Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties Real Estate. Tips for home buyers, home sellers by Gita Bantwal,Realtor at Re/Max Centre Realtors.: You have a smart phone but you don't have....?!!!!!

You have a smart phone but you don't have....?!!!!!

I am glad I came across this post by Russell. It is about voice recognition software that he uses . I have bookmarked it and am going to look into it. I thought I would share it with others. Please comment on Russell's post.

ActiveRain Zoey the Cool Cat ActiveRain


You have a smart phone but you don't have....?!!!!!

People, people, people.....

Many of the comments to, and emails about, my recent post, Sex is fun! (or "How to make money from your ActiveRain blogging"), included statements similar to these:

  1. "Wow! How do you get so much done?"
  2. "Wow! When do you find time to do so much?"
  3. "Wow! When do you sleep?"


  • Voice recognition software
  • I can easily type 100 words per minute for five or six minutes. After that, my poor fingers start really hurting. (My own personal best over a 5-fminute typing test is 369 words per minute on an IBM Selectric II. That was way back in 1976 at Texas A&M University with about 30 members of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity watching. Can't do that anymore. I'm old.) My casual typing speed is about 60 words per minute. However, I can talk at about 100 words per minute, with no pain in my fingers, just everyone else's rear end. Ergo, voice recognition software!
  • I'm a catnapper. 30 minutes here. 30 minutes there. Here some minutes, there some minutes, everywhere some minutes, minutes. The longest I sleep is about 2½ hours, and that usually occurs sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Late evening viewing of Suits, In Plain Sight, Fletcher & Bash, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, and Psych usually means it's after midnight before my longest catnap of the day starts.

For more about the history of my typing, see my May post, Dear ActiveRain Spam Prevention: I've had it up to HERE with you!

My question to my readers is this: "Why oh why do you have a smart phone but you don't have voice recognition software (VRS)?"

Actually many of you do have VRS but you either don't know it or you're not using it. Windows 7 includes a voice recognition program. It's called simply "Speech Recognition." You can find it by going to your Control Panel, clicking on Ease of Access, and then Speech Recognition.

The problem with VRS with most people is that they go out and buy a $5 microphone. Don't do that! Buy the best speech recognition microphone you can. You'll be happy. Trust me. Or not.

Dragon Naturally SpeakingI have been using Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) since October 2001 when I started my home inspection business. Version 6 was coming out in November, so I could buy Version 5 at a discounted price and get a free upgrade to Version 6. Works for me.

Version 11.5 came out in June, and I just upgraded a couple of weeks ago. There are four versions:

  • Home
  • Premium
  • Legal
  • Medical

I guess it's nice when your VRS can also be your attorney and doctor. Much cheaper, although I'm not sure about the quality of advice or care.

If you search around, you can find the Home edition for as low as $69.99. Buy it first and, like learning to sell real estate, practice, practice, practice. Then later on you can upgrade to the Premium edition, which I assure you is far superior to the Home edition in what it can do.

Dragon Naturally Speaking microphoneHow accurate is VRS? It depends on that pesky microphone. I have the super duper microphone that came with DNS, and using my regular voice (not my cold voice, margarita voice, or Texas-speak voice) I can easily get 99% accuracy. That includes all those pesky homophones like its and it's; there, their, and they're. DNS not only knows how to type, it knows spelling and grammar! Sometimes better than I..... ooops.... better than me!

When you find typoes in my ActiveRain pots, it's not DNS. It's me resorting to the keybored to make just a tiny correction hear or their. That's when those pesky typoes get creep in.

So, to all you geeky people out there who are smarting away on your smart phones thinking that you're getting a lot accomplished, I think you'll get far more accomplished if you'll buy, and learn how to use, Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site


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 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.



Comment balloon 2 commentsGita Bantwal • August 26 2011 05:31PM


Good Morning Gita, an excellent post to put up again.  My first time reading it, excellent input.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) almost 7 years ago

Dan, I agree it is good information.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 7 years ago