Are Your Real Estate Gadgets Working?

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Real Estate Agent with Crye-Leike REALTORS® 165062

Real Estate Gadgets.  At most of the real estate conventions the hype always to goes to the latest gadgets.  There are hand scanners, Blackberries, tablet notebooks, laptops, talking sings, tool free numbers with call capture, contact managers, software, GPS, cell phones, web-based contact managers, websites that send text messages, pod casting, Video posts, digital cameras and too many more to name!  So how are they working for you?  Have they developed more closed business recently?  have they developed deals that are going to close in the next month?  What technology has worked for you?  For me it has been the Internet!  Lots of photos, a virtual tour,and real estate blogging as a constant promotion has worked very well for us!

Most agents that I meet at conventions and seminars purchase software and technologies that they will never really get the full or even a partial return on their investment.  Most real estate software remains quirky at best!  More time is spent on tech support than in closed production!  The most common reality?  Software packagas for the most part remains unopened, while the PC Tablets are great to show off at the office.  Most of the items would be great if we were back in grammer school doing "show and tell!"

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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
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Jim, Where gadgets are concerned, a little goes a long way.  They can make our lives easier but if all I had was my laptop and the internet I would be just fine.
Apr 25, 2008 03:30 PM #1
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Jim   I know many Realtors who have those unopened software.  There is so much available but the question to ask one self is, is it really helping my business? This is a post that should make agents reflect on what they are doing.
Apr 25, 2008 03:30 PM #2
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Apr 25, 2008 03:38 PM #3
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Jennifer Fivelsdal,ABR,GRI,SRES  I think you hit the nail of the head!  "There is so much available but the question to ask one self is, is it really helping my business?"

Apr 25, 2008 03:40 PM #4
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I remember the day I would not be caught without the latest software, then the bottom dropped and now I hardly ever think about software.  Just trying to increase my business the good old fashion way.... finding out what is free and works.
Apr 25, 2008 04:02 PM #5
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Hey! I still get to do Show & Tell! At my quilt guild :) We look forward to it all month long.

I agree though, I am done buying the software. Microsoft does everything I need. Otherwise, it is simply updating the equipment for me. I look forward to many years of money saved.

Apr 25, 2008 04:03 PM #6
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Rosemary Brooks -Mother & Daughter (866)-750-8282  My Mantra is "FREE!" Great minds think alike!
Apr 25, 2008 04:05 PM #7
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Sarah Nopp, REALTOR(R), CRS. RE/MAX Four Seasons, Olympia WA   That is they way I am!  No new upgrades, and no new tech toys!
Apr 25, 2008 04:06 PM #8
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Jim, I really like my blackberry, it has been a great investment!
Apr 26, 2008 05:44 AM #9
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 Colorado Springs Realty Patricia Beck   I've never used one.
Apr 26, 2008 02:10 PM #10
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Jim, me too...I really like my blackberry
Apr 26, 2008 02:47 PM #11
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Steve Harless  I will have to check it out!
Apr 27, 2008 02:32 PM #12
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Notes, Calls & Popbys!  Have you heard of it?  It really does work, no matter what the market is doing:)

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My two biggest pieces of technology that have been doing wonders for me have been the internet and my 1-800#, between those two the amount of business I have been doing has been amazing!

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Most of my gadgets are still working.  I hate to buy new things as they often don't work as well as other things.  My PDA/GPS is six years old and my phone is 4 years.
Apr 30, 2008 08:26 AM #15
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