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Friday, July 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM PDT Take what you know to the next level. This learning path will provide best practices in utilizing zipForm for efficient, time saving workflow processes through zipLogix Digital Ink and zipForm Mobile TouchSign. Learn the difference between a zipForm Mobile subscription and Member Benefit Understand the zipForm Mobile system requirements for Apple and Android Products Navigate within the zipForm Mobile platform Create a new template in a transaction Add documents and template to a transaction Get contracts signed via TouchSign Understand zipLogix Digital Ink signing process within zipForm Mobile Register now!
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RPR Works Everywhere, Just Like You
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM PDT Away from the office? You won't miss a beat. RPR Mobile makes you productive from anywhere. In this 45-minute webinar, you'll see the RPR Mobile in action and: Take a tour of the app and explore RPR's dynamic data Answer client questions no matter where you are Learn how to locate and preview properties Discover how to quickly send reports to clients via text or email Register now!
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A Review of the Zillow 3D App
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3 Apps Guaranteed to Save You Time
Agents are busy. Very busy. The one sunny break in an otherwise gloomy economic forecast during the pandemic has been the real estate industry. Home sale activity has exceeded the most optimistic projections, and many agents have been inundated with business. It's extra tough when most of your free time and work time are now spent under the same roof: at home. Ensuring you continue to remain productive is vital for closing transactions today and building new business tomorrow. You can increase your efficiency while still building future business if you get a little help. The good news is there is technology available today that you can use to help you speed up or simplify some time-consuming tasks. Here are three apps that can help you save time, make you more efficient, and help you build future business:
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Free Video Editing Apps for Real Estate Videos in 2021
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5 Reasons to Make the Move to the SentriKey Real Estate Mobile App
Why make the switch from the SentriCard to the SentriKey mobile app when accessing your properties? While the SentriCard gets the job done--it opens SentriLock lockboxes--the SentriKey Real Estate app is a faster, more feature-rich experience. It's mobile access made easy that powers your day! Check out these five benefits of using the app, and you'll know why more than three-quarters of all SentriLock lockbox accesses are made with it exclusively.
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Rule Your Real Estate World with One Simple App
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[Best of 2020] 5 Real Estate Apps that Will 'Wow' You and Your Clients
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in March and is #9 in our countdown. See #10 here. At this point, digital applications are as much a part of real estate as photos on your business card and yard arms. With an app on your phone or device, you can schedule showings, manage documents, create CMAs and complete just about any task in a transaction. Here's RPR's yearly look (usually one of our more popular blog entries) at our short list of buzzworthy real estate apps. Or in some cases, apps that can be applied to the real estate biz.
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[Best of 2020] 6 Apps to Help You Take Better Listing Photos
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These Are the 5 Best Real Estate Apps for 2021
One thing that all dedicated real estate agents have in common is that they're always on the move. They're running from office trainings to client meetings to listing presentations to open houses--fielding calls, texts and emails on their smartphone along the way. This little pocket computer is essentially a mobile office, but it obviously has the capability to do much more than standard call and email communications. Apps, of course, are what unlock that potential. Below are five of the best real estate apps on the market. Not all of these are geared purely toward agents, but that doesn't stop them from being excellent tools for the job. Make your work life easier by downloading and becoming acquainted with these apps.
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20 Features of the SentriKey App You'll Want to Use ASAP
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Restream for Real Estate: How to take a home showing live everywhere
Real estate is a corner of the economy that has been largely spared from the economic impact of the COVID pandemic. Low interest rates, federal economic support, and the spirit of wanting to be a homeowner in uncertain times have led to massive expansion and record setting transaction volume. But we must think of safety first. Many buyers are purchasing homes subject to viewing and inspection. In other words, buyers are submitting offers sight unseen. The belly of homebuyers today are relying on livestream showings. It's a simple concept. An agent turns on their camera phone and walks through the house talking and pointing the camera.
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Real Estate App Makes Open House Profitable
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3 Easy Ways to Scan Documents, Create PDFs with Your Phone
In the past, sending photos and documents from a remote location meant spending time in front of a fax machine. You would stand there, waiting for it to connect and then slowly watch each page crawl through the scanner. Then the most crucial part: remaining until the final "Fax Confirmation" page printed to tell you everything went through. But in the mobile age, sending photos and documents can be done on your smartphone through text or email. Best of all, today you can turn just about any image or document into an Adobe Portable Document Format, or PDF. With a simple smartphone app, you can teach your clients to do the same.
