In honoring the 20th anniversary of its publication, “Enchanted Homes” has been exploring the many ways in which the community has changed between “Then” and “Now.” And who is better suited than some of the region’s top-notch realtors–all with 20 years or more of experience–to share their thoughts on the evolution over the last two decades of buying or selling a home here.

 

Meet Evan Blish (Piñon Investments of Taos); Lisa Davis (New Mexico Real Estate Group); Diane Enright (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Taos Real Estate-Taos Homes); and Peter Lora (The Lora Company). 

It’s hardly surprising that the four unanimously noted the impact of emerging technology on today’s business practices. 

Davis, who has been licensed since 1995, said, “When I started in real estate the internet was barely getting going. We had Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which was a hardcopy listing printed biweekly.” Enright noted, “In 2000 we were still using faxes. I got my first smartphone–a Blackberry–in 2002.”

“No doubt that technology and the internet are responsible for a radical revolution in real estate,” Blish said. 

“Texting and videos on smartphones, using social media or websites such as Zillow, drones and professional photographs: The hundreds of platforms that we’re connected to distribute our listings around the world to millions [of 

viewers] in literally minutes,” Enright agreed, as did Lora.

“Information and communication are now 24/7/365,” Davis said, and “everything moves at a much faster pace. Being able to gather information up front means you are also able to expedite the transaction to whatever extent possible.”

But some things will never change. Buying or selling a home is one of the most consequential decisions that most of us will make in our lifetime, a fact of which this stellar team is acutely aware. Expertise, knowledge of the market, and a genuine desire to make their clients happy will always be the foundation for their services, Lora noted.

“I still like to serve people,” he said. “I try to anticipate their wants and I work hard to exceed their expectations. Buying and selling real estate is a complex process, especially here in Northern New Mexico.”

“Experience, hard work, and putting the client first have [always] kept my office at the top of the market the past 20 years,” said Enright.

“Yes, the internet has been revolutionary but the actual process has remained the same,” Davis agreed. “There can still be a lot of unknowns so it remains important to cross your t’s and dot your i’s,” thus ensuring the client a seamless, professional transaction.

For the clients of Blish, “Taos has always been a desirable place to live and that will never change,” he remarked, citing its diversity and all-season appeal. “People moving here really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.” And, despite the technological advances, there 

In honoring the 20th anniversary of its publication, “Enchanted Homes” has been exploring the many ways in which the community has changed between “Then” and “Now.” And who is better suited than some of the region’s top-notch realtors–all with 20 years or more of experience–to share their thoughts on the evolution over the last two decades of buying or selling a home here.

Meet Evan Blish (Piñon Investments of Taos); Lisa Davis (New Mexico Real Estate Group); Diane Enright (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Taos Real Estate-Taos Homes); and Peter Lora (The Lora Company). 

It’s hardly surprising that the four unanimously noted the impact of emerging technology on today’s business practices. 

Davis, who has been licensed since 1995, said, “When I started in real estate the internet was barely getting going. We had Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which was a hardcopy listing printed biweekly.” Enright noted, “In 2000 we were still using faxes. I got my first smartphone–a Blackberry–in 2002.”

“No doubt that technology and the internet are responsible for a radical revolution in real estate,” Blish said. 

“Texting and videos on smartphones, using social media or websites such as Zillow, drones and professional photographs: The hundreds of platforms that we’re connected to distribute our listings around the world to millions [of viewers] in literally minutes,” Enright agreed, as did Lora.

“Information and communication are now 24/7/365,” Davis said, and “everything moves at a much faster pace. Being able to gather information up front means you are also able to expedite the transaction to whatever extent possible.”

But some things will never change. Buying or selling a home is one of the most consequential decisions that most of us will make in our lifetime, a fact of which this stellar team is acutely aware. Expertise, knowledge of the market, and a genuine desire to make their clients happy will always be the foundation for their services, Lora noted.

“I still like to serve people,” he said. “I try to anticipate their wants and I work hard to exceed their expectations. Buying and selling real estate is a complex process, especially here in Northern New Mexico.”

“Experience, hard work, and putting the client first have [always] kept my office at the top of the market the past 20 years,” said Enright.

“Yes, the internet has been revolutionary but the actual process has remained the same,” Davis agreed. “There can still be a lot of unknowns so it remains important to cross your t’s and dot your i’s,” thus ensuring the client a seamless, professional transaction.

For the clients of Blish, “Taos has always been a desirable place to live and that will never change,” he remarked, citing its diversity and all-season appeal. “People moving here really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.” And, despite the technological advances, there will always be a place for agents, he believes. “I don’t think we’re going anywhere.”

In a market that survived the 2008 housing crisis and then rebounded with an explosion of sales, the current pandemic is yet another bump in the road for realtors, but one that illustrates the resiliency of the market, thanks to the best of “then and now.”

“For those unable to travel, we offer 3D virtual tours of properties in which they may be interested,” Davis said. It’s old-school exemplary service with a high-tech twist.

“In 2000 I wasn’t wearing a mask to work,” Enright ended, but “we change with the times.”

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