John Smith (Independent)

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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

May I suggest you check with your company broker owner first before you invest in anything. Some companies have agreements or mandated useage of programs or not.

Personally I use Docusign, Zipforms not used in my MLS. And that is interesting as our MLS is massive, one of the biggest. The other software is what I like to use in my business. 

Jul 08, 2019 06:33 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

John Smith it's all a matter of personal prefferance. I used Microsoft office for everything. I briefly worked for a brokerage that used SkySlope and it is the reason I left the brokerage. Skyslope is great if you love paperwork more than you love getting out and selling Real Estate.

Jul 08, 2019 06:33 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I'm a big fan of Docusign & Zipforms - they work hand-in-hand and are incredibly user-friendly, including ease of use by a large demographic of clients.

What is your broker using or are you the broker?

Jul 08, 2019 06:38 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I use Zipforms because my company provides it for free. It works fine. I've used SkySlope when with another brokerage who provided that for free...also worked fine. The only one I ever had issues with was Dotloop, who I believe is now owned by Zillow... so I wouldn't be inclined to give Zillow business.

Jul 08, 2019 06:38 AM
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John Smith
Independent - Bel Air, CA

Hm. I've been reading up on some of the previously asked questions regarding software, and it seems like the answers are all over the place (as to be expected!) since everyone has different needs. I will take a look at some of the suggestions for sure! I am just trying to get a feel for what is out there and what is used as a standard or best practice.

Jul 08, 2019 06:52 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

This is the place! I use Zipform and DocuSign and have for 18 years.

Jul 08, 2019 06:44 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Matrix (mls software)

Back Agent (transaction management)

ZipFrom (electronic documents)

Docusign (e signature)

Jul 08, 2019 06:41 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Docusign

ZipForms

MLS

Realbird for listing marketing 

Jul 08, 2019 08:34 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I like DocUsign. DotLoop is ok once you get used to it

Jul 08, 2019 08:05 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

We are forced to use DocuSign & I love it. Works great. Everything then gets put into Transaction Rooms where it's stored.

Dotloop is owned by Z so we will not use that. 

All really have overlapping features so choose the one that you think is the easiest to navigate. 

Forms come from our MLS that syncs with Docusign so that is handled.

Jul 08, 2019 07:30 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

If you are referring to a CRM, we have been looking for a long time and have not found a solution for our needs. We have tried numerous programs.

Our broker mandates that we all use Skyslope.

We love Zipforms and DocuSign.

Jul 08, 2019 07:00 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Use the services of your local MLS.

Jul 08, 2019 08:24 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A few of us got as far as developing software to blast solicitation via text msg. Scrub on www for rental rates, rental referral for realtors etc.

Unfortunately, most software developers realtors went on start their start up and I am a few remaining in real estate.

Jul 08, 2019 07:27 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Forms - The ones I use come from the STATE website or are custom written by an attorney. These forms are made available via my MLS and/or my broker. Very often broker choose transaction management software that delivers the forms and allows the broker to micro-manage the agent.

Dotloop - this suggests you are commercial focused.  The good news is  in commercial, the attorneys will be creating the forms anyway.

The real answer to your question can only be found when you flesh out what your business is and what problem you are actually trying to solve.

Most folks in real estate have only one real problem in need of a solution and that is lead generation. Nothing you have mentioned will help you in that regard. For that purpose Rehab (REI) and CIS(residential) are the tools/software to look at adding to your lead generation website.

The big players that tend to deliver on the needs of agents is Docusign and Zipforms. However, what the MLS or broker provides will prevail.

Jul 08, 2019 06:38 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I love CTME contracts.

Jul 12, 2019 11:49 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It depends

Jul 09, 2019 11:57 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Skyslope is the best, but we would be lost without the MLS

Jul 09, 2019 07:09 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

No idea.

Jul 08, 2019 09:03 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Matrix & Docusign

Jul 08, 2019 08:30 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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You will get answers. 

Jul 08, 2019 03:14 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The first step is to follow the advice of  Corinne Guest

Jul 08, 2019 01:09 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Like Corinne Guest said, your Broker may have mandated software for you to use.  Out here I use zipforms because it's a free member benefit for California realtors (our state association built it and used to own it).

Jul 08, 2019 09:21 AM
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Bob Crane
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we use dotloop and love it.

Jul 08, 2019 08:44 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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You have great suggestions from the membership.  A

Jul 08, 2019 08:36 AM