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5 apps real estate professionals need to get more done

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5 apps real estate professionals need to get more done

Do you ever wish there were more hours in a day? Do you often find yourself under the pump, staying back late at the office struggling to finish your daily to-do list? Don't worry, there are apps that can help with that!

We know that between answering emails, prospecting, completing paperwork, managing social media accounts, running inspections and fielding calls, property managers and real estate agents are regularly finding themselves pressed for time.

Amongst this plethora of tasks and duties, if time management isn’t your strong suit it can be easy to lose track of important tasks and enquiries, and not work as productively as you could or should be.

Research shows frequently being time poor can lead to increased stress, sacrifices to work quality and missed business opportunities.

Here are five apps that’ll help you get more out of every day.

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The best apps to help real estate professionals with...

Email overload

Spark by Readdle

If you fall victim to hundreds of emails flooding into your inbox aka ‘email overloard’ daily, Spark is the email add-on for you! You can set up your unified Smart Inbox with existing Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo or Outlook accounts to have all your emails combined in one handy place.

The best thing about Spark is it intuitively prioritises your emails into groups (personal, notifications and newsletters) and puts the most important ones at the top of your inbox for immediate attention. It also provides you with Smart Notifications, so you only get notified about the most important messages.

Image: Spark

Image: Spark

Communication

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a fantastic free tool to communicate with clients and team members. Use group chat to make announcements, share videos, images and delegate tasks to colleagues.

Also, save time by taking photos of your open for inspection forms to send directly to an admin assistant for input into your CRM system. This simple action will save you from having to hold onto the hard copies of all your lead sheets from the weekend and ensure you're ready to make follow-ups first thing Monday morning.

Tasking

Any.Do

One of the easiest ways to break down a lengthy to-do list into more manageable bite-sized chunks is with Any.Do. You’ll never forget or put off an important task again with the app’s time and location-based reminders, voice capture capabilities (great for when you’re out and about) and recurring event capabilities. You can also share lists and attachments, as well as chat with and assign tasks to other team members within the app.

Any.Do syncs across Android, iOS, web and desktop devices and works seamlessly with Google Calendar, Exchange and iCloud.

Image: Any.do

Image: Any.do

Social media management

Hootsuite

Take back hours of your week using a social media scheduling and management service such as Hootsuite. You can now save more time than ever, where since early 2018 Hootsuite has allowed users to schedule automatic Instagram posts. Posting to Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter multiple times a day without the hassle of having to manually upload posts will save you loads of time.

You can also keep track of your performance on each of your professional platforms using Hootsuite’s analytics, to get a better picture of what your audience is and isn’t engaging with.

Impress clients

RP Data Pro by CoreLogic

RP Data Pro ensures you’ll have everything you need in the palm of your hand to wow potential clients at inspections, appraisals and while you’re out and about. You can research market trends, comparable sales, generate valuations, create and send postcode reports all from the convenience of your mobile.

CoreLogic also provides complimentary training with every app purchase so you can learn how to maximise the wealth of property info you’ll have access to. The app is available for iOS & Android.

Image: RP Data Pro

Image: RP Data Pro

We hope these apps aid in putting some of your time management pain points to bed and help maximise your precious working hours.

For more ways smart technology can boost your professional success take a read of what’s new in real estate tech and eight productivity boosting tools.

Happy selling!

The Homely.com.au Team

Disclaimer: The information provided is a general guide only. Homely has no association or interest in any of the apps or their affiliates mentioned above.

About homely.com.au:

Homely.com.au is a new way to search for Merrylands real estate for sale and properties for rent in Sydney. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

Check out our Suburb Reviews and Questions pages to see what everyone is talking about.

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4 great goal setting apps for agents

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4 great goal setting apps for agents

Do you ever find that you enter a fresh year at work full of hope, motivation and excitement, only to realise you didn’t achieve what you set out to the previous year?

If this sounds all too familiar we’ve found some of the best goal setting and tracking apps to enlist the support of when setting your professional goals and resolutions for 2017.

Smartphone apps are often the best way to set and track career related goals because you have access to them on the go and you can constantly review and adjust them as required.

These handy apps will help make sure your goals have the best chance of being managed, followed through on and accomplished come 2018.

Google Calendar

The good thing about this tool is that you’re probably already familiar with how to use it from using Gmail's calendar and the smartphone app. Google Calendar’s new goals feature is a great way to manage both professional and personal resolutions.

It allows you to set different types of goals you may want to accomplish including exercise, new skills, friends and family time, me time and organisation. Best of all, you can plan and dedicate time every week, day or month to achieve your short and long term goals. When you set a goal, you select how often you need to work on it, for how long and when, and get smart notifications (before and after your session) to help you prepare and track your progress.

GoalsonTrack

If you struggle to achieve your broader goals because of procrastination or you often don't know where to start, GoalsOnTrack could be the right app for you. This robust app helps you break down larger goals into smaller easily-achievable sub-goals using SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goal-setting criteria.

To keep your goals on course and organised you can add in different categories, create action plans, schedule deadlines, make notes in the built-in goal journal and even add motivational images. You can track your progress in real time which is great for staying motivated whenever you complete a sub-goal on the road towards your long-term goals.

irunurun

If you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary and fun, this app 'gamifies' building new habits, goal setting and the achievement process. It's more geared towards the day-to-day and weekly tasks you need to do to work towards larger goals.

You start by adding an action or habit you need to track and assigning it a point value out of 100. Once you've entered all the actions you want to track for the next week the game begins. You have zero points at the start of the week and then work through your actions to gain points every day. If you complete each action at the scheduled time you would get a perfect score of 100 points at the end of the week.

