The other day while sitting with buyers at a Franklin TN new construction site, they decided to write a contract on a new home. I had already uploaded my Tennessee documents into Echosign awaiting signatures. All my clients had to do was sign with their finger. It was so easy and entirely paperless.
This reminded me my 2014 goal is to become entirely paperless. The goal is to use apps such as Evernote, Echosign and Cartavi to make my file management easier. The major advantage I see to doing this is the ability for both buyers and sellers to have unlimited access to their own virtual file.
I recently had a situation where a buyer kept sending me requests about one particular neighborhood. She had forgotten that I showed her a home in the neighborhood already and she didn't like it. With Evernote, I could have set her up to have access to that information. It would have eliminated many calls and texts messages saying, "What about this house?"
Last year, I implemented electronic signatures through Echosign. That alone has been a major time saver for me. No more driving to client's homes to get signatures on documents. Not to mention, the ease of getting signatures from out of town clients.
I am already using things like Open Home Pro for open houses. It's so easy for buyers to sign in. The best part--they receive an email with photos and information about my listing before I've even left the open house.
With all the wonderful apps that are available to real estate agents, there's no reason for me to delay any longer.
My 2014 goal is to become entirely paperless.