Real estate agents are busy folks. From market research to meeting with clients and showing properties, there's always a lot going on. So in addition to everything else they do, real estate agents must be masters of time management.
And that's where mobile apps come in. For a career that's so often on-the-go, mobile apps for smartphones are essential tools. Here's a look at the kinds of apps real estate agents can really use.
On any given day, real estate agents juggle tasks like meet buyers and sellers, conduct market research, plan property showings, and negotiate deals. A mobile organization app can streamline to-do's and keep agents on-task.
Look for apps that allow for easy labeling or tagging of material so that it's easy to access, such as Evernote. It's a great way to record notes, questions, follow ups, and potential contacts or leads and make that information immediately accessible, both from a smartphone or any other connected device.
Scanners come in handy when paper documents need to be shared quickly with others, but it's pretty impractical to carry one around or head back to the office whenever scanning needs to be done.
With a mobile scanner app, real estate agents can quickly and efficiently make electronic copies of paper documents for storage and sending. Keep track of receipts, business cards, and more. Google Drive now comes with a document scammer.
Dazzle clients with reliable estimates of mortgage payments with a mortgage calculator app. While many clients do take the time to research what kind of mortgage they can afford based on their down payment, there may come a time when a property comes along that's too good to be true.
Help a client out and assist them with determining whether there's a way to make a dream property come true with the most up-to-date information on interest rates. Some apps include the ability to figure in taxes and insurance, and save calculations for later reference, too.
Real estate agents may need access to client files on short notice. An online cloud storage app can make that access possible. Documents and files can be uploaded "to the cloud", which is a really dreamy way of describing remote storage, and accessed from any Internet-connected device.
These apps, such as DropBox, are often subscription-based and allow for a finite amount of storage space in the cloud; however, many apps offer users a limited amount of free space.
Real estate deals can move fast, and real estate agents need to be faster. With an online collaboration app meant for signatures, like DocuSign, real estate agents can get deals done and necessary paperwork signed in a timely manner, from anywhere. Carry out legal signatures remotely.
Make sure to read the app’s fine print on authentication and encryption, as well as if and how the app documents handling of an item and changes (like who signed it when).
While pictures of properties are essential to an effective real estate listing, many prospective buyers have grown accustomed to virtually touring a home via short video clips.
There's no need to set up a fancy video production team when there are video production apps that let real estate agents do it themselves. Videos can be recorded and uploaded and used to help make real estate sales happen. Want to give a live tour of a home? Periscope can work for you.
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