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6 Apps to Help You Take Better Listing Photos
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Homesnap Stories for Virtual Tours
Social distancing is still very much part of daily life. Yet, the need to keep your business running remains ever-present. Here's how Homesnap Stories can help you stay relevant with buyers and sellers. Homesnap Stories are an effective way to replicate the traditional, in-person open house experience. Using Homesnap Stories, agents can add a video tour of themselves walking throughout a property directly to their listing page on Homesnap, highlighting key amenities and allowing prospective buyers to see a property in a way that makes them feel at ease. With Homesnap Stories, you can add unique, engaging marketing content right to your active listings through the Homesnap Pro app. Add text, emojis, and even use augmented reality to create one-of-a-kind marketing content that you can also share on Facebook and Instagram. Homesnap Stories are ideal for getting across selling points about a property that are difficult to convey from photos alone. And because Homesnap Stories sit on your listing page until the property is off the market, accessible to anyone, there's no need to coordinate and record live stories from scratch anytime you have an interested client. Here's how you can add one to your listing: Find the "Add Story" button near the top of any of your active listings. Upload photos from your phone, or take new photos/video in real time, if you are able to. Add text to make your photo or video pop. Make sure to highlight the most important features. As buyers are unlikely to visit the property in person, it's imperative to be comprehensive in your approach. Overdoing it isn't much of a concern as of right now. Err on the side of showing more. Add emojis or real estate stickers to draw attention to important selling points. We have a custom set of real estate-themed stickers — in addition to traditional emojis — so you can easily call out big selling points. New roof? Walk-in closet? Make sure to highlight. Add 3D effects with augmented reality mode. Get creative and stand out by adding personalized 3D effects — like a for-sale or price drop — that become virtual objects in your Story. Add a voice-over or music Voice-over is an excellent tool to explain specific features, showcase your personality, or demonstrate your professionalism and expertise on camera. Music makes for a more inviting listing. Post your Story. When your Story is complete, hit the button to post and it'll appear right on your listing. If you want to share it on your own Facebook or Instagram Stories page, you can easily do that as well. After your Story is published, you can also see when your branded clients and connected agents have viewed your Story. It's a great way to follow up with clients who might be interested in your listing. We know times are difficult right now. We hope Homesnap Stories can make things just a little bit easier. To view the original article, visit the Homesnap blog.
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Give Your Clients a Tool to Keep Their Home Search Going
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Why You (and Your Clients) Should Be Obsessed with Homesnap
Homesnap has always been built with agents and brokers front of mind. If you fall into that category, you'll always find new tools that help you work more efficiently and effectively -- and you won't find advertisements from other agents on your listings or an iBuyer program that competes with you for business. But being your partner in success also means providing you with tools that help you work better with your clients while creating a safe haven so you can protect those relationships. That's why other real estate apps can't compete with the All-New Homesnap Pro. Here's why so many agents and their clients are obsessed with the Homesnap app — and why you should be, too.
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5 Real Estate Apps that Will 'Wow' You and Your Clients
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RPR User Shares Her Quick and Easy Safety Tip
Unfortunately, predatory crimes against REALTORS is a very serious problem. If you've read any recent headlines or seen any news stories on the subject, you know that REALTOR safety is an important issue. Due to the nature of the business (open houses, talking to complete strangers, being places alone, etc.), agents need to be informed and aware of their situations and surroundings at all times.
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Find Seller Leads with Homesnap Pro's Likelihood to List Scores
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Trello: A Great App to Help You Organize and Prioritize Your Workflow
Sometimes the out-of-the-box apps that come with your phone just aren't quite enough to organize and prioritize your workload. Whether you are a standalone REALTOR or you have an assistant or team, everybody needs a workflow system. In the old days, we could tape a paper or card on the wall for all involved to see and document progress. Back then, we worked in an office about eight hours a day, no internet, cellphones so all work happened in that space. Today, our systems need to be mobile, remote and accessible to one or many as we collaborate on tasks and projects. Workflows used to be simple. Today? Not so much, so we need a system to take that paper or card we, in the past, taped to the wall and make it work for today's technology. Now, please picture a paper or card taped to the wall as I explain Trello.
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4 Tech Tips Every Agent Should Give Their Clients
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Best Apps to Track Your Business Expenses: Expensify and Mile IQ
My last article was about adding a communication platform using Slack to help you run your business. This week, it's about something most of us are terrible at doing--accounting and business expenses. I have been fortunate that a couple of my contract jobs used Expensify, and it made my job so easy by keeping records and recording expenses, so I wanted to share.
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Using Slack to Help Run Your Real Estate Business
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[Best of 2019] 10 Real Estate Apps that Will Amplify Your Productivity
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in March and is #9 in our countdown. See #10 here. Welcome to our annual "Best Apps" article; a yearly entry that has proven to be very popular among agents. Once again, we've researched and gathered up an impressive collection of digital applications that will make you a more efficient and more successful REALTOR. Gone are the days when apps were strictly for early adopters and tech wizards. Nowadays, incorporating business apps into your everyday workflow is the price of admission in the ever-changing, on-the-go real estate landscape. Using these apps can make you more productive, more responsive, and more capable to serve your clients and gain new ones. Enjoy this year's 10 Real Estate Apps That Will Amplify Your Productivity:
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Real Estate Smartphone Tricks: Using Your Phone's Calendar
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9 RPR App Features to Increase Your Productivity in the New Year
Another year has flown right by. And while it's time to enjoy the holiday season and reflect on the past year's accomplishments, it's never too early to get a jump on next year's path to success. A sure-fire way to "wow" your clients and close more deals is incorporating the RPR Mobile app into your everyday real estate business tasks. This "secret menu" list of pointers and shortcuts will ensure that your next experience with the RPR app is a productive one.
