Mobile Phone Apps for Real Estate Agents
As a real estate agent, one of the most stressful things that can happen to you is losing your mobile phone (although losing a vendor’s pet cat at an open home comes in a very close second). Agents are constantly on the go and rely heavily on their mobile phone to communicate with clients but also to conduct business when they’re out on the road.
The introduction of apps has made the life of a real estate agent just a little bit easier. Social media apps in particular (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.) are used by many agents as a simplified way of sharing your updates whilst you’re out and about. But there’s also a bunch of apps out there that could potentially enhance your real estate business if used effectively. If you want to strengthen your online branding, streamline your processes and be more productive, these techy apps available on iOS and Android might just be worth the download:
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with these apps and do not receive any kickbacks. I’m just a fan of these apps and as an added bonus, most of them have a free basic version.
Evernote is a must-have app for the busy agent. Useful for a multitude of everyday tasks, here are a few real estate specific tasks you might not have considered using it for:
- Record voice and written notes – ideal for a quick brain dump post listing presentation
- Take photos – take pics of your receipts to make tax time easier
- Set reminders – add reminders to your to-do list
- Save articles – use the optional web clipper to save real estate articles you come across on the web to read later
Evernote really is the whole package and offers a free basic plan. That’s why it has taken out the number one spot.
Learn more about Evernote here
Canva is a graphic design tool that is super easy to use. In seconds you can create images that will give your content the edge. Canva has thousands of templates and millions of photos free to use at your fingertips. You can also add your own logos, photos and artwork for a personalised touch that will reflect your brand. Use Canva to create stunning social media posts, brochures, blog headers and more.
Learn more about Canva here
Ridiculously easy to use, PicLab allows you to create grid photos in an instant. Grid photos work well for property marketing as they allow you to post multiple photos within a single image. Posting one image will help keep your socials clean and reduces the effort of the viewer (potential buyers) from having to click or scroll to see more photos.
Learn more about PicLab here
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, everyone everywhere is talking about the rise of video content and how important it is to be seen. If you’re not a fan of being in front of the camera, Boomerang is a great first step to creating videos. It records video that loops back and forth. Use Boomerang to create quick and snappy videos at open homes in a flash.
Learn more about Boomerang here
5. Magic Plan
With a few clicks of the camera, Magic Plan allows you to create your own floor plan. This is an excellent tool to use when selling a property off market to show the layout to potential buyers who live interstate.
Learn more about Magic Plan here
6. 3D Gyro Compass
How many times have you been caught out at an open home by a keen buyer who asks what direction does the backyard face? If you have no idea where North is, it can get really awkward. Despite being one of the first things you ever learn in life, “don’t look at the sun,” everyone’s first instinct is to look directly at the sun. Don’t risk burning out your retinas! Use the Gyro Compass app instead. Open the app on your phone and you can find north in seconds. Gyro Compass is much faster to use than google maps as you don’t have to locate your current location. I’m sure you could also use this app when you’re out on a boat, or trying to navigate your way out of Kmart?
Learn more about 3D Gyro Compass here
7. App Usage (Andriod) or Moment (iOS)
App Usage and Moment both track how much time you spend on your mobile phone. WARNING: this can be confronting! However, once you realise how much time you spend on your apps, you can take steps to reduce the time wasted on your phone and increase your productivity.
Moment is available on itunes and App Usage (for non-Apple peeps like me!) on Google Play.
Are there any apps that didn’t make the list that you use daily? Let me know on Instagram or Facebook!