I’m not a big Apple computer guy, but I love my iPhone. I’m from the school that says you don’t need a bunch of technology to be tech savvy in real estate. But you do need a couple of key pieces of tech to be on the team and an iPhone is one of them. I’m probably going to get a bunch of flack from Droid and BlackBerry users for that and admittedly the bear minimum is some sort of Smartphone. But the truth is that the iPhone is a game-changing piece of technology for people in real estate. And it’s not just the vast quantity of apps that are available but the quality and functionality of those apps.
For example: there is an app called Zosh that allows you to fill-in pdf forms. Say you get an email with an attached pdf of a form that you need to fill out and send back to your transaction coordinator or broker to complete your file. You know; that 1-page transaction profile form for all the vital info about your deal, the “get-paid” form as my colleague Leslie in Lake County likes to put it. Now traditionally you would print this, fill it out, and then hand it or even fax it in. If you were a real techie, you would figure out a way to fill it out on your computer and email it back, which would probably cost you a pretty penny on either some software or a tablet. With Zosh you can fill it out, email it back, and even sign it if you so needed right from your iPhone.
There are a couple of hitches but they aren’t big ones from what I’ve found so far. For one, it costs $3 but what’s that, we folks in real estate blow $3 pulling out of the driveway. For the other, the interface is easy once you get use to it but it might become a little tedious if the form is really long. One nice little feature it has, however, is a “shortcuts” button where you will find info that you have typed before so you can just select and insert it into the document rather then retyping the whole thing. A definite timesaver on forms you fill out regularly like all those “get-paid” forms for the escrows you’ll be closing because your technology has opened up more time for you to put more deals together.