Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management)

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Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I have used for years with my team.  Many/most of google items have been free (e.g. google voice, google maps, google analytics, gmail).  It probably increases the value of having a gmail acct and usage of google.

Aug 26, 2017 04:28 AM
Rainmaker
823,588
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I stay away from anything and everything G - I don't support censorship of any kind!

Aug 26, 2017 05:30 AM
Rainmaker
3,173,474
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I have a free phione number from Google but that is about it. Long story! 

Aug 26, 2017 05:46 AM
Rainmaker
2,944,129
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Perhaps it will go like this, put all your info on here for free, come to depend on it and all of a sudden if you want to continue or retireive that info, pay up. 

Aug 26, 2017 04:03 AM
Ambassador
4,064,084
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We use them all the time.

Aug 26, 2017 09:38 PM
Rainmaker
912,247
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I use a lot of Google docs for free. Spreadsheet is not one of them, but Google has never asked me for money except when my in-box exploded...more gigabytes please.

Aug 26, 2017 10:31 AM
Rainmaker
2,765,439
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not think there is a catch.  Lots of docs are free on Google. 

Aug 26, 2017 10:15 AM
Rainmaker
558,423
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I think Google apps are free for  individuals. I have the Business Apps and pay $10 a month per user but it gives me a branded email (e.g. nathan@rentcody.com instead of nathan@gmail.com) and I have unlimited storage for all my users.

The best benefit of Google docs is that multiple people can be working on the same document at the same time and it's able to merge all the changes in real time. We have a phone log, to-do lists, checklists, etc. When another agent is making updates, I can see the updates happening on my computer. It also keeps every copy ever saved so you can revert back to a previous copy.

The only thing I don't like is the capabilities are limited compared to Excel but it works for most things.

Aug 26, 2017 07:59 AM
Rainmaker
1,523,082
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

 no, in fact,  i am weening myself from G and the affiliated services.

Aug 26, 2017 07:42 AM
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3,192,517
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Yes, I've used them for years and share them with my assistants. We used them for grouping clients for events, mailings and before dropping into our main CRM, etc. 

We also use them for AR contests - it's a great way to share information without having to email back and forth.

Aug 26, 2017 07:33 AM
Rainmaker
4,875,248
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

no, but everything else I use that's google is free.... 

Aug 26, 2017 06:01 AM
Rainmaker
553,369
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

I use drop box but it has problems.

Aug 26, 2017 05:42 AM
Rainmaker
3,049,971
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

We share documents and spreadsheets and other file types via DropBox.

Aug 26, 2017 05:35 AM
Rainmaker
744,717
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Google Spreadsheet is truly free.

However, you will find it a very limited SS.

Portability from MS to Big G is dysfunctional at best.

As a shared document, meaning everyone is on the same platform, it should work marvelously.

What the catch? Everything you use offered by Google is scanned and added to the information they know about you and your associates. EVERYTHING! Voice, Gmail, SS all of it is to compile detailed and revealing data about users.

They are trying to catch up to FB in dept of information, for marketing purposes, regarding your interests, passions, activity and sphere of influence.

For Google, what appears to us as free is a good investment.

But be aware of Big G programs like Picasa and YouTubes Video editor and how reliance on them ended.

Aug 26, 2017 05:22 AM
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2,665,843
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

No, they will not ask for money once it is built:) All Google products are free. They will only ask for you to upgrade your storage if you fill up the free space they offer. Their free space is more than enough for most people:) So go and do your Spreadsheets!

Aug 28, 2017 08:14 PM
Rainmaker
1,273,642
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We do it all the time.  No catch that I can see, except for improved efficiency.

Aug 28, 2017 05:21 AM
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3,981,962
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It keeps us coming back to Google and I love all the Google tools including the calendar.

Aug 26, 2017 06:32 PM
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2,802,595
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

No we don't do spreadsheets online.

Aug 26, 2017 04:12 PM
Rainmaker
1,212,449
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

They mine your data so they can make money off of ads displayed on the websites.  I also pay them each year for increased storage and am thinking of moving my company email over to them for a better spam filtering... regardless of the NSA wiretap.

Aug 26, 2017 11:47 AM
Rainmaker
1,507,666
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I don't really think so. It's really old & they keep updating & changing things & have not charged yet. I think they are a contrast to Office that charges for everything.

Aug 26, 2017 11:44 AM
Rainmaker
3,073,317
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good question butI figure it was free.

 

Aug 26, 2017 07:49 AM
Rainmaker
4,320,201
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Dennis,

Not a fan of Google.  They already have to much info.  Free comes with a catch.

Aug 26, 2017 07:35 AM
Rainmaker
693,732
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

They are a competitor to Microsoft. It's been free for years. It does not have all the functionalities as Excel.

Aug 26, 2017 06:58 AM
Rainmaker
917,438
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I can not do the Google Spread sheet.  Wish I knew how.

Aug 26, 2017 06:43 AM
Rainmaker
3,245,976
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have used it over the years -- but I'm not an expert.  Overall, pretty handy.  

Aug 26, 2017 05:58 AM
Rainmaker
1,207,427
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Not a fan of Google products.

Aug 26, 2017 05:53 AM
Rainmaker
2,980,548
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What would I use it for? Then again, I use google for as little as possible.

Aug 26, 2017 04:14 AM
Rainer
302,079
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I use many google products. One of my spreadsheets that I share with broker has not been an issue. Have not paid for anything.  I'm sure there are users that have more experience than I. 

Aug 28, 2017 08:42 PM
Rainmaker
4,023,957
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I use Excel spreadsheets and email to clients as needed.

Aug 28, 2017 06:48 PM
Rainmaker
2,901,863
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don't think there is ever a cost.  I have used it when others have provided for me to use.

Aug 28, 2017 09:24 AM
Rainmaker
4,796,551
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I do not.

Aug 27, 2017 06:23 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dennis Swartz - well, I love it! Catch? I do not see any.

Aug 26, 2017 10:36 PM
Rainer
64,976
Steve Bracero
Heisler and Mattson - Shrewsbury, MA
First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist

Yes I use it.. free and so easy to use- 

Aug 26, 2017 07:25 PM
Ambassador
3,917,910
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No catch, yet. Lots of free products, but I wonder about securi

Aug 26, 2017 06:34 PM
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2,344,889
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Google is moving even farther to the political left.  Censorship, rigged search results, etc.   I want nothing to with them, thank you.

Aug 26, 2017 04:35 PM
Rainmaker
3,977,717
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do not.

Aug 26, 2017 03:14 PM
Rainmaker
1,523,566
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

No, I never have.

Aug 26, 2017 12:03 PM
Rainmaker
5,269,592
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nope.

Aug 26, 2017 07:49 AM
Rainmaker
1,367,427
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dennis Swartz Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 summed it up nicely.

Aug 26, 2017 07:01 AM
Rainmaker
985,479
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Google docs. Right now use free drop box for docs. Easier to use.

Aug 26, 2017 06:13 AM
Rainmaker
1,818,056
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

peeking at ur answers

Aug 26, 2017 05:46 AM