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#431319 - 12/30/13 02:45 PM Is laptop a must?
NFAA Offline
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Registered: 12/30/13
Posts: 5
Loc: Canada
Hi there, brand new agent here looking for advice on using laptops. I currently have a desktop PC, iPad and smartphone. Is it necessary for me to get a laptop? Cost aside it seems inconvenient to haul and charge so many to be simple. I'd be okay to sell my iPad for a laptop if there are advantages....

For agents who have both a laptop and a tablet, how often do you use your tablet vs laptop?


#431322 - 12/30/13 05:17 PM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
BpoBill Offline
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Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 2311
Loc: US
I see no reason to own a laptop. My desktop pc and Ipad does everything I need it to. If I need to do something that my ipad does not support, I can use Logmein to connect to my pc and get it done.

#431329 - 12/30/13 07:15 PM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
NFAA Offline
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Registered: 12/30/13
Posts: 5
Loc: Canada
Hi BpoBill, thanks that is very reassuring! I see all these posts about agents using laptops made me wonder if I need to carry around another device but awesome to know that it works for you! Thanks for the input!

#431949 - 01/17/14 10:45 PM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
KHouseSource Offline

Registered: 11/17/13
Posts: 33
Loc: Houston
I would say with things the way they are today an iPad is just fine for doing what you need to do. The only benefit of a laptop would be if you had to run software off a disc and you need a disc drive to do it. Chances are you want need to do that so the iPad is good.
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#433192 - 02/19/14 11:55 AM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: KHouseSource]
DIG Marketing Offline
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Registered: 02/19/14
Posts: 2
Loc: California
Take it from someone who works on a computer all day every day. I travel a lot. A laptop is 100% the way to go. First of all, tablets still can't do what my laptop can. Isn't it better to be able to take your desktop PC with you, metaphorically speaking? I think your asking the wrong question. You should be asking "Why shouldn't I ditch my Desktop PC for a laptop?" You don't always have to lug it around. Leave it in the car and remove it when you need it. The fact is you'll have it on hand for whatever comes up. Ultimately, you will use your smartphone more than anything. But, the first time you need to draft a contract on the fly, you won't have to run back to the office or your house to do it.

#434445 - 03/22/14 12:40 AM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
PropertyVentures Offline

Registered: 03/21/14
Posts: 30
Loc: Vagabonding
A laptop is nice because you can duck into a cafe, hop on wifi and work with professional-grade tools for an hour or so during the day. I'm in a cafe on a laptop right now... this counts as work right? ;-)

If you go the laptop route, get something super light, I use a Macbook Air because I've been a Mac person since day one, however a lightweight PC version will do just as well.

#434475 - 03/22/14 11:47 PM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
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A laptop is even better if you slap an "I <3 Real Estate!" sticker on it so people at the cafes and coffeeshops can read it.
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#435381 - 04/18/14 11:33 PM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
TRENDS Tony Offline

Registered: 02/08/14
Posts: 95
Loc: Tampa, FL
It depends on what you do with them. Tablets operate using a mobile-first approach, especially when it comes to the operating system. If you ever need to do anything more than just look stuff up, I would recommend a laptop. Also much of the software you would want/need to use (efficiently) will not be available in a tablet. Tablets are just really big smart phones without the phone.
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#435539 - 04/24/14 10:08 AM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
Vishal Desai Offline

Registered: 04/21/14
Posts: 13
Loc: Texas
Laptop is must and IPAD or some kind of tablet is must b/c I take tablet to property so I can show property info to my clients right there.

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#437739 - 07/22/14 12:35 AM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
Mike Vali Offline

Registered: 06/24/14
Posts: 12
Loc: Colorado,USA
Laptop is must is must I take tablet to property so you can show easily property info to my clients right there.

#438051 - 08/04/14 10:42 AM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
Eric G. Offline

Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 86
Loc: California
If you're the person who travels a lot then a laptop is a must. If you're the one who works at home then a desktop is enough but desktop plus a tablet or a smart phone would be a great idea. You know, you can't bring the desktop pc with you. :D
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#448498 - 10/26/15 06:15 PM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
DFireFly Offline

Registered: 09/29/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Ky
wow, I can't even imagine trying to exist without my laptop, I use it for everything! And everywhere! But if you can swing it, I think both a laptop and tablet make the perfect combination, hard to beat.
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#448502 - 10/26/15 11:39 PM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: Artiste]
Flynlow Offline

Registered: 10/14/15
Posts: 38
Loc: Wa
Originally Posted By: Artiste
A laptop is even better if you slap an "I <3 Real Estate!" sticker on it so people at the cafes and coffeeshops can read it.

Did you see me at Starbucks?? lol
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#449104 - 11/30/15 02:30 PM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: NFAA]
KyProperties Offline

Registered: 11/30/15
Posts: 24
Loc: KY
I'm hoping someone says that using the new iPad Pro is the way to go, so then I'll have an excuse to go buy one!

#451809 - 04/04/16 07:29 PM Re: Is laptop a must? [Re: KyProperties]
Dan Durante Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/03/16
Posts: 2
Loc: Connecticut
[quote=KyProperties]I'm hoping someone says that using the new iPad Pro is the way to go, so then I'll have an excuse to go buy one! [/quote]

An iPad Pro is definitely the way to go! (You're welcome, haha)... I actually stopped in the Apple store on Saturday in Grand Central (while waiting for a friend) and the iPad Pro is pretty awesome. I like the fact that the keyboard case now has a physical connection rather than being bluetooth as it seems much more responsive.

I personally use a 13" MacBook and hook it up to a 27" monitor at home. It gives me the functionality of a Desktop while having the portability of a laptop. I could see the iPad Pro being a great mobile solution as it is much more powerful than a regular iPad but I still personally would prefer a laptop.

On a side note, we're all responding to a post for 3 years ago, haha.

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