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#431302 - 12/29/13 03:45 AM Are agents really using tablets?
RaquelMangual Offline
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Registered: 03/18/07
Posts: 446
Loc: Philadelphia, PA, USA
I have friends and colleagues nagging me about how I need to get a tablet, but I don't see how they would be useful for anything other than looking up properties. And even then, that doesn't happen often with me since I plan the showings, and never show more than three properties at a time. So I'm wondering, what do agents use tablets for?
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#431323 - 12/30/13 11:19 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
BpoBill Offline
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Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 2307
Loc: US
Pull comps, show my clients what is happening in the neighborhood of the home they are looking at, and look at photos of homes from the MLS app. If your MLS has a great app I would get make the investment. Personally I like the Ipad mini since it's smaller and much lighter.

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#431328 - 12/30/13 01:03 PM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
TheVenturiTeam Offline
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Registered: 11/13/13
Posts: 49
Loc: New Mexico
You can also use them for creating video responses to leads. Create a small video clip and then send via email or sent as a text message with the clip as a link.

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#431443 - 01/04/14 05:53 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
Kirk Craig Offline
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Registered: 12/02/13
Posts: 31
Loc: Illinois
You can use tablets with certain apps, such as evernote, to fill out and sign contracts. This will significantly reduce the amount of paper you'll have to use. Tablets are compact and easy to whip out when necessary. I'd say it's worth the investment

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#431444 - 01/04/14 05:58 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: BpoBill]
Kirk Craig Offline
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Registered: 12/02/13
Posts: 31
Loc: Illinois
I agree. Plus clients tend to ask you about the house down the street that they seen while pulling up to the current house you are showing. Pulling out an ipad makes it much easier to give them the information. Most major real estate sites like zillow and realtor.com have very interactive apps that come in handy in a moments notice.

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#431860 - 01/14/14 09:33 PM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: Kirk Craig]
Albert020 Offline
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Registered: 01/02/14
Posts: 35
Loc: London
[quote=Kirk Craig]I agree. Plus clients tend to ask you about the house down the street that they seen while pulling up to the current house you are showing. Pulling out an ipad makes it much easier to give them the information. Most major real estate sites like zillow and realtor.com have very interactive apps that come in handy in a moments notice. [/quote]
I also agree.

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#437736 - 07/21/14 07:27 PM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
Mike Vali Offline
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Registered: 06/24/14
Posts: 12
Loc: Colorado,USA
i think so you can use them for creating video responses to leads. to create a small video clip and then send via email or sent as a text message with the clip as a link.

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#438082 - 08/04/14 03:05 PM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
OttawaRealEstate Offline
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Registered: 05/13/14
Posts: 32
Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
They are very useful for looking up properties though... Even if you just use it for that, you'd likely get a lot of use out of one.

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#438461 - 08/22/14 08:44 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
REW Aaron Offline
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Registered: 08/22/14
Posts: 13
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
I don't know if having a tablet is necessary for the agent, but do be aware that a lot of your clients are using tablets to look online at listings!

The National Association of Realtors 2013-14 Technology Survey Report showed that 29% of Realtors planned to purchase a tablet of some sort, and this was down from 33% the year before, so the trend with Realtors is declining.

I would be more concerned with having a responsive website for your web presence. Most things that you can do on a tablet can be handled on your smart phone or in the office.

Here's a link to the NAR study - Very interesting stuff!
[url=http://www.realtor.org/reports/2013-14-realtor-technology-survey]National Association of Realtors - 2013/14 Technology Survey[/url]


Edited by REW Aaron (08/22/14 08:45 AM)

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#439718 - 10/05/14 11:17 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: REW Aaron]
MOMO Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 411
Loc: USA
Verizon had the Ellipsis for free and only $10.00 a month on my shared data plan and I picked one up last week..they are REALLY handy:
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/device/tablet/ellipsis-7?&zipRdr=y

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#441944 - 12/31/14 06:50 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
broker9414 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/14
Posts: 13
Loc: US
Like a lot of people have said, creating quick videos is a big plus side. I like having pictures available of different types of kitchens, yards, floor plans, and stuff like that to help me gauge the clients preferences. I love taking notes as well using Evernote on my iPad, it's just a convenient way to stay organized instead of carrying a lot of documents around. I can also take pictures on the fly if needed.

