The new Era of technology and paper do they meet?

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

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.key board

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. 

  1. Buying the right laptop with good recognition software (OCR)
  2. Scanning in all the forms.  (that alone does not work)
  3. 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.
  4. Testing to make sure different forms of handwriting will be recognized.
  5. Finding the right printer so you don't go broke buying replacement ink cartridges.
  6. 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?

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Rainmaker
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Gordon Sloan
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Gary... Thanks for this post. I am using this time of year to plan upgrading my tools. Yours is a good checklist.

I am trying to break the "yellow pad" habit of sooooo many years.

Dec 04, 2007 12:37 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
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Hi Corie, it is not as complicated as it sounds...do the research..."on-line" we have a great "tech" blog here with very knowledgeable people.  You can also Google for the information with key topics of interest.  Good luck, drop me a line if you need ideas.  Thanks for your comments Corie.
Dec 04, 2007 12:41 AM #2
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Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL
Good Morning Gary...  I bought a Motion Computing tablet in 2004... I love it!  I take notes in the notebook and never waste paper, I'm more organized and my customers think it's cool.  It is a great tool! 
Dec 04, 2007 12:51 AM #3
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Katerina Gasset
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Gary- Great post about using technology to wow your customer and show how effective you can be. Katerina
Dec 04, 2007 01:11 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Hi Debbie, you on track to do it all!  I have the new HP tablet...it is a great tool and the clients are very impressed as you say it is "very cool"!  Thanks for the comments Debbie.
Dec 04, 2007 01:35 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Hi Katerina, it does work and they like the speed factor.  The other issue if they make a mistake on the document....just back up and do it again!  Thanks for the comments Katerina.
Dec 04, 2007 01:36 AM #6
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Daniel Sundberg
Crystal Springs Real Estate - Kentwood, MI

The 21st Century office is definitely not to be confused with the Century 21 Office.  :)

 

Dec 04, 2007 03:17 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Hi Daniel, they are not the same even the technology is different!  Thanks for the comments.
Dec 04, 2007 06:23 AM #8
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Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
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Gary, our brokerage has gone above and beyond (in my opinion) with technology.  I can take my laptop anywhere and log into our 'Gated Community' and all of our forms are there along with tools and such to make my life easier.   Frankly, I don't know how I conducted business without it.    I am also loving the wireless technology.  Thankfully hubby is a "geek" (I use that term with fondness, no need for anyone to be in an uproar over it) and sets me up so that even I can use it without crashing.

 

Dec 04, 2007 09:16 PM #9
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Lola Audu
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Good points here...technology does take time to learn and set up, but when everything works, it's awfully convenient.  Sounds like you've got everything figured out.
Dec 05, 2007 10:11 AM #10
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Melissa Grant
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Great post on technology and wowing our customers ! Way to go !
Dec 05, 2007 09:57 PM #11
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Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker
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Really great post about how technology can aid us in our business, and it is much more than a convenience factor, it shows our clients that we are staying ahead of the curve!
Dec 08, 2007 03:58 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Hi Kris, the laptop and wireless has given Realtors a very unique opportunity to serve clients at a faster pace while allow us to serve more clients because of the automation technology allows us to create in our businesses.  Kris...do you hire your "Geek" out?  Some of us could use him!  Thanks for the comments Kris.

Dec 08, 2007 09:51 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Hi Lola, everyday is a new opportunity to learn.  The technology changes so quickly that keeping up is a full time job!  I still have to work....   Thanks for the comments Lola.
Dec 08, 2007 10:21 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Hi Melisa, Thanks for the comments Melisa.
Dec 08, 2007 12:14 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
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Thanks for the comments Alecia, it definitely creates a positive image to clients.
Dec 08, 2007 12:17 PM #16
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County
You are such a techno-whiz! I am working at it but not near where you are. I can really see the value in being able to do it all while sittin at the clients dining table!
Dec 09, 2007 01:28 AM #17
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