Posts Tagged as apps

The real estate industry and homeowners have benefited from substantial tax deductions for decades. However in the latest real estate news, changes to these deductions are coming into the light now that the proposed tax plan has been signed into law. What will the fallout to the industry and home ownership be?

Make Sense of Facebook’s New Page Design

You have probably noticed the prompts from Facebook that started back in March encouraging you to make the switch to the new page design. Ready or not, you’ll get the shove from Facebook on June 13, when the social media giant makes every business page comply with the new design. Don’t worry, we’ll help you make sense of Facebook’s new page design.

As with many Facebook changes, the new page design elements have been made with usability in mind. Essentially, Facebook streamlined things to make it easier for users to find the tools they use most often. This includes easier access to admin tools and a streamlined timeline, designed as a single-column newsfeed. Another addition is the “Pages to Watch” feature, which allows you, as a page admin, to create a list of businesses similar to your own, comparing performance. We definitely recommend using this tool – what a great new way to deepen your insight into your Facebook reach.

All apps used are visible to the public, with the new page design, as opposed to only the top 12 apps, like before. This means any apps used that you wouldn’t want your customers or Facebook visitors to see need to be uninstalled. Or, use a service like ShortStack to set widgets to be “admin only”, increasing your app privacy settings.

Got questions? Facebook has answered five of the most often asked questions regarding its new page design:

1. What information will appear in the left-side column of my Page?

2. Where will my apps appear?

3. Where can I view messages?

4. Will other Pages know I’ve added them to my Pages to Watch list?

5. When will I have access to the updated design for Pages?

Read the answers HERE.

Update Your Real Estate Technology

There are some 2.8 million real estate agents in the United States, and arguably most of them are using outdated equipment and technology. Agents, by nature, cannot work chained to a desk. Software designed for desktop computers is passé and not effective. But most agents haven’t made the switch. Is it time for you to update your real estate technology?

We’ve explored some related statistics before. The average agent, according to NAR and other research firms, is between the ages of 54-58 – not exactly the demographic known for its early adoption of real estate technology or technology in general. But technology is making huge inroads, as portable and mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones grow ever popular, helping to meet the need of buyers who are doing property searches in real time from their mobile phones, every day. Apple’s influence, with the iPhone and iPad, has practically revolutionized parts of the real estate industry.

Today, there is a firm niche for real estate software designed and developed specifically for mobile devices. These location aware apps and systems are available at a much lower price point than their desktop-based predecessors and cost a fraction of the money. Real estate agents now have the capability to work in real time, with all their business productivity software, no matter where they are.

Real estate agents can manage their businesses, from contracts to documents, listings, transactions, and more using mobile solutions, such as:

SmarterAgent. Suite of mobile MLS apps.

Cartavi. Simple document management and eSign designed for real estate agents.

PropertyCapsule. Property portfolio management software for iPad.

Open House Manager. Streamlines, synchronizes, exports, integrates and reports – for a complete mobile open house management solution for iPhone and iPad.

Skyslope. Mobile transaction management software for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry.

Mobile Lead Capture. Automated, real time SMS lead capture.

TouchCMA. Mobile presentation tool for real estate agents.

Reesio. Mobile workflow and transaction management software for agents, brokers and transaction coordinators.

Dotloop. Links people, paperwork and tasks seamlessly, for real time collaboration from anywhere.

What’s your favorite real estate mobile app?