If you want a bit of friendly competition, encouragement or accountability, you can invite family, friends or colleagues to any action you create. There are three versions of the app- personal, team and enterprise- so why not get your whole office on board!

stickK

If you really have a lot of trouble sticking to your goals, why not introduce an extra financial incentive to push yourself across the line this year? Enter stickK. The app was developed by Yale University behavioural economists and is based on motivating people to achieve a goal or it will cost them real money. Stickk says 'you're up to 3X more likely to achieve a goal if you put money on the line'.

The app uses a 'commitment contract' to bind you to your goal. You choose your goal, when you need to achieve it by, how much money is on the line and where you want the money to go should you fail (e.g. to a friend, charity or family member). For accountability, you can choose a referee to monitor your progress or you can go it alone. So bet on yourself this year and use stickK to up your motivation and accomplish your most critical goals.

We hope these apps allow you to become more productive, fulfil your goals and grow your business this year and beyond. For advice on setting attainable goals check out our tips for setting SMART professional goals.

Happy selling!

From the homely.com.au Team

About homely.com.au:

Homely.com.au is a new way to search for Tarneit real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

Check out our Suburb Reviews and Questions pages to see what everyone is talking about.

Don't forget to download our new iPhone app!

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8 productivity boosting tools for real estate agents

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8 productivity boosting tools for real estate agents

Agents are masters of multi tasking, prioritising and wearing a number of different hats to run their business smoothly. However, at busier and more stressful times of year sometimes for even the most successful agents the to-do lists, emails, voicemails and paperwork can start to pile up.

So, we’ve put together a short list of eight of the best tools to get onto, if you’re not already, to boost productivity and increase your organisation at work.

LastPass

Do you ever lose track of or mix up your passwords? If you do, LastPass is here to help. Once set up it securely stores all your passwords in one convenient location where you can automatically log in to any site you’ve saved at the click of the mouse. You'll never have to reset and remember multiple passwords or enter your login details over and over again when switching between different devices. Set LastPass to your homepage or favourites menu and you're good to go. From today, there’s only one password you need to remember, the master password to your LastPass account!

Evernote

Evernote is a note-taking app that conveniently syncs your notes across all your devices, so you’ll never lose track of a to-do list or notes from meetings with clients again. You can also upload images from your computer or phone, record voice memos and make the content of PDF files searchable, so you can easily take snaps of property features clients don’t like during a walkthrough and refer back to them and alongside your notes later.

Google Apps for Work

What a lot of people don’t realise is that Google Apps provides its users with a whole suite of online tools for working collaboratively, to store information and communicating more effectively. Google Apps for Work gives you the ability to store, access and share different types of documents instantly from the cloud, share calendars with colleagues and even hold video meetings with Goggle Hangouts. Think of the time you'll save by switching from offline programs like Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word emailing draft files back and forth to clients and colleagues, to Google docs, slides and sheets, where you can work collaboratively on files at the same time and easily review changes.

Trello

Trello is a project management tool for individual or collaborative projects that uses a virtual bulletin board format. If you’re a big list maker and a visual learner Trello will become your new best friend. Using to-do cards on different boards users can add comments to each project, upload files, make checklists, assign team members to tasks, be notified of changes and set due dates. 

Use Trello to track your progress on personal projects, your social media strategy, marketing plans and follow ups with different clients or to collaborate and communicate with buyers and sellers. The program is also a great motivator as you can get satisfaction from clearly tracking everything you’ve achieved that day, week or month and so on, and importantly see what still needs to be done.

Slack

Slack is an internal messaging tool that streamlines interoffice communication. It reduces the need for lengthy email threads, text messages, meetings and even face-to-face desk side discussions, giving you more time to focus on getting the important things done. You can access it anytime anywhere, with compatibility for mobile, desktop apps and the web. 

The great thing about Slack is that it archives all your team messages, shared documents and private discussions into the one searchable platform. Best of all, you can also integrate services you already use (such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Drive and Trello) into Slack, giving you notifications and updates from them, putting all your internal and external communication in one convenient place.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a great social media management and scheduling tool for time poor agents. You can manage, compose and schedule posts for all your different business social sites (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, WordPress, Foursquare and LinkedIn) all in the one dashboard. You no longer have to waste time manually updating all your social media accounts throughout each day. Boost your productivity by setting aside an hour or two weekly to write and schedule all your updates for the coming week. It has an easy to use all-in-one tab interface where you can monitor your posts, scheduled posts, mentions, messages and more by adding in different streams.

Boomerang

Similar to Hootsuite but with emails, Boomerang for Gmail saves you time by allowing you to draft and schedule emails to be sent at the perfect time. There’s also a great reminder tool that lets you know if you haven’t heard back from a particular client or contact. It also can remind you to make sure you follow up again within a specific time frame, so no messages or hot leads slip through the cracks.

Snapseed

This is the app you need for all those listing photos you take on the go, and you don’t have time to go back to the office and crop and edit them on your computer before uploading them to your website. Snapseed allows you to easily edit photos from your iPhone or Android device and export them as high res images within minutes.

These handy tools will help to increase your organisation skills and time efficiency throughout your working day. For more time saving tech, check out these seven handy apps for agents. What other productivity boosting tools do you find useful? Please let us know in the comments below.

Happy selling!

From the Homely Team.

 

About Homely:

Homely is a new way to search for Richlands real estate for sale, and properties to rent in Brisbane. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, Homely is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

Check out our suburb reviews and Q&A pages to see what everyone is talking about!

 

We'd like to hear from you!

If you enjoyed this blog leave a comment below and share it with your friends. Please respect the public forum and refrain from posting any expletives or hateful comments as they will be removed. We're always on the look out for guest bloggers and would like to receive your feedback, so feel free to get in touch at marketing@homely.com.au.

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