By Guest Contributor Steven Bastian, Sales Associate in the Coral Springs office
Mobile Technology has caused a major shift in our real estate businesses and in many office environments. An agent who utilizes and leverages the current technology can truly be a real estate road warrior and operate without an actual office within their brokerage. Much of the in-office focus has shifted towards presentations and client meetings.
With the introductions of smartphones (i.e. iPhone & Android & Blackberry) and tablets (i.e. iPad), the shift has been towards a much more mobile real estate agent. Nowadays, the real estate agent can be more mobile and have client meetings wherever they want, a Starbucks, a Dunkin Donuts or even a Restaurant can be a great meeting place with clients and not their own office, with the introduction of the mobile hotspots.
Portability and mobile technology have changed real estate forever. We are not just talking about laptops changing real estate but the fact that everything in a real estate transaction can be done entirely outside of your office. Agents are using their mobile phones to be more efficient. Rather than taking their laptops, agents are using their tablets to have contracts signed digitally. Online CRM (Customer Relationship Management) are being used by agents that can be accessed from anywhere, which is replacing the old traditional rolodex.
If you have been hoping that technology in real estate was just a fad, you better think again. The real estate industry has shifted from brick and mortar offices to a new and far more efficient digital landscape. The technology is advancing at such a rapid pace and hardware such as the touch screen devices including iPhones and iPads are so easy to learn that you will wonder why you didn't get one sooner. Once you get bit by the technology bug and you start learning and adapting the newest technology into your day to day real estate business your personal productivity is sure to increase.