Technology has continued to change the real estate industry. It has given real estate agents the opportunity to work more efficiently, productively, and have a more flexible workflow. Agents are no longer chained to their desks and can successfully follow up with clients while hosting an open house or while on the go.
Take a look at 13 technologies helping real estate agents get ahead
Periscope is a free live streaming app that can be used to broadcast a virtual open house of a listing to buyers outside the market, or it can be used to stream video to buying clients you have.
The days of driving documents all over town to get clients to sign them are long gone. HelloSign makes it simple and easy to collect legally-binding signatures from clients no matter where either of you are.
This is another more widely known e-signature service. DocuSign has a pricing plan specific for real estate agents. This is just another technology agents can take advantage of to ensure important documents are signed quickly.
Real estate agents love using SpeakingPhoto to make presentations. You just take a photo and record audio on top of it. The possibilities are truly endless, but one specific use for the app is to give a market analysis by using a photo from each comparable and pointing out why your listing may be more or less than the comparable home.
Google Drive can do it all when it comes to file storage. You can use it to store property photos in the cloud. Every Gmail user has a Google Drive account, so it is super simple to share files with a lot of users since many people use Gmail. You can also create spreadsheets, documents, and slides.
Dropbox is convenient cloud storage to create shared folders between clients or other real estate agents; share documents, photos, and more.
Evernote keeps every agent organized so they can keep up with all of their client’s needs. There are endless amounts of notebooks available within Evernote. For example, you could have a notebook for buyers, sellers, clients, and prospects. Evernote will sync between all of your devices that you have it installed on, so you will always have up-to-date notes no matter if you are using your phone, laptop or tablet.
Yesware will help you track emails. You can see if your client has received your email and it will let you know if they have opened it or clicked on any links within the email. You can track up to 100 emails a month for free. There is also a paid version you can use to send mass marketing emails, so you can track open rates and alter subject lines.
Custom Google Maps can help you communicate locations to clients. If a particular home is tucked away in a neighborhood, you can send your client a pin of the exact location to help then navigate their way there stress-free. The day before you have showings, drop a pin at each of the home addresses you plan on visiting that day to give the client perspective.
CamScanner will convert photos of documents into PDFs straight from your smartphone. There is a free version and a paid version. The paid version offers features like creating documents with password protection, auto-uploading documents straight to Box, and setting expiration dates for document links.
Every successful real estate agent has a great real estate website. Placester can help you create a custom website that is modern, responsive, allows easy blogging, and helps you capture more real estate leads. Even a beginner at website creation can make something eye-catching with Placester.
Virtual Staging Solutions
An empty room won’t show a buyer a home’s full potential. Fill up a room using virtual objects like tables, chairs, couches, and décor items so buyers can see what a home could look like once they move in. Virtual Staging Solutions is a great alternative to hiring a live staging company, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The introduction of drones allows people to view homes and neighborhoods from a bird’s eye view. Those who are home searching out of state or even out of the country can take advantage of drone footage and get a feel for the entire community. This is one of the most popular forms of technology to market properties with video footage.