Every two years REALTORS from the four Western Provinces of Canada meet in Banff, take over the Banff Springs Hotel share a great Conference called the Banff Western Connection. As a Conference junkie, it is one of the best. The location is breathtaking and the organizers work for two year to make sure that the best of the best are there to share. Thursday afternoon I am joining 6 others in hosting a Technology session and thought you might enjoy an updated list of apps that are out there and that I use everyday.
Apps should make you lives easier and more efficient. Here are my favourites...
WAZE: Beat the traffic!Waze is the largest community of drivers on the planet that shares real-time traffic information and road alerts. The app helps everyone bypass traffic and save time and gas money on their commute. It's very simple. You just drive with the app open and you will already be contributing to the traffic reports. If you want to participate more actively, you can report events as you drive by — all hands-free.
EVERNOTE: Get organized!Evernote is the real estate agent's ultimate tool! It allows me to organize my business life and respond to clients whenever and from wherever. It also allows you to manage expenses, organize receipts, bills, and invoices and to keep expense reports in check.
TRIPIT: All your travel…and your friends!Tripit simply helps me organize and alerts me to things I need to know when I travel. It keeps all my travel plans in one place and accesses my itineraries anytime, on any device. It makes my life a real estate agent so much easier whenever I need to travel.
DOCUSIGN: Go paperless!Docusign allows me to sign documents anywhere in the world. It is one of the most convenient tools for a modern real estate agent, or any other businessperson. It is so easy to work with!
LASTPASS: Never forget your password!LastPass helps me remember the thousands of passwords that are in my life today. The app allows you to safely store all your passwords and access them from any device using just one LastPass login. The app employs one of the most advanced encryptions on the commercial market to encode the data you store there.
DROPBOX: Easy access to files!Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as the Dropbox website! You can pack up everything you need in the cloud and access it from any device in the world that has the Dropbox app installed.
REALTOR.ca: See what your clients are seeing…REALTOR.ca is a free app offered by The Canadian Real Estate Association. It allows users to search for homes and property across Canada and to connect with REALTORS® for more detailed information. The app will even connect you with a REALTOR to view, buy or sell a property.
HOUZZ: Understanding your clients wants!
Called the "Wikipedia of interior and exterior design" by CNN, Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the net, with over 4,000,000 high resolution photos. Browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual ideabook — it's the equivalent of clipping design magazines to a scrapbook — making ideas easier to search, save, and share.
PINTEREST: Keeps you up-to-date…Pinterest is a tool to help you discover and plan things you want to do. When you find something that looks interesting, just Pin it! Pins are visual bookmarks that you organize and share the way you want.
INSTAGRAM: Stay up-to-date with peeps!Instagram is a simple way to capture and share the world's moments. Transform your everyday photos and videos into works of art and share them with your family and friends.
LIGHTTRAC: Where is the light…LightTrac is a must have tool for all outdoor photographers. Quickly determine at what time and location the light conditions are perfect to shoot your subjects outdoors. The elevation and angle of Sun changes throughout the year depending on the location, date as well as the time of day. Helpful for taking great pictures of your listings!
MAGICPLAN: Measure your listings…MagicPlan creates indoor maps. It measures your rooms and draws your floor plan just by taking pictures. Simply add objects, annotations, and attributes to create an indoor map.
ROOMSCAN PRO: Measure with your phone!RoomScan draws floor plans all by itself - just touch each wall with your phone! See how it works here.
OPENHOMEPRO: Open House Tech!
No more Mondays spent deciphering visitors’ handwriting and typing details into a spreadsheet or CRM.Get more leads, close more sales, increase your productivity with Open Home Pro!
WECHAT: Access to the China MarketWeChat is a free messaging & calling app that allows you to easily connect with family & friends across countries. It’s the all-in-one communications app for free text (SMS/MMS), voice & video calls, moments, photo sharing, and games.
GOOGLE TRANSLATEGoogle Translate allows you to translate 90 languages! You will not be lost in translation ever again!
OANDA: Currency ConverterOanda Currency Converter allows you to convert exchange rates for over 180 currencies and 4 metals. Type conversion amounts using a custom big-button keypad.
MAGICJACK: VOIP Phone Access, all over….MagicJacks offers FREE unlimited calling to the U.S. and Canada with magicApp. Call family and friends worldwide and save money on international calling at the lowest rates. Make FREE calls to any magicApp number anywhere in the world.
JUWAI: Large international network!
Chinese overseas homebuyers can now search for 2.4 million properties in 53 countries with the free Juwai.com app. Featuring location-based services, Chinese buyers can seek property listings around their current vicinity, which is very useful for international buyers who may be unfamiliar with the local neighbourhood.
FITBIT: Stay in shape to chase listings!
This app on tracks basic activity and runs, connects with Fitbit’s line of activity trackers and the Aria Smart Scale to get a complete picture of your daily stats—including steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, weight, and more.