Technology Overload

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX UNITED NVRD# S. 0045685

Maybe it's just me but recently I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the "techie" tools available to us as agents.  I have always tried to stay ahead of the curve by having the latest and greatest tools to assist my clients but where do you draw the line?  I think I'm addicted to technology.  I think it might actually be a sickness that consumes your whole day and takes you away from the important things like prospecting and client follow-up.  Don't get me wrong I love that we have so many tools available but just wish I could stay away from my computer screen a little more.  I know I am not the only one out there.  Here are the latest tools I've been obsessing over.

I-phone-I love it! I don't know how I existed without it.  The ability to have MLS on the go is a big plus and the ease of operation make this by far one of my best investments.

Flip-HD- I haven't bought this yet but have been researching it and think this is the way to go for virtual tours?  Very compact and simplistic.

IDX-So I need a new IDX provider but WOW there are so many and each so different.  I have started a database of the providers and their features so that I can make just the right decision. I told you I was Obsessed!

Social Networking Sites-Like Facebook,Twitter and MySpace.This is one I've been putting off for a while but now have come to the realization that it is not just for teenagers and it will actually help my business. 

 

So these are just a few of the things that consume my day.  What are yours?

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Rainmaker
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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Websites, AR, and PDA... We are still in a backcountry community here with many homes still on dial-up networks and no cell service so this area is like a step back in time; my estimate is 10 years slower then the rest of the country... our gas today just dropped to 1.89 what's yours that's yours....

Dec 13, 2008 04:39 AM #1
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Richard Dolbeare, R(B)
eXp Realty - Wailuku, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Hi Stacy.  Yes, there is so much out there that we have to be selective in what we adapt.  I recently ready a book called "Take Back Your Life" which gives in-depth tips on using Outlook to organize your life.  A phrase they repeat over and over is "You can't get it all done".  Once we accept that, then the need to be selective is obvious.

I have a Flip video and find it handy.  A software tool you might consider is Virtual Tour which works great.

Aloha!

Dec 13, 2008 04:45 AM #2
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Kathleen West
Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast - Palm Coast, FL
Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor

Stacy,

I know what you mean.  There are so many great technology tools.  And like any tool, you have to find out what works for your business.  When it comes to Social Networking sites, it's important to understand how they work and WHO is on there because the demographics are very different.  Actually the best "fit" for demographics is actually Facebook.  I personally don't waste time with MySapce because the demographics don't match up.  Plus it is a learning curve to understand how to effectively use those sites to gain effective exposure and gain results.  My toolbelt:

  1. Smartphone
  2. Tablet PC
  3. Aircard
  4. GPS in the car
  5. Sites:
    1. Website
    2. Profiles and participation on all major Real Estate sites
    3. Participation on here, localism, and Facebook

 

 

Dec 13, 2008 05:04 AM #3
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Tim Ludemann
Ochopee, FL

My wife says I'm addicted to active rain and I have to agree i do get into to...but I feel this is great way to learn more about real estate and prospect by bloging...not on face book or twitter yet.

Dec 27, 2008 12:59 AM #4
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