I have been a big fan of sticky notes, a.k.a. Post-It Notes (Post-Its), for years. A great invention. In the corporate world they were indispensable. Still are, no doubt.
Their use carried over into my real estate business and became a staple when I started blogging. Post-Its were everywhere, with all my ideas for blog articles.
I got more organized and started keeping a file filled with clippings, notes, etc. to keep track of all my ideas. Post-It Notes are still a big part of that organization. And I continue to use them in a variety of ways as I suspect many of you do.
One of the neat things I discovered is the Sticky Note feature on PDFs. Here's one way I have been using them.
I developed a BUYER'S HANDBOOKand a SELLER'S HANDBOOK to use with clients once we start working together (abbreviated versions are shared with prospects).
As I try to be more sensitive to the environment, and to make better use of technology, I now typically share these handbooks on GOOGLE DOCS instead.
This also works well because many of my clients who are buying are not local so much of our work, communication and document sharing is on-line.
In order to educate new buyers to the Southern California area and our wealth of real estate paperwork, I include Appendices in the Buyer's Handbook where I share sample copies of all the documents they typically will encounter. Sticky Notes are a great way to provide on-line notes throughout the documents and share information I want buyers to know about particular items buyers, especially decision points like price and dates.
I encourage buyers to review all the documents in advance so they have some idea of what to expect. Of course we go through all this when we meet but a little on-line education beforehand saves time and answers many questions.
Sticky Notes - the NOTE TOOL - is found under the TOOLS tab when you open up a PDF on Acrobat, then under COMMENTING. You simply CLICK on NOTE TOOL and place the note where you want in the document, fill in the information on the note, adn you're done. Cool stuff.
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