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Amy’s App of the Week -EasilyDo

easilydo app

easilydo app

As a busy co-owner of a virtual real estate company, active real estate agent and speaker/trainer, I personally need all the help I can get with time management. So, I found EasilyDo App (available on Iphone/Droid. It is marketed as a SmartAssistant, which I was intrigued by this concept. Sure enough after downloading this app, with in minutes I realized how valuable it could be in my daily life.

It combines a lot of apps, like Weather, NeverLate with Tripit, and Cleaner into one awesomely cool app! Easilydo allows me to respond to Facebook events & Eventbrite in one App as well as see all birthdays of friends plus my calendar events. Of course you can go to the individual apps, but I love this because I have one central place to respond. It also informs me of popular posts from my Facebook friends so I can go look at the post.

It also looks through my contacts and alerts me of multiple contacts and if I want to merge contact information. I use to use the Cleaner App for this, but no reason to now. I have also used Twist App to text certain people updates as I am driving, EasilyDo has a similiar function in it but it is not as robust as Twist or Glympse. It will also give me bad weather alerts.

I also love this functionality is that is scrolls through my email accounts that I have set up and it will add boarding passes, hotel reservations, restaurant confirmations from OpenTable automatically to my calendar. Since I book so many of these items on my Iphone- the add to calendar function on some of the individual sites don’t work from the mobile app, so I have had to hand input them in.

If I get an email about package tracking, it will offer to add this to EasilyDo and then notify me of the status. That is a huge lifesaver since I am a MAJOR online shopper.

One last thing that I love is when I a get digital receipt, I have the option to save it to Evernote. BEAUTIFUL!!!

All in all- I love this App!

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Digital Signing Made EZ for Form Simplicity for Florida

Click on link below to access how to instruction from Region 13 Meeting in Florida.

digital signing made EZ for Florida june 2013

In this hot market….Streamline your Biz

A lot of agents are struggling in this market, but not with getting deals. They are struggling with how to manage the deals they are doing because maybe for the first time in their career they are dealing with multiple clients at once. Listings are going under contract as soon as it is entered into MLS, so a buyer is not going to want to wait in this Hot market for you to go back to your office and type up the offer  plus then schedule to meet with you to sign the offer in person.  Learn to go mobile! Learn to be efficient with your time and your clients time. They will appreciate you for it.

Here are some ideas to focus on in my preso!


 

 

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Zipforms to Docusign on your Ipad using Box.com

Ways to get your contracts signed when your client is not with you and your have your Ipad with you but not your laptop.

In this simple step-by-step process, you will be able to do just that.  Buy the Zipforms mobile edition (check with your Associations b/c they may have a discount) – This must be done first  from a PC/laptop previous to using on your Ipad.

Then create account on Box.com. Then click on +NEW, New Folder, type in name of Folder (ie: Offers or Contracts). Click on Keep  Private for Now, click on Okay. Now you must create an email address related to that folder so you can email upload documents to it. So click on the folder you just created. On the right hand side it will say Folder Options. Click on the drop down arrow on Folder Options, hover your mouse over the Upload to this Folder. You will see some options come up. Click on the one that says Email Files to this Folder. Then under the Email Options tab, click on the box that says Allow uploads to this folder via Email.Once you click on that, an email address will auto-populate below. Copy that email address into your Evernote notebook or as a contact in Zipforms. The email address will look something similiar to this –[email protected]

Now we are ready to send a Contract

1. Go to your Zipforms mobile site that you bookmarked (m.zipformonline.com) or go to the Zipform App on your Ipad.

2. Type up your contract on Zipforms on your Ipad.

3. Email to your Box.net folder as a PDF. ([email protected]– This is mine so please do not email to it, showing as an example only)

4.  Go to Docusign on your Ipad

5. Then Tap on New Envelope

6. Tap on Box Docs

7. Tap Folder it would have been emailed to

8. Then tap on the form you need to have signed

9. Tap Next, then fill in Email subject, Email message

10. Then tap Tag Document

11. Tap orange box saying Add Recipient

12. Tap Signer

13. Type in Name, Email address

14. On the right hand side, Tap signature or initial (whatever is appopriate). Then tap on the document where you need them to sign- It is not a drag and drop to do this. Then tap to move the signature in the correct place.

15. When complete, tap Send Now

 

Happy Signing

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Amy’s Timesaver Apps & Ideas-NAR Tech Forum Orlando November

Hope you enjoy some of these time saver ideas as you are running your real estate business! Remember- Identify your “time sucks” first, then find a piece of technology to be efficient! Don’t just take on every piece of technology b/c it is cool or the new buzz word! Find what works for your business practice and work flow!


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Video Apps & Resources from NAR Orlando Discover your Magic 2012

Here are some resources based on my talk at NAR Member Information & Professional Development Forum on November 9th.

