I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and to work smarter. In C.A.R.'s year-end newsletter, it named the top 10 new tech tools for real estate professionals, and the ScanSnap S 300 made the list.
At first, it sort of bugged me that I'd have to pay more to buy a mobile scanner that would work with my Mac Pro, but then, duh, it dawned on me that my Sony PC laptop is the computer I work with in the field. And a ScanSnap that works with Windows costs less.
At the beginning of 2009, my company was still using Mongo FAX to deliver PDF documents to clients. Then we moved to eFAX. Which is great if a client has a FAX machine onsite but often they do not. The mobile ScanSnap S300 is the answer.
It's smaller than a loaf of bread, if you can believe that. Easy to set up, too, even though it's not a drop and drag application like Mac software. But it works like a charm! The documents are crisp and clear. Much easier to read than faxed documents.
With a case and shipping charges, a ScanSnap S300 costs less than $300 at Amazon. It was my Christmas present to myself.
Maybe not every real estate agent needs a ScanSnap in the field, but for a Sacramento short sale agent, this tool is invaluable. While I'm shooting photographs of the home and preparing my agent visual inspection disclosure, the ScanSnap is scanning seller documents to my email. It's sending sensitive and personal documents that are required for a short sale such as tax returns, bank statements, payroll stubs, etc. Never again will I have to haul these documents away with me and mail them back. I can leave these docs with the sellers, where they belong.
This is great, especially for Bank of America short sales. Because Bank of America has outsourced to a few third-party vendors. These vendors let me upload documents to their websites, which makes it very handy to have each document, with the loan number embedded, sitting in my email, ready to go when we receive an offer.
While our floor refinishing guy was sanding with the edger last week in the living room, the edger jumped in the corner and cut my FAX phone line. Stuff happens. So, while Brian was busy running a new line to my FAX machine, I simply plugged the ScanSnap into my laptop and emailed PDF documents to myself. Didn't skip a heart beat.
I have a bunch of new Sacramento short sale listings coming up this month. The ScanSnap is most likely one of my best investments yet. Check it out. You may find other uses for it that I haven't mentioned.