I Am No Longer a Virgin! So Now I Need Your Help!

Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

I just got my first Apple product... an iPad and now I need your help.   Get your head out of the gutter.. what did you think I meant!

AppleI was a relatively early adopter of the MP3 players and had two  long before the iPod came out.  So, when it finally did, mine was still working so I kept it. I am with Verizon and several years ago got tired of waiting for them to get the iPhone so I bought a Droid.  We have 4 laptops and a desktop computer at home so justifying an iPad took some doing.  

Finally after a lot of back and forth and research I decided on a refurbished iPad 2 with 32 GB.  I paid $200 less than what I would have paid for the new iPad that had only 16 GB.  And, I got it from Apple, it has a new battery, new shell and the same warranty as a new iPad.   Plus as my husband, Larry, pointed out.  When the next new iPad comes out, I’ll probably want to get it and I won’t feel like I’ve invested so much into this one.

So here’s where I need your help.  Please iPad users tell me the one App you think is helpful and that I should get.  I’m not a Realtor so I don’t need Realtor related ones. Stagers, if you have one, what special apps do you use?

Besides Apps, I haven’t tried this yet but any tricks for commenting on AR?

Does anyone use an additional keyboard with it?  



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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Kathy.....I'll have to check back to read all the comments here....I haven't bought one yet.... I don't really need it, but I want one....I guess that's enough reason to buy it....

May 22, 2012 09:43 PM #9
Joanna Szwyd
StoneHouse Properties - Great Barrington, MA

Kathy, I'll be checking the comments as well. I've been thinking about finally getting one. Have a great day playing with your new toy:)

May 22, 2012 09:48 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wallace- I do follow Cheryl and she really does love her iPad and she's shared that with us. 

Marco- come on Marco... get with it!

Gita- thanks!  I read the posts but since I didn't have an iPad yet, I didn't focus on the material, but will now.

BARFF- ah yes... well it happens!

Rob- that's one of the reasons I got one, and I'm looking forward to making presentations with it. 

Conrad- that's part of my plan as well as Before and After photos.

Janis- the only difference besides the price point was that you can't have a refurbished one engraved on the back. But since I'll have a cover on it, who cares.

Leslie- Hadn't even thought about email!  Still lots to learn.

BarbaraT- ok, lady... you work hard so go get one!

Joanna- I thought a long time before getting one and trying to justify one.  But, they are fun.

May 22, 2012 10:25 PM #11
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathy,

You will love your iPad. We just got back from Italy and decided for this short trip to leave our big camer at home and took everthing on Gene's iPad (I left mine at home). You will enjoy the key board and should invest in one :).

May 22, 2012 10:52 PM #12
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Hi Kathy,

I see you have Cheryl's name.  She bought an .80 cent book on ipad through Kindle.  So the first app I would suggest is the kindle app.  IThe next app that is really great is called, Keynote.  It works with publisher and you can make some really great presentations through it.  During the "mentor/mentee" contest, Charita turned me on to this gem.  It's really easy to use and once you get it set up and downloaded with your information, you can create some really nice presentations.  Which I would think in your profession you would have a great need for this.  Tourwrist  may also be a good app for you.  It takes 360 degree videos.  I have my banking set up on it, my house alarm through it.  You can use it for everything.  You will have fun exploring it.  (and don't forget the games...ha ha, I play Draw free late at night with my daughter, her in her bedroom, me in mine...)

May 22, 2012 10:52 PM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Can't help on this one...no ipad here.  No "i" anything.  I'm not sure if that makes me a virgin or not????

May 22, 2012 11:23 PM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Kathy, as you know I got an iPad for Mother's day....loving it.  William Johnson left a comment on my post about the iPad.  He suggested go to ZAGG.COM and check out the keyboard he uses ..... the Zaggfolio. I'm thinking of getting this keyboard and case.

May 22, 2012 11:52 PM #15
Cathy Tarrant

Kathy, I love MagicPlan (instant floor plans with measurements, etc, just by pointing) and Photosynth (stitches together several images of a room, etc. to have a panaramic type image).

