January 17, 2014
By Damir Khamzin
There are many apps related to Real Estate. We here at Team 3000 decided to talk about three really good ones.
Realtor.ca Mobile App:
The Realtor.ca app is amazing because it keeps up us locally. The My Agent function allows you to connect with a listing agent and ask about a property, or contact your fellow agents. Property Search finds properties anywhere in Canada, just like the Realtor.ca website. The Open Houses function locates nearby, you guessed it, open houses. The app sports a calendar to schedule things as well. Finally, I’ll let Driving Directions speak for itself.:
“This allows you to get driving directions to a listed property either by entering an address, or from your current location by using the device's GPS functionality.” (Realtor.ca Mobile App)
This is simply a cool app, if not one of the most useful for a realtor. Sensopia Inc’s Magic Plan lets you create a floor plan of your listing on the spot. This is their example, and in my opinion it’s easier and faster than hiring someone or doing it yourself from scratch. Their website tells you how it works; the user takes photos of the room, centering the corners. Then it creates a top-down adjustable blueprint. The final printout comes in 4 different file types. Jpeg, PDF, DXF and HTML. I’m sure the realtors who use this app don’t stop talking about it at company parties and open houses.
There are some people who can’t stand having too much paper. Real Estate is one such industry where legality forces hundreds of pages upon us, all asking for the signatures of clients and agents before being lost to the world. Imagine the guilt-free environmental consciousness if everyone used apps like DocuSign. Basically, you upload your forms and have the client just sign their name with the tablet. It’s easy and makes doing paperwork actually kind of stylish.
Why Keep Up With Technology?
This is a quote from Google Chrome’s blog:
“In past year, the way we use computers continued to evolve. Around the world, more than 2.4 billion laptops, tablets and smartphones were purchased — that’s over 4,500 devices per minute — and over one-third of people worldwide now have consistent access to the web, helping us work, play, learn and connect with each other.” Google Chrome Blog
Those figures are from Google’s own blog based on their Chrome Operating System. The sheer scale of these statistics is staggering. 4,500 devices per minute every single day of 2013.
You may think: How is this relevant to the Real Estate Industry?
We all know that Real Estate is all about connections. It’s the business of meeting people. No matter what walk of life a person travels, they will contemplate purchasing property when they want to settle down. For all of its cost, Vancouver is an amazing place to raise children and attracts many high net-worth individuals, allowing for an ever expanding client base and development that struggles to keep up.
Here are statistics from the City of Vancouver regarding building permits issued in 2013.
Construction permits for 2,734 residential units were issued in 2013 (That’s 5,294 dwelling units). Add this estimate to the properties currently on the market, and you have your playing field. With this much up and coming development, it’s even more important to keep ahead of the curve and have access to agents, listings, buyers and sellers.
This leads us to the point of this article: Why focus on keeping up with technology as a real estate agent?
The answer is simple: It opens up opportunities. So get your iPads, phones and social network profiles up and running. Your business will thank you.