Table PC's are going Out; iPads are in!

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Real Estate Agent with Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551

Apple iPad Video in Baton Rouge homes I just got back from a broker open house in White Oak Landing presented by one of Baton Rouge's top listing agents.  She gave an iPad demonstration to lure us to give up some of our valuable time to see a "knock-your-socks" off property.  While I was impressed with the home resemblant of a palace with pool and deck overlooking a peaceful lake, what really "knocked-my-socks" off was the versatility this agent had already worked into her business with the iPad.

If you haven't embraced iPADs yet and are not informed, watch this official video and dream a bit about just how it will revolutionize our real estate business:

  OFFICIAL IPAD VIDEO

I now use tablet pc to present to my listing clients, sign contracts, generate literature, print brochures right in my listing appt., and leave with a fully listed home.  but dragging around that 8 pound tablet with extended battery pack requires a wheeled suitcase!   I am rushing out to get an iPad that I can carry in my handbag.  Then I can grab the cart from the car once everything is signed up and I'm in production mode.

For Buyers: This lightweight 10hr battery iPad can access mls data with a screen large enough to see easily!  Let your customer play with it while you are driving.  Apps like Homes.com, Realtor.com, Zillio.com give mobile capability to locate area homes via satellite.  Nearby pulls up properties on street where you are.

For Realtors:  Tools like Evernote lets you jot notes while you walk thru a home, and GoodReader and PDFReader Pro let you open all types of files such as purchase agreements.  Autostitch lets you create panoramas from pictures and edit them. 

For Sellers and Buyers:  With picture and book capability, your listing presentations dazzle with brilliant colors on the iPAD.  TakeNotes replaces tablet signing capability.  You no longer need a tablet pc, just an iPAd.  And the light weight combined with a 10hr battery are impressive! 

Mind you I am still using Blackberry, but I'm rushing out to get an iPAD.  So should every agent!  Folks this is the future of our business!  I think iPAD brings the fun and capability of iPhone into the business world!.

 

 

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Rainer
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Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
(909) 973-0410 - Fontana, CA
TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Fontana

A friend of mine has one and it is a great tool. I did not even think to use it for listing presentations. I guess I will have to go out an get one. Thanks for the information.

May 20, 2010 05:44 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Ann ~ I love the look of them and ever since I first heard about them all I could think of was blogging in bed. Looking forward to getting mine.

Liz

May 20, 2010 10:18 PM #2
Rainer
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Patrick Harfst
HomeSmart - Gilbert AZ - Gilbert, AZ

Add a camera, and a USB port, and that little unit would really rock!

May 20, 2010 11:44 PM #3
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Ann Dail
Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551 - Baton Rouge, LA
Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem

Kymberly, there are great for listing presentations.

Elizabeth, yes the look and size is awesome...like holding a book and screen is easy to read and maneuver.  Just touch the screen and flip to the next page like a book.  And so lightweight!

Patrick, One of my appraiser friends has a camera on his.  Don't know how but he uses it for pictures.

May 21, 2010 01:15 PM #4
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Paige Walker
Louisiana Lagniappe Realty, LLC - Pineville, LA
Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA

Ann - I'm trying to wait until July to see what additions are made, as well as any price changes. I so want one and am always really excited to hear what others that are using one have to say! Thanks for sharing!

May 30, 2010 09:20 PM #5
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Thanks for sharing your iPad experience, Ann. I'm thinking about getting one around the end of summer, and hearing how agents are using it effectively in the field really helps.

May 30, 2010 09:28 PM #6
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Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Ann I got my IPad for Mother's Day and have been playing with it ever since!  I downloaded a listing presentation that is very professional, the ease of flipping the slides is awesome!  I wish I could access the MLS so I still use my laptop 90% of the time.  I think we will see improvements in the Ipad that we can add.  It is so lightweight I take it with me to the nail spa so I can read while I get my pedicure LOL

May 30, 2010 11:39 PM #7
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Ann Dail
Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551 - Baton Rouge, LA
Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem

Paige,  I'm sure they will improve as time goes on.

John, I like you love seeing how other Realtors are putting technology to actual practice.

Marilyn,  Does your Board have a moble version?  Our mls has a mobile version that works on all cell phones like iPhone and Blackberry.  iPAD works on that as well.

May 31, 2010 01:22 PM #8
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Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
Realtor

For those who can't access the MLS on Mac, you may want to check out logmein.com

I use it on my PC, which stays in my office. I can log onto it from my Macbook or my iPad and access the MLS easily. Works great!

Jun 08, 2010 01:23 PM #9
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Ann Dail
Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551 - Baton Rouge, LA
Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem

Ryan,

Thanks for the solution!  I'll check out logmein.com.

Jun 08, 2010 02:19 PM #10
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Curt Hess
Keller Williams Select Realtors - Annapolis - Annapolis, MD
Luxury Home Consultant, Team Leader & CEO

If any of you are having difficulty with some web sites and safari on iPad, try LunaScape. Just found it yesterday, and it is awesome! Those webs that weren't quite right before are now perfect.

Aug 25, 2010 07:08 AM #11
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Paul Gapski

The Ipad 2 is coming out soon cant wait.

Mar 08, 2011 12:39 AM #12
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Ann Dail
Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551 - Baton Rouge, LA
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Curt and Paul,  Thanks for the tips

Mar 09, 2011 06:27 PM #13
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