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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.