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November 28, 2016

The Best Apps for Realtors

By Special Guest
Craig Bretzlaff, Sales Associate, Bretzlaff Group, Corcoran Group

Our phones have become an integral part of how we operate on a daily basis. Realtor apps are designed to make the life of a realtor simpler by providing them the necessary information on the desired properties of their clients. They also make it easier for realtors to stay up to date with their ever-expanding contact list, letting them keep in touch with all the people in the pipeline. These apps allow realtors to access industry information right at their fingertips, and take the listing process from start to finish. Let’s take a look at the top apps for realtors.

RPR Mobile: RPR Mobile is a property research application that answers all of your realtor questions. Using this app, real estate agents can use their location in order to search and locate properties that are on the market, foreclosed, or about to close. It also supplies you with handy information such as a mortgage calculator, historical data, whether the home is in a flood zone, and information on the nearby school districts. Using this app you’re also able to create reports for your clients, giving them a list of choices that contain data on demographics, tax codes, and photos of properties.

Refresh: If you speak to many people on a daily basis it may be hard to keep track of everyone. Refresh aggregates your email, contacts, and social media platforms to draw information about the people you are meeting with. Meeting a high-net-worth seller for the first time and having trouble starting a conversation on the right foot? This app allows you to look at their publicly listed posts and find that topic of conversation, or that pain point which you can address. For it to do its best work, the app does need to delve deep into your information, including calendar and contacts on social channels and e-mail. However, it is a powerful management tool that can help you keep you remember and stay relevant when talking to individuals.

Vert: Short for “convert” this handy tool allows realtors to convert various metrics whether it is weight, currency, or size. This app is especially useful when you are dealing with international buyers who aren't familiar with the US metric system (Source). Use it to quickly convert foreign currency when on a high-pressure call with an international client! No need to spend your valuable time doing manual math on your smartphone’s calculator.

Redfin: This app allows realtors to view multiple listings at one single time. View property photos, details, history as well as agent notes all in one place. This real estate app is available to an amazing 83 perfect of the US market making it an absolute must for real estate agents (Source). Their impressive data allows real estate agents to book tours when listings hit the marker, making it a good app to turn to when the ‘listings well’ goes dry. Another bonus? The app automatically updates its details every 15 minutes so you can be sure you are getting up-to-date, accurate information.

LoanCalc: Mortgage calculating just got easier. This app allows realtors to give all details to clients regarding their mortgage payments, right on the spot. Simply plug in the offer amount along with the property tax and insurance and the app will provide all information based on your criteria (Source). View monthly payment plans as they are divided over 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 years. When on the go trying to determine whether a property is affordable, this app can provide a quick (albeit rough) estimate of monthly payments. 

These apps are designed to help realtors increase productivity which ultimately results in a happier homebuyer. They also add a level of legitimacy to the realtor as these apps allow you to seamlessly calculate, locate, and view property information on the fly. Furthermore, in our mobile-friendly world, these tools are playing an increasingly important part in the home buying process.

About the Author: Craig Bretzlaff is an accomplished luxury real estate specialist who has been recognized as a top producer in the Palm Beaches, Florida. With his deep expertise in residential real estate and luxury home building Craig prides himself on sharing his knowledge and experiences with his clientele so that they can make informed investment decisions. Find him on Bretzlaff Group.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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