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Ryan Smith, Real Estate Pro in Murrieta, CA

Anyone using an IPAD or Android Tablet for their Real Estate business?

Asked by Ryan Smith, Murrieta, CA Tue May 17, 2011

I tried an IPAD for two weeks but found it wasn't useful for many of my real estate applications. Consider the Zoom but it doesn't quite seem like a suitable replacement for my laptop just yet. Anyone using either of the two or any others that have taken their business to the next level?

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We've had this discussion time and time again. I love the Zoom, but checked out the G-Slate by LG. It has a dual core processor and can be held in one hand. The downside to many tablets is the price. It's hard to justify paying $599+ on an item that is a want and not a need. I think we should buy one though....they are sweet! Check out the site for the G-Slate: http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/G-Slate/index.jsp
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 17, 2011
I use my ipad all the time. Buyer/seller presentation work great and when I do CMAs I have access to all the pictures of the homes and the virtual tours so clients can really see how they stack up.

For documents, I use zipform mobile to create a PDF and then either sign the ipad or pull it over to Docusign and have them sign right there.

I also found it is much better to answer emails on the go compared to a smartphone.

I also think it makes a statement to clients that you are up on technology, which is important to many clients.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 18, 2011
I have an IPad and have taken it out a few times with me while showing homes. It is handy to be able to jump online quickly and find out tax info and even look at the color home pictures on MLS, Redfin or Zillow. My laptop takes about 5 minutes to boot up so when these type of questions come up it is nice to be able to answer them fast versus the long wait for my computer. But, I was not happy to find out that there is an additional monthly fee to use Zipform Mobile. So for now I will not be using Zipforms on my IPad. If anyone has a workaround for this problem please share it!

In part I agree that it may be a distraction to have to answer every question that comes up while on the road with my clients (which is why I do not take it out of my briefcase with all my clients) but I feel I should be a professional and if my client has a question I should be able to answer it. If I can get that answer sooner than later then my customer should be happy.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 18, 2011
Chris,
My wife won an ipad a few months ago and we've been using it in place of printing a lot of paper. When showing homes we still print out a flyer for our buyer to take notes on and keep as a reminder, but our agent reports are kept on the ipad. It's also handy to be able to go on the MLS to look up things quickly.
We use it to sign in clients at open houses; they seem more willing because the tech is new to many.
I hope to start using it for listing presentations, but haven't developed my presentation fully yet. As far as taking my business to another level, no. It's helpful and interesting to our clients, but not revolutionary.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 17, 2011
Hands down, the one tool that changed the way "tech savy" agents do business. It allows you to go truly paperless. It's difficult for a lot of agents who have been using programs that are not optimized for the Pad. If you are willing to relearn a few things it's an invaluable tool.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 23, 2011
I use the ipad quite a lot but it hasn't "taken the business to the next level". It's great as it's small and instant on and there are some great apps, including realtor.com and foreclosureradar.com which allows you to see rentals, upcoming foreclosures while you're out there. GPS is built in so no need to type in any address, the apps know where you are. I would not consider the ipad to be a laptop replacement, not at all. I personally have iphone, ipad and Mac along w a PC (for some unique bank apps) and they're all synchronized. I also use drop box for all photos, files so they're all accessible from every unit anytime, anywhere.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 19, 2011
It is interesting to see some of the responses here. It looks like some people that are using it don't really find it all that useful, but I have to say that it is invaluable. It is not a desktop replacement, but I have used it to replace both my laptop and my smartphone.

Some other things that I use mine for:
- I store all my active docs on Dropbox and have instant access to all my contracts on a screen that is legible.
- Shoot and edit videos of my listings.
- Answer emails and work remotely much more effectively than a smartphone (the keyboard is about the size of a netbook keyboard)
- Look up and answer questions for clients while we are previewing homes (such as tax record questions)
- Quickly draft contract addenda and have it signed while both people are there
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 18, 2011
I have not...I'd be curious to see what other agents use and feel about it. Good question!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 18, 2011
The attractiveness of the iPad or similar products is supposed to be portability, not functionality. I've had the iPad about 6 months and it is much easier than a lap top to lug around, but it doesn't run most of the business programs I use daily. It is great for property searches and presentations, though (as long as no Flash functionality is required).
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 18, 2011
Nope, I don't use or even own either one. I was very tempted but the simple fact is I believe it will be more of a distraction than a help. I can just imagine looking up every single sign buyers see because I can. We know that short sales are on the market forever so I would spend valuable time looking up listings that already have multiple offers, etc.

I do all that work BEFORE I go out so I can focus clearly on the goals of the buyer. That is one of my main reasons not to get one. There are plenty of other tools I would rather get.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 18, 2011
I totally agree with you Chris. I bought one and used it for about a month.
There are some great features on it, but it doesn't fit the bill for a complete business tool.
It does give the "wow" factor when client's see it though. My clients liked to play with it
while driving around looking at houses. But, it didn't do that much more for me. I wound
up getting a small notebook from Verizon with built-in internet access. Works great at open houses
and is compact. I'm still waiting for the perfect real estate device.....haven't seen it yet.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 18, 2011
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