Top 10 Tools That Make You Money

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart - Gilbert AZ

This is the first of two lists I'm putting together... The other is the Top 10 Worst Things Realtors Spend Money On. Again, this is the GOOD list.

10. Lockbox key - for obvious reasons.

9. Tablet computer - gather signatures wherever you are.

8. Interactive web site. Needs no explanation.

7. Contact manager software.

6. SmartPhone. Send/Receive e-mail on the fly.

5. pdf generator for your computer. Saves paper & time.

4. BlueTooth earpiece for your phone.

3. Professional quality photograph. Image counts!

2. Branded e-mail address. Promote your own brand - not aol's!

And the best tool that Realtors can use to make money is:

1. Healthy positive attitude. No one likes a buzz-kill.

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Rainmaker
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Benjamin Realty LLC
All excellent items. We all have to spend our $$ where it counts most.
October 13, 2007 12:51 AM
Rainer
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Natalie Bagayas
Sutton Real Estate
:) like it!
October 13, 2007 12:54 AM
Rainer
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Patrick Harfst
HomeSmart - Gilbert AZ
Lazarus - Tablets allow agents to gather a consumers signature "out in the field"... Every document that a computer creates can be "exported" to the OneNote software, and then it can be written on, signed, highlighted, etc. Most agents who've used a Tablet will not go back... Our industry is perfect for Tablets...
October 13, 2007 01:00 AM
Ambassador
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

After these 10, I am curious what else you have up your sleeve. I thought this was a full list, but will wait for the second one.

Thanks

October 13, 2007 01:01 AM
Anonymous #7
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Anonymous
I think #9 is the best... plan long term so you are not locked in somwhere and have the ability to adapt if you need to.
October 13, 2007 01:06 AM
Rainer
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Patrick Harfst
HomeSmart - Gilbert AZ
Jon - The other list was just posted... should be just above this thread... I have another list up my sleeve, but it names names, and as such, could not be posted here. But we all know which products - by name - are pure crap, sold to innocent Realtors with a little room left on the 'ol Visa card. And they always claim that "just one sale pays for the whole year"... As if a 1:1 return is good! I want a 10:1 return on these expenses... and they never promise that!
October 13, 2007 01:12 AM
Rainer
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"Tommy" Decebal
Adamescu Long Island NY Certified MASTER Home Insp
HomeSpector Inc. 516-851-5833
Last one is the best.With positive attitude You can have a good outcome.
October 25, 2007 12:54 PM
Rainmaker
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Joe Manausa
Tallahassee Real Estate
Joe Manausa Real Estate
Nice post Patrick. As far as the tablet, do you have them sign on the contract, or create an image of the signature? How do you do this?
October 13, 2007 07:26 AM
Rainer
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Patrick Harfst
HomeSmart - Gilbert AZ
Joe - On the Tablet, you'll export the document to a Microsoft program that is designed for Tablets... It allows y9u to make notes right ON the document... including signatures... This is a bit different that the ZipForm Electronic signatures, but it works just fine. A friend of mine who sells health insurance for Secure Horizons uses a Tablet for signatures - the whole sales staff there does... Perfect application of available technology!
October 13, 2007 11:54 PM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors
Good list. I have not used a Tablet yet. I agree #1 is most important.
October 14, 2007 07:20 AM
Rainmaker
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Rich Quigley

Patrick,

Another good post. I have most of those things but not all. Sometimes the postive attitude takes some work. Keep up the posts. I have subscribed to your blog.

October 14, 2007 11:51 AM
Rainer
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Seth Callen
Farmers Insurance
Good post and a good list, especially the contact manager software. 
October 15, 2007 10:26 AM
Rainer
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Stephen Joos & Chris Brubaker- HouseFront
HouseFront
Great list you got there. I would say most agents only have 50% or less of all of that. 
October 15, 2007 04:26 PM
Ambassador
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Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA
What brand of tablet do you use? Recommendations? I've looked at Lenovo but haven't taken the plunge. I need a new laptop and an undecided which to go with.
October 15, 2007 05:47 PM
Rainer
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Patrick Harfst
HomeSmart - Gilbert AZ
Erica - I currently have a Gateway 2610. I have heard that the Lenovo is very good, and a friend has the HP Tablet - also very good. Not sure of the future of Gateway - they were bought out, I think... Mine is 2 years old now. Get the Lenovo, even if it is a bit more. Then, report back to all of us as to your experience. Class dismissed.
October 15, 2007 06:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Tamara Inzunza
Homes for Sale In Alexandria VA & South County
RE/MAX Executives / www.MovingToNova.com / 703-623-8759
Then there's my ultimate favorite...a PLAN!  Remember if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
October 16, 2007 08:13 AM
Rainmaker
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Lacey D. Horton
Certified Signing Agent Texas
LDH Services
Great Ideas.  Stay Motivated!
October 25, 2007 01:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Tanya Busch
Maine Real Estate
The Maine Real Estate Network
Wicked awesome post!  I couldn't agree more.  I'm also relieved to see we're not as far behind the times here in Maine as we might of thought.
October 25, 2007 02:08 PM
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Barbara Penny

I have been looking to be a TABLET for 2 years.    Its either Dell or Leveno.  Any suggestions or

comments on either of them.   Not worried about price.

August 08, 2009 02:28 PM
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Patrick Harfst
HomeSmart - Gilbert AZ

Dell seems better to me... They finally have a Tablet... Good luck!

September 01, 2009 08:50 PM
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