HELP!!! I need technology!!

Real Estate Agent with AmeriStrong Realty

Hello everyone. I would like to introduce myself, I am Michael Whitlock I am a full time Agent and branch owner (hopefully Broker soon). I have only been in the real estate game for a little over 3 years now. Prior to this I was a full time Firefighter for 22 years. Why am I telling you all this? Because until now I never had much need for technology or computer programs. But in the last 3 years I have become a very busy REO agent. So I find myself in the position where my business has out grown my technology. Basically what I am hoping is someone out there has experience with different programs to help me track and organize everything from normal real estate transactions and leads to REO accountability.

My old method was a white board with check boxes for each item to be performed, like cash for keys , utilities on/off, signage and so on. But now with the higher demand for performance and accounability from the banks and the larger numbers of homes to be handled, I am in way over my head.

 So if anyone has experience with software, servers, and especially FREE programs to help me keep organized and on task. I really appreciate it.

Thank you in advance.



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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

You came to the right place. Check out best online management program out there for reo management and buyers let them know I referred you. I have checked most of them out and for the price, ease of use it's the best.

May 29, 2009 10:25 AM #1
Les Peralta
Real Estate Leads Prospector - San Francisco, CA
Real Estate VA Services

Hi Michael,


Yes as Heather said, you came to right place.  I have used about 3 REO software programs with my REO client and they all seem to work fine.  Top Prod, Transaction Point and now we use TAZA.


Happy to help!

May 29, 2009 10:35 AM #2
An Marshall
Berkshire Hathaway - St. Augustine - Saint Augustine, FL
Your St Augustine Real Estate Consultant

I have been in the biz for 2 yrs and I am just admiring you for having such a great problem to dea with!  Not much help, but know that some one out there applauds you.

May 29, 2009 11:43 AM #3
David Cheung
Klemm Real Estate Inc - Mountain House, CA


You really should look at automating your office work flow using Google Docs.  It is free but very powerful. Let me give you an example.

1. Define your workflow - list all the tasks you need to perform for your REOs.

2. Create a form in Google Docs with all the tasks listed above.

3. Grant access to your REO staffs

4. With Google Docs, they can update the form on their smart phones (iphone or blackberry).  You can see the change instantly.  Google docs also have versions control, meaning if someone made a mistake, you can back track & reverse it.

5. You can also grant read access to partners or asset manager so they see the progress as well.

NO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCE NEEDED.  You just need to spend a few hours to understand a few concepts to be effective.

Michael, I am glad you are taking the initiative.  Some agents don't even care. :(

Jun 24, 2009 05:11 PM #4
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