It’s a new year and for most of us, that means new resolutions. One of those resolutions should be to work smarter to achieve your professional goals. You don’t have to go it alone, however. “Working Smarter: 11 Apps for Every Real Estate Agent’s Toolkit,” a careerwebschool.com article, highlights apps that every agent can use to work smarter, not harder, in the coming year.
This app provides free 2GB storage for all your documents, videos and images. Because it’s cloud-based, it allows you to retrieve those files from any device as well as share them with others via links or sharable folders that you create. You can add users to your account, making it even easier for clients and team members to access your files. Other perks include editing capabilities (an additional option) and elimination of the “too large to email” problem.
DocuSign speeds up the signing process for contracts and agreements by allowing users to sign those documents electronically. As e-signing becomes more popular, this app is a must have. It is the official and only signature app used by the National Association of REALTORS, which is providing a 20% discount for those real estate agents who purchase an annual subscription to the app from DocuSign and use their NAR membership ID.
This NAR-owned app is only available to Realtors. Its perks include access to data and reporting by Realtors Property Resource — a NAR subsidiary — directly from your smartphone. If you’re not already a member of NAR, this app makes joining worth it, as it provides data on more than 160 million properties, including deeds, mortgages and tax records; and more than 7 billion property valuations.
Evernote is the quintessential organization app. Note taking and making lists are just a couple of the basic options available. In addition, users can snap and store photos, which is great for filing essentials like receipts, business cards and even contracts. It also has the capability of forwarding and capturing emails. It’s free, with the option to upgrade to other tiers if necessary.
With this app the user can filter and prioritize important tasks and create automated smart lists, analyze tasks to determine the best use of time and notifies agents of tasks that are due soon. It also has a scheduler and a map where you can load tasks and be notified when you’re near a location where a task needs to be carried out. It’s free, but users can pay for premium functionality,
OminFocus2 is ideal for real estate agents who prefer a finely tuned productivity workflow, according to the article. It’s a great time-management tool for busy agents who need help in that department. A really cool perk is the ability to organize tasks by different contexts, such as closing dates, rather than regular calendar dates.
Zillow has become almost synonymous with house-hunting and selling for consumers, which is why it’s a must-have for real estate agents. With its availability via its own website or through a number of free apps and a database of more than 110 million homes, Zillow is definitely a player in the smart apps arena.
This app allows parents to rate schools in terms of teacher quality, principal leadership and parent involvement. With this app in your arsenal, you have access to information that will help you inform potential homebuyers of different aspects when choosing a neighborhood based on the strength of the school district.
As the name suggests, this app determines mortgage payments and gives the user information on how much home they can afford as well as providing amortization charts and schedules. It’s useful for real estate agents because it can help you determine the order of loan payment that will enable a client to best qualify for a home loan.
Using Bluetooth technology and PIN-code security housed on a smartphone or tablet, eKEY allows agents to use an electronic key for access to a lockbox to a property. Only those with authorization can open the box, and data of each opening is stored in both the box and the website in a secure database.
Photo Sphere Camera
This is an extremely useful app because it allows the real estate agent to show a property without being there. The viewfinder moves in a 360-degree angle, giving a full view that includes ceiling and floor. Once captured, the scene can be published on Google maps or the social network of your choice.
Incorporating any of these apps into your work routine may help you increase productivity and work smarter in 2016. If you use any of them in your professional life, let us know. Do you have a favorite? Have you tried one or more and found it wasn’t for you? If you have one that works great for you that is not listed, we’ve love to hear about it!