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Doing Real Estate Part time in the 21st century –Work smart not hard!

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Real Estate Agent with Reaction Realty Executives

 

I have started real estate as a second job to supplement my income and make more money for my growing expenses.  You see, I have two daughters on their way to college and found that I needed a way to earn extra money for their textbooks, tuition, and board.  Fortunately, my husband is a real estate broker and I have signed up under his broker’s license to start my business; he offered me a generous split and hired me on the spot!

 

  I have found that a lot of the work that a 21st century real estate agent can be accomplished online. I currently use California Association of Realtor’s  Winforms online to write contracts on my computer and even incorporate Docusign; which allows my client’s to digitally sign from their computer. I have been able to email plenty of offers from my clients over to the listing agents in this manner. It also saves me a lot of time while at my full time job. This sort of efficiency has enabled me to juggle both careers.

 

 I am relatively new to real estate but find it amazing that many of the agents never even knew about digital signatures and are surprised to see RPA’s (Residential Purchase Agreements) emailed over to them in .pdf formats along with the supplemental paperwork, such as prequalification letters, account statements, copy of deposit check; which I scan and convert to .pdf format.

 

 I’m not sure if it’s just the area I work in or what, but many of these agents seemed surprised when I email them my client’s offer along with digital signatures. One agent demanded that I get “real” signatures and to fax over the offer (in lieu of email); even though I told him that by Federal law electronic signatures cannot be denied. In fact, according to Federal law, “a document or signature cannot be denied legal effect or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form.” He wouldn’t have it and I reluctantly complied and “efaxed” him the documents that he requested. 

 

Efax has been another digital godsend. I use it retrieve fax corresponds over to my computer and it automatically converts documents to .pdf format. I also get both a text message and an email letting me know of incoming faxes.  These tools have allowed me manage my time to devote a sufficient amount of attention to both careers. I have to give my husband credit for his training and direction. I am grateful that these tools are available in today’s real estate world. How do you make your business run more efficiently through the use of technology?

 

 

 

Welcome to the business!

I use my Blackberry more than any other piece of technology.  I have all my email directed there and it has all my contacts in it.  Sometimes I'll text myself reminders, or answer emails while I'm waiting in line somewhere.  There are a variety of handheld devices out there (everyone I know loves the iPhone, but not necessarily AT&T). 

Also check out how you could use a virtual assistant.  They do all the things a regular assistant does, but you only pay them as you need them.

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I had heard about Docusign but wasn't aware of the Federal law about electronic signatures. Not only will this save time, it will also save a bunch of paper. Thanks for sharing your experience, Sandra!

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Jon,

I use my Blackberry and my husband refers to as my "Crackberry," because I am always on it, even right before we go to bed. I hear that the new generation is being classified as the "thumb" generation because of this new technology, but I can surely relate!

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Not everyone is comfortable with the Docusign but it is growing in popularity, truly  love my e-fax!

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Jon,

Could you direct me to some sites for virtual assistants, you can email me or just post on here what service you use, thanks!

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Congratulations...and Welcome on signing as a new member of ActiveRain. Being a new member myself going on my fourth week and only posting a few blogs so far, I truly see the awsome advantage that this truly can be; (and it's fun) and only the beginning of a healthy and wealthy relationship of abundant professionals. Everyone has been so very kind. And so much to read!!! Hope to see your blogs in the future.   Best of Luck to all of us,  Nance

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Hi Sandra,

You sounds very tech savy....and I think you are on the right track to success.

Good luck.

Sean Nguyen

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Sandra. We all have to do something to supplement our income in these hard times. Thanks for sharing. Royal..

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Hi and welcome to active|rain. There are thousands of tips, tools, and tricks of the trade here. Be sure to check them out. Best of luck and see you around.

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May I be one of the many to welcome you to ActiveRain - a great place to share thoughts, ideas and information. Enjoy!

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Good morning & welcome to Active Rain, You have joined an excellent site to receive free marketing, absorb more information from others, share ideas.  Be a blogger and have fun. If you have any clients moving to the Greenville, Spartanburg, & Anderson South Carolina area we are your team. We are on all three MLS. Great blog!  Keep it up. Again Welcome!!

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Welcome to ActiveRain!

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Welcome to the Active Rain community. You have chosen a great site with tons of information you can learn from.  Have fun with it and hope to see more of your blogs soon!  We have a team of four outstanding full time agents to assist your buyers and sellers in Spartanburg/Greenville, SC.  Again, welcome to AR!!

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Hi Sandra, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, realtionships etc.

Best - Sash 

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Welcome to Active Rain!! This is a great site to network and share ideas!! Have fun with it!!

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Welcome to Active Rain, you have made a great decision by joining this site for great info. Share ideas with others.

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Hi and welcome to Active Rain, a great site to network, share, learn and have fun.

Good Luck...

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Hi Sandra - Welcome to ActiveRain.  I look forward to networking with you and reading your future post.  Have a great day!!!

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    Surf some blogs, leave some comments.  Better yet, post a Blog.

    Best to you!

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