Video Apps:

Videolicious
Animoto – virtual tour slide show
Reel Director-video editing
Splice-video editing
Imovie-video editing
Extras4imovie-add on app to Imovie (Iphone only)
Tourwrist-augmented reality Virtual tour
Pixeet 360-augmented reality Virtual tour
Eyejot- video email messaging
Bombbomb-video email messaging
Ustream Live BRoadcaster- live streaming video
Qik- live streaming video
Movie Drops- backgrounds to add in on video
FreedomMic-microphone app


Photo Apps

Snapseed
Animoto
Typoinsta
Iscape Free
Instagram
Yummy Cam
Flickr
Camera +
Lighttrac
SlowShutter

Equipment:
Sony Microphone
HD Hat with wide angle lens for photo and video for Iphone and Ipad
Olloclip
Extender
Tripod
LED light
Green Screen

Purchase equipment here –
http://www.tinyurl.com/amyoutloudvideo

My Addiction – Apps- The lifesavers of my life

Here are the apps that I ask clients to download as well as the ones I use constantly on a daily basis. I know I left some out, but you hopefully will get a feel for some of them. They range from Dropbox, Evernote, to schedule text messages to go out. Happy “Apping” !!!

Appy hour for austin realty roundup oct 2012 from Amy Smythe-Harris

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Holy Monkey- Zipforms to Docusign- Rocks my world!

Are you struggling on your Ipad to type a listing and then get it to Docusign??? You just have given up hope!! Sound familiar? As a REALTOR in The Woodlands, Texas selling homes on the go is a absolute must with our hot real estate market.

Here are step by step instructions to type up your contract on  Zipforms on your Ipad and then send it to Docusign so you can have your client sign it by either clicking with their mouse or tapping with their finger.

First part is to start with purchasing the mobile version of Zipforms-

1. You must have the moible version of Zipforms that you have had to purchase from zipformsonline.com under the Shopping cart.

2. Then go to m.zipformonline.com on your Ipad. (make sure you Book mark it on your Ipad)

Second part is to go to Box.com

1. You need to set up a box.com account

2. Create a folder that you will want to send contracts to- (Mine is Contracts)

3. Then you will go to Folder Options, click on Upload to this Folder, then click Email Files to this folder.

4. Copy the URL and save it in your Evernote.com account.

Third part is back to Zipforms -Now go to your Ipad and open up Safarai, then tap on your Bookmark, then tap on the saved m.zipformonline.com site

Type your contract in Zipforms. When you are complete, then tap eamil. In the to box, you will need that folder email address that you saved in Evernote. So tap your home button on your Ipad & open up Evernote application. Find the saved note that you saved the Box.net upload url in. Then copy the url, tap home button on Ipad and tap on Safari.  Go to the Zipforms tab that you already had opened. Then in the email box, tap and hold till the Paste option comes up. Then tap Paste.  Then tap send email.

Last step before you will be doing the Happy Dance. Now go to Docusign app.  Tap on New Envelope, tap on Box Docs, Tap on the folder you named in the box.net account (mine is Contracts). Then tap on the contract, tap on next, then type in subject and email message. Then tap Tag Document. Then Tap Add Recipient. Tap Signer. Type in client information.  Tap Add. Now on the right hand side tap on the appropriate option (Signature or Intiail). Now tap on the screen where you need the signature.  Then tap Send Now in the right hand side.

Tada!!!!  That is how you rock as a Digital Agent!

 

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Amy’s App of the Week- July 9th -Grocery List Buy me a Pie

Do you a grocery  list sitting in your kitchn drawer or on your fridge? Then you are at the grocery store and realize you forgot the grocery list in  your drawe???? Been there! Done that! I would even have my family take a photo of it with their Iphone and text to me! Or have you spent an hour at the grocery getting all the groceries, only to come home and have your kids say, “Oh, I did not know you were going to the store! I needed this….” Then you pull your hair out in frustration!!

Does this sound like you? Well there’s an App for that!  It’s called Grocery List Buy me a Pie- Our whole 4 member family has downloaded the app at $2.99/each.  I created a household log in for the app.  So let’s say my daughter needs some shampoo. The old way was for her to go into the kitchen, root around for a writing utensil, & write it on the (much-forgotten) grocery list. The “new” way in the Harris Household is to go to your Iphone or their Ipad, open up the Grocery List app and type it in. It’s that simple!!! Since it is a cloud-based app,  the list is always synched so it doesn’t matter what device you pull it up on- it will always be updated.

So now when I am at the grocery store, when I cross of an item on the list, it will update the list.  Last weekend, I told my husband I was going to run errands after being out on a listing appointment.  He did not know I was going to the grocery store until the app kept updating him in the notifications that I had updated the list.  So he texts me to ask if I was at the store…my response…”Yes, duh!” So he updates the list of what he needed- Voila- I buy it!!! It is a beautiful thing to have technology work for effiency in my business and my household!

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Amy’s App of the Week- Slideshark – June 17th

Fins Up!!!! This is for all my PC friends that don’t have a Mac but have an Ipad-that have been waiting for a way to do a true presentation on their Ipad using Powerpoint!!!  I upload my Powerpoint presentation to the Slideshark website. Then I open my Ipad app and tap sync.  Forewarning, it will take a little bit of time to sync the presentations to your Ipad. My notes are there on the slides so I can see. I swipe to move slide ahead or back.  A function that I really like is that I can put a presentation in Dropbox, then open Dropbox on my Ipad. From there, I tap the right upward arrow button (known as the “Open in”) and I can “Open in” the Slideshark app-so in case I forgot to load it to Slideshark.com on my laptop!! I can not wait to play with it more!

 

Happy App Playig!

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