My Top 10 Real Estate Tools

The "decentralized model" and the "virtual office" are the new wave of real estate offices, they work great, are cost effective and with this list of technology tools - make it happen. The "Virtual office", have embraced it and love it. Our clients have no complaints either. Try it for yourself if you have not already. You'll love it.  Don't forget this list.

In 2005, my partner, Carol Kearney, and I started our own firm, Momentum Realty. We embraced the decentralized model that so many other practitioners have selected and created good, solid home offices and no commercial presence (we have an office of record, as required by state law).

Technology has made this vision easier and easier to implement. Rarely is there anything at all that I can't do from my home office.

So what are my top 10 tools (technical and not), in no particular order?

  1. Smart Phone (currently a Blackberry, but considering an iPhone)
  2. HP All-in-one Printer/scanner/copier
  3. Docusign
  4. efax
  5. bluetooth
  6. Closing office doors and hanging the 'Do Not Disturb' sign
  7. Laptop
  8. Verizon Fios Connection
  9. ZipForms
  10. Digital Camera
  11. ActiveRain (oops, that is 11)

With these items, I can handle just about anything that comes along. Some of the value of this stuff is obvious, but let me explain a couple of items.

Docusign: Initially I began using for an out-of-town client. I have found it to be invaluable in every transaction since. Of course, now banks are asking for things to be resigned with authentic signatures, but it is still valuable for reaching agreement and getting contracts in place.
Efax: Sends all my faxes to my computer as .pdfs; I can save them to my hard drive for future use and email them to the interested parties.
Closing my office doors: I stayed home with my kids for 8 years; sometimes they need a reminder that my office is for working (and I need to not hear bickering and dogs wrestling)
ActiveRain: my virtual office where I can seek advice, bemoan a problem or make a new friend. It has become for me what land-based offices are for others.

If you ever need advice about products that I have used or configurations that I have set up to make my office productive, don't hesitate to ask. I would love to hear about tools that you use that allow you to present yourself professionally while working from home.

Working at home is a privilege for me; doing it well is high on my list of accomplishments!

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 8 commentsBobbie Smith • September 14 2011 08:53AM

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Good morning Bobbie,

Virtual office - I love mine!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 7 years ago

Great list and I need to get on board with DocuSign.

Posted by Gary Pike (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers) about 7 years ago

I think this is the definitive "must have" list for any realtor.  I feel sorry for the ones that don't have AR at the end of the list :)

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) about 7 years ago

I'm still not sold on Docusign, but agree with all your other tools.  I have a home office as well as a physical office at Watson Realty in St. Augustine Beach.   I find myself able to work better from home with less distractions.

Posted by Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida (Riverside Homes) about 7 years ago

I love Docusign! Once you get used to using it it's so much quicker and easier than doing it via fax or scanning. I also would say that Google tools and Dropbox are on my top 10 list - keeping files in the cloud is so helpful and gives me a backup in case my computer has problems.

Posted by Amy Shair, Award Winning Agent 20+ Years (Cary Apex Durham NC Referrals - RE/MAX United - Search Durham Homes) about 7 years ago

Never heard of the Verizon Fios connection.

Posted by James Loftis, RealEstate911.com (RealEstate911.com) about 7 years ago

 

Thanks for this repost- I missed it the first time.  It a must have list that Ill share with my associates.  Thanks again.

Posted by Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker - (Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210) about 7 years ago

Yea Lisa. Good for you. They work!

I'm right there with you Gary. See the comment from Amy - she loves her Docusign. Another recommendation.

Bryan - good point. I don't think enough people know about the many benefits of Active Rain.

Marjorie - so true. It is good to have the best of both worlds. Home office & then regular office for when you need it.

Amy. Thanks for letting us know that Docusign is working for you. I think there are a few of us that are a little bit "afraid" of it.  Two other useful tools, you are correct. I do store many docs in the cloud too.

James - Fios is a fast DSL internet connection - not available in all areas though is my understanding

Michele - so glad I re-blogged then so you didn't miss it. Good info.

Thanks to all for commenting.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 about 7 years ago

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