Real Estate and the iPad
Good Morning Folks!
I'm trying to get back in the swing of things on AR so I thought today I would share about my experience with my new iPad.
Well a few weeks ago I was cruising Craigslist.org checking on the price of a used iPad. I came across a base model 16G WiFi-only original iPad, new in box. I decided to take the leap and purchased this wonderful machine. The first thing I did was get on AR and find what apps I should download and any tips that others had to offer. I started by purchasing SignMyPad, an app for signing PDF's, adding dates, perfect for Real Estate. After this, I went to go purchase a stylus (pen to write on iPad) and a protective cover, since I knew this thing was going to get some use! The stylus works perfect and is very helpful for someone who is not completely use to a touchscreen only device. Also, the stylus makes signing real estate contracts on the iPad super easy.
I also downloaded an app titled Open House Pro. This app is simply designed for real estate, specifically open houses. You input the home/listing and just set the iPad on a table. As people enter the home they "sign-in" directly on the iPad. Then the app sends them a thank you email for attending the open house. Does our business get any easier than that?!
I have found two problems with the iPad so far in the short amount of time I have had it. The first problem is more my own fault, but I purchased the WiFi-only model. This is a problem when you are at a house with a client and don't have access to Internet. Then you have to go find a coffee shop or somewhere close to get Internet access (Don't worry, there is an app for that!) Second problem, using the SignMyPad app, it can become rather time consuming to input all the information on a contract or addendum. Thus, it is always nice to be as prepared as possible when you meet with your client. The first time I used the iPad for a real estate contract, my client had to watch while I put in all the information, not cool. Luckily, she is a great client and is just amazed at how I am incorporating this technology into my work.
Hope my experience helps you!