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8 Incredibly Powerful Real Estate Apps

Subhi J. Gharbieh

By Subhi Gharbieh

No Matter how hard we try to keep up with all the latest trends and technology, it is virtually impossible to use every single real estate-related mobile application in our business today. There is just too many of them! My fellow MetroTex (Dallas) YPN member- Justin Levitch and I have been teaching what we call our “iPads, Smart Phones, and Real Estate Apps Course” to diverse crowds of REALTORS® all over the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. We highlight hundreds of apps that could potentially boost your business, or just make you look like the most rock star, tech savvy real estate agent  in town. Here are a few of my favorite apps that I use in my business today. Now, I’m already the coolest REALTOR® in town, but these definitely put me way ahead of the competition. ;)

1. MagicPlan (iOS – free) - MagicPlan measures your rooms and draws your floor plan just by taking pictures. You can then get your floor plan in PDF, JPG and DXF format or publish an interactive floor plan on the Web. With MagicPlan, everyone can create a floor plan in just a few minutes.  Example use: Draw a floor plan for your listing to show an out of town buyer the house layout.

2. Cards (iOS – free) – Create and mail beautifully crafted, real greeting cards personalized with your own text and photos – right from your iPhone. Your Apple ID is charged $2.99 for each postcard you send. Incredible, way better than a Hallmark!  Example use: Post-closing thank yous.

3.Videolicious (iOS – free) – Turn raw video clips and photos into tightly-edited masterpieces to share with your friends in just three simple steps. Example use: 20-second buyer testimonial videos to use as commercials.

4. Dropbox or Box (iOS, Android – free) – Dropbox or Box lets you bring all your photos, documents, and videos anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox or Box will automatically save to all your computers, your Android or iOS device, and even the Dropbox or Box website!  Example use: Share files too large to e-mail with your clients, backup your photos and/or files in the cloud to have access while mobile. Access contracts or photos on your iPad without using up all your iPad memory.

5. Glympse (iOS, Android – free) – Safely share your location in real-time via e-mail, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter. Your location is only shared for the duration you specify and then stops. Example use: A client is lost and cannot find where you’re at; text them a “glympse” – they don’t need to have the app installed to locate you.

6. Open Home Pro (iOS – $3.99) – Manage all of your leads, from referrals to people you meet at open houses. Create beautiful listing pages for all of your properties where buyers can leave feedback or get in touch with you in one click. Export collected data to Excel or CRM.

7. Smartr (iOS, Android – free) – What if you had a magic address book that automatically identified the name and contact information for everyone you’d ever communicated with? Smartr Contacts brings you that magic. This is the only app that automatically creates rich profiles for all your contacts, including communication history and updates from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. (MY FAVORITE APP!!!!!)

8. Zipforms, Docusign, and the Realtor.com App - These are obviously apps that you should be using everyday. If you’re not, be sure to find me in Orlando at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo this November. I’ll have a nice little surprise for you.

Hope you all benefit from these! Feel free to share any other apps that you use to other readers as a comment below!

Subhi J. Gharbieh is the broker/owner at Gharbieh & Associates in Dallas. Connect with him at www.Gharbieh.com or on Twitter @subhig.

Comments
  1. Great article, Subhi. I’m going to get Glympse right now.

    Have you seen the new agent-branded version of the Realtor.com app? It’s a big upgrade: http://seaho.me/56

  2. Thanks for sharing!! Great article!! I just downloaded Smartr and using it now!

  3. Great! Those apps can really help a real estate professional make things easier.

  4. Hi Subhi
    Just came across this great article from you on useful apps for real estate pros. We attempted to produce mobile CRM for real estate pros as an android app. Would appreciate feedback on what we can do better or different so this can be more usable to real estate pros. Here is a link below and the email address above. The name of the app is Real Estate Agent on GO. Thanks in advance!!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.siyami.apps.re

  5. Brenda Brow

    Thank you for sharing your information for all of us to utilize. These apps are great and will be very useful.

    Thanks again.

