May 12, 2017
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.
As time goes on, more apps are created, websites are updated, and other tools are developed, so it's important to keep up with the latest and greatest.
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.
As a real estate agent, one of the most important tools to have is a customer relationship management (CRM) tool. They help you follow up with your customer base with the appropriate message at the optimal times and ensure that you stay top of mind. Here are a few suggestions:
Contactually (yes, it's us!)
Easy-to-use and affordable, Contactually is a virtual assistant for your email. With a little help from your inbox, it helps you to determine opportunities within your contact list. It provides reminders of when to reach out to people you haven't spoken to in a while and email templates for easy and quick communication. Contactually offers plans starting at $39/month.
Follow Up Boss
Like Contactually, Follow Up Boss helps you manage your leads accordingly so that you can follow-up with them. In addition to email, it allows agents to integrate text messaging and calling into your daily follow up routine so that you can reach your contacts in various forms. Individual plans start at $79/month.
With features exclusively for real estate agents, Propertybase focuses on how to create better relationships for real estate agents specifically. The tool helps agents to highlight their listings, integrate website and email, and more. Company plans start at $79/month.
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:
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.
An organization 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!
We're on our smartphones all the time regardless of whether we're checking our email at work or scrolling through Facebook. But thanks to smartphones and most importantly, apps, we've found a way to make even the most painful tasks relatively painless. Here are a few app suggestions to make your life a little easier:
Sitegeist provides agents with the great deal of information that buyers are often interested in such as demographics, new hot spots in town, and the average rent for the area. The app uses sources such as Yelp and census information to ensure that it's providing you and your clients with the most accurate information possible.
Agents oftentimes have to deal with paperwork, such as contracts, listing paperwork, selling disclosure forms and more. On a daily basis it can be hard to keep track of it all and make sure that your clients are getting the information promptly. Cam Scanner is a mobile app that allows you get a high quality PDF from scanning documents with your phone. It's time efficient and allows you to operate on the go. Both you and your clients will be thankful for this app!
Have a listing you love that you want to send to a specific client? Want to touch it up a little to it really stands out? Well, that's what Snapseed is for. It does everything that Photoshop or other touch-up software can do in less time. It's great for on the go picture retouching and formatting. You can feel confident about uploading a photo from the app right to your website!
As an agent you may not think that it's valuable to track your email clicks and open times but it can actually provide a lot of benefit and an app like Bananatag can help you. It allows you to see when people open your emails and attachments, which can help you determine the optimal time to send them in the future so you get the most out of your efforts.
Although Roomscan isn't a necessity for real estate survival, it will definitely make you a memorable agent. Roomscan is a mobile app that allows you to create floor plans just by tapping your phone against the wall of each room! Complete with stairs, exterior scanning, and precise measurement, you can map an entire home and even outdoor spaces like gardens. So, the next time you can't bring your clients to the home, you can send them the next best thing: an accurate floor plan!
Spac.io, a mobile app, is available on all forms of technology from your desktop to your phone. It has options for agents, teams, and brokerages making it incredibly versatile. It allows you to have virtual open houses, provide sign in sheets for guests, create seller reports, send follow up emails, provide you with marketing solutions based on your data, and more.
With original content and some passion, a blog is a fun way to help you promote your personal brand as well as share your expertise - especially in an industry that is rooted in connections. From Boomerang to Buffer, we've provided you with some of the best tools to keep your blog the best it can be and reach as many people as possible.
Real estate agents, you have have an important job. You spend countless hours making sure that your clients are satisfied with their new homes; however it's important to understand the many tools that are out there to make your job easier. From mobile apps to CRM, we hope that you now have some new tools to help you do your job better - and it's time to start using them!
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