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What Does Your 'Workbench' Look Like?
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Apple Users: Let's Set Up Notes to the Max!
First things first: Android users, I promise to update Google Keep often, and please don't feel slighted as I dedicate these tips to Apple users! Now, let's talk how we can maximize Notes on our iPhones and iPads. Many of the features I have covered in this series depends on having all your Apple devices connected to the iCloud. Before you panic about storage space and having to spend money buying more iCloud storage, we can talk about ways to use your iCloud storage wisely later (that's another article).
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Dictation, One of the Most Underused Features in Apple Notes and Google Keep!
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Want to Use Mobile Scanner Software? Be Very Careful!
I'm not sure how many of you heard about the malicious Android scanner app that had more than 100 million downloads from Google Play. We always expect Google Play and Apple's App Store to be safe from malware, they can't be 100% safe with the number of apps being built daily. We are in the middle of a seven-part series about Apple Notes and Google Keep, and the next subject I want to discuss is scanning documents. Both Notes and Keep have scanning capabilities that have been around for years, and I feel are safe from malicious malware.
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How to Set a Location Reminder in Google Keep
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Collaborating with Others Using Apple Notes and Google Keep
Collaboration using Apple Notes and Google Keep offers many features that will help REALTORS be organized. Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting the benefits of using these FREE apps (hope you saw my "How to Grab Text from an Image Using Google Keep" article that I shared recently). Collaboration has so many uses in business and life. Let's start with business: you can have a note that updates instantly across all your devices, including the devices of those with whom you have shared the note. For example, this could be a note shared between a REALTOR and an administrative assistant; with every client you could start a collaborating note; teams could share information; brokers could have all agents and staff on the same notes.
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Homesnap Launches New Net Sheet Calculator: Tell a Seller How Much They Could Make Today
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10 Real Estate Apps that Will Amplify Your Productivity
Welcome to our annual "Best Apps" article; a yearly entry that has proven to be very popular among agents. Once again, we've researched and gathered up an impressive collection of digital applications that will make you a more efficient and more successful REALTOR. Gone are the days when apps were strictly for early adopters and tech wizards. Nowadays, incorporating business apps into your everyday workflow is the price of admission in the ever-changing, on-the-go real estate landscape. Using these apps can make you more productive, more responsive, and more capable to serve your clients and gain new ones. Enjoy this year's 10 Real Estate Apps That Will Amplify Your Productivity:
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10 Remarkable Features of the RPR App that Will Increase Your Productivity
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The 5 Real Estate Apps Every Agent Should Be Using
In this day and age, it is not hard to be addicted to your phone. Real estate agents are always on the go, making their mobile devices crucial to the way they run their business. While you probably have your go-to apps that help you get through your day, there are a few real estate apps that can make your life as a busy agent a little bit easier. Try out these five real estate apps and see if they can help you accomplish more tasks in a shorter amount of time:
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Get Ready to Knock Your 2019 Taxes Out Cold with These Apps!
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9 RPR App Features to Increase Your Productivity in the New Year
You know that thrill you get when you come across a tip or trick that helps make your app experience just a tad more efficient? Like pressing the app button for a shortcut to a favorite feature, or swiping to the left to quickly save for later? Every app has tricks of the trade, yet for some reason, they don't always appear magically on our radar. This post will give you nine tips to make sure your next experience with the RPR app is a productive one.
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[Best of 2018] Get Your Own, Personal Emoji
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[Best of 2018] 10 Apps that Boost Your Real Estate Marketing Firepower
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in September and is #7 in our countdown. See #8 here. For this year's awesome apps article, we've focused on apps REALTORS can use to quickly and effectively ramp up their marketing prowess. Some of these apps have been around for a while, while others are new, but they all provide a unique and polished offering.
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5 Essential Apps for Real Estate Agents
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Friday Freebie: Get Your Own, Personal Emoji
Want to make an emoji that looks like you in mere seconds? Now you can. This week, Google launched a new feature that uses machine learning to analyze your selfie and generate an emoji that looks just like you. Find out how you can create and customize your own emoji in this week's Friday Freebie.
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9 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Boost Their Productivity
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What Do You Do When There's No App for That?
Today, agents carry what amounts to a mini-supercomputer in their pockets and purses. And if that smartphone malfunctions, the result can be a business catastrophe. Apple's creation of the first iPhone over a decade ago, along with its trademark of the phrase "There's an app for that," was revolutionary for the real estate business, but no one has invented the phone that heals itself when it breaks. As an agent, what do you do when your smartphone doesn't power up? Your computer gets infected with a nasty virus or malware? Your printer won't print, your outgoing email messages get stuck, or you can't connect to Wi-Fi, no matter what you try?
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Get Organized! 6 Business Apps that Can Help
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10 Apps that Boost Your Real Estate Marketing Firepower
For this year's awesome apps article, we've focused on apps REALTORS can use to quickly and effectively ramp up their marketing prowess. Some of these apps have been around for a while, while others are new, but they all provide a unique and polished offering.
