Would you recomend an IPAD for a real estate agent?

Asked by Bradley MacLay, Chandler, AZ Tue Aug 2, 2011

I'm thinking about buying an IPAD but I wanted to see if any realtors have found it useful in their business or is it just for fun and games? I see people playing games, watching movies etc on the IPAd but I wanted to see if there are any productive real estate uses for one? In other words, has it saved you time or made you more money?

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Team Forss,…, Agent, Temecula, CA
Tue Oct 4, 2011
Yes, I would recommend it but it certainly does not replace a laptop in my opinion. I always bring it to clients homes and meetings if I need to show something. I have everything on dropbox so I can access it. My iphone works just as well, but obviously it's much easier to show it on the ipad.
Web Reference:  http://www.come2temecula.com
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Mitchell Hall, Agent, New York, NY
Wed Aug 3, 2011
iPads can be used for listing presentations and for presentations to buyers during a showing.I have seen agents use them. I have an iPhone and a laptop so personally I don't think I need an iPad too.
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The Roskelly…, Agent, Gambrills, MD
Sun Aug 7, 2011
Hi Brad,

I definitely favor fun & games and social media on my Ipad but I also have it hooked up to my Dropbox account so I can access every document in every client's file, and the local MLS. I'm also working on a listing presentation with it that includes some live on-line google searches to show our websites ratings. So it definitely can be productive. It just easier to play the games!
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Jennifer Bla…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Sun Aug 7, 2011
Hi Brad,
I bought an iPad earlier this month and used it for a weekend - I found it to be more fun and games than a productivity tool. I thought it would be good for listing presentations, access to the internet on listing appoinmentents and for registering open house guests. But as I "played" with it, I got more and more frustrated - I thought it would be more like a computer.... it's not, it's a toy.
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Wed Aug 3, 2011
The human interface is the biggest issue between using a computer and using an iPad. Most of us have been using a keyboard and mouse since we started using a computer. The iPad requires that we adjust to a keyboard and touch screen, or to a on-screen keyboard and touch screen. This slows down data entry - I miss the mouse.
Another issue is document storage. I'm not a fan of "cloud computing," as I'm not going to use any system that could deny me access to my data if I loose my InterWeb connection. This scam was tried 15 years ago under the name "web-based applications" and was a flop then, too.
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Tue Aug 2, 2011
So many apps available on the ipad/iphone.

This a link to a collection of blogs by/for realtors and their ipad

All from Activerain.com. If you haven't visited this community of real estate professionals, you're missing a heck of a lot!
Web Reference:  http://bit.ly/ouNHRp
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Tue Aug 2, 2011
We've got a couple of iPads (courtesy or builders drawings) and they are useful tools. They don't replace a desktop or lap top, but I have used them to access my MLS, store documents and register buyers at an open house. Buyers are still interested because they are not as common as laptops and can help create conversation. My wife has also used them to satisfy kids during showings.
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