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60 Essential Apps for the Real Estate Agent
Transcript of 60 Essential Apps for the Real Estate Agent
Create notebooks for clients
Create all operations/organization checklists
Create a customized property tour
Keep track of all leads or potential new business
Document all training notes, certifications and conference notes
Snap a photo of your handwritten notes using Evernote and easily access them later
Sample Application: Make a folder called "Communities" in which you save all the information you collect on different home owner's associations or neighborhoods. Anything from gate codes, pet restrictions, property manager contact details, and other agents that you know that live in the community. If you're out touring houses and a customer asks you what the HOA fees are and what they include, you don't have to rely on memory and can pull up the details by searching the community name.
I use this app all of the time on my Mac and on my iPad. It's great for annotating almost anything. My favorite use is for walkthroughs and inspections. Take pictures of the problem areas and put notes directly on the picture and send it off. It's also a great tool for agents in new construction.
Skitch provides you with all the tools you need to visually communicate ideas, share feedback and collaborate with friends and co-workers. With Skitch on your mobile device, you can capture what’s important, mark it up with your thoughts, and pass it on.
Use an existing image or capture a new one, then add arrows, add shapes, or write on it with the pen or highlighter tool. Once you have added your ideas, share it with others to move your projects forward faster.
Open Home Pro
This is a "save for later" app that lets you save articles, photos or videos from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Zite etc. and then view them later at your leisure, even when you're offline. A cross platform app, you can use it on desktops, laptopls (both PC & MAC) Android and iOS systems and even the Kindle Fire.
Use Pocket to save articles and video with one click of the Pocket icon. Retrieve relevant reference material for updating your website, marketing material, or blog. It's easy to use, works on many platforms, and can be available when off-line.
ScreenChomp also allows you to make annotations on an image or photo in much the same way you will on the whiteboard.
A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun!
Just - Record It. Sketch It. Share It. - to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.
Dropbox is a daily necessity. It allows you to share documents and photos with your clients, team members, colleagues all in the cloud - providing instant access to whatever you need, whenever you need it.
Dropbox is a document storage system for when you are on the go. Store MLS Listings and detailed property information for showings, access a clients listing contract, purchase agreement, or inspection report from wherever you are.
iAnnotate allows you to store and mark up PDF docs. You can save a contract and have have the client sign while you're with them. You have the option of emailing a doc in its original form or with your written notes on it. The best part is that it saves docs on your device, so you can access your files even when you don't have a signal.
Directly connect to your favorite online cloud storage services - Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box accounts.
Create Stamps with often repeated information or your signature.
Fill out those annoying, non editable PDF's you get and cutt down on turn around time.
This app is a great way to view files from within all of your cloud storage accounts. Plus you can modify Microsoft Office files that you have stored in the cloud from within this app.
Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff. Upload photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you, then access what you need wherever you go, on any device.
New to Google Drive for iOS is the ability to create and edit documents. In editing mode, you can change font styles and access other formatting tools. Also, you can now view presentations through a nifty slide viewer.
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A scan in my pocket! It works with the camera or any pic from the library. Enhance documents and organize them using tags. Useful tool to share docs fast and easy, track receipts of expenses, bring doc copies to clients or partners, etc. Docs can be exported to PDF files. Backups to your computer using WiFI.
Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and iPad into portable scanners. It allows you to scan receipts, whiteboards, paper notes, or any multipage document. Scanned documents can be emailed and printed, uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote, or simply saved on the iPhone/iPad.
Experience the simplicity of document scanning:
Scan receipts to keep track of travel expenses
Convert paper notes and sketches into digital copies
Sign with a pen and scan a contract to email it back
Save interesting articles and book pages for further reading
Real Estate professionals collect cards like bookshelves collect dust, but they often get filed in desks and drawers without enhancing our businesses. Card Munch is an APP owned by LinkedIn and all you have to do to connect with someone whose card you have is take a photo. The card is then transcribed and added to a contact list. You can also connect with the person on LinkedIn if you wish, or add them to your contact list.
A to-do list that is like no other - have multiple task lists that can be shared with various people, and who all can add to and subtract from the list.
Someone always inevitably asks a question about a document or an email or something that was said, and I can't remember exactly where that information was located. CloudMagic is an awesome search that spans your Gmail, Evernote, Dropbox, Twitter and more. This app has saved me more times than I can count and it's wicked fast.
Use Shoeboxed to capture all your receipts, business cards, and the like. Just snap a picture and it's uploaded to your account. It will sort and organize it all for you.
Twist sends text message updates based on where you am are. Text your party at various intervals until you arrive.
Helps you manage your time to and from appointments. People prefer to be in touch vs. wondering where you are
While not yet as robust as other electronic signature apps, this one is quick and easy, and even allows you to scan documents using your camera, upload them and sign them. They also have integration with email and Google Drive, enabling me and my clients to sign documents straight from the app. I've been surprised how much I've used this since I've downloaded it.
Welcome to Notability, the best-selling note-taking app on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Notability is so powerful that it will transform how you work: sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, jot travel notes, teach a class, make a presentation and much more.