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6 Apps to Help You Take Better Listing Photos
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Friday Freebie: Text Messaging Stickers for Real Estate
From smiley faces to common objects to various fruits and vegetables, emojis today cover just about every situation imaginable. That is, however, except for one--real estate. That's all changed, though, thanks to an Arizona-based brokerage that has released a collection of real estate emojis that integrate right into your smartphone's keyboard. Now real estate agents can use emojis that range from various houses to sales related icons like "Offer Accepted," "Price Drop," and more in their communications with clients. Read on to find out how you can nab this real estate emoji collection for yourself!
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Top Apps for Real Estate Agents and Brokers
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How to Secretly Use Instagram as Your Photo Editor (without Posting)
From Photoshop to Lightroom to free programs like GIMP, there are a ton of photo editing tools for real estate agents to choose from. But despite all of those options, have you ever wanted to just, well... run that listing photo (or social media graphic) through Instagram instead? We know, we know—Instagram is really just supposed to be a fun, basic photo editing app, and not a "professional" tool. But let's forget all that today and just acknowledge that Instagram does make your images look pretty darn cool, and that it's perfectly okay to want to use this handy app as a photo editor. But here's the complication: Instagram is set up so that once you run an image through its filters, you have to post it to save it. What if you just want to use Instagram's filters and not post to the image at all, but save it for use elsewhere? Can that be done? Happily, we're here to tell you that it can—but you have to be a little bit crafty about it and employ some workarounds. Here is our quick hack for using Instagram as a photo editor, no posting required.
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6 Apps to Close Buyer Clients Faster
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Top (Free) Apps for Real Estate Agents in 2018
Happy New Year! It's time to strategize and plan for an even more successful 2018 business year by reviewing the previous year's successes and failures. As a business owner, you don't have to spend much to achieve success, and with the proper apps in place, you can save time and improve workflow. Here are the top FREE apps for 2018!
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[Best of 2017] Hidden Features: 3 Google Maps Tricks Agents Should Know
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9 Apps for Mastering Productivity
Looking for real estate productivity tools to help you make the most of your ever-shrinking calendar? No matter how or where your schedule's ailing, rest assured, there's an app for that.
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3 Exciting New Features Come to the RPR App
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DOSS Launches Smart Voice Search Tool for Real Estate
Look out, Zillow and Trulia, there's a new property search player in town—and it may just be the smartest kid on the block. Today, DOSS debuted a real estate search tool powered by advanced artificial intelligence. Ask DOSS is an app that lets users search listings with their voice, in a way that's very similar to interacting with Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant. Users can say, for example, "DOSS, find me two bedroom condos in Biloxi," rather than typing a traditional search query.
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4 Free Photo Editing Tools for Real Estate
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Have you seen what's hidden within the RPR app icon?
Real estate agents rely on RPR Mobile for quick access to virtually everything they want to know about on-or-off market properties, neighborhoods, schools, market activity and, of course, the best-in-class, customizable and co-branded reports. Now, getting your hands on the RPR data you need is even easier. Introducing digital shortcuts to the features you use most, now within the RPR app. Known as 3D Touch on iOS and Quick Shortcuts on Android, the shortcuts are really all about efficiency, enabling users to gain quick access to favorite RPR features such as nearby properties, an agent's current listings, recent reports, and saved searches.
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9 Mobile Apps that Keep Realtors Safe During Showings
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2017 Contenders: Instagram's Stories vs. Snapchat's My Story
Right now, social platforms are battling it out for who will be today's heavyweight champion by adding the newest features and trying to drive traffic to their networks. This seems to be the "story" between two social platforms that share similar features: Snapchat and Instagram. When utilizing social media to drive leads to your real estate business, you can't help but wonder which of these two contenders – Snapchat or Instagram – is better to have in your corner. Once you fully understand the features and compare them, you can make an informed decision on which social platform you should spend advertising dollars on to build your presence.
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8 RPR App Tips and Tricks
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Must-Have Apps for Real Estate Pros
Real estate agents can attest—there never seems to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to do. There are, however, quite a few tools available that will help you make the most of your time. Real estate apps are a great solution for agents because you can take them with you on the go, access key data from your phone at any time, and use them in the office to maximize productivity. There are plenty of valuable options to choose from, and we're here to help you take a closer look at the most effective apps for real estate agents. Top-Rate Real Estate Apps to Make Life Easier and Earn New Business
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14 Best Apps for Real Estate Agents in 2017
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Tired of Your MLS's Clunky Interface? Here's How to Give It an Instant Makeover
MLS systems aren't exactly known for having the prettiest of interfaces, or the most intuitive, or the... well, you get the point. MLS software has a long way to go before it wins any design awards. But that's okay, because there's an easy way to bypass all the blah dished up by your typical MLS. That's thanks to an app called Cloud MLX. It's the latest solution highlighted in our series of articles on overlooked features and functions of apps and programs from our 2017-18 Technology Guide.
