Very Cool Real Estate Tech Tips #2 (2 of 10)

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10 Very Cool Tech Tips in 10 Days

Technology can be a great help in your real estate career.  However, just because it is the new 'flashy' thing doesn't mean that it will actually make you more productive.  I can say from experience that many tools end up just getting in the way and actually can slow you down.  With that in mind, here is the the second (of 10) tech tips that have proven to be a great help with my real estate business.


Tech Tip #2: Unlocking Lockboxes with your phone

In Las Vegas, most agents use Supra Lockboxes on there listings.  The vast majority of agents unlock these blue boxes using a key fob that is about the size of a deck of cards and has to be synced each day with a computer..

Supra eKey

That system was so frustrating for me.  I always seemed to either forget to charge the fob or I would leave it in the charging stand and forget to bring it with me when I left the house.

All I had to do is forget it once - with clients waiting - before I started looking for another solution. The answer for me was Supra eKey.

With the Supra eKey, I simply add the eKey App on my iPhone (there are also Android and Blackberry solutions) and put an adaptor on my key ring.  With eKey, my phone automatically updates with the push of one button.  I am instantly ready to show homes.  The cool thing, is that I can also use the same software to program our lockboxes that the team puts on our listings.  You can set showing time limits, force the buyers agent to leave you feed back, change shackle codes and more.  It is a time saver that gives me the freedom to worry about one less thing.

I have been using the Supra eKey system since 2007 and have had problems only twice with syncing.  The first time was when I became an early adopter of iOS 6.0 on my iPhone.  With that update of the Apple system software, the eKey became intermittent.  My lesson there was, never be the first to update to new software if what you have works fine.  Let others figure out if there are problems.  It was eventually fixed with an update.  The second time was showcased in my blog "Candy Crush Almost Ruined My Real Estate Career".  This was caused by user error on my part.  This was fixed with a call to Supra.

In both cases, I always have a backup with my iPad that runs the same eKey software.  If there is ever a problem with my phone, I can always use my iPad to open lockboxes as the hardware and software are identical.  One call to Supra and you can transfer your 'key' to the new device.

In the end, I love using my phone to open up lockboxes and have never looked back.  It has been a real time saver.

In case you missed it:  Tech Tip #1: Slydial App

Coming tomorrow: Tech Tip #3: REFRESH App for your phone

Written by Jimmy Chickey

The Jamie Cox Group
Serving the greater Las Vegas Valley, including Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson.
Buyer Specialist 702-482-7799 Seller Specialist 702-487-0000

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Inna Ivchenko
Mannis Real Estate Group - Calabasas, CA
Los Angeles / Valley Homes

Well, we've been doing it for years here in L.A. I remember days when you needed to carry that special device that you needed to charge all the time....

Iphone app does a good job and it is always with you.

April 05, 2014 12:41 AM #19
Jeffrey Hogue
Weichert Realtors Neighborhood One - Wyomissing, PA
Berks County Real Estate Pro

Absolutely cannot stand the supra system. There are too many different MLS systems in my area. They all use different lock boxes. It creates borders.

April 05, 2014 01:05 AM #20
Andrew Mooers
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Locked doors. Hmmm. Novel concept.. why? You are right about gadgets, new and shiny. Needed or wanted like kids at Christmas. It's what you do with the device, any model or generation that counts. Hand Jimi Hendrix a guitar from Walmart or a thrift store bought with two and a quarter books of green stamps and stand back. Watch the shock and awe of raw talent... not giving the device all the standing ovation hoopla.

April 05, 2014 03:15 AM #21
Kat Palmiotti
Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270 - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I use the Supra key on my phone also also -- much easier than having the card that needs to be updated in the office.

April 05, 2014 04:48 AM #22
Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jimmy, it sure make life a whole lot easier when you only have to carry around one device - a smartphone.

April 05, 2014 06:11 AM #23
Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors
Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Century 21 Bradley.

We have a supra key that is pretty darn easy to use, but the whole phone thing looks pretty cool!  I'll have to check it out.  Thanks for sharing!

April 05, 2014 07:31 AM #24
Jonathan Hall
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty - Danbury, CT
Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523

I upgraded my supra box to the key fob and app for my andriod phone in November and it has made life much easier

April 05, 2014 08:03 AM #25
Michael Ha Elmhurst
Rego Park, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Corona, Middle Village - Elmhurst, NY
Woodside, Maspeth

Sounds a lot more than what one could ask for.

April 05, 2014 08:44 AM #26
Dwight Puntigan
Pyramid Realty Group - Saint Charles, MO
Dwight Puntigan

This past month all the supra boxes in my area have been swapped out for the new blue tooth capability.  I appreciate just needing the phone without the fob.  However. the shackle on the supra is quite a bit smaller.  It is not practical for larger diameter door knobs or for handles where it can not hang vertical and could break the glass on a storm door.  It is good that the shackle comes out entirely, but that would be the opportuity to have a larger diameter shackle available when needed.

April 05, 2014 10:04 AM #27
JT Takacs
Keller Williams Central Delaware - Dover, DE
2011 REALTOR of the Year-KCAR

Good tip JImmy, I say the more we can put onour smartphone the better.  I also hate carrying aournd the Supra key and the charging... the syncs..

April 05, 2014 11:01 AM #28
Bob Force (REALTOR®)
Century 21 Trademark Realty - Mount Airy, MD
The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate

Thanks Jimmy, will have to get that app for my iphone.  I seem to be frogetting to update my card and it does not leave a good impression with the client to stop and update the card over the phone,

April 05, 2014 11:20 AM #29
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
Personal Service, always.

I use my iphone for Supra blue tooth lockboxes and love it! Never would go back to the ekey!

April 05, 2014 12:40 PM #30
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Dyersburg Tn Real Estate

We have sentrilock boxes and a cool new app on our smartphones called sentrismart which allows you to generate a code to use to open the box. If the box doesn't come up on the screen you do have to have the serial number on the side of the box.

April 05, 2014 01:46 PM #31
Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

We also use supra boxes but we only have to sync our key once a week.  I was against having an additional piece to carry for the IR boxes. Hopefully soon we'll get the Bluetooth boxes though.

April 05, 2014 01:47 PM #32
Lanre Folayan
Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Washington, DC
Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell your DC Home Now

Yeah I actually read something too about this two days ago. I am going to write a blog as well to share some tech tools that some people probably dont know about. Thanks for sharing this. Great post.

April 05, 2014 05:04 PM #33
Jack O'Neal
Solutions Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
High Touch High Tech
Great informative post! I'll definitely have to look into getting that app for my iPhone!
April 05, 2014 06:19 PM #34
Evelyn Johnston
Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy

We use Supra in our market and are considering upgrading to the new bluetooth version.

April 05, 2014 08:02 PM #35
Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ
Arizona Agents

Good Morning and this is some great Info for all in the business,  keep up the good work and good luck with your sales,   E

April 06, 2014 08:25 AM #36
Jimmy Chickey
Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate

Evelyn - I just found out that our MLS is also considering the Bluetooth versions.

April 18, 2014 12:15 AM #37
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330 - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

Our Board has been trying to get these for years, BUT, the Board next to us who we "share" keys with just won't go along. And THEY are "the big city", while we're just a buncha small towns...go figger!

April 30, 2014 06:23 PM #38
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