Smartphones are a powerful tool in any real estate agent's toolkit. However, their uses extend far behind communicating with clients, mobile web browsing and email access. These seven apps offer instant benefits to any agent looking to squeeze the most benefit from their Apple device.
Floor plans are an essential part of any real estate listing. With MagicPlan, you can quickly generate detailed floor plans using your iPhone or iPad's camera. After a quick calibration process, the phone can accurately determine dimensions based on a few pictures of each room. Then you simply arrange the rooms on the grid. Floor plans can be saved to the phone, sent to contacts or emailed to you in PDF, JPG or DXF formats to make updating listings, clients or investors a snap.
Videolicious makes it easy to capture and edit video using your smartphone. Support for narrations, captions, music tracks and slide shows make it easy to create professional property previews without having to spend hours at the computer. Templates and video filters allow you to create engaging video and highlight key features of your property for increased impact as well. When you have finished your video, you can iCloud and iTunes integration makes retrieving your videos straightforward and simple.
3. Dragon Dictation
If you frequently use your phone to communicate with clients or take notes on a property, Dragon Dictation can help streamline the process. Unlike other dictation software, Dragon Dictation requires no lengthy voice training. The app can export entries to many popular iOS apps as well. This makes it easy to respond to emails, send a quick text message or create notes for later use without having to using the on-screen keyboard.
4. 360 Panorama
360 Panorama eliminates the expensive software and equipment needed to take panoramic images. The app works by taking pictures at specific intervals and then combining the images into one file. On-screen guides tell you when to shift your camera and help to avoid distortion and warping of the image. Once you have taken the picture, it is added to your image roll to make sharing or uploading your panoramas simple.
Powered by LinkedIn, CardMunch provides a convenient way to manage business card contacts. Using your device's camera, the app sends a copy of the business card to a transcription center. The information is then added to a contact file and stored within your iPhone or iPad's contact list. You can also set up an auto-response service through CardMunch that sends a digital copy of your contact information to any contact that you scan into your phone. This makes it easy to follow up with clients and improve response times.
Evernote provides a central location to store and sort video, images, text, website snippets and other information that you collect throughout your day. The app automatically synchronizes all of your items with your Evernote account and computer applications for easy access from the home or office as well. Everything you enter into Evernote can then be sorted into albums and is indexed for easy searching later.
7. Property Evaluator
In-depth calculations, formatting and other aspects of creating a property evaluation take a significant amount of time. With this app, you can complete much of the process from your device while you are on location. Templates include a coversheet, multiple photos, GPS maps, expense, profitability and many other items. The Pro version allows branding and template customization for added flexibility. Once you have entered the required information, the app creates a PDF file that is ready to email to clients, investment partners and lenders.
We hope these apps help you develop a more efficient, profitable real estate business.
About the Author: Jennifer D’Angelo has been writing about the real estate industry for companies like Right Residential for nearly a decade. When she’s not writing, Jen enjoys relaxing by the pool with a good book!
*Screenshots taken from iTunes