Like many of you I started when only a few forms were necessary to create a listing and sale. As time has pasted and agents that are no longer with us created havoc in our industry with short cuts, deception and lies the papers to stop the practices have mounted up to a real pile to take a listing and even to write a purchase agreement.
I now disclose which side I work for....they knew if I listed the house I was working for them....then someone got the bright idea to represent both parties without telling either party. That was known and is known as the "double dip" and baby it isn't ice cream...or is it! Now most states have agency of some form or another to make sure the seller and buyer knows who represents them in a transaction.
Property disclosures have changed too. Now we have added a few questions like mold....has any seller ever had mold tested before an offer came? Did most of them know what it was? Monsanto one of the fake stucco manufacturers had a problem where mold developed behind the siding panels...this created another disclosure document and the list goes on and on.
Today I use a laptop....just like so many. I write my documents on my laptop not like so many. I have a tablet laptop. I wanted to be able to do my listing presentation (PowerPoint) from my laptop, write the listing or purchase agreement from my laptop and print documents on the spot for my sellers and buyers. That is what a tablet is supposed to do.....right?
It takes a bit more than just buying the laptop.
- Buying the right laptop with good recognition software (OCR)
- Scanning in all the forms. (that alone does not work)
- Finding a population software (this is needed to create the blank areas so you can fill them in on the forms needed) This requires you to manipulate every form you currently use or will use.
- Testing to make sure different forms of handwriting will be recognized.
- Finding the right printer so you don't go broke buying replacement ink cartridges.
- Finally making sure you laptop and your printer communicate wireless...either Infra Red or Bluetooth. You could drag out the trusty USB cord...I didn't want to be concerned with cords. I also use a battery backup printer which I have found to be very reliable.
So after all this is it worth the effort? I can email an offer from my clients living room. Are they impressed? Do they tell everyone at work and any neighbor that will listen? YES! It takes time to set up. It takes longer to find the right combinations of hardware and software to create your 21st Century office than the actually setup time of doing the implementation.
For some the reality is "paper" works just fine. For me I want the Shock and Awe factor so I get more buyers and sellers without advertising....my clients will do it for me!
Are you there....have you created your 21st Century office? If so how did you approach the process?