With today’s tech-savvy homebuyers and sellers, real estate professionals must constantly find new ways to raise the bar. Using the most up-to-date and relevant business technologies can help. A few well-chosen real estate apps should also be part of the strategic planning for your real estate business. The right apps can help you to stand apart from the competition, provide clients with a higher level of service, or help persuade homeowners to step away from their DIY real estate efforts to see you for the professional you are. Plus, apps just help make your life a little easier.
Get Appy with It
Let’s look at four of the best real estate apps to add to your tech toolbox.
Roomscan by Locometric
How cool is this tech? The Roomscan real estate app lets you instantly generate a floor plan using your iPhone camera. A floor plan helps enhance your listings online, and it instantly elevates the “whiz-bang” factor in the eyes of your clients.
IFTTT (If This Then That) by IFTTT, Inc.
Here’s an app that can make true magic happen. IFTTT is a free platform that connects services, accounts, and apps. Once you connect apps, you can create “recipes” that trigger an action to happen when something specific occurs. For example, you can set your phone to silent during meetings that are scheduled on your calendar. Or, you can trigger a Facebook post from a text message, and from that, trigger an Instagram and Twitter post. Want to find out about FSBOs (For Sale by Owner) as soon as they hit the market? Trigger a text message to your phone whenever a new Craigslist post in your area mentions an FSBO. You can also automate everything related to your car using additional services like Automatic Pro. Then you can automatically track your mileage on your Google calendar, or create a log on services like Evernote. You can even send a text message to your mechanic when your check engine light turns on. These are only a few possible uses for IFTTT to help you manage different aspects of your real estate business. It’s definitely worth checking out.
DataTree Mobile by First American Financial Corp.
As much as we try to remain impartial, we feel about DataTree Mobile (iOS only) the way a parent feels about their child. This powerful app places nationwide property data and homeowner information right at your fingertips. Search by address, homeowner, attorney names, homeowners association, or names associated with a loan. You can use the powerful DataTree Mobile tool to gather information on a listing you’re trying to obtain, find contact information for a farm area, or look up data on the FSBO you just drove by.
CLOZE by Cloze, Inc.
One of the most frustrating aspects of the real estate industry is tracking all of the bits and pieces of contact information. Instead of having to search through email, contacts, or documents, now you can use the Cloze app to do it for you. Cloze is a smart relationship management app that works with your existing real estate apps. It collects all of the information about your contacts in one spot. You'll be able to see your call history and email in one spot as well as your interactions on social media, notes from Evernote, or One Note, and more. Keeping all of the information you have on your contacts in one place, and managing transactions in one spot has never been easier.