How Cloud Technology Is Revolutionizing The Real Estate Industry

Get rid of that big, expensive office

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Many real estate agents have tossed the physical office for a virtual office. This gives them more flexibility, while cutting costs and giving them more control over their work schedule. Those big bulky file cabinets around your desk, toss them too. Cloud storage is cheap, secure, and gives you anytime access to your files and documents.

  • Need to answer the phone? Use your cell phone or an answering service. 
  • Need to create appointments? Use Evernote and/or Google Calendar to stay organized.
  • Need storage for your online documents? Check out Dropbox, Google Drive and Box
  • Need document management? Google Apps has you covered. 
  • Need to take notes and/or photos on-the-go? Evernote is the best.
  • Need to integrate multiple cloud services or back up your files? Check out cloudHQ


 

Top 4 Real Estate Trends For 2014

Virtual office

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Many real estate agents have already switched to the virtual office and this number should increase in 2014. The ability to work remotely is greatly increasing efficiency and productivity. It's also a huge reduction in cost as real estate agents no longer have the costs of office space rental, storage, expensive hardware, etc. Communication can be broadcast via cloud services and video messaging. Document management can be enhanced via cloud services such as Google Drive. Transaction management can be performed using cloud services such as Basecamp. Files and documents can be scanned and stored in cloud services such as Box and Dropbox. And all of this can be accomplished from any location that has internet access.


 

Why Cloud Integration And Backup Are Important For Real Estate

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The surge in cloud computing and real estate has increases exponentially in recent years. As mobile and cloud trends have pushed the industry closer to remote revolution, a growing number of cloud apps have helped make the migration process simpler and quicker. Real estate agents are looking for apps and services that will increase their sales, while reducing time needed to accomplish tasks and save money at the same time. The cloud has offered up numerous services and apps that do just that. In this article, we will take a look at some of the best cloud apps for real estate, and why cloud integration and cloud backup are so important for real estate.



 

Why Use Evernote For Real Estate?

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Evernote is the multi-tool of a thousand uses for real estate agents. As more real estate agents turn to mobile and remote work environments, the more they depend on enterprise cloud apps such as Evernote. Mobile real estate business is performed on a daily basis by real estate agents on the go, and Evernote is one of the most popular mobile cloud apps used by agents. Notes can be quickly jotted down as text or audio. For organization, checklists such as to-do lists can be easily set up from any computer or mobile device.



 

Real Estate Virtual Assistant Vs. Human Assistant

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In order for your real estate business to grow and prosper, you must be willing to step forward, take risks and make bold decisions. But with success comes much more responsibility- more paperwork, more phone calls, more appointments, more meetings and more work overall. In order to keep your bustling office as organized as possible, you mat at some point feel like hiring more help. But good help can be hard to find and can be expensive as well.

Humans are flexible

Human assistants are valuable as they can take instruction and, if they listen well, can accomplish tasks exactly as you want them to be performed. Human assistants can also be taught to do things on their own, without any manual actions by you. Some real estate agents may find that simply keeping up with the programming and direction for virtual assistants are more complicated than keeping a human assistant around that can be directed with a few words. 

Virtual assistants are dependable

Virtual assistants enhance the quality of your services and can efficiently handle tasks involving graphics design, web design, document management, HTML, brochure design and layout, social media, Intranets, and much more. It can also save time by using speed and efficiency within the cloud.

One trait that virtual assistants have that helps them excel is that there is very little room for human error. Where humans forget and make judgment errors, virtual assistants are programmed exactly the way they are supposed to operate. Humans may miss appointments due to typos, forgetfulness, other prior engagements or oversight, but a virtual assistant will always be right on time with everything.

Time is money and virtual assistants are great at saving time as there is no need for bathroom breaks, smoke breaks or other leisure activities that take away from company duties.

You will have to do some research and perhaps even check around with other real estate agents who use virtual assistants to determine what the best option is for your real estate needs. Virtual assistants are dependable and can save time and money, but human assistants offer flexibility. As the industry moves towards virtualization and cloud computing, you will have to choose the direction you wish to take your real estate business towards.

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Top 3 Mobile Finance Trends For Real Estate Agents

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Mobile finance is quickly becoming the standard for many types of payments. Mobile payments provide flexibility and faster checkouts at many in-store locations. Internet mobile use is increasing every year and is expected to overtake desktop use within the next year.

