Walk into any waiting room, stand in line at the department store, or even take the morning train into work and you will spot hundreds of people, faces intent on a small glowing screen as their fingers fly across their smartphone, letting their fingers do the talking, i.e. texting.
Real estate apps becoming vital tools in the realtor arsenal! © Suriko - Fotolia.com
But what if you’re one of those people who hates text messaging? You may be outnumbered, but now iPhone and Android users have a sweet little application, which just may bring “non-texters” and “texters” together. TalkBoxApp is a text messaging application perfectly suited for people that don’t like text messaging.
- A free application, TalkBoxApp allows users to leave a short, 1 minute voice message that displays as a text message on the recipient’s phone. Realtors are often on the go, and they don’t always have the time to send a text message, but with TalkBoxApp they can leave a quick message and get back to what they were doing. For example, if a realtor is showing a house she can let her broker know she’s got an interested buyer, and then get back to discussing the details with her client without missing a beat. Users can even send their exact location with this app so there’s no question which house is being discussed.
- AroundMe is a GPS type of application that lets the searcher find out what kind of amenities are near a particular location. A realtor can easily determine the best features of the neighborhood to add valuable content to her listings.
- Calculators are a realtor’s best friend, but add complex calculations to the basic functions of a calculator, and you’ve got a new best friend you won’t want to give up! Consistently rated among the top 10 apps in finance, MyOwnLoan will calculate monthly mortgage payments, effects of rate changes over the life of the loan, number of payments remaining and important information to help borrowers determine which loan suits them best. A realtor can use this information to get a “ball park” estimate of the seller’s loan information until she receives hard data from the mortgage company.
Realtors who take advantage of the numerous technological devices and applications designed to make their lives easier have a distinct advantage over those professionals who may not realize how these applications can add value to their services.
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