May 22, 2012 11:53 PM #16
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Kathy, One of my favorites is Moviefone. Not that I get to go often but at least it helps with reviews, times and theater locations no matter where you are. Several of my friends like Yelp, too (the restaurant review site).

May 22, 2012 11:59 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- I'm thinking about it.  I'll see how I end up using it. That's unbelievable that you used the iPad for your camera for the trip!

Cindy- oh boy.. I can't wait to try Tourwrist and the other apps.  Thank you for this information!

Sharon- we were an "i"less house until yesterday.  

Rebecca- I know.. I remember reading your post about getting the iPad!!!  I'm going to head over to your post to read the comments and thanks for the heads up on Zaggfolio!

Cathy- Yea!!! I'm definitely looking into those.  Thanks so much Cathy.

Debbie- I've heard of Yelp and didn't know what it was, thank you and Moviefone as well.

May 23, 2012 12:21 AM #18
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We love the Wall Street Journal App (not the mobile one) for our subscription, and I love the book app as we both read a lot, we have both the Kindle app and the Apple app.  We also have a book app from the public library as we can borrow books digitally for free.  We thought of getting an additional keyboard, however, we got used to the regular one.  We love penultimate for ($1.99 or .99 cents, I can't remember which) which you can draw on with your finger or a stylus and color with.  I find it handy when I want to draw something to illustrate, and it can be emailed.  Hope this helps, and William Johnson on AR has an iPad group which has a lot of good posts. A

May 23, 2012 02:01 AM #19
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


I will watch your post with interest I'm about ready to buy an iPad.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 23, 2012 02:20 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alexandra- I can't wait to try penultimate!! It would be perfect for my staging.

Lou- depending upon what you want you might want to check out Apple's refurbished iPads.  I bought mine last Friday online and got it yesterday!  (free shipping)!  

May 23, 2012 04:44 AM #21
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

My sisters and I got my Mom one for Mother's Day and she cried she was so shocked.

Hmmm...the one app I can't live without...umm...Words with Friends, yes definitel Words with Friends.  It may not help your business so much but my username is Kerrielil if you ever want to start a game :)

May 23, 2012 08:30 AM #22
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Kathy, maybe iPad will be your first step down the slippery slope to the Dark Side : )   The iPad is an excellent way to read things -- books, pdf documents, web pages.  Perfect for Pinterest.  i have a new iPad listing presentation that's a Keynote slide show created on my iMac desktop.  The iPad is wonderful for travel -- you can get a card reader and move your photos from the camera to the iPad where you can see them at a large size, and mail them or upload them to Facebook.

When you have all three working together -- iPad, iPhone, and main laptop or desktop -- that's when possibilities open up.  Programs have matching apps and everything synchs together.  Just saying.

May 23, 2012 08:48 AM #23
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty Partners - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

You are the one road to becoming a "remote" stager. Explore the camera, get the apps related to images and explore on telling what you do on the screen.  Get the ACTIVERAIN app!

May 23, 2012 12:24 PM #24
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Congrats!  I am sure you will love the iPad Kathy.  I will have to keep checking back on favorite apps of folks.  I have an iPad, and Macbook Pro and the iMac (I almost called it the big Mac lol) and love em all but I still have LOTS to learn.  There is so much you can do with them!

May 23, 2012 12:28 PM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kerrie- I love Words With Friends!!!  Ok I'll try to find it on my iPad. 

Dianne- wow, now I really can't wait to get the new iPhone when it comes out.  

Emily- thanks, I can't wait to spend more time with it.  I read some of the reviews on the ActiveRain app and it sounded like you could only read blogs with it.  Is that true?

Brenda- How funny.  Well this is my first iAnything!

May 24, 2012 07:39 AM #26
Joanne Tarantino
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Knight & Gardner Realty - Key West, FL
CRS, Realtor

Congrats on your ipad! I bought one a few months ago for home and business and love it. I bought a wireless keyboard for when I'm at home doing lengthy emails or such, but I love the freedom to take it wherever I go, and its so much smaller than a laptop. 

May 25, 2012 03:42 AM #27
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joanne- Would love to know which keyboard you bought.  I haven't "played" with it enough to know if I'll need one but I am looking into it.

May 25, 2012 04:19 AM #28
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