I Love Dropbox

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

My new tech friend is Dropbox. 

Dropbox logo - CLICK to go to their website - If you sign up I get some more free space and you do tooI'm sure you've heard of it, and perhaps are in love, too. But if not, it is well worth your investigation. 

And it's free. I love free, especially when it's cool stuff. 

I am using Dropbox,  as an example, right now to work with friend and web designer, Gregg Franklin, who is helping me launch my new blog. More on that in the new future. It's gonna be cool. 

Dropbox allows you to share files across computers. Imagine sharing tons of files (pdfs, word docs, excel files, photos) with your team, your transaction coordinator, your clients, and so on. 

  • You simply download Dropbox and the application resides on your computer where you can drag and drop files that you wish other folks to see
  • Files are stored on-line (i.e., another backup source) so you can access your files from any computer
  • You can set up multiple folders so you can share with different groups of people
  • Invite the folks who should share the files in a folder
  • When new files are added everyone sharing the folder gets notified 

It's so easy to use and simpler than having to email documents back and forth. 

And a special bonus...you get additional free space when you invite others to set up a Dropbox account. Of course you get a couple of gigabytes of space to start so you have lots of storage.

NOTE: Want to pass along some free space to me? Sign up by clicking on the logo above or click sign up with referral. Once you join then tell YOUR friends to sign up so they will join and give YOU some more free space.

What are you waiting for?

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Rainmaker
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Jeff this sounds like an awesome program. By the way I think you had a birthday did you not? Happy Birthday my friend!

Nov 11, 2010 11:58 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Jeff,

 

I'll check this out and I now watch for updates on the success of using Dropbox.

 

Brian

Nov 12, 2010 12:23 AM #51
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff, this is good information. The other day I wanted to email an Excel database to a colleague. My ISP kept tagging it as spam. This application would work and fix that problem.

Nov 12, 2010 01:20 AM #52
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Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

Jeff,

 We use log me in. It costs like $60/year and you can get into your office computer from any internet connected computer. You can view anything on your office computer just like you are sitting in front of it.

Nov 12, 2010 01:34 AM #53
Rainmaker
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jeff, First I hope you had a very happy birthday, and secondly thanks so much for this info on drop box. I will be going there today.

Nov 12, 2010 01:35 AM #54
Rainmaker
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Signed up

Nov 12, 2010 02:27 AM #55
Rainmaker
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Mike Weber
Keller Williams Realty Northern Colorado - Fort Collins, CO
40+ years in Northern Colorado

I have been using it for a while and like it a lot.  I have an investor who uses it.  We drop CMAs, public records printouts and contracts in there for each property.  This way all of the paperwork for each property is in one spot for both of us to access.

Nov 12, 2010 03:36 AM #56
Rainmaker
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Scott Petersen
Client First, Realtors - Canton, MI - Canton, MI

Thanks for the info. I am going to check it out. This make me wonder out loud how companies can offer such services for free?

Nov 12, 2010 04:05 AM #57
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Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Jeff, I've never heard of dropbox but will definitely check it out and give you some more free space!  Thanks for passing along the information.  It sounds sort of similar to google docs.

Nov 12, 2010 04:11 AM #58
Rainer
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Brent & Deb Wells
LivingWell Properties - Prosper, TX
Prosper TX

Jeff,

I completely agree, DropBox is an awesome free tool that we can't live without...

-Brent

Nov 12, 2010 04:12 AM #59
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Dee Bundy
Fort Collins Realtor @ C3 Real Estate Solutions - Fort Collins, CO
Helping You Make Colorado "Home"

Hi Jeff - I have Dropbox but haven't yet seen the need to transition off of my current system.  I share files with another agent in my office (we leverage both of our 'best practices' for our individual businesses) and use a combination of Syncplicity (free) and Google Docs.

Syncplicity automatically syncs up to three computers (you choose the folders - all or individual) with each other and with Google Docs.  It's like Dropbox but with the added advantage of keeping my work laptop, home computer and online file cabinet all synced (in addition to the other agent's computer).  It's a GREAT tool.  Check it out sometime!

Nov 12, 2010 05:06 AM #60
Rainmaker
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Judy Orr
HomeSmart Realty Group - Orland Park, IL
SW & Near West Chicago suburbs

I'll have to check out Dropbox and the timing on this post for me is spot on as I just checked out Microsoft Live's Cloud (Windows Cloud, Live Mesh, whatever it's called) which also offers file sharing plus much more and it's also free.  In fact, Microsoft offers a lot of free stuff that I rarely check out, and I should.

With that said, our MLS offers contract and disclosure uploading and sharing and for some reason I rarely use it, and others in our MLS don't either (more & more are using it to upload disclosures but rarely for transaction file sharing once a contract is accepted).

IMO, once I have a pdf of a contract in my files it's just as easy to e-mail it to whoever needs it vs. uploading it to a site and allowing access to others.  But I do think online storage is a great back-up and if I only used it for that it would be a good thing.

Nov 12, 2010 05:17 AM #61
Rainmaker
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K.C. McLaughlin
RE/MAX United - Cary, NC
Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC

Cool! I will have to check it out! Thanks!

Nov 12, 2010 05:30 AM #62
Rainmaker
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

This sounds interesting Jeff, thanks for letting us in on this.   Always like to know about new things!!

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Nov 12, 2010 06:11 AM #64
Rainmaker
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Gerard Maher
Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty - Ocean Springs, MS
CRS Ocean Springs, MS

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the tip. I was using FilesAnywhere, but this looks more convenient.

Nov 12, 2010 07:05 AM #65
Rainmaker
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Gerard Maher
Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty - Ocean Springs, MS
CRS Ocean Springs, MS

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the tip. I was using FilesAnywhere, but this looks more convenient.

Nov 12, 2010 07:05 AM #66
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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

SOunds like something that I definitely need. You have all the cool tools!

Nov 12, 2010 12:22 PM #67
Rainmaker
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John Whittinghill
Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta - Marietta, GA
Marietta, GA Real Estate Agent

hey Jeff, 

Man!  I'd love to have that view every day!  maybe someday...

I hadn't tried Dropbox yet, and it sounds wonderful and easy to use.  I was just wondering how safe the files are just hanging in cyberspace...is there an easy way to make it secure?  I liked the idea to use it as a back up for files too!

 

John

Nov 12, 2010 02:34 PM #68
Rainer
390,115
Jean-Paul Peron
The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany - Corolla, NC
Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive

I agree, Dropbox is a GREAT tool. I have an Real Estate sales team & a Property Management team, and Dropbox allows me to keep my files in sync with both sides.

Nov 12, 2010 10:44 PM #69
Rainmaker
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Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Thanks Jeff - I didn't know I needed this but I do. I used your referral link, I hope you haven't already maxed out at 8 gigs.

Nov 17, 2010 06:21 AM #70
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