With the hundreds of apps for real estate agents out there, it’s frustrating to sift through all the hype to find ones that will actually help you increase productivity and improve client experiences. To help you get started, I wanted to share seven apps my team members and I have found to be quite useful. (I’ve decided to highlight apps that work with both iOS and Android.)
Some of these will allow you to be better informed, while others will help you to work more efficiently. You might be surprised that several apps on this list aren’t real-estate-specific, and there’s a reason for that: when the difference between a successful sale or offer comes down to a matter of hours, it’s important to save time by doing tasks faster or automating them as much as possible.
1. RPR Mobile allows you to be ready for any property question your clients might throw at you.
The app gives you access to all data and reporting from the RPR (Realtors Property Resource) site, and gives you historical data, mortgage information, school district information, flood zones, and more at your fingertips. Local market statistics and sales activities are also available through this app. You can even create branded reports for your clients, with easy-to-use templates. The best thing about RPR Mobile is that it’s free to use, since it’s paid for by your NAR member dues.
2. Though flood zone information is crucial, sometimes client questions veer more towards “Where can I get the best Mexican food around here?”
Citymaps will help you answer these types of questions, and you can create custom maps of neighborhoods that highlight your client’s interests. By highlighting the best of what a place has to offer, you can help your client imagine his or her future life at a particular property.
3. Real estate transactions are characterized by the sheer number of documents needed to complete them.
It’s becoming commonplace to use apps to hasten the process of distributing a document, signing it, and sending it back. You might have CamScanner, Dropbox, and perhaps another app for signing documents, but with one app, DocuSign allows you to both manage electronic signatures and the workflow of the transaction itself, so that the process is as automated as you’d like. There’s an edition just for realtors that allows you to brand your documents, and works immediately with any ZipForm Plus forms your team might already use.
4. You really may be a local expert, but sometimes we all need some direction.
Waze takes Google Maps up a notch by providing real-time traffic condition information so you can get from one property to another faster.
5. If you put on a lot of open houses, Open Home Pro is a paperless solution for getting contact information from your open house attendees, without having to decipher messy handwriting or gather up sign-in sheets.
Signing a clipboard will seem downright quaint after using one of Open Home Pro’s digital sign-in sheets, which also integrate with many popular real estate CRMs, so you can use the power of email automation and text messaging to stay in touch with potential leads.
6. Video walkthroughs are a great way to show what’s best about your properties, and Videolicious makes it easy to produce professional-looking videos in one app.
Easy to use, you can add logos and edit smaller clips into one continuous video, without the stress. This means you can create beautiful videos on the go, without spending hours using complicated desktop software or having to ask your kids for help.
7. Tracking your mileage can be a huge pain in the neck, but MileIQ takes the stress out of this mundane task.
This easy-to-use app allows you to classify your drives as either personal or for work, and all the data the app records is stored in the cloud so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of the numbers. One thing we love about this app is that it senses when you’re in the car, so you don’t have to worry if you forget to turn it on. Best of all, it’s IRS-compliant, making it easier to receive the tax benefits you deserve.
And here’s a bonus app that you’ll love:
Whether you stick with just these seven apps or decide to use more, you’ll need high-quality passwords to access each one.
Lastpass allows you to keep track of all of them, and you only have to remember one “master password.” You’ll be able to access all of your passwords (which it can generate for you and store automatically!) securely and with all of your devices.
What are the real estate apps that you can’t live without?