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Liz Sacks

Liz Sacks

Marketing Manager at Avery-Hess, Realtors
Tysons Corner HQ
Office: (703) 448-0485 x1102
Email: lsacks@averyhess.com
Liz Sacks
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User-Friendly Apps for the Realtor On the Go!

On 21, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In Tech Tips | By Liz Sacks

For today’s real estate professional, being responsive to client needs while on the go can be quite a challenge. Unexpected requests, last minute showing inquiries, surprise financial questions, the list of goes on. The seven apps below are some great tools for handling the unexpected like a pro!
 

Camera+
CameraPlusWhen taking your own listing or promotional photos, Camera+ is an incredibly user-friendly camera, plus photo editing and enhancing app. Its camera settings allow you to take impressively professional photos with touch exposure and focus, and a 6x digital zoom. For non-graphic designers, the photo editing tool icons are extremely intuitive and logically organized. Camera+ offers an unbelievable range of color correction settings, framing and filter tools, and the ability to add captions.  

Cost: $1.99 iPhone, $4.99 iPad
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad

 

 iLivingiLiving
When showing buyers a vacant home, they often struggle with trying to picture where the couch, table and other furniture will go. iLiving’s virtual staging app is the perfect aid in this situation! Simply snap a photo of an empty room, then insert furniture from iLiving’s catalog of options, which are nicely organized by category. Although there is not a wide breadth of furniture items to choose from, your clients can gain a good understanding of each room’s decorating possibilities. Pictures can be saved in your device’s photo gallery to easily text or email.

 
Cost: $2.99
Compatibility: iPhone


Magic Plan
Magic PlanWhen you need a floor plan created on the spot and are lacking the proper measuring and drawing tools, Magic Plan allows you to quickly develop one from your mobile device or tablet. By taking snapshots of each room, one corner at a time, Magic Plan populates the room’s dimensions, and then draws your floor plan. Window and door openings can be easily added to each room, as can basic furniture items (i.e. a bed and nightstand can be added to a bedroom). Files can be saved as PDF, JPEG and DXF files for CAD, or interactive formats can be published on the web.

Magic Plan has impression precision for an app but does not replace the quality of professionally rendered floor plans.

Cost: Free to download; file exporting or sharing: $2.99/each. Monthly subscription packages are also available
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad and Android

 

Keynote
KeyNoteDelivering listing presentations and market analysis on your tablet is not only more convenient than preparing paper printouts, but also shows clients your tech savvy side!  The Keynote app, Apple’s equivalent of Microsoft PowerPoint, allows you to build slide presentations with custom animation, charts and video. Keynote is rather user-friendly, especially to those with PowerPoint experience.

iCloud is built into the app so files automatically update across all of your devices. You can also easily share the document with others, allowing them to make edits from iCloud.

Powerpoint files can also be opened in Keynote as well, however, editing features are more limited.

Cost: Free
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad


SentriSmart™

If you’re a SentriCard carrier, this app is for you! Its built-in GPS uses your current location to populate the lockboxes assigned to your listing, as well as, any other addresses utilizing SentriLocks within a half-mile SentriSmartradius. Once you select your listing and enter your pin, you immediately gain the access code for entry. The app provides a quicker, more convenient substitute to scanning your SentriCard. It also offers the additional features of displaying instant showing notifications to the listing agent and automatic listing assignments.

Prior to download, contact your local association to ensure availability. Upon first use of the app, you will need to register your device by entering your SentriLock ID and password.

Cost: Free to download; $24 annual service fee
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad and Android

 

iRenter
iRenterMany prospective new homebuyers are still on the fence, whether to take the plunge and buy, or continue renting. With iRenter, you can instantly and accurately calculate the difference in cost from their current rent to the cost of owning. The app factors in every conceivable cost associated with homeownership, from mortgage payments to property taxes.

Cost: $0.99
Compatibility: iPhone

 

LinkedIn
LinkedInArguably, social media’s top professional networking site, it’s more important than ever to maintain responsiveness with your connections while on-the-go. The app’s push notifications alert you to new messages, comments on your posts and invites. Both mobile and tablet versions of the app nicely organize your main menu selections to easily shift from industry networking groups to your main newsfeed and then into your InMail™ box.

Cost: Free
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad and Android

Liz Sacks

Liz Sacks

Marketing Manager at Avery-Hess, Realtors
Tysons Corner HQ
Office: (703) 448-0485 x1102
Email: lsacks@averyhess.com
Liz Sacks

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