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Stitcher: How real estate agents can learn on the go with podcasts that educate and entertain
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Why Use the RPR app? Hear from These 7 REALTORS®
1. Impress clients with instant access to data Open houses present a prime opportunity for RPR users to demonstrate their ability to respond instantly to every type of inquiry. As guests express interest in nearby properties, a quick RPR search on your tablet or phone will yield current listings by list or map view. Use the buyer's preferences to email or text RPR Property Reports on potential properties, as well as an RPR Neighborhood Report, which presents an in-depth portrait of the people who live in a target area. Others may ask about area schools. Here, jump right back into RPR and offer to email or text them an RPR School Report, an in-depth portrait of student populations, testing outcomes, parental reviews, ratings, and contact information about a public or private school. For those interested in your listing, an RPR Comp Analysis will demonstrate your razor-like precision on how you determined the home's list price. "I downloaded the RPR app three days prior to my open house and played around with it for about 30 seconds," says Gregg Center, a REALTOR® from Sarasota, Florida. "I'm new to RPR, so I had honestly forgotten about it. The RPR app returned search results within seconds, instantly displaying every home for sale within a half mile radius of where we were standing ... including, of all places, a listing right across the street." Watch Now: Hail Mary Effort Proves Worthy of This Realtor's Strategic Open House Move
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The Best Apps For Real Estate Agents
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11 of the Best Real Estate Agent Tools
Being a real estate agent is challenging, and it's especially hard when you aren't aware of the tools that can help you. Trust us – there's a ton out there that can help if you know where to look. We've compiled a list of the best real estate tools from mobile apps to CRM services to help you do your job even better. Read ahead to start adding to your real estate tech toolbox and become the best equipped agent you can be. Organizational tools: Being a real estate agent is hard work and there are a lot of moving parts. As a result, it's important to stay organized so that you don't miss important phone calls or double book appointments. Here are a few organizational tools to keep your life in check: 1. Deductr: Deductr, available both online and as a mobile app, was created to help track tax deductions so you're not leaving money on the table. You can track your income, miles driven, and your hours to make the most of your tax returns. Deductr also provides notifications and reminders to track your expenses so you have all your important information in one place. 2. OmniFocus: An organizational app available on all devices from your laptop to Apple watch, OmniFocus provides you with the tools to ensure that you're getting the most out of your day. It allows you to see your schedule, responsibilities, projects, and even your inbox from various "contexts" – personal, professional, etc. You'll never miss another work appointment or forget about a meeting at your kid's school – especially since it provides push notifications to remind you!
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School Report Cuts Sales Cycle in Half
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5 Ways to Unlock the Power of a Lockbox with Mobile
The lockbox has evolved well beyond its beginnings as a simple, secure storage place for keys. Thanks to today's mobile technology, lockboxes have become the Swiss army knife of real estate tools. No doubt you've used your phone's Bluetooth® capability to release the shackle of your lockbox or open the key compartment. But did you know there's plenty more features your phone or tablet can help you unlock? Here are five ways your favorite mobile device can help you unlock the full power of the lockbox—and even help you sell more listings. 1. Pull up listing information instantly Want to start impressing buyers from the moment you walk into a home for a showing? REALTORS® who use SentriLock lockboxes can when they use the SentriSmart™ mobile app. Thanks to integrations with RPR, HomesnapPRO and HomeSpotter, agents can instantly view listing details when they unlock a property's lockbox. Here's how it works: after accessing the lockbox with the SentriSmart™ mobile app, SentriSmart™ asks if you want to view the property's information in one of SentriLock's partner apps. Select your preferred app and SentriSmart™ will automatically direct you to the property details page of the home you're showing. That way, you'll instantly have all the information you need on hand to answer your buyer's questions.
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[Infographic] 5 Benefits of the RPR App for Realtors®
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Hidden Features: 3 Google Maps Tricks Agents Should Know
Google Maps is a free tool with a lot of neat features that real estate agents can appreciate. While we've talked about ways that agents can leverage Google Maps in the past, the program has advanced leaps and bounds since then. Did you know Google Maps offers a personal safety app now? Neither did we. And that's just one example—there's a lot more where that came from. Here's a look at the latest Google Map features you may not have heard of just yet: 1. 'Trusted Contacts' Safety App This app popped on the scene in December. It taps into your phone's GPS capabilities to notify your emergency contacts when you're in danger and share your location with them. It also lets trusted contacts 'walk you home' in threatening situations—they can speak with you while monitoring your GPS location on a map. Select people can even monitor your location on Google Maps, and request a safety status check if worried. Trusted Contacts is currently available for Android. An iOS version is coming soon; sign up here to be notified of its release.
