Paper-less Challenge: Getting Rid of My Corner of Shame

Real Estate Agent with Alexander Chandler Realty

Going paper-less has been a goal of mine for a while for several reasons.  Number one because of course it is the environmentally responsible thing to do and even though I recycle my shredded papers, it is still a lot of trees that are coming out of the rain forest because of me.

Reason number two is because I am "CHEAP".   I don't want to pay for so much paper or toner anymore.  Heck, I don't even want to pay for the electricity that the laser printer uses.  That things sucks the energy big time.  It even makes the lights in the office blink because it takes so much energy.

In the interest of rising to the challenge, I am embarrassed to share a photo of my corner of shame, but here it is...


So here's the plan, some of which I have already been using and some of which I intend to fully implement this year.

*Electronic fax service, which I actually have been using for the last six years and love.  I prefer MYFAX, but Efax and many others are available. If you have never used an electronic fax service you should give it a try.  The faxes go to your email as a PDF file and it is a great paper-less solution.

* Mobile MLS solutions such as the one our  local board uses, Wireless Innovia.  You can access the MLS from your smartphone and it is a great option to look up property listings on the go.  I like to have the list already pulled up on my phone and leave the app open so that I can refer to it at any time.  Since the client has usually already received the printout in their email they can review it later instead of me giving them a paper printout.  Great paper saver for sure.

* The newest tool that I have begun to implement is the iphone/ipad app "sign-n-send"- I love this one so far.  It is a great tool to be able to actually sign a document right there on my iphone.  The best thing about this app as opposed to an option like docu-sign is that this one is an actual real signature, not a digital signature.  You actually use your finger as a pen and sign directly on the document.  Love it!!!!

I also use my iphone for everything.  I take notes in the notepad, use the voice notes and the camera to snap a photo of something that I want to remember. I have the HP12C financial calculator app that replaces my old HP12C financial calculator.  I also have numerous real estate apps that help me to do so many things.  Topic for another post since I have probably gone over my 500 words for sure.

"This post is written as a submission to the ActiveRain & Kodak Paper-less Challenge contest.  I have the chance to win the high speed KODAK SCANMATE i1120 Scanner, great for helping real estate professionals reduce their stacks of paper by scanning contracts, photos and business cards in seconds."


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Comments (13)

Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Samantha - "corner" of shame....?  I have 2 offices and a truck of shame.  Time for me to go electronic, too!

Sharon Lord
Argent Decor
Phoenix Vacation Home Furnishing Service

Feb 16, 2011 03:15 PM
Fathom Realty Group Inc.
Fathom Realty Group Inc - Orange, CA
Get Paid what your WORTH!

Great Tips Samantha,


I will keep this post.  Good stuff to be modernized.


Happy Selling Mike

Feb 16, 2011 03:17 PM
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Great post!! I have started using Metro fax (a type of e-fax), I love it!! And to be able to send a fax from a pdf already on my computer is wonderful... I haven't gone totally paperless, but we are going in the right direction... I will check out some of your other suggestions too!!

Feb 16, 2011 03:40 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Samantha - I think, you are ahead of many real estate professionals going paperless. Thanks for the information.

Feb 16, 2011 04:37 PM
Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX

Wow Sharon!!!  I think you have me beat, but remember I have been trying to go paper-less for a while.  I think it will be much easier now that I have curtailed most of my mortgage origination duties and am concentrating soley on my real estate business. 


Yes Mike, these tools are helping out quite a bit.  There is nothing like technology for helping us out, but then what happens if our technology fails...


Sheila, you are so right about sending a fax from a pdf already on your computer.  I love to be able to have that option and now that I have sign-n-send I don't have to print something and sign it before faxing it.  I can sign it right on the screen and send it off.  So cool!!!

Feb 16, 2011 04:40 PM
Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX

John, if you had seen the shred truck I had come to my home office last year and the boxes of old real estate files I had that needed to be shredded, some from back as far as 1995, not to mention my personal tax returns that were dated as far back as the 1980's.  Wow!  Talk about a paper hoarder!!!

Feb 16, 2011 04:43 PM
Kimajin Studios, LLC. (Graphic Design and Printing Services )

Thanks for visiting and I hope that you and others subscribe!

The Electronic Fax is a great choice from paper clutter. Outstanding post!
I have to look into electronic fax. Technology is wonderful...sometimes.

Feb 16, 2011 05:12 PM
Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX

Keeya, Welcome to AR.  You are right that technology is wonderful, most of the time, but there are those occasions in which it all seems to go awry at the same time.

Feb 17, 2011 03:09 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Samantha, like you I am moving paper-less! Thank you for the sign-n-send app tip! Good paperless post!

Feb 18, 2011 04:03 AM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

Thanks for the great tips to utilize my i-pad more. I am off to research "Sign and send" now.

Feb 18, 2011 06:34 AM
Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX

Yes Emily and Ellie, I love the sign-n-send app.  I have used it several times already and it is really a great tool.  No more printing something out to sign it and fax or email it back to someone.

Feb 20, 2011 03:48 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Samatha sounds like your Iphone is the solution to you achieving your paperless goal.

Mar 10, 2011 03:37 PM
Samantha Davault
Alexander Chandler Realty - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX

Jennifer, you are correct there.  The iphone has so many convenient apps available to help with productivity and going paperless.

Mar 11, 2011 03:14 PM