The Mobile Real Estate Office Updated

My Android Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Jim Kimmons

 If your an i-Person, just substitute your various i-devices.  I switched, and never looked back, but don't send me hate mail!  I like the Note 3 for the pen.  I would almost never text before I got this phone because I hate the tiny keyboards.  

Being a writer, I don't use shortcuts and I capitalize and use real sentence structure, even in my texts.  So, the pen lets me hand write my texts, much better for me.  More and more of our clients want to communicate via text, so it's almost a requirement for your real estate business to be SMS savvy.

The Note 3 has plenty of memory and also has a pretty good camera for other tasks important to my real estate practice.  I deal a lot with out of area vacation home buyers.  They go home after the contract, and I handle the transaction process for them.  When the survey or ILR, Improvement Location Report,is done, I go out with the phone to photo the corners.  I try to get each with something in the background as a frame of reference.

In the next screen I'll show you the software I use in the Android, also available for i-devices.

OfficeSuite Pro for Mobile Devices and Real Estate

OfficeSuite Pro

 Most of what we do with MS Office involves the word processor, spreadsheets and presentations.  OfficeSuite Pro is an app that lets us take our business on the road and work with those document formats in our tablet computers or smart phones.

I use Google Drive which syncs all of my important documents on my notebook computer to the cloud.  I can pull them down with OfficeSuite and work on them and save them again locally and online.  I can also create new spreadsheets or Word documents in the phone and save them to be pulled down later into my notebook for more editing.

The ability to work from the cloud is crucial if I'm travelling and someone wants me to view, edit, or comment on a document that I have previously received and saved.  I can also create PDF files and send them to anyone, as everyone can open them.

Lenovo T-430 Notebook

Lenovo T-430 Notebook
Jim Kimmons

 I'm not pushing Lenovo, and this notebook is no longer available anyway.  However, quality brand notebook computers now rival desktops for performance, and they're far more valuable in our mobile existence.

I just close the notebook and take it with me to meetings. as well as on trips with a spare battery and mobile power supply for my vehicle.  As I mentioned in the previous screen, all of my important documents are backed up to the cloud with Google Drive.  Actually backup is not really the right word, as they are cloned copies, not in any backup format.  

Using Google Drive, or any other online copy saving service you may choose, you can have your documents with you everywhere you go.  I like Google Drive because it's free for most of what we need, and it's automatic.  There is no need to monitor or take action for your files to be saved.

Portable Bluetooth Keyboard for the Mobile Real Estate Office

Portable Bluetooth Keyboard
Jim Kimmons

 There are several brands of portable Bluetooth keyboards out there, but I like the Apple keyboard the best.  It uses AA batteries, not a built-in rechargeable battery.  They also last a LONG time.

I bought a case designed to hold it that folds up into a stand for my phone, or it could be a tablet computer.  Just get them to communicate with Bluetooth, stand up the device and start typing.

A Really Portable Real Estate Mobile Printer

Epson WF-100 Printer

 I recently bought a new mobile printer for real estate and my writing when I travel.  The Epson WF-100 is really small, as you can see in the photo.  When it's closed up, it is the size of a book, but lighter.

I bought it primarily because the specifications indicated it could be used with USB or wireless.  I immediately tested it with Direct WiFi on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and it prints flawlessly.  For those who take this route, at least with Android, I'll give you a tip about documents and printing.  The best place to save a file is on the internal SD Card.

I found that it was easier to create documents in OfficeSuite and to find them later when saved to the internal SD card.  If memory is a problem, you don't need to leave it there, as it's just for printing efficiency.  Once you get it saved to the cloud, you can pull it back down into your main computer.  You can also email it to yourself if it's more convenient.

I'm more mobile than ever, and it's pretty efficient.  Sometimes I don't even take the notebook on overnight trips, as I can work with the phone and keyboard.