The real estate business is moving more and more towards being a completely mobile profession every single day.As agents, we typically spend more time in our cars and showing properties than we spend with our families, much less in our offices. So when the topic of mobile productivity comes up, real estate agents have a lot to gain.
Fortunately, there are a plethora of apps out there for both Android and iOS devices that make it easier than ever to run your entire real estate business from anywhere in the world. If you are looking for an edge to help you stay organized and get more accomplished, here are nine apps that you absolutely must be using on a daily basis.
Real Estate Listings App
First and foremost, you are going to want to have an app that will let you pull up the MLS data on any property you notice while out in the field. There are tons of options here, but the most powerful apps are the ones from Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com.
As real estate agents, many of us have a love/hate relationship with these massive realty sites, but they aren’t going away at this point, so we might as well make use of the tools they offer, and get familiar with the same sites and apps our clients are using.
Maps & Directions
The last thing you ever want to do is get lost on the way to a property that you are trying to sell. That’s why you should be sure to have a directions app like Google Maps or Apple Maps to help you navigate areas you might not be familiar with.
Once again, there are a lot of options here, but you having a mortgage calculator handy can help you answer an awful lot of client questions right away while you are showing a property. One of the most popular mortgage calculator apps is simply called “Mortgage Calculator,” but there is also a good one available from Zillow.
Another common question that many agents struggle with is converting different types of measurements in the field. Vert is an app that takes care of that for you by handling all different types of measurement conversations right on your smartphone.
Remote Access & Storage
Since you probably don’t get back to the office nearly as much as you would like to, it is very important to be able to access your documents remotely. Dropbox is the most popular app for this type of access, but Google Drive and Box are also great options.
For many agents, the Evernote app has been an absolute game-changer. Other agents feel it is a bit too much for them and prefer simpler note taking apps like Drafts or the native Notes app. No matter where you stand, you should always be utilizing your smartphone to take notes on everything you need to remember about buyers, sellers, and specific properties.
Tax Deduction AppsAnother difficult thing about being constantly on the move is that you have to come up with a way to keep track of all of those tax deductible receipts so that you can write off all of your business expenses at the end of the year. Luckily, there are apps like Deductr 2 and MileIQ that can track those client meeting receipts and even the mileage on your vehicle.
Upgraded Camera AppThe pictures you take to promote your listings are more important than ever. That is why smart realtors have upgraded to more sophisticated camera apps like Camera+ for their phones. Even if you generally use a DSLR camera or hire a professional, you should still have a better camera app on your phone for those times when you need a quick picture and it has to look great.
With over 3 million apps available on the Android and Apple app stores combined, finding the right mobile apps to help your business can be overwhelming, but the apps mentioned here would be a great start to any agent’s mobile arsenal.