Just Got an iPad ....Part II

By
Real Estate Agent with DFH Real Estate, Victoria, BC 800-668-2272

Well, after staring at this slick little device for a while and after getting some nice friendly tips from other Rainmakers, I finally have this little guy up and running ...

I love technology and I thought I used to be ahead of the curve when I was working for a fledgling internet company in the fall of 1993 - trying to sell web sites. Most of my sales calls ended up with 'what the heck is a web site gonna do for me?'  But today I feel way behind; there's so many new tech gadgets it's mind-boggling... So, I thought it might be fun to share my 'iPad Newbie' experience with others... (sorry tech guys, if I'm boring you)

Here's what I had to do:

To use with wifi or a mobile account, I had to go to my provider and install a SIM card. When I was there I purchased a package that allowed me 5gb per month for a flat fee. There's no contract, so I can change providers etc.

Back home, I set up an account for iTunes on another computer -make sure it's the latest iTunes

Plugged the iPad into that computer and voila it came to life.

Set up my user accounts for email, etc. - very simple and intuitive

WEB - wow, great speed using Safari and the images are crystal clear. I can log into my local real estate board's software (Matrix) and get new listings, etc. and the pictures are really far superior to those on my BB. So, I can see using this to show clients... and if you go to YouTube, you can use for videos...

EMAIL - works great and very fast. I set my emails up so they go to my BB and the iPad as well. I'm still working on customizing an email signature, etc. and I find that my BB is still my workhorse for email when I am on the road.

APPS - wow - there are thousands. The first ones I am looking at are free...one is the application for downloading books...iBook. If you like the library, I found I can access and place holds on books using the iPad...our library even has downloadable books for free...cool.

My favorite reason for using at this point: lying in bed reading the great material on Active Rain, showing clients photographs of listings, etc.

Future Thoughts - using my own videos for home tours, etc. marketing and branding.

Would love to hear from others who have found ways to improve their businesses.

Thanks!

 

ps - Don't give to your kids...you'll never get it back. ;)

 

 

 

Comments (3)

TERI LINDSAY
Reno, NV
STAGELIGHT HOME STAGING CO.

The IPad is at the top of my list of "what I want for Christmas", I am making as many "suggestions" as I can.....hope someone in this household is paying attention!  Thanks for all the suggestions as to how to get it operational immediately!

Nov 16, 2010 02:08 PM
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Hi Bruce - Glad to hear that you are enjoying your new iPad.  There are always so many new tech tools being invented.

Nov 16, 2010 05:02 PM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Bruce,

The one drawback with Apple software is that it's not supported by our local real estate board, however, they are looking into that.

Thanks for the recommendation.

Brian

Nov 17, 2010 12:21 AM