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Amy’s App of the Week -Skitch February 27, 2012

          This is a cool app that my buddy ,

Jennifer

           turned me onto at Texas Association of REALTORS meeting in Austin Feb. 25-27th 2012.  Skitch allows you to capture an image or a website and draw on it.  Then you can email it, post to Facebook, save it or post to Twitter.  Cool ways to possibly use with my clients! I will keep you posted!

 

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Re-Brand & Re-Market YOU for 2012

A quick overview of revamping your look to stay fresh and ideas to market yourself to today’s consumers for today’s REALTORS.


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Amy’s App of the Week – Feb 20, 2012

This app rocks for anybody needing to take a payment by credit card and that person does not have a PayPal account.  Now, I did get the Squareup.com adapter to plug into

my Iphone or Ipad, until a friend told me I don’t need the adapter to still take credit card payments. I set up the account to just be for my ASH realty business so I would not be

accused of breaking Artilcle 8 of COE so I won’t be comingling funds.

Now, I am a mobile agent but that does not mean that I want to run all over the place to pick up checks or application fees. It means, I use technology to make myself more efficient.  One way I recently

used this app is to take a credit application fees from a prospective tenant. It was quick simple and worth the little bit of fee they charge versus the alternative of racing around to meet the other agent to pick up cashiers check and then depositing them at my bank.  So in my mobile world, it’s hip to be SQUARE.

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Amy’s App of the Week Feb 13, 2012

Smartr Contacts XobniSmartr Contacts

Cool app  built by Xobni (which I use heavily as an add-in to my Outlook) that allows me to see my contacts face, their social networks, our exchanges as well as ranking the relevance of importance to me. I also like that it automatically scours my Calendar, email and my social networks for people I interact with and brings them into my contacts.

You must have Xobni for Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook to be able to use this app.

I have been playing with this quite a bit so it is now on my main screen!

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Amy’s App of the Week – Jot Not Pro

This is one of my all-time go to Apps for about 2 years now when I need to fax/email a hard copy and I have only my Iphone with me.  I have tried other scanner programs like Phototopdf, Pocket Scanner, or Scanner Pro but I still prefer JotNotPro.  The key to any App, is find the one you like!

How I use the app….I can take pictures of our Texas lease application for tenants (which is 4 pages each) through the JotNot Pro app and then it will save all 4 pages into one PDF.  I can then just save it in my phone or email or fax out.  In order to fax now from the device, you have to have fax credits, so I have stopped using that part. Really for lack of need!

Happy Scanning!

 

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Amy’s App of the Week

My favorite app this week is called Lightrac for  Iphones ($4.99) or Droids (2.99). It is marketed for the outdoor photographer to track the sunlight for the optimum daylight times to shoot.  This is great for real estate professionals that shoot their own listing photos as well as an App they can tell their professional photographers about.  When I am showing houses to a client and they ask me where will the hot Texas sun hit, then I tell them to download the Lightrac app.” One recent buyer client I shared this app with him and his wife when they asked this question.  Let’s face it, I am not a Girl Scout, so as they say….”There is an App for that”. My clients were impressed & used the app the next time we went to look at homes.

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Dropbox 101- Step 1 in setting up your Cloud biz

Learn how to use Dropbox.com to become efficient in your business. I have a lot of people ask me how to use their Ipad, but one of the most fundamental things to learn is how to get information from your laptop to your Ipad.  First thing to remember is your laptop is going to use either programs or the web to operate in your  daily real estate practice. The Ipad is going to use a specially designed program called an (application or App for short) or use Safari (which is how you access the web-much like you clicking on the litttle blue E for Internet Explorer).  Just an FYI, even though an Ipad has an App for a program, it normally won’t look like the program on your laptop. So how to I can a file off my laptop so I can see it on my Ipad?  The answer is easy-use Dropbox.

What is Dropbox? Dropbox.com is a “cloud based file system”. By putting your files in the “cloud” meaning it sits on a remote server (not just on your laptop) allowing you access to retrieve the file from various devices.  It’s a great way to have your briefcase of files all digital – leave that paperwork behind. Let’s get started:

1. From your laptop/PC- go to dropbox.com and sign up for an account. I would recommend doing the free one to start with until you see how much you will use it.  Save your password in whatever password program you are using like, SplashID.

2. Install Dropbox to your desktop from dropbox.com. When completed installing, go to your desktop on your laptop and look for the Dropbox icon.

3. From your Iphone/Droid and Ipad, download the Dropbox app from the App store.  The log in information here will be the same as the login information you created on dropbox.com on your laptop/PC.

4. Let’s start to put files into your Dropbox on your laptop. You have 3 options to do this, depending on your needs. Pick the one that works best for you.

  •  Option 1- Go to Dropbox.com, sign into your account. Then hit the upload button, find the file on your computer, click start upload. When it is done uploading, it will be in the Dropbox  “cloud”. You can create folders and share folders as well, which I will discuss in another post.
  • Option 2 – Let’s say you are typing up something in Word or you have a .pdf that you need to access from your Ipad later. With that document open, click on File, Save, then click Desktop, Click MyDropbox (sometimes MyDropbox is saved under My Documents depending on how you downloaded it to your laptop) and then click Save.
  • Option 3 – Find the file on your laptop you want in the Dropbox.  So either right click on it to copy, click on MyDropbox on your laptop, and right click & paste.  Or you can simply drag the file over to the Dropbox icon.  Doing this will remove the file off your laptop and it will only be in Dropbox.  You choose what is right.

Now your files are sitting in the Dropbox “cloud”, but how do I see them? Now go to your Ipad, Iphone or Droid and open the Dropbox app. Once you login, you will see the files come in.  If you put a big file in the Dropbox, be aware that sometimes it takes a bit to show up in the Dropbox app.  Quick Amy tip….Before leaving your office, double check to make sure the files are truly in your Dropbox!!! If not, then when you are out in the fiel & need the file, you will need to use another program to remotely access your computer.  (Coming soon in another post to you!)

This is the just the pure basics.  In Dropbox 201, I will give you other suggestions on how to use it to be more efficient in your real estate biz.

Happy Dropboxing!

 

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Accessing HAR.com MLS on your Ipad

As a Real Estate agent out in the field, I need access to my MLS. I was frustrated that their were no good solutions for me using my Ipad- but Ta-Da- here it is!!!

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