Agents who are using the best in mobile technology and tools will always have a huge advantage compared to those agents who don’t. The best tools save time and make agents more productive. Here are 10 of my favorites. Let’s dive in.
Sign legal and transaction documents digitally from the local coffee shop or on vacation at the lake. Doesn’t get much better than that!
2. Mobile Printers
A lightweight and portable printer allows you to print documents in your car. Here are a few on Amazon.
Read virtually any type of digital document from anywhere on your iPad or iPhone. Goodreader allows you to read/edit documents, create annotations, markup and highlights. Described by Mashable as “the Swiss Army Knife of awesome” this is a great tool that you’ll use every day.
4. Cell Phone Hotspot
For an extra $20 a month on your cell phone bill you can have internet access on your laptop or tablet when you’re not near a WIFI signal via a hotspot. The ability to connect to your MLS wherever you happen to be is a huge advantage. Especially when your competitors have to wait to get back to their office to make updates to a client’s CMA. Talk to your cell phone provider for specifics.
5. 1Password app
There are hundreds of sites you use each month, which means hundreds of passwords to remember. You could use the same password for all of them but this isn’t secure. A better way is to use the 1Password app to keep track of your passwords. It’s ultra secure and works on smartphones, tablets and computers and supports Apple’s TouchID on iPhones. An essential tool for agents.
I love Mint.com and use it every day. Mint’s great for budgeting and keeping track of business receipts and expenses. It’s easy to setup and best of all it’s free.
7. Dropbox Pro
For $10 a month, you get 1TB of space, which is plenty of room to put all your transaction and client files and have access on the go wherever you are.
8. Smartphone Flashlight Feature
Agents are always crawling around dark basements and that handy flashlight app on your phone will save you a cobweb in the face. If your smartphone doesn’t have a flashlight feature, there are free apps that will enable it.
9. A Responsive Website
A responsive website simply means that your website looks great on mobile devices like phones and tablets. Did you know that today 1 in 4 real estate website visitors come from a mobile device? This is huge! Be sure to make sure that your IDX website is responsive. If it’s not easy to navigate on your phone it might be time to start looking around for a website that is.
The ability to do live updates to comparables while standing in your seller’s kitchen during a presentation has serious WOW factor. Signup for a free 30 day trial and check it out for yourself.
Communication via smart phones & tablets has exploded in the past three years.
Buyers and sellers are researching and financing homes via mobile.
Zillow – More than 60% of visits came from a mobile device in 2013.
– Home shoppers spent more than five billion minutes on Zillow’s apps and viewed homes more than 2.5 billion times, up 150% from 2012.
– Nearly 100 million GPS-enabled searches were initiated on Zillow via mobile apps.
– Buyers submitted more than 4.7 million loan requests through mobile devices via Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, up 72% year over year.
Tablet Web Searches
Searches at Google from tablets related to real estate brokers grew 300% year over year and home builder related searches grew 362% in 2012.
Mobile is now simply table stakes for an effective real estate professional. Be sure your team is armed with TouchCMA – a powerful mobile presentation tool.