As a real estate agent, you don’t spend all your time sitting at a desk. You’re out driving around, meeting people, and touring properties. You need to take all those must-have applications with you wherever you go. You want to have the tools on you at all times to take advantage of every opportunity you find and give clients and customers the best service.
Let’s take a look at all the power and information you can have on your little smart phone anytime, anywhere.
With a few taps you can find a wealth of information about the properties in an area. Use these apps to set up tours, identify comparables for a CMA, and help clients narrow in on an offer.
- Realtor.com: Includes property photos, listing data, driving directions, and open houses. Search by address or zip code, checkout schools and points of interest in the area, and pull up sales histories and property tax information.
- Zillow: Search for listings and save and compare. Check out video walkthroughs, find a local lender and get preapproved, and use mortgage calculators.
- Redfin: Search listings, gather data on comparables, and schedule tours.
- Homesnap: Snapchat for houses. Snap a picture of a house and get MLS information, including property tax info. Use map layers to see satellite images, property boundaries, and school zones. The Messages feature was created for agents so you can keep conversations with clients in the same place, and the Pro version allows you to message other agents.
Data and Documents
In the mobile internet age, “I don’t know” is only temporary. Within a matter of seconds, you can pull up data to answer any client question. And there are handy document management apps that make paper a relic of the last century.
- Google Maps: You’ve gotta have navigation. Check out traffic updates and nearby businesses, and take and add photos inside Google Maps.
- Vert: Convert anything – figure out length, volume, weight, and size.
- Cam Scanner: Scan documents with your mobile device, edit and share documents, make notes, print and fax, passcode secure important documents, and sync across multiple devices.
- Dropbox: Store documents, photos, and videos on the cloud.
- Houzz: Fun app for renovation, interior design, decorating, plus a Real Estate Agent directory.
- Homekeepr: Invite clients to access a directory of vendors and home service professionals. Keep receipts, user manuals, project records, and maintenance schedules.
- RPR Mobile: Exclusively for REALTORS®, the app allows you to create reports, view market statistics, use company branding, and checkout property history and financials.
Business and Finance
You don’t have to be a financial wiz or mortgage broker to easily manage your business on the go and help clients get pre-approved.
- Realeflow: Investors can automate lead generation and marketing, launch a website, checkout repair estimates, analyze deals, create comparable reports, and manage contracts and properties.
- Mortgage Calculator: Figure the repayment requirements, monthly payments, and future payoff date.
- Expensify: Collect your receipts and manage your expenses.
- Deductr 2: Track tax deductions, business income and expenses, receipts, and mileage.
Most home searches begin online, and house hunters expect to find lots of clear, helpful photos of house exteriors, rooms, and yards. Use these photo editing apps to display your listing at their best.
- Facebook Camera: Easy to use and upload multiple photos to a Facebook account.
- Instagram: You already know and use this one, right? Why not use this popular app to edit, dress up, and share house photos? Instagram has over 50 million users. That’s a big audience.
- Snapseed: Lots of photo editing options and filters, plus more advanced tools, and it’s easy to use.
- 360 Panorama: Sometimes you need to show the big picture. Use 360 Panorama for beautiful panoramic photos of that spectacular view. It’s also useful for showing the full layout of a room.
Try out some of these apps and see what works for you. There are so many powerful tools available, many for free, that you’ll never be desk bound again.