A full 20 years ago now the new 21st century was dubbed the ‘Information Age’, and in the two decades since then it’s fairly clear that the title was an appropriate one. We’ve enjoyed so much in the way of technological advances, and no matter what profession you make your living in it’s almost certain that technology advances has added much more in the way of process efficiency with whatever it is you do day in and out to be working at your best.
For a real estate agent in Canada, there’s going to be no digital device introduction across the last 20 years than the smartphone. Sure, mobile phones existed before that (as did the previously ever-so-popular BlackBerry, remember those?) they didn’t have the full-spectrum connectivity and web access that a smartphone does. I bet you wouldn’t even so much as one realtor in Canada who doesn’t make extensive use of a smartphone every day.
And after all, real estate is one profession where you’re inherently obligated to take advantage of anything and everything that lets your work more effectively and build your business in the speediest way possible. As it regards the second part of that, it’s what makes our online real estate lead generation system for realtors such an excellent choice for those who are new to the business. You’ll be harness the power of Internet marketing to be more immediately put in touch with folks who are genuinely interested in buying or selling a home in your area.
And yes, nine times out of ten you’ll probably be looking over those leads via your smartphone. But while smartphones are in every pocket, here’s a few other gadgets for realtors that might be nearly equally useful for you if you’re a real estate agent.
- DIGI Phantom 2 & GoPro Camera Drone
Many of you will already be aware that elevated fly-over views of listed properties are all the rage these days. It’s drones like the DIGI Phantom 2 that make these birds-eye views possible when they are equipped with a mounted Go-Pro high resolution 1080p digital action camera
This quadcopter is extremely easy to use. After you simply click the parts into each other, you can fly it almost straight from the box. The Wi-Fi connection reaches over 300 metres, and you can add to that with a Wi-Fi Range Extender if needed. It’s got stable hovering, which allows you to stop mid-air and take either photos or take a pause in the video and zoom in as needed.
The basic model isn’t cheap, but it may be a good investment, and especially so if you’re a realtor who often has large estate properties listed.
- GoPano Micro
This is a revolutionary lens for the iPhone that lets you create 360° panoramic videos. Using it is as simple as attaching the lens to your iPhone and tapping it to make 360° videos instantly. Again, the appeal of being able to do so shouldn’t need much explanation for a realtor operating in the day of social media and extensive digital connectivity and all the expectations that come along with that from consumers.
- Zuta Labs Pocket Printer
There’s going to be a lot to be said for being able print out photos from your phone and hand them to clients or prospective ones with absolutely no need to return home first. That’s exactly what the Zuta Labs Pocket Printer lets you do. The printer is activated by sliding a hatch at the bottom of the printer, which will reveal the inkjet. The inkjet should be able to print around 1,000 printed pages before needing to be replaced and the battery lasts for over one hour per charge.
Printing out just-snapped photos of properties and grounds instantly and with little to no fuss? That should sound good to every real estate agent.
Put your smartphone through its paces every day and you will be like anyone else – needing to find an outlet to recharge your device so it can keep on doing what you need it to do. Pulling out charging cables, plugging them into outlets, and then snapping the other end into your device’s charging point is NOT particularly time consuming. However, all these little snippets of time do add over the course of a day, and it’s one hundred percent true that time is one of the most valuable commodities for a real estate agent.
The Powermat works exactly as you’d think it would given its name. Rather than having to go to all the fuss of cabling and connecting, with the Powermat all you do is lay your compatible-model smartphone down on the mat and it begins recharging immediately. Place it and then get back to what you were doing with almost no down time, and you can know your super-essential device is charging up.
- InReach Satellite Communicator for Smartphones
Real Estate markets may be local, but the business of real estate is increasingly global and as such realtors may need to engage in communications that are not only out of country, but sometimes out of continent. And this is happening more and more all the time. This is what makes the InReach Smartphone Satellite Communicator such a smart choice.
InReach lets your customers reach us anywhere on the planet. And not only is it an excellent global digital communication tool, but it can also be a good choice for anytime you’re going into very rural areas of your Province. Whether that’s for work or pleasure. If you get caught without cell coverage but really need to contact someone, this device is going to come in VERY handy.
Indeed, this satellite messenger really shines with its ability to pair with your smart phone where it then becomes kind of like a back country cell phone service. You’ll be able to use your smart phone to send as well as receive messages, and the InReach also pairs with phoned impressively easily.
Know of any other smart tech gadgets that are ideal for realtors given their line or work? We’d like to hear about them, if you’re inclined to leave a comment.
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