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XplodeThis Conference in Houston for Amy’s tips

It was great having a chance to speak at xplodethis.com in Houston. Wanted to give everyone a quick summary of what I talked about. If you have further questions, I would love to help you. Remember, you don’t need all of these, but use what works best for your work flow.

 

Foundational apps:

Dropbox- my online file cabinet

Evernote- my spiral notebook. I can’t live without this cloud based App!

Iannotate/PDF Expert- allows me to edit PDF’s on my Ipad

 

Business Apps:

Contactually- the CRM I personally use, but other ones to look at are FollowUpBoss.com and Insightly.

Basecamp- allows me to manage multiple projects.

BackAgent- my online Transaction platform for my Real Estate Brokerage.

Felt- After meeting someone, I can send a branded Urban Provision hand written card to someone I may have met recently. Great prospecting tool. Available only on iPad.

Dizzle – Allows me to share the branded app with my clients of my go-to resources for my vendors like carpet cleaners, pressure washers, etc.

BombBomb – video email messaging but soon much more

Join.me- software that allows me to show my computer screen to an agent to help with training

EasilyDo- a smart virtual assistant app. It combines lots of apps into one- Great for time management

Zapier- an “if/then” App. You set up actions based on “if somebody contacts me via BetterVoiceMail, then I want this text to go to them” You can create lots of different scenarios.

Attend one of my training webinars or contact me to find out other apps we give to our agents.

 

 

 

Tennessee Association of REALTORS Video for the Rest of Us

Apps every New Agent to the Real Estate business should have….

I realize that newer agents to this business are getting bombarded with all the things they have to learn and then you add on all the software & apps they need, they may be overwhelmed….. So I want to give some ideas that are just basic essential for every new agent to the business to have on their Droid/Iphone/Ipad! Personally, I think every new agent has an advantage over agents like me that had to take time to re-train their brains away from paper and re-learn their workflow. The brand new agent has lots of new ideas for their way of doing business. I am fortunate that I can sell virtually and that I have clients that trust me.

Ideas to get you started on the road to becoming a paperless/virtual agent. To learn more about it in a step by step instruction then you can register for my Agent on the Go Series on how to get started to go paperless/go mobile & go virtual. You can see the list of the series, as well as register here.

1. Get your mobile tool box set up- This includes first off an Ipad
2. Download your Foundational Apps to your laptop/Ipad/Droid/Iphone- these include , , and either or .
3. Basic Real Estate Apps

  • Mortgage Calculator – I prefer Ipmt but there are several out there.
  • Your local MLS App – I use HAR.com since that is my main MLS provider. If your MLS provider does not have a mobile app, then I highly suggest you get really comfortable with app or app because that is where the mobile consumer is looking.
  • Net sheet calculator for your sellers- There are a ton of title companies once out there that you can use. I think it is a matter of preference.
  • Mileage Recording App – Tons out there like, but the one I prefer is
  • Photo editing software like SnapSeed so you can take photos of your community and push out through Instagram/Twitter and Facebook.

4. Basic Business Apps

  • You will need a scanner/fax on the go, so I use or lots of my friends use
  • A must have is a business card scanner like so you can quickly get prospects contact information into your contact database and not in that little pile on your desk.

This is just a starting point, meant to not overwhelm. Attend one of my webinars to see hands on how I use it in my daily real estate business as a practicing co-Broker/Owner of .

Have an “Apptastic” career!!

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Ipad for your Real estate business August 2013

Tips and Tricks to use your Ipad in your Real estate biz

Apps for my Seller Clients to Download

 

These are some of the apps I encourage my clients to download when they are working on a real estate transaction to encourage efficiency during the deal and to lessen the frustration level for my clients. Feel free to copy and paste this into Evernote so you can send to you clients of how I describe it to them:
jotnotpro Jot Not Pro Scanner – a scanner to scan from your phone to a multi-page PDF (great for getting Seller’s Disclosure & copy of repair receipts back to me. If you are a Droid user, then an equivalent app for you is CamScanner or TurboScan.
houzzHouzz or Houzz Kids or Pinterest- staging ideas to get home on market- I also encourage you to send me pins on ideas after you have gotten some ideas of ways to freshen up your home to put on market.
dropbox logoDropbox- I will be sharing a digital folder with you that contains on pertinent document for you regarding the real estate transaction. You are also welcome to “Drop” in documents that you may need to share with me, such as survey, completed Seller’s Disclosure, transferrable warranties, and any other pertinent documentation about your home.
docusign ink Docusign Ink- makes it easy for you to sign permission trip forms, medical release forms quick and lender documents as well. Sellers, I will be sending the listing agreement to you as well as offers to you digitally using Docusign. You will be able to tap on your iPhone/Ipad or Droid to sign or from your email program. You will be sent a copy of the signed listing agreement as well as I signed copy will be put in your Dropbox.
skypeSkype/Google Hangout or Facetime- we can discuss the offer via these apps or we can discuss during a scheduled phone call.

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Webinar -Go Paperless! Go Virtual!

Sign up for the webinar Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:30am CT. Live demo of using the apps!

Register Here

 

 

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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Ready to go mobile in Real Estate?

Presentation done at Austin Board of REALTORS Tech Timeout Happy Hour

ABOR tech timeout may 2013 from Amy Smythe-Harris

Writing a contract on Zipforms on your Ipad & sending to Docusign

I get a ton of questions on this and had previously posted on emailing to the Box.com email folder options. Now with the update with Docusign Ink App on you Ipad things are much easier -(Thanks to my friend, Veronica Mullenix www.veronicamullenix.com

Step 1- download Docusign Ink & create account (if you are already a Docusign user, you will use your current Docusign log in)
Step 2- On your Ipad go to Safari. Then go to m.zipformonline.com (you must have already purchased the mobile version )
Step 3 – Tap on the right hand arrow on the transaction you want to open
Step 4 – tap on the form you want to edit by tapping on the right arrow. Once you are done editing your form, then you can tap on view
Step 5 – Then at the top of the screen tap to get the Open in…Then tap to choose Docusign Ink
Step 6 -then tap to Add to Current Document
Step 7 – type in remote signers information, then tap Send

At this time you can not tag the placement of the sigantures in Docusign Ink.  You will need to discuss with your clients where to sign. This feature will be coming soon in 2nd Quarter per Docusign (February 15, 2013)

 

Happy Signing!

Amy’s App for my Sellers & Buyers

These are some of the apps I encourage my clients to download when they are working on a real estate transaction to encourage efficiency during the deal and to lessen the frustration level for my sellers.

 

Jot Not Pro Scanner a scanner to scan from your phone to a multi-page PDF (great for getting Seller’s Disclosure & copy of repair receipts back to me)

 

 

 

Houzz or Houzz Kids or Pinterest- staging ideas to get home on market- I also encourage you to send me pins on ideas after you have gotten some ideas of ways to freshen up your home to put on market.

 

Dropbox- I will be sharing a digital folder with you that contains on pertinent document for you regarding the real estate transaction. You are also welcome to “Drop” in documents that you may need to share with me.

 

Docusign Ink- makes it easy for you to sign permission trip forms, medical release forms quick and lender documents as well. Sellers, I will be sending the listing agreement to you as well as offers to you digitally using Docusign. You will be able to tap on your iPhone/Ipad or Droid to sign. Buyers, I will send you an offer digitally and you can sign using finger to tap on your iPhone/Ipad/Droid. We will discuss offer digitally using Skype or Facetime or phone call, which ever you are the most comfortable.

 

Hope you enjoy these! Happy “Appy” Downloading!

 

 

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