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November 4, 2015

Social media is ever evolving and new sites are popping up all over the place all the time. Sometimes the question comes up – is it worth wasting time developing presences on the newbie sites? Time = $$, right? It’s often a best rule of thumb when these new sites emerge to wait to see how they perform – how quickly they gain members, what types of members and that there members are where you targeting.

Pinterest has proven itself to be a formidable social media site that should not be ignored. With a membership base exceeding 72 million users and a large demographic, Pinterest is used by many to view images and infographic to get ideas.

Pinterest is a great place to share useful information with your clients about selling a property, staging, landscaping, etc… while also creating boards to promote listings.

Here is ViMO’s guide – Pinterest for Real Estate.

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Don’t leave any opportunities behind – use them to your advantage.

For more, visit www.geowarehouse.ca.

 

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real estate salesComing into the real estate industry as a new real estate sales professional you would be remiss not to realize how competitive an industry you are entering and that efficiency is king. The beauty of being new to the industry is that you can bring fresh ideas to the table about how you go about your daily activities. When we talk efficiency, we mean efficiency in a specific context: the ratio of the useful work performed by a machine or in a process to the total energy expended or heat taken in.

The most effective way to do this is by doing more electronically. From marketing to administering your deals.

On the marketing side, the playing field has been leveled. In the past those with smaller marketing budgets had difficulty competing with the seasoned professionals with big budgets for bench ads, calendars and sign advertising. These conventional marketing mediums have just about been eclipsed by the emergence of social media. Through social media you can market yourself and listings, establishing a vast network of connections – all electronically. Digital marketing through social media or even through real estate specific platforms – both available online and through mobile apps – increase your exposure and a client’s accessibility to you.

In deal administration, the real estate industry has been inherently burdensome on the paper side. Between contracts and agreements, listings, sales comps and the myriad other collateral a real estate sales professional may bring to a meeting, more can now be done electronically.

Meeting a client at your office

  • When a client comes to your office to meet have 2 things ready:
    • GeoWarehouse loaded on the computer – to quickly view property information with the client (either their property, or properties they would like to see)
    • ViMO loaded on your tablet – if the client wants to engage you, you can electronically prepare the listing or representation agreement and sign it electronically
  • Rather than copying identification and other material the client provides – scan it!

Meeting your client on the go 

The old way – purchase:

  • Pre-prepare representation agreement
  • Meet the client
  • Have the client sign initial agreements re: representation
  • View properties of interest – take photos if necessary
  • Go back to the office, research the property, if there is an offer to be made, prepare the offer
  • Meet the client again to sign the offer
  • Email or fax the offer to the other side

The electronic way – purchase

  • Ask the client for properties they may be interested in seeing and research some of your own
  • Attend the appointment armed with sales comps for the properties you will be seeing in the event your client is interested
  • Meet the client – ensure you have your tablet
  • Prepare the representation agreement on your tablet and have your client sign it electronically
  • On the road the client spots a property for sale that wasn’t yet appearing online
  • Using your ViMO app on your tablet, stand in front of the property and using augmented reality, snap a photo that reveals all property related information
  • You check ViMO app to see if the other real estate sales professional is online, and they are – you send them a message and they send you the lockbox key
  • You show your client the property and they love it – you message the other side to expect an offer shortly
  • You prepare the offer electronically and transmit it to the other side using ViMO

…. And the rest is history….

So as a new real estate sales professional you can see that investing in technology and investigating online tools for real estate sales professionals both online and through mobile apps will make you more efficient and prepared to compete the seasoned pros.

GeoWarehouse and ViMO let you do far more, on the go, in real time. Efficiency is easy with these two. Find out more at www.geowarehouse.ca and www.myvimo.ca.

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Most people now have smart phones or tablets. Real Estate Sales Professionals have come to rely on their smart phones as veritable mobile offices. Mobile apps have proven to present incredible opportunity to Real Estate Sales Professionals when it comes to attracting and working with buyers and sellers. There are a number of mobile apps available to real estate sales professionals that can be used as sales tools when landing a new client and then when selling their home or helping them buy another.

A great example of this is Tour Narrator. This is an app that you can use to help your clients capture feedback on properties that you show them. The app records audio commentaries and organizes photos and notes that can be reviewed later. Like Tour Narrator, the Agent Feedback app allows you to keep sellers up-to-date on feedback from visitors who attend an open house.

