Time To Dump The Desk??

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Real Estate Pipeline, Inc.

With the real estate industry evolving at the rate that it is, many agents have adapted to include the ability to be as mobile as possible.  Gone are the days of meeting at the office or heading back to the office in order to get anything done. In fact, a good number of agents don’t even have an office. Their office has 4 doors, not just one…and it sports 4 wheels and bucket seats.

There is a mindset that needs to be adapted in order to effectively go mobile. You have to be really self-motivated. And, you have to realize that when you leave your house, you are working. You must also be able to be in contact at all times. And, you must be able to access anything you need at any given point in time. With that in mind, there are several things that one must possess in order to master the art of mobility:

1.    A good smart-phone – Don’t be cheap! Get a good smart phone…an Iphone or a Blackberry. And make sure you have a good data plan (I prefer the unlimited versions). More important than that, make sure you take the time to learn how to use it and put the tools available to you to your best advantage! There is no point in having it if you aren’t going to take the time to learn to use it.


2.    A good laptop – This pretty much goes without saying, but…when you get a computer, get something that seems to be WAY more than what you will actually need. That way, you won’t have to get a new one in a year because the cheap P.O.S. you bought isn’t big or fast enough. Get the super-gigantic hard drive. Spend the extra money for a hefty RAM upgrade. Also, invest in an external hard drive for back-up. Laptops are not that rugged…and are prone to injury.  They are also prone to be lifted by unscrupulous individuals, if given the chance. Losing all your data will suck far more than losing the laptop.


3.    A flip camera (or digital video camera) – These will automatically make themselves a useful tool the first time you have to preview a home or make an online tour of a new listing. I would recommend you get both a video camera…and a still frame digital camera. Both have distinct advantages depending on the need.

4.    Docusign – Or, some form of reliable electronic document signing and processing software. (If you don’t know what Docusign is, hit up @Docusign on twitter. Tell her @TheRealClint sent you.) This is an absolute requirement. This way, you can sign offers, amendments, contracts, etc, right on the computer and then email them wherever needed. This way, you don’t have to worry about printing documents, having to get the required signatures, making copies, etc. From a time management standpoint, this ability to eliminate these types of useless delays is a major advantage.


5.    GPS – Clients can tend to be a bit uppity when you miss appointments because you got lost on the way there. And, nothing is more embarrassing then having them sitting in your car and not knowing how to get to the next home they want to view.  Besides, you’re not a taxi. This isn’t a pleasure cruise. Get them where they want to be and do so in the quickest, safest way possible. Again, avoiding useless delays will be rewarded.


6.    MiFi or USB mobile broadband card – Again, don’t be a cheapskate here…get the mifi if it is available in your area. You will not be sad that you did. If not, make sure you have some form of broadband air card. You will need access to the internet on a screen larger than 2in X 3in at some point in your mobile career…and having one of these will make it much easier than trying to pirate wifi signals in hotel parking lots or having to find a Starbuck’s.


7.    A portable printer – Yes, a printer. That way, you can immediately print copies of documents and provide them to all parties in an extremely timely and efficient manner. Your clients will appreciate the added touch.

Remember, this isn’t just about mobility. This is about professionalism as well. Your reputation is on the line here. And, since you aren’t in an office, you had better be as good as possible because there isn’t any coffee pot to direct them to or free cookies to have them munch on while you get your proverbial "poop in a group". Don’t attempt to go totally mobile unless you plan on NOT falling victim to inadequate equipment and preventable delays. Both of which will cost you in the long run. If you are going to be mobile, you have to be able to handle any situation at that moment (as much as possible, anyway). And, these little technological marvels will make your life MUCH easier along the way.

 

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Rainer
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Lisa Matykiewicz
United Brokers Group - Gilbert, AZ

Great post...you pretty much nailed my life as an agent.  Having the right tool kit is key!

Sep 26, 2009 02:56 AM #175
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Lisa -- Having the right tool for the job is the key in any industry...real estate is no different. ;-)

Sep 28, 2009 12:11 AM #177
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Clint it absolutely can be done and should be considered.  I am not a real estate agent, but have worked within the industry going on 18 years and for the past 8 I have worked from home.  Eight years ago no one said I would be able to....hahah, still am doin' my thing.

