In today’s world, cell phone apps make life just a little bit easier than it was just 10 years ago. Apps such as google maps to help you navigate to where you need to go as well as scope out an area in street view. Apps such as facebook, twitter, google+, and Instagram to keep you in touch with your friends and family as well as using it as a business tool. There are many e-mail clients to help you stay connected everywhere you go just in the palm of your hand.
Just like there are apps for artists, musicians, kids, etc., there are apps that were made to make the life of a Real Estate Investor that much easier.
There are a lot of apps that will help your Real Estate Business, but here are 5 Must-Have apps that you may or may not be already using.
Homesnap is another real estate app that initially looks similar to apps such as Zillow, Redfin, Realtor, and Trulia, but it is far more advanced than the others. Homesnap actually has real-time up to date feeds from the MLS where as though the other apps may lag by a day or more. Homesnap also allows you to view a map that is similar to the map on the MLS where you can see recently sold properties and what they sold for, what properties are currently under contract, what properties are for sale, how close comps are to your potential deal and more. Also, if you have a MLS login, you are able to login and create CMA’s with the app and email them. When you are logged in with your MLS credentials, you will be able to communicate with agents faster as well.
Not only is this app able to act similar to the actual MLS more so than the others, but with this app, you are able to snap a picture of a property, and then all of the detailed information about it will be displayed on your device whether it is listed or not.
This app also estimates property values just like most of the other apps, but it tends to be a tad bit more accurate with its estimates. If you haven’t already done so, give Homesnap a try. It is available on both Android and iPhone.
- Google Hangouts
We have all heard of google voice. It is any entrepreneur’s go-to service for a free VOIP phone service. However, back in 2013, google voice ended its use through third party applications making it difficult to use. For a while, afterwards, google voice was only useful for forwarding calls from google voice to your actual phone whether it was a cell phone or a landline. At least you could tell after picking up the phone that it was a google voice call. However, with Google Hangouts, you are able to have 2 phone lines on your mobile device and keep both separate and organized. With google hangouts, you are able to make calls, receive calls, and text anyone. Not only are you able to perform normal phone functions with this app, but you are also able to chat, and video chat anyone with a google account.
This app is great because just like before, you can place your google voice number in your public ads and when someone calls you, your google voice call log and voicemails are kept separate from your normal cellular number. In fact, if you do not have a cellular service, you can still use all functionality of the Google Hangouts app through wifi. If you are the type of person that likes to use your tablet in Starbucks, you will be able to use the Google Hangouts app as your wireless phone without the cellular service. This app is available on both Android and iPhone.
Podio is an advanced customizable project management app and best of all, it is free. With Podio, you will be able to create apps (better known as forms or a type of data entry productivity tool) that will allow you to input data manually or automatically into a database to manage your workflow and to manage productivity from your team. With Podio, you can set tasks to be completed by your team, create deadlines, monitor progress, organize information, allow certain team members to only view specific items or tasks, etc.
For example, being a Real Estate Investor, you will consistently look for wholesalers, hard money lenders, private lenders, property deals, etc… You can create several apps for each of these categories, and whenever you find a new homeowner for example, you can input their info in the homeowner app, or when you find a new wholesaler, you can put their info into the wholesaler app.
Let’s say that the wholesaler sends you deals regularly, you can make an app for deals, and tag all of the deals that came from that specific wholesaler. Then to take it up another notch, you can then keep everything organized so that if a deal was made and you purchased the property, you can go back to that property that you have in your database and input the purchase price, the date of purchase, etc. If you wanted to know how many properties you have purchased from that same wholesaler, you can click on that wholesalers name and all of their info will populate displaying how many deals that were presented by that wholesaler, then out of all the deals presented, how many did you purchase, how many of those deals that you purchased have completed rehabs, how many of those rehabs have been sold, how much did you make from each rehab, how much did you make total just from that one wholesaler?
This is a pretty advanced, every day use app and can be integrated with many of services. It can be downloaded through both Android and iPhone.
Dropbox is a cloud based storage app. This app is pretty popular and is great because it makes file sharing easy. You can download this app not only to your mobile device, but also to all your other devices such as your tablets, laptops, and desktops in order to sync all of your documents from all devices into one place. You will never have to worry about not having access to a document because you saved it to your desktop but you are out with a homeowner with your mobile device.
Also, another way to use this app is to share documents. You can navigate through your file explorer and select a document and then send the document securely to anyone through email or text message. They will be able to click on the link and open the document. Another form of sharing is actually creating a folder to share with others. If you work directly with a real estate agent and you provide them with updated proof of funds, checks, business documents, etc., you can just upload any documents that they will eventually need and without asking you to produce them, they can just go to the share folder to retrieve them.
This app can be downloaded on any operating system including Android and iPhone.
DocuSign is an app that allows you to complete out and sign documents. If you are making offers to MLS properties every day, this app comes in handy when your agent emails you a contract to sign. You can open the document and manually sign or place already captured signatures into the document and then return to the agent. No need to fax and return, all documents are signed electronically through this app.
This app can be downloaded through Android and iPhone.
There are many apps that can help you succeed, but these apps are part of the top apps that you will need on a daily basis as a real estate investor.
Check below for a bonus app that may be helpful when sending emails.
Bonus App: Sidekick by Hubspot
Sidekick is an app that integrates with your gmail account. Each time that you send an email to someone through your gmail service, you can then receive notifications that it was opened each time that it was opened. Not only will you be notified of each time the message was opened, but you will also be able to see who opened it even if it was forwarded to someone else.
This is a great app and can be downloaded with Android and iPhone but must first be downloaded through google chrome apps in order to set up.
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