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Realtor.com's Mobile App Gets Spiffed Up for Spring
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Five Expense Tracking Apps to Prepare You for Next Year's Tax Season
As the 2016 tax season comes to an end, you become your own private investigator: searching every crevice, purse, drawer, or shoebox imaginable to find every last receipt or document needed to show proof of purchase for business expenses. That's the burden of tax preparation: whether you own your own business or work as a self-employed employee (1099 filing status), you have to show proof of all your business expenses. Knowing what you can deduct and keeping track of these expenses throughout the year can take the hassle out of filing your taxes. Tax Deductions As a real estate professional, you need to know which of your expenses are tax deductible. Being aware of possible deductions can help you know which receipts to save and what activities and expenses to document. (*We advise everyone to consult their tax professional regarding their specific situations and to find more information about applicable tax deductions.) Here are some tax deductions you may qualify for. Vehicle According to the IRS website, vehicle deductions vary. First, you have the choice of adding up all expenses like gas, repairs, oil, and (yes, even) car washes, or you can use the standardized mileage deduction. The way the IRS standard mileage works is for every mile driven, a certain dollar amount is applied to it. Second, if you are leasing, you can expense the complete payment of your car or deduct annual depreciation if owned. Finally, if you don't own a car, Uber and taxi expenses are deductible. Home Office / Supplies If you have a dedicated work space in your home (not including your living room or kitchen), a portion of your rent / mortgage based on the size of the space is deductible (please see the IRS website for home office specifications). This is also applicable to internet, cable, and phones used within the home. Office supplies like staples, paperclips, and stamps used in the tax year can also be deducted. Office furniture like desk, chairs, and bookcases can be deducted all at once or by depreciation.
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Real Estate App Offers Answers to 12 Common Consumer Questions
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The 5 Best Video Chat Apps for Real Estate Agents
No, you're not imagining it. Open house attendees, showing appointments and even your fellow agents are video chatting a lot more often these days. It makes sense that in our hyper-social world, buyers may want to crowdsource their decision before they make an offer. But they're not the only people who can get ahead using video chat technology. Agents can also leverage live video chat apps to keep in touch with out-of-town clients, update buyers about small changes that have been made due to contingencies or inspections, or to simply show off their latest listing to other agents who are too busy in the field to swing by the broker open. We've done the research and the Results Series team informally voted on our top five favorite video chat apps for 2017. Read on to see which video chat app is best for you and your clients. 1. Most Intuitive: FaceTime FaceTime is the native video chat app for Apple mobile devices — iPad and iPhone. FaceTime is designed to use your wi-fi connection first, but will connect and run through your data if wi-fi is unavailable. Here's how to check to ensure that your iPhone knows to use wi-fi first, with data as a backup. Biggest FaceTime advantage: Unlike other apps that require a special download, FaceTime has just one barrier to entry: it's available to iPhone users who are contacting other iPhone users. This makes it a great option for anyone, regardless of their technical prowess. The technology comes pre-loaded on your iPhone and you just have to tap the FaceTime icon within your contacts to make a FaceTime call. Biggest FaceTime disadvantage: FaceTime is still a 1-to-1 app, so you can't yet host a group video chat. Rumor has it that you'll be able to host group chats with the launch of ioS 11 this June. FaceTime best practice: Even if the purpose of the call is to show off the listing, be sure to start every call in selfie mode, so you can quickly establish a connection before you turn the camera on the property. And remember to avoid looking at the corner where your face is; always make eye contact with the call recipient when in selfie mode by looking at the lens.
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App Alert: Gboard Will Transform Your Mobile Messaging Game
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5 Real Estate Apps Every Agent Should Try
Let me guess—you're addicted to your phone. Real estate agents are always on the go, making their mobile devices crucial to the way they run their business. While you probably have your go-to apps for helping you get through the day, I want to introduce you to a few of my most favorite real estate apps that can make your life as a busy agent a little bit easier. Try out these five real estate apps and see if they can help you accomplish more tasks in a shorter amount of time: 1. Waze Real estate agents spend a lot of time in their car travelling to meetings, presentations and open houses. While there are plenty of apps to give you directions, Waze goes a step further. By using community-based information from users, you'll get real time traffic and road information, saving you precious time and mileage. Waze will give you road alerts, route recommendations, and even the cheapest gas prices in the area. It's a terrific example of community content benefiting the common good, and might save you from being late for an important meeting! Download Waze in the App Store or on Google Play.
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Have Your Best Meeting Ever! 2 Apps that Prepare You for Anything
You've been in the business long enough to know that awkward silences happen to even the best conversationalists. But what if you could head them off with a quick quip about your new contact's favorite NBA team, a recent news item you know they enjoyed, or even a deep cut related to their work history? Well, you can. In this post, we'll review two impressive apps that will help you nail every first interaction (and subsequent conversation) you have with new leads, acquaintances and more. The Charlie app Imagine if, before meeting a new client or potential client, you had time to run 57 Google searches on them and then had enough time to synthesize your searches into an easily digestible one-page brief. In short, that's what the Charlie app does. Charlie takes your contact's name and general information and uncovers: Job title and history Recent press clippings Social media highlights Personal connections or business connections Personal interests, including sports teams, bands and other hobbies they've publicly "liked" or talked about
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Best Car Apps for Real Estate Agents: Everlance vs. MileIQ
Aside from Uber drivers and bus drivers, real estate agents may put in more road time than any other profession. And while you're always focused on getting from one place to the next in record time, you may not be handling your drive time as efficiently as possible. This week, we'll talk about two of the best mobile apps for real estate agents on the go. Check out our first posts, where we looked at the Waze GPS app, and the Stitcher app for podcasts. Mileage app: MileIQ is the true original In some real estate circles, it could be considered blasphemy to say that there's a better mileage tracking app than MileIQ. And it's true that MileIQ does an exceptional job of tracking your total mileage. The app offers automated detection and the ability to easily classify your trips in one swipe. In short, if you're a MileIQ devotee, you may not see the point of changing apps now. And that's okay; we know the company has been an ally in the real estate industry for years.