Sep 28, 2009 12:47 PM #178
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Rebecca -- I know a ton of agents that are mobile 100%. If they need a table, they use Starbucks...lol. Keep doin your thang, bay-bay. :-)

Sep 28, 2009 11:56 PM #179
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Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Clint- You are so right.  Mobile, portable and professional.  Clients are loving the tools that Realtors can use to stay in contact and in CONTRACT.  Right now we are at the Marriott on the Waterfront waiting for our room to be ready.  In the meantime, with a laptop and an air card, we are unstoppable!  Next stop is that portable printer.  I love the way the technology gives us time to live some life!

Oct 06, 2009 11:03 AM #180
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Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
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Fabulous points, Clint.  This is actually the first post I have seen that addresses this point.  I am mobile and not even a Realtor, but a Mortgage Professional.  :-)  It is all about the networking which is hard to do while sitting in an office.  :)

Oct 09, 2009 10:47 AM #181
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William "Bill" and Karen Farragher
EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747 - Matawan, NJ
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Clint, I am almost there.....missing a few of the items you suggest.  The Docusign sounds like it will be a great benefit.  Can't tell you how many times I wish I had something like that so I didn't have to go back to my office to email my clients the docs they just signed.  Keep up the great work, and thanks again for a very informative post.

Oct 17, 2009 02:14 PM #182
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Clint Miller
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iTexas -- Awesome validation! Thanks!

Sarah -- Thank you so much!

Bill -- Docusign is awesome! I wouldnt attempt to do this without it.

Oct 19, 2009 12:18 AM #183
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Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Great post Clint, the convenience and time you can save is enormous with the right tools!

Ty

Oct 21, 2009 02:43 PM #184
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Clint Miller
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EVEB -- Thanks! And I completely agree. ;-)

Oct 21, 2009 11:59 PM #185
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Gerry Michaels
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Thanks Clint, great information. In this market, heck in todays business world it is very important that we are prepared for clients wherever we are. The only thing i would ad is a good bluetooth for safe driving. I installed one that is voice activated and works through the sound system in my car, i love it. Thanks again i will be referring back this i know

Oct 28, 2009 03:33 AM #186
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Gerry -- I have one of those also. :-)

Oct 28, 2009 03:44 AM #187
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Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Clint -

I am a hybrid mobile type person.....I have a desk in an office, but am rarely ever there.  MY office is my reclining couch. My desk is my end-table. I use my laptop on my lap (big shocker, I know).

I use a ScanSnap scanner (AWESOME invention). And when I need to make color copies (flyers), I go to the office to do that. Transaction Desk prints out my forms ..... I take a copy with me when I'm showing properties....if they want to write up an offer, they sign 'em right there, and I scansnap those puppies off!

 

Next steps include an AirCard and portable printer.

 

 

Nov 02, 2009 02:02 AM #188
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Coleen -- Sounds like you got it all set up! :-)

Nov 02, 2009 04:58 AM #189
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Sean Jordan
One Percent Realty - Coquitlam, BC
One Percent Realty - The Property Finders

I can tell you the portable printer would of saved me alot of time this year. Add a bed and maybe a bathroom plus some laundry appliances to my car  and I'm set!!!!!!

Nov 05, 2009 03:26 AM #190
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Clint Miller
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Sean -- sounds like you need a bigger car. Or, a motor home. ;-)

Nov 05, 2009 03:28 AM #191
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Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
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I saw a few things on your list that will be on my Christmas list. 

Nov 11, 2009 01:44 PM #192
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John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Indeed, we are mobile professionals. I would add to the list a portable work desk that straps in the passenger side. They have room for files and a pull out tray for the laptop. I don't have one yet but I've been thinking about getting one.

Nov 12, 2009 08:51 AM #193
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Patty Knaggs
Accurate and informative, your post offers great information. There could be a lot more trees (etc.) in this world if more of us operated as suggested! Thanks for stating all so clearly.
Dec 30, 2009 11:28 PM #194
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Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Clint,

Excellent Job. Thanks for sharing with us. All the best.

 

Best -Sash

Jan 03, 2010 04:02 AM #195
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