You Too Can Be A Road Warrior REALTOR®!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

PlaneYou Too Can Be A Road Warrior REALTOR®!

As most of you know, I'm an engineer by trade and a licensed REALTOR® for the last eight years.  My day job sometimes puts me on the road.  Grab the laptop, Crackberry, throw a few changes of clothes in the bag and I'm ready to catch the next plane to wherever business takes me.  Not a HUGE amount of travel by any means, but enough that I've had to add some technology tools I wouldn't normally need to teaming up with Liz from hundreds of miles away is now even easier.

Because even though sometimes we can talk through an issue over the phone, nothing beats actually having eyeballs on the problem.  So what tools are making our lives easier when I have to travel?  We've mentioned most of these tools before, and these are all FREE, or nearly so!

  • LogMeIn.  Leave your home or office computer logged up and running.  Install this free software and you can access that computer from anywhere!  For a charge you can increase capability, but basically from my road laptop with the free version, I can bring up a virtual screen and do everything I'd do from that computer.  Read email, send email, view a file I need and more.  Perfect for when we both need to be away for some reason.  Combine with a PDF editing software and you can type and save a contract and email it without even being at the same computer!  Go to www.LogMeIn.com for more info and to sign up for a free account.
  • Join.Me.  Another FREE download and this enables you to see someone else's computer screen while they're doing something after they provide you a 9 digit code to enable sharing.  They can do a Powerpoint presentation, show you a picture, point out a computer problem, AND with their permission you can take Remote Control and help with a problem.  Visit http://Join.Me to sign up.
  • PDAnet software.  Lots of airports and public places now have free Internet access, but do you REALLY want to pay $9.99 for an hour of use before your plane leaves?  For less than $20 I installed the software and can now tether my Blackberry to my laptop.  Sure beats paying Verizon $15 or more PER MONTH to have the same capability.  Visit www.JuneFabrics.com.  Available for multiple operating systems, not just Crackberries...yet even you iPhone people :)

So even if you're NOT a road warrior, but just a REALTOR® taking a weekend trip and need to keep an eye on things (I know in a perfect world there's ALWAYS someone who can cover you business), these tools just might make your life easier just like they have mine.

Keep on Blogging,
Bill the Engineer/REALTOR®

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Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
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Wow!! I'm sure these tools makes a lot of difference in your ability to conduct business.

May 15, 2012 06:05 AM #3
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Dorie, They help quite a bit!  We've been using Join.me to troubleshoot issues on Liz's mom's PC in Maryland.  That's a nice stretch of miles.

May 15, 2012 06:07 AM #4
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Anita Clark
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BLiz: As long as we have our devices we can do business practically anywhere in the world.  Thanks for the software tips.

May 15, 2012 07:19 AM #5
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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Great information, Bill the engineer.  I love the tips and am bookmarking this in case I can ever get away again in my life time, LOL.  

May 15, 2012 07:49 AM #6
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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Bill and Liz - great advise!  We have so many great tools - NOW to just use them!  Thanks for the share on this.

May 15, 2012 08:06 AM #7
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Roger D. Mucci
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When there's the will, there's a way, and you seem to have found it Bill.................

May 15, 2012 08:22 AM #8
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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Those are three interesting options for a man / woman on the go. I often work with clients from all corners of the world. Tech is essential!  

May 15, 2012 09:30 AM #9
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Irene Durocher
Coldwell Banker BUYERS AGENT - Boca Raton, FL
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Great information Bill. Technology today is incredible. It can set us free to do things

without being tied to an office.

May 15, 2012 09:52 AM #10
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Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
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I love Logmein.  I use that to acces my desktop at my appraisal job and get some work done when I can squeeze it in!  Technology is amazing nowadays!

May 15, 2012 11:45 AM #11
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Back home from riding a plane, time to catch up :)

Anita, That's become the reality of both my day and night/weekend job.  Have laptop and phone and I can do ALMOST everything for either job except show a home or deliver something in person to a listing, and if need be, we have people in our office that could help with either of those type tasks.

Juli, You can be on the beach and driving your computer from there :)

Barbara, And we keep finding more, and the amazing thing is how many of them are absolutely free to use and very capable.

Roger, Too stubborn to quit until I get what I need :)

Paul, It's significantly changed our roles and capabilities.  For the most part, I like the changes.

Irene, Our options are significantly expanded just in the last few years alone, and that train is picking up speed FAST!

Jennifer, Just as long as the home computer doesn't shut down I'm in business :)

May 15, 2012 12:35 PM #12
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Brenda Mullen
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Carla showed me the Joinme one and it is excellent!  These look like some great tools for those Road Warriors :)!

May 15, 2012 12:38 PM #13
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Brenda, I've gotten use out of each of them.  Used Join.me from Connecticut this week to work on Liz's mom's computer in Maryland.  Liz was visiting, so using the cell phone and remote driving to troubleshoot :)

May 15, 2012 01:05 PM #14
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Debbie Gartner
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Bliz - These are some great tools.  I can see how they would make you much more efficient and I need to try some of them out.

May 15, 2012 08:28 PM #15
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Debbie, All of these have helped us this year!  A normal year of business travel is about 10 days for me, and I'm up to about 18 already this year.  It should start to slow down a bit now that a couple of projects have wrapped up, but always nice to have these tools at our disposal.  And I don't actually even have to leave town to use them.  Everything here could be used locally as needed.  We've used the Join.me function when I'm at the day job to see something Liz is working on that day.  Bill

May 15, 2012 08:33 PM #16
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Good morning Bill,

Great software tips...technology allows us the ability to work smarter from anywhere!

May 15, 2012 09:56 PM #17
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Lisa, Our flexibility in location has changed dramatically in the last few years.  Nice to not be as physically tied to one location and still be able to accomplish the work.

May 15, 2012 10:45 PM #18
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Steve Baklaich
RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate - Saint Cloud, MN
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Thanks for the neat tips Bill.

For me, Technology is often the heavy object in the middle of the road that I would prefer Not To Lift.

I can remember circunstances when these tools would have been useful.

May 16, 2012 05:37 AM #19
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Steve, The cool thing is most of these tools are pretty straight forward to use.  The biggest challenge for me was figuring out the last log in on Log Me In is for the computer you're wanting to access, not the one you're using to reach it.

May 16, 2012 05:43 AM #20
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Isn't good to know that when you leave home, you really don't leave home and we no longer have to worry about taking time off.  There are so many ways to connect.

May 16, 2012 09:46 AM #21
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Jane, The capabilities just keep getting more and more amazing, and the shocking thing is almost all of it is free.

May 16, 2012 10:17 AM #22
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