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I was so excited yesterday after implementing my first mobile property info service for a listing that I started to think about other tools available for the mobile consumer and/or agent. Typically, mobile content will be in demand by a younger more tech savvy audience. If you are an agent at ease with technology - it's a great way to bring in clients that will likely buy and sell 3, 4 even 5 homes in their lifetime.

As I was doing my resarch, it seemed like there were lots of articles in 2004/2005 talkng about the impending move of the MLS to a mobile platform. Many of the links no longer worked - and I can only assume that a majority of these companies didn't survive. What would be great - would be the ability to give my buyers the ability to search the MLS in the field on a platform that connected me to them. A tool of value I provided.

Text messaging is , by far, the most popular mobile tool available today.  Text messaging by phone works in two ways. The first option - consumers can call an 800# posted on a rider at your sign and request a text message. The second option - consumers can text a number code or keyword code to the destination advertised on your sign (text home1 to kathysells or text home 1 to 87944). Within seconds, the consumer receives a text message on their phone. Most will also include a link the consumer can then click on to view photos or more information.

Text Messaging Soulutions for Listings:
  • - offers both a sign based text for info service and access to the entire mls.

  • - offers plans on a per property basis with unique codes for each property.

  • - a more robust system probably implemented at the office level with customizable solutions and keywords available.

  • - offered as a monthly service on a per property code basis. One of the only services I saw offering unlimited messages per code.

  • - includes free signs with each code activated.

  • - unique feature allows you to customize what is returned to the texter. you could even send a list of comparably priced properties.

  • - also offers unlimited text messaging.

  • - offers text messaging via an 800# - only one I've seen combining texting with 800 service.

  • - includes free riders with each keyword activated. Also offers a free 30 day trial of their service.

Agent MLS Access on a mobile phone:

  • PocketRealEstate - by Borran software. They have been around for some time now. You can access the entire MLS, save client profiles and find properties via map service.

  • - full MLS access for agents. They offer additional tools like Listing alert to send MLS listing alerts to clients, friends & families.

  • - offers a solution for individual Realtors and also a solution to implement for an entire board/MLS.

Client/Buyer access to MLS Data

  • - agents & offices can use this technology to offer buyers the ability to search the MLS via mobile phones. Currently the are in Beta Mode in San Diego County, CA.

  • - offers a GPS based system for consumers to search for apts. for rent and homes for sale. Will be offering a privately branded search option for real estate agents.

Mobile Blogging Tools:

  • - converts your blog or website into mobile content! Check out to see how it works or visit on your mobile phone!

  • - blog from your phone! Works with Blogger, wordpress, yahoo and many other blogging platforms. Currently in Beta.

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Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Ooooh!  The early bird gets the worm [early]!  Great juicy tidbits for which I thank you very much!


Apr 20, 2008 08:45 PM #1
Greg Hampton
Re/Max Around The Mountains - Blue Ridge, GA
North Georgia Mountain Property,Blue Rid
Just started using a similar system and it is a great to capture leads,the company I use is easy to use.
Apr 20, 2008 09:14 PM #2
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team
Bo, Thanks for this post, we need to get up to date with this stuff.  Sometimes that it seems like there is so much to catch up with.  Thanks again for the info!
Apr 20, 2008 09:22 PM #3
Chip Jefferson
Advanced Building LLC - Lexington, SC
Our web site intergrates text to all of my hot prospects. You enter there cell phone and new listings go directly to there text on there phone. How cool.
Apr 20, 2008 10:27 PM #4
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~
Thanks for all the get information on going mobile.  Was it "The Who" who sang "Going Mobile"?
Apr 20, 2008 10:59 PM #5
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL
Enjoyed your post. Regards, C.
Apr 20, 2008 11:23 PM #6
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros
Here too we have many of the tools we use on pc's now available on cell phones. Technology , gottta love it !!
Apr 21, 2008 12:03 AM #7
Bo Buchanan - Oswego, IL Directory, For Real Estate Pronulls
Chip - what's your website, I'd like to check it out. And what is the service you are using?
Apr 21, 2008 06:23 AM #8
Bo Buchanan - Oswego, IL Directory, For Real Estate Pronulls
Greg - who are you using?
Apr 21, 2008 06:24 AM #9
Carla Harbert
Full Time REALTOR in Ohio - Brunswick, OH
RE/MAX Omega, Brunswick Ohio
Excellent information! I am trying to stay in step with technology - so much to investigate out there! Great mobile tip information, for sure! Thanks for sharing...-Carla
Apr 21, 2008 03:15 PM #10
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes
What a great collection of links... I agree... more and more of this work will literally be researched from the palm of the hand... cell phones are beginning to become essential to real estate research.
Apr 22, 2008 06:13 PM #11
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