EchoSign 'Tools I Can't Live Without' Contest Winners

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

Winner Winner Chicken DinnerWe've been getting caught up on some contest winners in the last few days and today is no exception. Today we're going all the way back to May and bringing you the Winners of the EchoSign 'Tools I Can't Live Without' Contest.

As is the case with any contest we run where we ultimately decide to pick winners, it's a ridiculously hard thing to do. We have so many great writers and in this case, there were so many great tools that you shared with us.

There were a fair share of people that chose to write about electronic signatures as their tool, and who wouldn't think a product like EchoSign is a great timesaver? It gives you so much more flexibility with your time and where you (or your documents) need to be to get things accomplished. If you aren't using electronic signatures in your business, what the heck are you doing?

You can check EchoSign out here and get a free account to try out electronic signatures and catch your business up to 2012.

And with no further ado (was reading some Shakespeare last night.....HA! Not!), here are the winners from May:


1st Place and winner of $150 Visa gift card: Anita Clark and her super cool signs. Yep, signs! There are some things that technology can make better but never completely replace.

2nd Place and winner of a $100 Visa gift card: Fred Griffin doesn't need a WIFI hotspot, he is a WIFI hotspot with his Verizon jetpack. He's the guy you hope is sitting next to you at the next conference where the WIFI is running like a 56K modem.

3rd Place and winner of a $50 Visa gift card: Karen Hawkins and her TomTom GPS. Granted, many of our smartphones have GPS but should you really be looking at your phone while driving? And plus, can your phone tell you 'the end is near' in the voice of Darth Vader? (it was Vader that sealed the deal for me!). Now if Tom Tom could just figure out that whole light speed thing!


1st Place and winner of a $150 Visa gift card: Dianne Goode got the first listing she came across when she used Snagit . She can take any image she wants and create cool graphics and text on the image. Of course she still gives credit to the MLS but her graphs are taking her listing presentation to a new level....and Snagit is allowing her to do it.

2nd Place and winner of a $100 Visa gift card: Chris Hardy isn't floating away....but he's in the cloud. He'll never have to worry about his computer crashing or accessing something when he left the laptop at home. Being in the cloud allows Chris complete data freedom.

3rd Place and winner of a $50 Visa gift card: Jeana Cowie is a photoshop pro......OK, maybe not a pro, but she is transforming pictures for her listings into something just a little bit better and in the process helping to better market her clients properties. We all need more tools that help sell houses!


This one was a little more challenging because there weren't many entries or many of the apps came up when someone was talking about the hardware on which they use the app. And one of the entries I just didn't know what category to put it in but I thought the tool was awesome.....and even better, how she uses it! So here goes Apps...

1st Place and the winner of a $150 Visa gift card: Dianna Ivanov shares with us a free app she uses at every open house. She sings the praises of Open House Pro to anyone that will listen. Well we were listening Dianna. Thanks for sharing a great app.

2nd Place and winner of a $100 Visa gift card: Joan Cox tells us about 10 different apps that she's discovered that make her life so much easier. Ever need a flashlight in those dank basements? She has that and 9 other cools apps that she'll be lost without from now on.

3rd Place and winner of a $50 Visa gift card: Ellen Caruso and her pencil. Yes, a number 2 pencil. You remember what one of those looks like, right? I know, it's not an app. And it probably fits better in hardware, but guess what? I make the rules. I loved her post and I love that her most invaluable business tool is still her #2 pencil. Technology be damned! There are some things that never should have went out of style!


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Comments (35)

Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700 - Georgetown, TX
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est

Congratulations to all the winners.  Now I need to study the blogs and learn about the state of the art.

Jul 25, 2012 12:16 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Congrats to the winners.. My schedule has been hectic and I missed most of these so now I can catch up.  This was a great contest.

Jul 25, 2012 12:47 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
Congratulations to all of the winners! Now, I have some reading to do. Plenty of time as I will be at the hospital (not me) for at least 7 hours tomorrow. Yikes!
Jul 25, 2012 12:50 PM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Congrats to the winners!  Lots of great articles from the group.

Jul 25, 2012 01:04 PM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
I'm sorry that I missed this contest, but will enjoy reading the winning posts.
Jul 25, 2012 01:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Congrats to all the winners....much deserved!  Awesome ideas from all. My favorite, most unusual is Ellen's....nobody elsee out there does this...she's the ONLY one!

Jul 25, 2012 02:10 PM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Congratulations to all the winners!  That's great and now I have to make sure to read all those posts.  I'm sure to learn a lot!

Jul 25, 2012 02:24 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Congratulations to all winners - and now I should be off to reading those winning entries...and learn something new from each of them - in each field.

Jul 25, 2012 03:19 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
I'm happy to see some old-fashioned technology was recognized here as well.
Jul 25, 2012 04:02 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Congratulations to all of the winners!:))

Great ideas were shared.

I hope to do it next time, sounds like fun to write/share and win something:)

Jul 25, 2012 04:03 PM
Pat Mistretta
PalmerHouse Properties & Associates - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Lofts and City Living

This is great!  Congratulations to all of the winners.  I have bookmarked this page so I can come back and read each blog.

Jul 25, 2012 07:26 PM
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Bob,

It was a fun contest, and we all learned some things as well.


Jul 25, 2012 07:35 PM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Bob, great contest and congrats to the winners.  Electronic signatures are the way to go, but when are the banks and Feds going to start recognizing them?

Jul 25, 2012 08:12 PM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Bob, thanks for posting the contest winners with helpful links to their winning posts!

Jul 25, 2012 08:21 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Great posts to catch up to learn!

Jul 25, 2012 09:16 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Happiness is in the air...a hearty well done and congrats to all involved....

Jul 26, 2012 12:46 AM
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Good morning and Congrats to all the winners. Job well done and points well earned.

Jul 26, 2012 01:51 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

****   Thank You, EchoSign!   ****

Jul 26, 2012 05:04 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Congratulations to the winners.  Especially to Anita, Fred and Karen all excellent writers. 

Jul 26, 2012 05:10 AM
The Ivanov Group 201-895-1768
Keller Willliams Village Square - Ridgewood, NJ
Your Luxury Investment Specialist
WOW thanks guys! I had no idea I'd won until I started receiving messages congratulating me on winning! I thought REALLY ME WOW! I loved reading everyone's entry and love the site. You guys Rock!
Jul 27, 2012 06:34 AM

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