There’s An App For That

With appointments, meetings, phone calls and personal life, how are you possibly supposed to keep track of it all? Well there may not be one singular app to organize every aspect of your life, but here are a few that can work in harmony to make sure things don’t start falling through the cracks.

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Evernote

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This comprehensive note-taking app allows you to attach articles, documents, audio or video files to notes that you took during a meeting or phone call. You can choose from the basic, premium or business version to fit your exact needs. With this app you can create notes, checklists or even put a notebook together for multiple notes, making sure everything you need is in one place.

 

 

Google Calendar

If you don’t have a Google account, it might be worth creating one just to reap the benefits of the Google calendar. The calendar can be shared with whomever you choose so everyone who has access can see the schedule for the rest of the group. This can help with avoiding scheduling conflicts and setting up meeting times. You can alter the reminder notification for each event to hours, days or even weeks before the event based on your preference.

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IFTTT

With your busy schedule, there might be tasks that you postpone frequently or even forget about. With IFTT, derived from the phrase “If this, then that…,” you can set rules for your media to do things for you. See the example graphic below. You can set a rule to get the weather report every morning at 7 a.m. so you can decide what to wear or you can have Twitter send out every Instagram post as an organic tweet to make social media engagement a breeze. There are thousands of programs you can incorporate in this app to make your life more hands off and less time consuming.

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Agents can get ahead with an ‘app audit’

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Millions of people use a lot of apps in their everyday lives, but real estate professionals might be able to boost their productivity with a careful review of their current options. There are many apps available that can boost users’ efforts to save time and energy, so it’s always a good idea to do a yearly “app-audit” to determine if there are any new apps that offer new efficiencies for business that’s always on the go.

Taking the time to carefully evaluate which apps are being used for real estate-related efforts most often, and how effective they actually are is an ongoing process. For instance, many real estate pros are constantly in need of scanning functionality – and there are plenty of apps – including Scannable – that can scan and automatically crop everything from business cards to receipts, according to Real Estate Tech News.

Increasing efficiency and organization
Likewise, many agents may need scheduling and task management assistance. There are apps that can now automatically, with the help of artificial intelligence, schedule appointments for agents so they don’t conflict with other engagements they’ve already made. Similarly, apps can help create customized lists that help agents check off a number of tasks they need to complete on their way to a larger goal.

Agents can also use apps that help ease the signing process by allowing for eSignatures, build databases, find industry news and more. Often all it takes to unlock these kinds of organizational powers is to carefully evaluate the tasks that need efficiencies, and then do some basic research to see if there’s anything out there that would meet those needs.

What’s the goal?
When trying to find new apps that work for their current and evolving needs, agents need to think about a number of factors, including how to increase personal productivity, ability to communicate with colleagues or clients, and increase engagement with your sphere, according to Fliplet. To that end, it might also be wise to look into apps that can provide information about the local market and the area in general in order to stay on top of the latest developments.

After all, the more you can do to demonstrate a powerful command of local issues – not just related to the real estate aspects of the market – the more likely you’ll engage with would-be buyers and sellers on a deeper level. That, in turn, can not only assist in generating new opportunities that lead to more real estate sales as the buying season gets underway, but also result in strong word of mouth that can help you stand out from your competitors.

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Host a Successful Open House

Anyone can hold an open house, but holding a successful one that gets a lot of potential buyers to show up is a different story. If you want to get your seller’s home seen by potential buyers, here are a few things that you should consider to make sure that the open house is a success.

 Advertise: Send out announcements to your network of agents so that they can relay the information to clients who may have interest in the property. Go throughout the community and place signs and posters with information about the open house. Also update all of your social media outlets with the open house information so that even if a friend isn’t interested in buying a home they can pass it along to someone that is.open house

Request for the seller’s to clean the home: This is a crucial part in the process. Request that they remove clutter & scrub every inch of the house, remove pets, and remove valuables/breakables. Any necessary repairs should be taken care of so that buyers don’t have to add that to their list of expenses.

Choose an evening open house time: Most open houses take place on weekends between the hours of 1pm and 4 pm, so why not try hosting your seller’s open house between 3pm and 5pm which will give prospective buyers the opportunity to take their time to inspect the property and your seller will have less competition.

Get your lead’s contact information at the door: Have you heard of Open Home Pro? With Open Home Pro you can run your open house on your iPad in addition to the following: Manage all walk-ins at weekly open houses or broker opens. As your open house is in progress Open Home Pro automatically thanks every visitor on your behalf with all the property details, a map of where they were and most importantly all of your contact information. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 on the App Store, you will not be disappointed.

Create a property description sheet: This sheet gives prospective buyers an overview of the home that should include dimensions for each room, copies of a property survey, and summaries of utility costs and property taxes.

Choose the refreshments: This doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Bottles of water will work just well, it shows your appreciation for the prospective buyers for taking the time to come out and view the property.