Should a real estate agent use technology while on the job? The short answer is yes. Today, more people are using devices and other interesting gadgets everyday, for a variety of purposes.
Everyone in real estate should as well - from Realtors to investors and home appraisers. Technology could be a major boost for everyone, and a number of unique applications can provide benefits in all aspects of the industry.
Wearable technology gaining popularity
Technological advancements can now be worn as an accessory, according to Chris Drayer, contributor to Inman News. A Realtor could be showing recently flipped foreclosed houses to clients and quickly check his or her text messages, all by glancing at a watch. The trending fashion statements are referred to as "tech-cessories," and more real estate professionals are wearing them.
For example, the text message watch-like device is called Pebble, the news source noted. While it does show time and texts, it also plays music remotely, displays Twitter updates and much more. It is helpful for real estate agents because it helps stay connected while working with clients.
"Some view looking at your phone all the time as a business foul; however, checking the time on a watch is an acceptable behavior," Brian Copeland, chief of broker services for Village Real Estate Services, told the news source. "[With] Pebble's integration with texting and emails, you can filter a lot of information quickly and discretely. With Google Voice providing transcriptions, you can look down quickly and see a voicemail that may warrant 'a break' or a 'that can wait until later.'"
Many new gadgets are designed to help real estate agents work more efficiently. More time could be spent with clients without missing out on other important communications.
Real estate professionals who stay connected and well-informed are likely to perform well. Courthouse Retrieval System offers mortgage records, property data, property tax records and much more. This knowledge is crucial to success in the industry.
Technology makes life easier
Many new devices and applications make the profession - and daily life - easier. Real estate agents who use tablets during an open house can display information, graphics and photos better than their counterparts using traditional paper versions, according to RISMedia.
Devices like the iPad can be used in a variety of methods within real estate. For example, a tablet can show warranty deeds or other information to colleagues during a presentation. Technology can save time and effort, as well as increase the user's mobility.
Moreover, each device improves communication, the news source noted. Realtors should be able to talk between coworkers and clients quickly and efficiently, and technology can provide that. Real estate today includes a number of unique ways of talking and sharing ideas. From social media to text messaging and video chatting, professionals need to be able to use each method effectively.
Overall, technology is a big plus for real estate. Every real estate agent, investor, home appraiser, buyer or seller should take advantage of these tools to help make the process easier.