Notability's zoom window helps you quickly and clearly draw every detail, while the palm rest protects your notes from unwanted marks. Choose the right pen and paper for any project.
Import forms, contracts, worksheets, documents, presentations, and even books; then use the same tools that help you take beautiful notes in Notability to mark up PDFs. Do you have files in other formats such as doc or ppt? Notability can import those too!
Use Dragon Dictation whenever you have a random thought. Write yourself notes, e-mails and journal your thoughts. Capture those thoughts while you're on the go and time is of the essence.
Just started using and it's great for quick voice notes or if at an inspection and something needs to be addressed can take photo add comments to the pic with whatever the issue is and email to appropriate parties. Also, has to do lists, reminders, create new spaces by property address or buyers, etc... Free and pay depending on need for space.
Tired of reading? Select text you want to read and listen to it. SpeakIt converts text into speech so you no longer need to read.
SpeakIt reads selected text using Text-to-Speech technology with language auto-detection.
Copy emails, documents, web pages, PDF files, and more; paste them into Speak it!, and have the text spoken back to you with the highest quality text to speech engine available anywhere.
CalenMob is a native Google Calendar app with intuitive design. It inherits the simple and clean look of Google web calendar and makes it more accessible, responsive and reliable on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It can also be used with no Internet connection. All changes will be synced back to your Google account the next time you connected.
A really useful to do day planning app, Any.Do has a real easy, and almost elegant user interface, and is available cross platform. You can use it on your PC or Mac through the Chrome extension to add tasks, and is available for the Android and iOS operating system.
Everyone needs some sort of calendar app to help them manage their time, and this is the one I keep gravitating back to. It syncs beautifully with Google Calendar and my GQueues (task manager), syncs with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn and even displays the weather ~ all in a gorgeous package.
Flipboard is another easy to use Magazine that organizes information by topic to keep you on top of the things you need to know. It also connects with your social metworks to provide you with a magazine style overview of who is saying and sharing what.
To unzip a .zip file that comes in as a contract when agent sends me a contract through Digital Ink through Zipforms, then I can open it in IAnnotate & highlight terms of offer & then email from there.
Absolutely the best mileage app. Tracks multiple vehicles, reminds you to close out your log at the end of a trip. Reports can be emailed from the app in an excel format and ready to go to your accountant!
Milebug is excellent for tracking mileage for mulriple purposes. I use it to track mileage for my real estate business, a consulting business and two different volunteer organizations activities. Its easy to setup and use. And its easy to add trips I forgot to track with the program.
Timerange is easy to use application to work with dates. Add or subtract days from any date. Find out an interval between two dates. Create time counters. All of that is really fast and with just a few touches. Weekdays, holidays and days by your own choice are supported.
Features: • Minimalistic and beautiful 3-screen interface. • Addition or subtraction of days from any date.• Interval calculation between two dates.• Time counters.
1Password allows you to store a lot more than just website logins. With 1Password you can keep all your important information available at your fingertips.
Create, edit and use many item types including:
Credit Cards, Secure Notes, Passports, Bank Accounts, and much more
Mark your most used items as Favorites
Organize your data into Folders
Customize items as necessary
Sketch out your ideas in a nearly limitless, zoomable drawing space.
Designing layouts and workflows with other people is so much easier with this app.
For users who want a simple way to share and collaborate on whiteboards with other people, be they local or remote, SyncSpace is well worth trying out.
Puffin is a browser for IOS system that allows you to use flash. Puffin Web Browser is fast and comes with unlimited hours of Adobe Flash support over cloud.
If you ever need to organize ideas and information in a graphical way, or participate in brainstorming sessions, the SimpleMind+ app for the iPhone and iPad can become an indispensible tool. What’s nice about this mind mapping application is that it’s well-designed and intuitive to use.
Mindmapping enables you to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information. Typical Uses:
This Facebook Pages app is great for managing all my different Facebook pages. I use it to upload photos directly to each page and it allows me to easily interact with the fans of each page while on the go.
Do you manage multiple social media accounts? It's likely difficult at times to keep track of everything, or to post when you want to. Buffer is a great, easy app that allows me to schedule tweets, Facebook posts and articles on LinkedIn. You can also change the scheduling around to make sure a post gets maximum views, as well as track analytics straight from the app. It also syncs with Pocket, via email and Mobile Safari.
Use the Worpress iOS app to update your blog/website directly from your iPad. Upload photos, video, and text all while on-the-go. Instead of having to wait to update your site for when your back in the office at your desktop, you can immediately post when out showing property, while sitting in a restaurant, sitting in the car, or even in bed! If you use the Wordpress platform for your website/blog, this app is a must-have. It's never been easier to update a website as with this app.
Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks from your library using OverDrive Media Console on your Android device. More than 27,000 libraries worldwide offer titles via OverDrive.
Camera+ makes your pictures look awesome. It’s the only photo filter app I use these days. All those pictures of your beautifully decorated home and family and friends around the dining table can be even better with this app. It has more photo editing and adjustment features than the more expensive photo editing apps. Crop, rotate, colorize and share photos all within Camera+.