Realtor Magazine released an article about the apps that real estate sales professionals used most in 2012 and here are some of the apps reviewed that are great sales tools:

  1. Sawbuck Realty offers an app called Home Snap. Using Home Snap you simply snap a picture of a home that is for sale. The service will then retrieve local MLS information about the property including price, size, information on the last sales price and also photos of the property. Once you have snapped a property the app will alert you if there has been a change in the price of the property. This is a great tool when you are on the road with clients showing properties. This is also a free app.
  2. Wahsoft offers an app called Open House Manager. This app enables you to manage your open houses, gather and store contact and other information about visitors and then follow up with them afterwards. This way you don’t lose track of any sales opportunities. This is a free app and is available on Apple devices.
  3. The Realtor.com app provides you with access to a large database of real estate listings. This is a free app that is available to Apple, Android and Windows users. This is another valuable tool when taking a client to look at properties and also when working with a new client on a listing where the listing price needs to be determined.
  4. Sensopia offers a free app that enables you to create floor plans with ease. You can then export them as JPEGs or PDF documents. While the app is free, there is a charge to export and share files. Another great sales tool, especially for open houses.
  5. Top Producer Systems offers a mobile app that connects to their contact management and marketing system. Users can access their data, edit information and manage tasks. This app is available on Apple, Android and Blackberry devices but involves cost and commitment.

It should also be said that social apps like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are important to have on your mobile devices to keep you connected to prospects and so that you can quickly announce new listings and open houses to your networks. Mobile apps help you have a more dynamic interaction with your clients when out in the field and are definitely something all real estate sales professionals  should take advantage of. How do you use mobile apps to cut down on paper and improve your workflow?

If you are areal estate sales professionals who would like more information about how you can use technology to learn more about properties please visit www.geowarehouse.ca or call 1-866-237-5937.

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As areal estate sales professionals you are on the go all of the time. From your office, to your car, to visiting clients, to showing properties, to open houses, etc… Technology has made getting the job done so much easier andreal estate sales professionals  have come to rely on their smart phones the same way they do their computers. Smart phones and tablets provide us with an incredible ability to do more when on the go.

Mobile apps are your gateway to mobile freedom. The mobile apps that you use can make doing business on the go a snap. So how arereal estate sales professionals (your colleagues) using mobile apps? Well, we have taken a moment to categorize them into groups:

Transportation planning/time management – When you are on the road and managing a busy schedule, time is everything. Getting from one point to another quickly is crucial. There are a number of apps that can not only direct you to a particular property but can also provide you with up to the minute traffic information so that you can avoid delays. Some examples of these apps include traffic monitoring apps and, in large cities like Toronto, parking apps and traffic cam apps.

Traffic/transit apps – When showing a property it is important to be able to show buyers the main traffic arteries and transit information and more and morereal estate sales professionals are turning to tablets like iPads to manage their open houses and showings. There are a number of traffic and transit apps that Realtors® access to highlight this information.

Improving accessibility/connectivity to clients and partners – Many real estate sales professionals  are taking advantage of apps including social apps to improve accessibility and connectivity to both clients and business partners.

Improving work flow – More and more real estate sales professionals are turning to apps to improve workflow, starting with embracing the cloud. You can store documents online in the cloud using iCloud (Apple users), Skydrive (Microsoft users) and Dropbox, all of which offer mobile apps which make accessing and sharing your documents on the go a breeze. There are other apps you can use to manage PDFs or scan and organize documents – all of which makes it easier to manage your mobile office.

Accessing data – There are a number of apps that you can use on the go to gather different data about a property or a neighbourhood. It is very important before using one of these apps to do your due diligence and validate where the data comes from and how accurate it is.

Improving the sales process – There are apps that enable you to give digital tours of properties on your tablet or smart phone, create floor plans, highlight property and neighbourhood attributes and more…

Servicing your clients’ financial needs – A big part of closing a deal is helping your clients estimate mortgage payments, down  payments, closing costs, etc… There are financial apps that estimate closing costs like land transfer taxes and even rebates (first time homebuyer for example) as well as mortgage calculators that can calculate the maximum mortgage a client can qualify for based on their income and expenses as well as estimate mortgage payments.

As you can see there are many different types of mobile apps that you can take advantage of to become even more efficient. How do you use your mobile apps?

If you are a real estate sales professionals  who would like more information about how you can use technology to learn more about properties please visit www.geowarehouse.ca or call 1-866-237-5937.

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