Writing an offer on a Lap Top - way to go!

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An agent that I create virtual tours for told me about his recent offer writing experience with a lap top and went through how he did it- very cool! Read on...

After the agent showed some buyers a home- they decided to write an offer. The agent opened his laptop and opened his agency forms. He typed in the offer info and then saved the forms as a .pdf on the desktop.

He then opened the forms in a program called PDF ANNOTATER. He used his lap top's stylus to highlight the areas on the 7 pages where the buyers needed to sign, then the buyers used the stylus to sign. They clicked on the down arrow on the page to flip from page to page. When the buyers finished, the agent used his wireless portable printer to print out a copy for them.

The agent then had the option of using his cell phone to connect to the internet (no wi-fi there yet) he could have e-mailed or faxed the offer right away...

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Rainmaker
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Leigh Brown
Broker/Owner - Charlotte NC
RE/MAX Executive Realty
on that note-if you use ZipForm, they have DocuSign available which will let you insert tabs for initials and signatures wherever necessary and you can verify identities etc.  And then email to other agents, it's awesome!
October 04, 2006 08:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Marguerite Crespillo
Marguerite Crespillo

I use a tablet PC with a program called Journal note writer and I am able to have clients sign right on my tablet pc and it can be emailed directly to the agent.  Then we use PlanetRe to handle the transaction management part for a completely paperless transaction that clients and the other agents can access.

It's the way to go!

October 04, 2006 09:08 AM
Rainmaker
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Marguerite Crespillo
Marguerite Crespillo

I use a tablet PC with a program called Journal note writer and I am able to have clients sign right on my tablet pc and it can be emailed directly to the agent.  Then we use PlanetRe to handle the transaction management part for a completely paperless transaction that clients and the other agents can access.

It's the way to go!

October 04, 2006 09:08 AM
Rainer
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Kevin Warmath
Warmath Real Estate @ Keller Williams North Atlanta

It looks like planetRE is for brokers to manage their back offices.  What we need is for other agents to kick the FAX habit if for no other reason than no one can read the contracts after a quick bit. 

Sometimes i'll "go paperless" when sending in a contract only to get a counter that has been faxed all over tarnation.

Capturing the clients signature electronically or being able to do some sort of authentication is the hard part.  I'm still looking for a viable solution, but will check out PDF ANNOTATOR.

October 04, 2006 09:19 AM
Rainmaker
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Marguerite Crespillo
Marguerite Crespillo
We signed up for it as a team and as far as I know it can be used for companies or individual agents.  We upload all of our transactions to it and it allows access by whomever we allow so it could be buyers, sellers, other agents, title companies etc.. I have researched several online transaction management programs before deciding on this one including Relay which is the one offered by CAR and it was not very user friendly. Planet RE is very user friendly and they respond quickly to tech support issues.
October 04, 2006 09:36 AM
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Teri Isner
GRI, CRS, CIPS
Keller Williams Celebration

Wrote my first contract on a tablet over 4 years ago technology has made our business so much easier to do.  Dashboard is another back office from Vreo for agents go to redtablet.com and at the top of the site they show dashboard.

October 04, 2006 09:51 AM
Rainer
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Scott Turner
Turner Residential
I love that! I have a "virtual office" as well and a small printer I keep in my trunk. I can also email things to other people's faxes. Technology is great isn't it!
October 04, 2006 02:36 PM
Rainer
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David Williams
SanDiegoSeller.com
I always have fun writing offers on the hood of my car. I don't have to worry about a low battery or someone stealing my lap top.
October 04, 2006 08:01 PM
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Gary Schmitz
US Real Estate Directory
USRED
Isn't the tech world great, what will they come up with next.
October 04, 2006 10:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Home Design
Home Design and Real Estate
Having a car apapter for your laptop is probably the most important tool a Realtor can have these days.  Laptops are useless with out them.
October 05, 2006 08:00 AM
Rainer
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Timothy Butterworth
Taking a break

I truely love the tech toys, I have to admit that both my Brother and I are geeks in this area. Hate the idea of wasting time and driving back and forth to fax, and copy paper work up.

I try to have part of the form partial done if I already know full names and Address of the property. Then I save that and come back to it later.

 I keep a list of suggested clauses on fill also, so that we might review the proper verbage.

October 05, 2006 12:07 PM
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John Marlow
John Marlow
Foxhall Investments

That's great.

I'm all for anything that makes our job less paper oriented.  At my office we have a scanner that converts all our documents into PDFs.  Makes things so much easier to organize.

October 08, 2006 09:46 PM
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Rob Lang
Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes
At Home Kansas / www.AskRobLang.com
How did people ever get along without electricity, computers, cell phones, etc.?
October 31, 2006 11:59 PM
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Phil Leng
Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
Keller Williams Eastside Market Center

we are getting closer to the paperless world, but it has been somewhat elusive so far.

Interesting entries, to be sure

Phil

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