Sunday, July 14, 2013

Four Gadgets For Real Estate Agents

The following article lists four gadgets that can improve the chances of success for any real estate agent who sells homes after homes.

Many real estate agents have found themselves in the midst of a depressed housing market, which has led to more competition and an increased amount of innovation on their part in order to remain viable and successful. In the past, real estate agents employed a number of strategies to gain exposure and ensure the highest chance of closing the deal, but many real estate agents have found these tactics to be lacking in a 21st century marketplace. Any real estate agent who wishes to take advantage of modern technology to sell home after home will enjoy the following four gadgets that can improve their chances of success.

DeLorme InReach

Any real estate agent that spends time in the field will tell you that cellular reception can sometimes be spotty. This is where the DeLorme InReach can be of valuable assistance: a satellite communicator that works with any smartphone to deliver consistent reception regardless of wherever you may find yourself. This device utilizes the Iridium satellite network, which provides universal coverage and the ability to send texts, receive notifications and communicate without hassle. Once you install the DeLorme app on your smartphone, the device simply needs to be turned on and cellular coverage is provided. You can order the InReach currently via DeLorme for $250.

GoPano Micro

A variety of real estate agents provide virtual tours of select listings, but many agents have not bothered to utilize this option in their online listings as of yet. The GoPano Micro is a very affordable solution that can provide panoramic videos in 360 degrees. Currently available for $60, the GoPano Micro comes with its own case in order to snap it onto any iPhone. No special app is needed to use the device – simply attach it to the iPhone, press record and the video will be captured in panoramic style. Real estate agents will then be able to upload the video to that home's listing and allow prospective buyers to get a feel of the premises.

Lytro Camera

One of the worst feelings for any real estate agent is when they have taken many pictures of a given listing, only to found out later that some came out blurry or out of focus. With the Lytro Camera, however, users can avoid this fate through its unique approach to photography. The Lytro Camera focuses each photo at your discretion – after they have been taken – which allows you to get the best results no matter what. The Lytro captures the light field of the imagery, which allows it to be altered after the fact – perspective and focus can both be altered on a dime. The Lytro Camera can be purchased direct from the manufacturer for as little as $300.

VuPoint Portable Scanner

What real estate agent doesn't have to deal with tons of paperwork throughout the process of selling any home? The VuPoint Portable Scanner allows real estate agents to quickly digitize any document for later review and frees them from the hassle that document storage usually entails. The included memory card will store any scanned document and the device can scan in either black and white or color for optimal results. With multiple scanning resolutions and the ability to scan virtually any type of document, real estate agents on the go can turn any piece of paper into a digital copy without struggle.
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Today’s featured writer, Jamie Austin, works as a real estate agent for one of the leading realty consultancy firms in Aurora, ON. He indulges in blogging in his spare time.

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