Printing Clouds in the Rain

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs 475.122155

I just learned about two new printing tools that are threatening to make me a more productive real estate professional -- KODAK Email Print App and Google Cloud Printing.

I'll be trying both applications out this week and expect to love them.

KODAK Email Print is a free service. It provides you with a unique email address for your printer, allowing you to send emails, contracts, open house fliers, and other common real estate docs to your printer from anywhere. 

Google Cloud Printing, also free, connects your printer or printers to the Internet so you or anyone else you allow can actually send something directly to your printer.

I have had several clients who've had trouble sending back signed contract pages during my last few deals. This should help them by offering another alternative to faxing or scanning to email, which confounds a lot of people. (As an aside, why are we still faxing? As Dilbert says, "1982 called. It wants its technology back.)

I also often find myself needing flier box materials or open house sheets at inconvenient times. Being able to print from anywhere sounds like it will help me tremendously on that score as I run from buyer appointments to check on my listings or unlock the door on my open house. (I have a love/hate relationship with flier boxes -- they always seem to be empty no matter how many copies I put in them. I am hopeful this easier way of printing will solve that issue for me.)

As I read more about these new options, I started daydreaming about the possibilities. Imagine having offers sent directly to your printer. You rush into the room like Superwoman and your paperwork is printed and ready to go. If you think waiting for water to boil is slow, waiting for a contract to print when you and your clients are in a hurry, that's pure torture.

I'll check back in to let you know how it's going in the "cloud."

(This blog post is for the Kodak and ActiveRain 'Printing on the Go' Challenge. You have a chance to win some great prizes from Kodak.)

 

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I like the idea sound like it could be very techy and perfect.  Thanks

Oct 03, 2011 06:47 PM #1
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Intriguing, this could solve my client in China's issue with sending me their signed contract. One Q, when you say email  your printer, you mean your own physical printer in your office, not an outside print service (FedEx, etc.), right?

Oct 03, 2011 07:02 PM #2
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George Bennett
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The technology is creating more opportunities and making more things possible like printing from smart phone. These are good things.

Oct 03, 2011 07:10 PM #3
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Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

This new email printing sounds fantastic...and it is free, even better.

Oct 03, 2011 07:56 PM #4
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Jenifer Lower
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I would think you might still have to run to the office to pick up what you printed off the printer to put into those flier boxes, correct?

Oct 03, 2011 08:31 PM #5
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Donna Malone
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Nancy this is very interesting, I'd really like to hear some real life examples of how people are using this new way of printing.

Oct 04, 2011 08:45 AM #6
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Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
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Nancy,

Great idea; cloud printing is very fresh to me.  I find every client is different when it comes to obtaining signatures. We have to be ready with more than one solution.

Best,

Steve

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Nancy, love it, anything that makes us more productive and makes it easier for us to communicate with our clients is great!

 

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