7 handy apps for Australian real estate agents


With so many real estate and property apps out there it can be tricky to figure out which are the most user friendly, cost effective, efficient and beneficial for you and your business. 

We've come up with seven of the best apps you should download to your smart phone and tablet to make your life easier, get more leads and improve your ability to service clients.

What are the most useful apps for real estate agents?

1. Open House ID

Description: Open House ID is a fast and easy way to manage your open for inspections and registering viewers. Open House ID allows visitors at your open house to instantly transfer their details to you through a personalised QR barcode.

Benefits: This app will save you a lot of time by automatically syncing visitors details with your CRM database, saving you from having to manually enter their details after inspections. It also keeps track of how many times an individual has viewed a particular property allowing you to identify the hottest leads. Another advantage of this app is that it gives you information on the specific criteria a viewer is looking for, so you can target them more effectively when new properties become available in the future. This app also saves you the trouble of having to decipher handwriting on a registration forms, lessens the likelihood of being given false information at inspections and having visits from nosy competitors.

Cost: Free.

2. Open Home Pro

Description: This is another fantastic app for managing and making the most of the information you gather at inspections. The app allows you to collect clear information from visitors by creating an easy sign in process.  

Benefits: Following an open for inspection the app automatically follows up visitors for you by sending a professional email containing a welcome letter and your contact information. The app also helps to qualify leads by compiling and sending you lists of potential clients that don’t have an agent yet or have a home to put on the market. It is also easy to spread the word about your upcoming open for inspections with one-touch email systems and social sharing features.

Cost: Free.

3. CamScanner

Description: CamScanner allows you to scan, securely store, sync and collaborate on PDF or JPEG files across smartphones, tablets and computers. 

Benefits: You can scan all your client’s important documents from your mobile device while on the go, so you don’t have to worry about rushing back to the office to use the scanner and inconvenience clients.

Cost: Free or a premium subscription costs $49.99/year.

4. Tap Mortgage Australia 

Description: Tap Mortgage Australia is a user-friendly app that helps you calculate mortgage repayments for your clients and potential buyers. 

Benefits: The app also allows you to calculate and graph loan repayments, and estimate government costs such as Stamp Duty, Transfer Fees and Registration of Mortgage for all Australia's states and territories. You can easily share and email your clients Stamp Duty costs and estimates on weekly and bi-weekly loan repayment options to assist them in making an informed purchase decision. 

Cost: Free.

5. MagicPlan

Description: This app allows you to quickly create professional floor plans and work estimates (i.e. costs to paint a room or replace the carpeting) by taking photos of rooms.  

Benefits: The great thing about MagicPlan is that you can generate the floor plans for your listings by simply taking pictures, so there's no fumbling with a tape measure to get the room dimensions right. You can also easily add objects, annotations and photos to your floor plans. You can access your saved floor plans as PDFs or JPG files and publish them as an interactive floor plan online. 

Cost: Free.

6. Dropbox

Description: With Dropbox you’ll never need a USB stick or lose files again. Dropbox is a simple cloud-like storage method where you keep files and documents that are accessible anytime and anywhere.

Benefits: Using Dropbox allows you to organise your clients’ files and be able to access them or share them whenever and wherever you need.

Cost: Free or Pro accounts for $129.99/year.

7. LightTrac

Description: LightTrac allows you to quickly determine the best time of day and date to shoot a specific location in the best light. 

Benefits: LightTracs easy to use interface helps to ensure your listing photography is as light and bright as possible. The photos of a property always look best when the sun is facing it and shining. LightTrac is your secret weapon to get the best listing photos by allowing you to know when the sun will be in an optimal position to get the best shots and make your listings glow.  

Cost: $6.49

 

We hope you'll find these apps useful and helpful in simplifying and streamlining what can be a very busy and demanding existence as a real estate agent. Are there any other handy apps that you and your business couldn't function without? Feel free to share in the comments area below.

 

Happy selling!

From the Homely Team

 

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