  6. @Siyami,
    Looks great, but I think your product would do better in IOS, rather than on the Google platform. The big majority of Apps that we use today as realtors are on the Apple platform. My honest opinion as a Realtor, is that the iPhone is the best phone to use, and the same goes for the iPad, in the Tablet market; for us Realtors. I’d be interested to see what percentage of YPN members use the different phones available today..My educated guess would be that 75% of us use Apple Products.

  7. Wanted to let you know about our new App for commercial real estate: LOiPad

    LOIPad automates creating a customized LOI for office leases.

    CoStar recently mentioned it on a webinar about iPads: http://youtu.be/S043kNvlJLs

    You can also see the App on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/loi-pad/id512578232

    And see more on the website: http://www.LOIPAD.com.

  8. Great sharing subhi it adds a technical approach to the solution and this can be of great help enabling saturation and growth. So this helps in solution finding as well as applies simple rules and regulations to be followed that too in a definite solution. This article is of great help to application users and can limit search to cell phones and help acccordingly.

  9. My husband has recently turned me onto Taxbot, a new program his company is selling. Taxbot allows me, through GPS, to track my mileage when I am out showing homes. This in turn keeps an accurate reading for my CPA at the end of the year so that I can write off my miles at .55 cents per mile. I can also link any expenses to a particular client, like going out to lunch or coffee. I can take pictures of my receipts and link them to my expenses, therefore having accurate tax records, reducing the risk of an audit, or at the very least being ready for an audit. The program also allows you to establish a budget, see actual expenses and run various reports. The cost is $19.99 per month for the service and the company guarantees if you don’t see a return of 20 TIMES on your initial cost of $19.99 in your first 30 days of use, they will refund your money. I’ve been using it since the beginning of the month and have entered over $4,600 in expenses and have more than $4,550 in tax deductions. This is money that I probably wouldn’t have claimed and lost out on. I am sold on this product and encourage my fellow Realtors to check it out! I’ve attached my husband’s website. Once there, click on services and watch the Taxbot video.

  10. Riu

    Do big companies have extra departments to promote their apps or do they hire firms like http://madvertise.com/en/? Do you know that? Thanks for the list, I am gonna check them out

  11. Why, yes, Subhi, you ARE the coolest Realtor in town! :) Great article! Wasn’t aware of Glympse but it sounds like a great tool!

  12. Tim

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/realtymoz/id582136024?ls=1&mt=8

    RealtyMoz: Buy, sell, or lease real estate on the cloud with ease on your mobile device

    RealtyMoz is a global map-based real estate app that helps you view and list properties on the cloud in real-time with ease. Collaborate with qualified potential buyers all over the World who want to buy or lease your property right now! List your real estate anywhere anytime from the comfort of your mobile device and get inquiries fast from a wide qualified Worldwide audience. Take out the middleman and stop paying high commissions. RealtyMoz was designed from the ground up to be mobile and collaborative with a focus on the end user at hand. Whether you are in Timbuktu or San Francisco, you can RealtyMoz to collaborate and buy, sell, lease property effectively without the need for any expensive advertising and/or agents.

    RealtyMoz was developer by jinibot LLC @ http://jinibot.com

    We welcome feedback and look forward to you using the app. Thank You

  13. Tim

    Subhi, will you kindly add our app to the list also?

    Many thanks in advance

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/realtymoz/id582136024?ls=1&mt=8

  14. You should checkout an application called MobilCTI Ultimate Sales Dialer. It is a quite handy tools for people who needs to make lots of phone calls. It turns Android Phone into automated telephone dialer system so you can reach 100s of customers easily. For more info, see goolge play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobilsalesdialerultimate

  15. Wendy Lockhart

    Hello Fellow Realtors, Any suggestions for an IOS CRM that isn’t cloud based?
    Thanks!
    realestatewendy@icloud.com

  16. I wanted to subscribe on cardsapp but couldn’t find you guys. whats your CBN number? Your help is appreciated

  17. hello! What is your cardsapp brand number? thanks

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