Paperless Buyer's Agent in DFW

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Providence Group Realty TREC# 0608931

That hacking sound in the background isn't a cough... it is the clever new strategy our office is now using to take the last step toward our 2014 goal of being paperless. On the Buyer's Rep side, we have stubbornly continued to rely on paper printouts of our Agent-versioned MLS reports to offset spotty connectivity and limited screen real estate available on our smart-phone devices.

We knew we could print our reports out as .pdf files and save them to dropbox. However, bringing those files up on demand (especially in rural areas) and displaying them in a useful manner for ourselves and our clients while out in the field has been a less than stellar experience.

We needed a solution that stored those .pdf reports offline, and provided a relevant viewing experience.

Amazon Kindle software has solved the problem. It is the perfect bridge! The trick is to prepare in advance, and whether you are using an actual Kindle product, or if you simply have Kindle Reader software deployed on your (other brand) device, load the desired .pdf files into your library for subsequent offline viewing.

The Kindle software provides superior readability over other .pdf readers in our experience. And the portability combined with the ease of Kindle's file managment makes accessibility a snap. (Secret hint: don't bother with "send to Kindle' pc or android apps... the format of your .pdf files will be altered. Just stick with the .pdf printer + cloud drive + kindle reader formula and the solution is golden.)

Have you tried the Kindle hack for your tablet or smartphone?

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Rainmaker
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Bahman Davani, CM at Texas Five Star Realty, Plano, TX (214) 457-7055
Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas - Frisco, TX
Homes for Sale in Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Allen TX

is Kindle hack diferent than Kindle app that we get to read books OR they are the same

Feb 27, 2014 06:54 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™

Hi Bahman, so good to see you on ActiveRain. Our "hack" is using the same Kindle Reader app which can be downloaded from the app store onto non - Kindle devices. It can be used for reading other documents formats. When a document is selected, it should launch the Kindle app as a viewing option.

Feb 27, 2014 07:03 PM #2
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

What product are you using for the clever signature card above?

Mar 01, 2014 08:19 AM #3
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Robert Sole
REM Inspections LLC - Winter Springs, FL

I agree that paperless is the way to go.  I started out with paper checklists and notes.  I then had to store all that paper.  I then started scanning the paper into the computer so I could store it electronically which solved the storage part but took a lot of time.  I now have an android tablet that is optimized for a pen so I can have my chekclist and notes all electronically on the tablet and just transfer it to the computer for storage.  I even get all my signatures on the tablet.  Turned out to be a great process for me.

Mar 01, 2014 11:10 PM #4
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Sarah Lynn Jaskowski
Williamsville, NY
House. Home. Today.

I keep my pdfs in my Evernote account/app.  I do have to make sure that the docs are available offline so I can view them when internet is spotty.  I'll have to check out the kindle hack...  Thanks for sharing

Mar 03, 2014 08:53 AM #5
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Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™

@Cheryl - check out http://www.bannersnack.com/

@Robert - paperless IS the way to go! Once started, the reduction in workload is amazing. :-)

@Sarah Lynn - Nothing compares to viewing through the Kindle Reader - it is sooo much better than any other .pdf viewer that we tried. Let us know what you think! :-)

Mar 03, 2014 09:01 AM #6
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