iPad for Realtors?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Little Oak

Well I've played around with my iPad for a couple of weeks now and I love it but it's not perfect.


•·        Size/weight is perfect, 1 ½ pounds

•·        Battery life is fantastic, over 10 hours of use

•·        Screen is fantastic, 10" backlit, multi touch

•·        Gets attention (too much at times), great ice breaker at an open house or coffee shop

•·        Instant on, doesn't take several minutes to boot up like my PC

•·        Checking email is quick (including most attachments)

•·        Surfing the web is very convenient and the colors are vivid (most sites)

•·        Music from my iPod can be shared

•·        Videos and photographs are fantastic

•·        Games are blast (at least that's what my kids say)

•·        Ap Store has countless free or inexpensive downloads (mortgage calculators, etc.)

•·        Book reading is convenient, much less bulky than paper books



•·        Adobe Flash incompatibility, does not work with MLXChange

•·        Adobe PDF limited compatibility (read only), does not work with webForms

•·        Multitasking is limited, you can listen to music while you work, but can't have two windows/aps open simultaneously

•·        No USB port

•·        Kids always want to use it


So it's not perfect, certainly as a Realtor I still rely on my PC but you'll have a hard time convincing me to give it up.

 Paul Penner

RE/MAX Little Oak Realty

Abbotsford BC

Comments (8)

Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Thank you for posting this! I have been wondering about the pros and cons of the iPad since it came out! Great blog!



Jun 03, 2010 09:36 AM
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

Looking to get one in a few weeks. I'm sure you get lots of comments. I live in one of the most wired cities in the country, and I've only seen one outside of captivity.

Jun 03, 2010 10:14 AM
Paul Penner
RE/MAX Little Oak - Abbotsford, BC

CASECROWN makes a good / cheap case with a couple of inside pockets for business cards, $30 on Amazon (Leather?).  Enjoy.

Jun 03, 2010 10:21 AM
Dawn Rueger
Beiser Realty - Oshkosh, WI

Thanks for the post. I have been wondering the pros and cons and how it would be useful in real estate. May need to invest in one...soon :-)

Jun 03, 2010 10:43 AM
SeeVirtual Marketing & Photography
Vancouver, BC

It would also be great for listing presentations. What an impressive way to show potential clients your past listings, especially if you have videos of your listings on YouTube.

Jun 24, 2010 11:39 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Paul, thanks for the information, it sounds like if you can keep it away from the kids it's a good thing!  Enjoy it :-)

Jun 27, 2010 03:40 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I am reading everything ipad on Active Rain to pick up all the pros and cons.

Oct 05, 2010 09:01 PM
Trevor Puskar
Realty World Homes of Distinction - Lakeland, FL
I'm reading your blog on my new iPad. There are some limitations like flash and java capabilities. I love apple products but it seems like everything thati have to live and die by considering real estate software is made by and for Microsoft like my MLS, which can only be used with ie explorer. I usually find ways around it but it is a time consuming task. Hopefully one day the companies that produce the real estate software will make their products compatable across all platforms. Trevor Puskar CFS MIDFLORIDA Real Estate Sales LLC
Nov 28, 2010 09:34 AM