Mobile allows us to have our entire lives at our fingertips- we can track our kids, shop, connect with old friends and make new friends through social networking, sell products, advertise real estate business, manage financial accounts, and much more. Nearly all real estate duties can be performed directly from mobile devices- connect with clients and investors; create, share and sign documents; order supplies (signs, business cards, brochures, etc.) and manage appointments. In this article, we will take a look at the top 3 mobile finance trends for real estate agents. 

Go Cash-Free

Cash is becoming rarer these days, especially since it can be stolen without any way to trace it. Mobile payments are more secure than cash and there are always records of every transaction. If your mobile device is stolen and used to make fraudulent transactions, these records can be used to track the payment and identify the perpetrators. Many real estate agents are going completely mobile- working from virtual offices and performing their real estate duties remotely. Using mobile payments makes it easier, faster and much more efficient to perform business when you're on the go. 

Make payments anywhere

As mentioned above, real estate agents have become much more mobile in recent years. The lure of working from home in pajamas is too much to ignore for many agents. Other agents prefer coffee shops or other locations with internet access. The internet already makes it simple to make payments using credit cards and bank accounts, but mobile payments can be made from anywhere- driving down the road, sitting on your back porch or watching the waves roll in while you relax on the beach. 

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps bring the art of mobile payments to your fingertips. Practically every reputable service has a mobile app, and mobile payments can usually be made directly through the apps. Other mobile apps from cloud services such as Evernote can be used to upload and store financial records for easy searching and access if needed. Cloud and mobile apps often work together to make the completion of real estate tasks a much faster and simpler process.

Mobile is the future

Cloud and mobile trends have been pushing real estate technology forward for several years now, and the results have been fascinating. As mobile use excels and cloud apps are accepted by more companies and enterprises, we will see mobile payments excel. It's an added bonus to agents who have decided to migrate their real estate business to the cloud and who are performing most of their duties from mobile devices. In upcoming years, mobile finance will become much more widely accepted and may become the way most financial transactions are performed.

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Real Estate Agents In The Mobile Cloud

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Real estate agents and cloud technology have been coming together over recent years to form a dynamic relationship that allows agents more flexibility, efficiency and mobility. The key to all of this is accessibility in the cloud. Having access to data anywhere you are is imperative for real estate agents, as they spend a lot of time on the go. Traveling from home to home, meeting with clients, setting up signs, taking photos, creating videos, creating websites and listings, managing real estate social media marketing, and possibly even managing real estate blogs- the real estate agent is always a busy worker. But with cloud and mobile trends exploding in recent years, real estate agents' lives have become able to be much more efficiently managed. Now agents can work remotely by using their laptops, smartphones and tablets from any location with internet access.

The mobile real estate agent

Mobility is a strong aspect of the real estate agent's work load. Sitting around in an office all day and driving around to show homes is the old way of doing business. It will still get sales, but it is far less effective than the real estate agent that has taken advantage of the latest mobile trends. Real estate cloud apps are allowing agents to get much more work finished and also helping them reach out and contact far more people than before.

The use of tablets and smartphones in the business is growing exponentially. This allows agents to work from any location with internet access, cutting out the need for a costly office and office furnishings/tools. Cloud storage providers have reduced, and even eliminated in many cases, the need for paper storage. Toss out the bulky filing cabinets and download Dropbox or Box. Documentation can be created and managed on the fly with Google Drive. Organization and note-taking can be managed with Evernote. Complete project management is available through Basecamp. The cloud is full of little tools like these that allow agents to take their entire real estate business on the road with them.

The virtual office real estate agent

Many agents have not only tossed the office gear, they have tossed the entire office. Working from mobile devices allows agents to work from a virtualized office- anywhere they wish to work. Paperwork can be scanned and stored in the cloud to help create a paperless office. Contracts, legal documents, receipts, photos- it can all be stored on cloud servers, safe from natural disasters and easily accessible from any location with internet access. Portable printers and online faxing have also helped agents throw away clunky office gear that is no longer needed.

When you commit to a virtual office, your office goes everywhere with you. You carry the tools everywhere you go, as the cloud is practically omnipotent. Accessibility is a key factor for agents moving to the cloud, and with such high availability of files and documents, agents can watch their efficiency levels rise in the mobile cloud.