Pro HDR works wonderfully for taking photos in homes. It balances out the light areas and dark areas to create a better image.
SonicPics makes digital storytelling fun and easy!
Turn your photographs into narrated slideshow movies.
Add images from your photo library or snap new ones with your camera.
Arrange your photos however you would like. Record a voiceover narrating your images as you swipe through them.
Once you are finished, you have an enhanced m4v movie with your images synchronized to your narration.
Animoto allows you to quickly build on the go video. Compose video of listings and homes you are showing buyers by using still photos you’ve taken with your iPad. Animoto does all the transitions based upon the music you choose. Tons of great templates and extremely easy to use.
iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips, with a beautifully streamlined interface and Multi-Touch gestures that let you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your video library, quickly share favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers. And with iCloud, you can enjoy them in iMovie Theater on all your devices.
There is a lot of information for buyers, whether a first-time home buyer or one of new construction. Provide you clients a resource for them to use after the closing that helps them care for their home.
This app sets Alerts for common home maintenance activities (like checking batteries in smoke detectors and checking GFI electrical outlets), and also allows for custom Alerts that might be unique to the home. Better yet, setup reminders for you about their home so that you can keep in-touch over time.
A great visual representation of statistics and demographics in a given area. Using your iPad/iPhones GPS, the app locates you and then provides statistical data including age of residents, number of children, household incomes, political contributions, average housing values, suggested fun spots, average and record temperatures, median age of homes, and number of housing units. Now you can easily share data with a buyer about an area that is statistical and demographic and completely fair housing compliant.
Homesnap is a nifty app that helps you find all the info you need to know about a property by just taking a picture. It’s very easy to use. Once you snap a picture of any house, townhouse or condo the app will reveal an estimated value, price it last sold for, number of bedrooms, number of baths, interior pictures and many other features.
Open Home Pro is designed to make it easy to run your open house directly from your iPad. This real estate app allows homeowners and agents to manage all walk-ins for open houses, follow up with leads, create beautiful listing pages for any property and export all your data from the app to excel, a CRM or to your iCloud.
Manage all walk-ins at weekly open houses or broker opens.
Automatically followup with leads using new contact methods that get opened and read more than 2x the industry average.
Create beautiful listing pages for all of your properties that buyers can leave feedback on or get in touch with you with one click.
Export any collected data to excel or a CRM like top producer or directly pass the leads to iCloud.
Make your own custom questions.
MagicPlan allows you to measure rooms and draw a foor plan by taking a picture. Once your picture is taken you can then save the floor plan in PDF, JPG, and DXF formats or publish an interactive floor plan online. Now there’s no need to measure, move furniture or waste time drawing out your floor plan when this app does it all for you within minutes while keeping it all in the cloud.
Use Splashtop to access your computer on the local network, with the best-in-class video streaming performance, Microsoft Office Suite and PDF viewing and editing, full browser access with Flash / Java support (IE, Chrome, Firefox), playing 3D PC/MAC games, and access all your media library and documents.
Wirelessly mirror your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch screen to any Mac or PC.
Reflector is an AirPlay receiver that allows you to wirelessly display your iPad or iPhone on your computer. Mirror your device on a big screen without wires or complicated setups. Play games, watch movies, demo apps or present on the big screen from your iPhone or iPad. With Reflector, everything you do on your mobile device is wirelessly streamed to your computer in real time!
A really great app for remote control of a computer, screen annotations on an image/whiteboard, or dynamic recordings—voice and annotations.
CREATE hand-drawn lessons, presentations and graphics and SHARE them as still images, PDFs or audio/video screencasts
Engage audiences in real time with Nearpod Business Live, which allows presenters to (i) push content to and share their screen with all participants’ devices in one easy step, (ii) control the pace of a presentation and (iii) get immediate feedback from participants.
Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone.
Import Photos, PDF, PPT, XLS, RTF, Pages, Numbers and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, Box, WebDAV, Email, iPad photo roll and the iPad camera. Export MP4 movie files, PNG image files, PDFs and share the .XPL project file with others for collaboration.
Keynote is Apple's presentation software that lets you choose a template, create and edit slides, add animations and transitions, and has numerous charts, tables, and graphs to get your message across.
Prezi is a powerful slide show creating tool, incorporating awesome transitions, and camera sweeps around a vast space in which all of these slides reside. It really is a cool little thing, and will generate a large amount of interest in any slide show you are doing.
REpurposed Apps is a site that allows members to share apps they use and how they use them. Comments are allowed for each app so there is space for ideation and education between members. The purpose of the site initially is to allow members to share those apps that weren’t built for real estate, but are being used for members’ daily workflow.
If one of your Apple devices goes missing, iCloud can help you figure out where it is. Use the Find My iPad app to see your missing iPad on a map. And with the Lost Mode feature you don’t just see where your device is, you can track where it’s been. That way you can decide on your best course of action.
You can immediately lock your device and send it a message with a contact number. Then whoever finds it can call you from the Lock screen without accessing the rest of the information on your device.
Find My iPad
by Shawn Graves
60 Essential Apps
for the Real Estate Agent
A tour of some of the great iOS apps available out there for real estate agents.