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Property Search Leader HomeASAP Launches Mobile App for Agents
As a primer, you may know HomeASAP® by their old brand name, "N-Play." The company is the clear leader in providing agents with an IDX-compliant property search solution for Facebook. Additionally, they operate the nation's largest network of consumer-facing agent IDX websites though their Search Alliance™ platform. The company's Real Estate Agent Directory™ (READ) also serves over 485,000 members. Like all agent IDX solutions, HomeASAP's IDX Home Search™ operates as a client servicing tool that agents use to attract and inform homebuyers. Today, HomeASAP announced the launch of their HomeASAP Agent App™. The mobile app, available for iPhone (with an Android version coming soon) gives agents quick access to their leads, the Real Estate Agent Directory, and Search Alliance. Improving Lead Responsiveness As you can appreciate from a glance, agents are instantly notified of new leads and engagement from their HomeASAP IDX solution. Everyone knows that the speed of responding to the consumer has a major impact on lead conversion. If you reach the consumer in five minutes or less, you are likely to win a customer. Before the mobile app, HomeASAP leads were delivered by email and accessed via an agent dashboard. Now, HomeASAP offers the best possible solution to responding to client inquiries quickly.
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Easy Icebreaker Ideas for Creating New Business
In supercharged real estate markets like the Denver metro area, every move counts. That's why Jickson Chacko never overlooks an opportunity to shop for new clients, literally. "Wherever I am, personally or professionally, it just comes naturally to talk to people about real estate," says Jickson, a REALTOR® with Cherry Creek Properties, Denver, Colorado. "And using the RPR app as my icebreaker, I'm able to transition a casual conversation into a working relationship with ease." At grocery store checkouts, a dentist's office, or while at the local playground with his young son, Elijah, Jickson is confident enough in his abilities and the tools at hand to spark conversations about the real estate market, knowing he can act upon any inquiry just by tapping into RPR's app on his mobile device. "It's always awkward for an agent to open with 'Hi, I'm a REALTOR®. Can I have your contact info for my marketing lists?' It's much easier to just start talking to them about the market or the value of their home and then instantly give them accurate information." Jickson's next "natural steps" include pulling up RPR on his phone the moment a potential new client demonstrates curiosity about the value of their home, or what another home in the neighborhood has sold for. "RPR's app is a great way to initialize conversation with a potential client without even seeing their property," he says.
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App Alert: Google Allo Offers Realtors 'Smart Messaging'
Google is approaching some really sci-fi level functionality. Over the next few years, Google's advanced A.I. systems will be integrated into our homes, cars and devices, allowing you to easily play music, buy tickets, schedule a meeting, or find information anywhere, anytime, with just a simple vocal command. In the meantime, we have Google Allo, the smart messaging app that incorporates the Google Assistant to connect you with your Google Suite on the go. In this installment of Google for Real Estate, you'll learn how Google Allo can improve your communications, where to get Allo, what it can do, how it can assist your business, and more. What is Google Allo? Google Allo is "A smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more." More specifically, Allo is an easy-to-use messaging app that gives you the ability to resize messages, doodle on images, incorporate the Google Assistant into your text messages, and chat in "incognito mode," in addition to the basic benefits most messaging apps offer. Why use it? Unlike some messaging apps, Allo works for both Android and iOS systems. Allo also doesn't require your contacts to download the app to communicate with you—they can respond to your Allo messages through their existing SMS (text messaging) system! Where can I get it? Android iOS
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Leveraging Google My Maps for Real Estate
Every year Beloit College publishes "The Mindset List" to share "cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college." One fact on the list points out that the class of 2017 "has never needed directions to get someplace, just an address." With the ready availability of GPS, no one needs to know to turn left at the gas station, go three blocks, and turn right to reach their destination. That's why today, we're going to show you how you can use Google My Maps to create maps that can connect with your leads, prospects, and clients in the digital map era. What is Google My Maps? Google My Maps lets you "keep track of the places that matter to you." In other words, it allows you to mark and comment on relevant locations on a Google map that you can then save and share digitally. Existing maps published under the "Explore" tab cover topics ranging from the "Interactive Map of Lewis and Clark's Expedition" and "New Orleans Bars, Restaurants, Cafes" to "Bigfoot, UFO, and More Sightings." Why use it? My Maps supports your position as a local expert by allowing you to create shareable maps that cover anything and everything from local landmarks to places to eat, things to do, school zones, and more. Where can I get it? Android Browser
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Realtor.com Introduces Augmented Reality to Its Mobile App
At the end of last year, there was a lot of chatter about augmented reality being one of the "trends to watch" in 2017. Well, it looks like the pundits are already being proven right, with a major real estate player announcing two brand new augmented reality features in their consumer facing mobile app. Today, Realtor.com launched "Sign Snap," a feature that lets consumers snap a picture of 'for sale' or for 'rent signs' with their smartphone to view property information. Sign Snap uses GPS and image recognition technology to search Realtor.com's database and display that information to users of their property search app for consumers. The feature is available now for Android devices, with iOS deployment expected this spring. Next Up: Street Peek Also slated for a spring deployment is Street Peek. This is where the augmented reality fun really kicks in. This feature lets users point their phone's camera at a house, group of houses, or even an entire street and view property information overlaid on the camera's feed. Users can pan around a neighborhood to see data like the listing or rental price of every home, recently sold price (if applicable), estimated value, and the number of beds/baths.
