Real Estate Technology & Tools

Who do you typically turn to first when considering the purchase of a new piece of technology for your real estate business? If you're like a lot of agents, you'll pick the brains of other agents to find out what works and what's not worth your money.

But the choices – there are so many of them! When you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, grab a cup of coffee and dig into the following pages. Let your colleagues walk you through those choices and help you decide on how and where to spend your money.

Feel free to check back daily because we add hundreds of new posts every day. This is the place to find everything an agent needs to know about tech and tools to help you run a lean, mean real estate machine.

Trending blogs on Real Estate Technology & Tools

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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How To Make an Interactive Map for your Blog Post   I make a lot of maps for my business as well as for my blogs and people often ask how I make these custom interactive maps.  So today I will demonstrate just how easy they are to make and insert into your blog posts.   Creating a custom map may ...
By Jessica Worley
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Hi! I'm new to ActiveRain and it didn't take me long to figure out- the most popular posts are the ones that offer tips and advice. I'm a CDLP (certified legal document preparer) and although I'm not a Realtor or a mortgage broker, we are very similar. We all maintain our own blogs and hustle for...
By Chris Miller, MediaProsper Online Marketing
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SUMMARY: Getting more online reviews, and making the most of them. The last time I shopped for a real estate agent, I looked for who in the area had the most and best reviews. I ended up not selling my house at the time ... but signed that Realtor up as my first agent client! Good reviews are bot...
By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy)
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HomeSnazzer, a makeover app for Real Estate Listings, has this really cool tool that allows your website visitors the opportunity to "redecorate" homes while viewing them on the screen. The tools work on computer desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. Here's an inter-active virtual sample...
By Lance Owens (RS), Luxury Real Estate and Vacation Property sales
(LUVA Real Estate )
Comments 53
  OK, so I was one of those idiots that camped out overnight for the new iPhone 6+ 128gb. And probably not for the reasons you think, I had actually pre-ordered mine, so I wasn't in that much of a hurry, it was the fact that a good friend of mine does this every year, and he brings his son along ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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Are you even kidding me was my reaction when I tried to put my MLS ekey adapter into the iPhone 6 with the otter box on it and found it wouldn't work.  Sigh. When I got my iPhone 5 I had to buy this little gadget to connect the supra fob to my phone.  Made it a bit more trouble, but I adjusted.  ...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Comments 8
Hashtag Hashtag, I Mean ##?   "You need to hashtag your comment" Huh? When did "#" change it's name? Ok, I have to admit that when I first started noticing it on Facebook, I thought it was a way to text someone. Like a special deal? #Idon'tknowwhatthisdoesforme I was "gently" corrected midst laug...
By Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo
(Century 21 Schwartz Realty)
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In the Florida Keys, most of our property  is owned by people who live out of the area. I am looking for a service that provides phone numbers for people in other parts of the country so I can upate them on sold property. I have tried People Finders free trial and find the service useless. It cou...
By Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
Comments 5
Google Updates  The Penguin  Spam-filtering Algorithm The Penguin update following 2.1 is here, but Google actually has not yet given it a number. 3.0 may be correct.  This is the latest of the Penguin updates to attack spam. With this, Google hopes to land a more powerful blow to unacceptable SE...
By Brian England, Realtor, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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I agree with Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor and even though I somewhat understand hashtags, I still don't know how to utilize them fully.  I am guessing I should do more research, but I am too lazy to do so, haha. Hashtag Hashtag, I Mean ##?   "You need to hashtag your comment" Huh? When did "#" c...
By Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service
(The Jordon Wheeler Group)
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Another Phone Upgrade - Samsung Note 4 I upgraded my cell phone over the weekend from the Samsung Note 2 to the Samsung Note 4.  Two generations later and I can tell the differences between the two phones.   I got the Samsung Note 2 earlier this year, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  I rarely bite t...
By Lee Davenport, Our Business Is Your Success! 404.444.5777
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  Real estate sales: who knew it could be so dangerous.  After recent events, let's all beef up our efforts to safely show homes. And since this is trick or treat season, I wanted to share some technology treats (with a few funky song phrases to act as your mnemonics) that will stop devious trick...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 0
  The importance of YOU... Real estate professional Debb Janes produces wonderful videos to promote her business and her marketplace. Take a few moments to enjoy the videos included in this blog. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.  Today, I dug back into the archives an...
By Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
(RE/MAX Leading Edge
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I just took a screenshot of the apps Craig Daniels suggests so I can breeze through and double check I have them all downloaded. At first glance, I recognize most of them. But I love the surprise of a new, good app to help run my real estate business. Check them out! Thanks to all that took a few...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
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Using WordPress?? This is a MUST READ! Just when I thought I was caught up with a few things, I see that there is a better way to implement URL's on my WordPress blog. Thanks to one of our newest members Jessica Worley. An article any real estate WordPress user will find most useful. Did I mentio...
By Lance Owens (RS), Luxury Real Estate and Vacation Property sales
(LUVA Real Estate )
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Have you NOT been receiving text messages? Or worse yet, your clients are not receiving your messages?  There is a GOOD reason for that, Apple - in their almighty wisdom came up with a program called "iMessage" --- its a "kiddy" program at best. From what I understand, it was originally designed ...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
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David Popoff Wow! This is great info. I'm definitely going to reblog this and pass it along to my agents and other real estate stakeholders that I know would benefit from this information. Measure Your Impact with   Measure your tweet activity by using Twitter’s Analytical t...
By Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -
(Madeline Island Realty)
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Hollywood Gets OK on Drone Use, How About Equal Treatment for Realtors?   I'm happy to learn that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has succeeded in persuading the Federal Aviation Agency to approve the use of aerial drones in filmmaking, at least on a limited basis.  I'm sure this...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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There's a lot of buzz on drone video and how to use it.  Most of the videos seen making the rounds are focused on large properties with plenty of space to fly around.  While it's fun and impressive to take an aerial video of a large estate, there is so much more you can do that applies even to th...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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Brokers, you should be doing drone videos! There has been a lot of talk about drone video lately and how it's the next big thing in real estate marketing.  While the poorly informed folks are busy claiming FAA legal issues (perfectly OK to fly under 400 feet, look it up) the rest of us are determ...