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#442450 - 01/19/15 12:43 PM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
ibsellin Offline
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Registered: 08/19/11
Posts: 378
Loc: USA
Well, when I first bought my ipad ( v3 wifi only) I thought - this is stupid, I just wasted $500. I rarely used it for about 2 months, then little by little, I started using it more and more until I rarely used my PC, and then I realized it is about 95% of a laptop replacement with a billion times the mobility. You don't have to pack up tons of accessories like a mouse and power cord, and computer bag, etc, etc. you just pick it up and go. Battery life is outstanding, bluetooth keyboard is a must. You carry it around like a rigid magazine. On listing appointments all I take is my ipad and a folder with the listing agreement. Now I have an ipad 4 w/ verizon data. I definitely recommend getting built in data. As I had originally used my phone to hotspot to my ipad to save money, it is just not worth it, kills your phone battery, and the data reception of the ipad seems to be far greater from my experience. Yes, a tablet seems to me like a no brainer, who is on the go more than us? So easy to look up property on the go, etc..


Edited by ibsellin (01/19/15 12:45 PM)

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#442519 - 01/22/15 06:23 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
TheAgentLife Offline
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Registered: 01/22/15
Posts: 44
Loc: FL
I think using a tablet has its advantages. It can essentially replace everything that's printed. You can use it for listing presentations, signing contracts (electronic signatures), showing comps, etc.

Not to mention the fact that tablets are much nicer to hold than a laptop when you're sitting on your couch looking up properties.
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#442625 - 01/23/15 10:35 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
VanRealEstate Offline
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Registered: 01/22/15
Posts: 41
Loc: BRITISH COLUMBIA
The only time I use a tablet is during a listing presentation but I could have as well printed it. If you don't think you need it don't get it.

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#453179 - 06/24/16 08:21 PM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
GCH Offline
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Registered: 06/24/16
Posts: 22
Loc: Vancouver, WA
Yes,Agents use tablets.As In tablets they search for day to day information about property i.e. property rates are increasing or decreasing and there are many other things to search for.

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#453367 - 07/08/16 07:50 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
Podcaster Offline
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Registered: 07/06/16
Posts: 2
Loc: Mid-West
I love using my tablet, they are becoming more and more interchangeable with laptops, I can do almost anything on my tablet that I can do on my laptop, including recording a quick podcast episode, which I often do!

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#455898 - 12/15/16 12:34 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
C21-Mike Offline
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Registered: 07/13/15
Posts: 13
Loc: Miami, FL
Having a tablet changed my business completely. It has made me paperless. I love it.

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#455906 - 12/15/16 06:27 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: C21-Mike]
SoFLBroker Offline
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Registered: 04/20/07
Posts: 174
Loc: Florida, Treasure Coast
Mike,

Have you tried the e-signature from FAR? It doesn't seem to work for me and getting tech support has been a challenge.

TIA
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#455907 - 12/15/16 06:29 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
fdegree Offline
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Registered: 08/01/14
Posts: 63
Loc: Mid-Atlantic
Is there a tablet, or tablets, that are better than others?

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#456199 - 01/07/17 03:03 PM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
rdayley Offline
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Registered: 12/27/16
Posts: 16
Loc: Clarksville TN
I think they are useless in the field if you don't have wifi. I use my phone and my laptop.

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#459107 - 09/15/17 05:59 AM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
simon94bob Offline
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Registered: 09/14/17
Posts: 31
Loc: USA
Yes, Agents use tablets. I am also using ipad because laptops are not easy to carry.
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#460008 - 12/05/17 01:21 PM Re: Are agents really using tablets? [Re: RaquelMangual]
FlyerRE Offline
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Registered: 11/29/17
Posts: 42
Loc: El Paso, TX
I don't think tablets are must but they do make your life easier and make you look more professional, whether it's research, presenting, answering emails or messages, getting signatures, it's way better to show a tablet than to have clients look at your phone's tiny screen.
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