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10 Top Apps for 2017, Recommended by Top Agents
There are literally millions of apps out there. Some of them may not be very useful (doesn't mean they're not fun), but others can reinvigorate your business and change the way you market, manage, and collaborate in real estate. Because nobody has time to comb through all the apps out there, we've asked some of real estate's top agents and coaches for recommendations. Here is a list we pulled together of the best of those apps! iMovie – This all-in-one video app recommended by Marguerite Giguere makes it easy to create, edit, view, and share videos on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple computer. PicPlayPost – If you're tired of the standard click-click-click technique of scrolling through images, this is the app for you. Marguerite Giguere recommends this app for creating multimedia collages that incorporate pictures, video, and sounds into one incredible collage. Haiku Deck – Make professional looking presentations on the web, your iPad, or your iPhone with this app, recommended by Chris Smith. Haiku Deck gives you access to thousands of templates and millions of free images, making it easy to create a presentation that complements your branding. WordSwag – Text is more relatable, digestible, and memorable when you add it to an image. Debra Trappen introduced us to WordSwag as a quick, easy way to add text to your photos. Use this app to add descriptions to listing photos or share inspiring stats, quotes, etc.
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HomeSpotter and SentriLock Team Up to Help Agents Impress Clients
SentriLock recently announced their integration with HomeSpotter. Users of the lockbox company's mobile app, SentriSmart, can now access a home's property details page after using the app to open the lockbox. The integration streamlines an agent's workflow, giving them crucial property information right at the start of a showing. This is SentriSmart's third such partnership this year. Sentrilock previously teamed up with Realtors Property Resource and Homesnap on the same integration. After retrieving the lockbox during a showing, agents are prompted to open up the property details page in one of SentriLock's partner apps. You can see how this works in the short video below: Now that it's integrated with three major property search apps, some agents may wondering which option is right for them. Since we've already covered the differences between RPR and Homesnap, let's take a quick look at what HomeSpotter has to offer. Integrations with even more apps - SentriSmart may be HomeSpotter's first lockbox integration, but the app already integrates with several others. These various integrations allow agents to do things like schedule appointments, edit listings, upload photos, and start a transaction--all accessible from the HomeSpotter app itself. Client collaboration - HomeSpotter offers a chat feature that lets you communicate with your buyers throughout the entire home search process. Keep the conversation going even after the showing by encouraging your clients to share their thoughts on the home or save it to their favorites. HomeSpotter is an award winning app, too. Just last month, it won the "Best in Show" award at last month's RESO conference, beating out 21 other competitors. It's known for it's visually striking interface--so if the aesthetics of an app are important to you, HomeSpotter may be the app for you.
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Friday Freebie: This App Keeps Track of Your Mileage Deductions So You Don't Have To
The average agent drives 30,000 miles per year, according to NAR, and is therefore eligible for over $16,000 in driving-related deductions--but only if they keep detailed records of their drives. That's where a lot of agents fall down--and where today's Friday Freebie can help. Read on to learn more! Track 40 Drives for Free with MileIQ (and get a special discount for the rest) Ask any agent, and they'll likely admit that their car is like a second office for them. We've heard of agents driving around with everything from their laptop to a change of clothes to tiny portable printers. And it's no wonder--agents are constantly on the go, driving from showing to showing and other client appointments. All of that driving adds up to a significant chunk of change that agents can deduct on their taxes each year, but the challenge is in keeping mileage records that comply with IRS requirements. That's where MileIQ can help. MileIQ is a mobile app that relies on your smartphone's location capabilities to automatically track and log your drives. The app runs in the background on your phone, and automatically senses when you're driving, so you never have to worry about turning it on or off. Once a drive is completed, MileIQ prompts you to classify the trip as business or personal. Simply swipe right to classify as business, and left to classify as personal. It sounds simple, and it is, but MileIQ offers a host of other features, like: Detailed information about each drive, including a mapped route, start and end times, miles driven, and potential dollar amount of the deduction The ability to add notes to a drive, including parking a toll fees, as well as denote a purpose (client meeting, errand, etc.) Name locations that you visit frequently Set work hours so that all drives during that time are automatically classified as business Set-up vehicle profiles A web dashboard that lets you manage and edit drives Detailed reports that can be exported in multiple file formats and imported into your accounting program of choice Mileage logs that are IRS-compliant MileIQ is free to use for up to 40 drives every month. After that, the app requires a nominal fee to continue using. But never fear--we've negotiated a discount on that fee for our readers! For a limited time, RE Technology members can can save 20% off the cost of an annual subscription to MileIQ using the code RETECH20. Click here to try out MileIQ and claim your discount today!
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