magellan from Hertz for $10 a day and it seemed better to own one I could move around) – And one of the best things for me in a new area (when we bought our 2nd home in LA) – was that having a map up all the time helped me learn the area faster – Something newly relocated agents might find helpful 🙂

  11. Dru Bloomfield

    March 30, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Maureen, I had an handheld GPS years ago that was really cumbersome to use, so was put off by the technology. Now, I have clients asking my why I don’t have one, so I know it’s time to get over it. Thanks for reinforcing that adding a GPS to my technology tool bag is a good move!

  12. Missy Caulk

    March 30, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Maureen, I have one on my car, built in and that’s how I found you last summer, sorta. Love it, couldn’t live without it.

  13. Maureen Francis

    March 30, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Jamie, I am like you in my core market. No map needed. But I have many buyers outside of the core and this helps. I’ve been showing condos lately and while I may know the complex I dont know all the streets within.

    Rockson, Yes you can program in a trip with multiple destinations. That is what I do with my showing schedule.

    Benjamin, our purchase story was similar. Dmitry was showing to some out of the country clients with a rental car with GPS. They were going all over the place. We bought the Magellan the night after he told me about it. Didn’t research much. Just bought it, tried it, loved it.

    Dennis, Just do it!

    Matt, don’t you have any agents there who put “” in the directions field. Our mls finally put out a memo about that.

    Bill, I was thinking of giving this thing as a closing gift to incoming transferees.

    Dru, I do think you will like this unit and Costco is great with returns if you don’t.

    Missy, don’t I remember you calling me from somewhere??? 🙂 If your BA’s don’t have it built in, this might be great for them.

  14. Cyndee Haydon

    March 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    I got a GSP about 6 months ago – it’s the best eco friendly thing I’ve ever done – oh the mapquests I don’t have to print and the trees I am saving now 🙂

  15. Maureen Francis

    March 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    lol @cyndee haydon. I was expecting to see something about the gas saved, not the trees.

  16. Judy Orr

    March 31, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    My husband bought me a Garmin Tom Tom two or three years ago for Christmas (this year was a Roomba – I don’t care about jewelry). I am not good at directions even after 25 years in the biz (plus I work a large area) so it’s been a life saver and I, too, can’t recall how I did it all those years without one. The great thing about the handheld is that I take it with me on vacation and I just trust it and follow the directions.

    The only times it’s failed me is when it can’t find the address of a newer construction area. But I set my appointments up in it before leaving so I’ll use our MLS mapping feature. Oh, and it’s also tried telling me to turn in a one-way street. It also doesn’t take me to stoplights to cross busy streets but I just work around those few things.

  17. Dubai Villas

    August 4, 2015 at 4:44 am

    A very innovative gadget!

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