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Mobile Agent - Taking Your Show On The Road


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Learn the important tools today's mobile real estate agent has in his arsenal to be success while being out of the office. Learn how to keep in touch with clients, leverage your time, save money, and be free of the office.

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Mobile Agent - Taking Your Show On The Road

  1. 1. Mobile Agent: Taking Your Show on the Road Presented by Derec Shuler Colorado REALTOR® Rally 2009 Denver, CO
  2. 2. The Mobile Agent <ul><li>What’s does this mean to you? </li></ul><ul><li>What are we trying to achieve? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this important? </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Mobile Agent <ul><li>What’s making this possible today? </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: Save you time, energy and money while keeping you location independent. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Traditional Tools of the Mobile Agent <ul><li>Cell Phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Laptop. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tablet or Traditional. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Electronic Fax. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Printer. </li></ul>
  5. 5. New Tools of the Mobile Agent <ul><li>Handheld Mobile Device. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Video. </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Signatures. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Document Management. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Assistants. </li></ul><ul><li>Scanners. </li></ul><ul><li>IDX. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media and Networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Backup/Recovery Systems. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mobile Handheld Devices <ul><li>Phone, text, email, web, GPS, applications </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not a phone, it’s a handheld computer! </li></ul><ul><li>iPhone </li></ul><ul><li>Blackberry </li></ul><ul><li>Palm </li></ul>
  7. 7. iPhone <ul><li>Entered the corporate space with version 2.0 with Exchange support. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Synch mail, contacts, calendar wirelessly. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Camera </li></ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Web </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes and MP3s </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about the applications! </li></ul>
  8. 8. iPhone Applications <ul><ul><li>iTunes App Store </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open source application development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cool tools that are helpful for real estate </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. iPhone Apps for Consumers
  10. 10. Mobile Video <ul><li>Create video on the go. </li></ul><ul><li>Use for listings, interviews, events and updates on what’s going on. </li></ul><ul><li>Post to your blog, website, YouTube. </li></ul><ul><li>Flip minoHD </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Vado HD </li></ul><ul><li>Kodak Zi6 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Flip Mino ( <ul><li>One hour of high definition video. </li></ul><ul><li>Two hour battery life. </li></ul><ul><li>Built in USB arm to connect to your computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes software for Windows or Mac. </li></ul><ul><li>Direct upload to YouTube. </li></ul><ul><li>More complex editing can be done with software included with Mac and Vista. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Electronic Signatures <ul><li>Save Time, Not Chasing Down Clients. </li></ul><ul><li>Save Trees and Go GREEN . </li></ul><ul><li>Convenience and Looks Better. </li></ul><ul><li>Docusign </li></ul><ul><li>CTM </li></ul><ul><li>Authentisign (part of Metrolist Instanet/Docbox offering) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Docusign ( <ul><li>Put an electronic signature on ANY document. </li></ul><ul><li>Setup documents to include initials, signature, stamped date, options. </li></ul><ul><li>Online based tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Can include any party in the electronic signing. </li></ul><ul><li>Users create their own signature look. </li></ul><ul><li>Once the first signature is placed, the document is locked. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Online Document Management <ul><li>Share documents with other people you designate. </li></ul><ul><li>Transaction templates. </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible 24/7, freeing you from having to maintain and deliver contracts. </li></ul><ul><li>Metrolist Docbox. </li></ul><ul><li>CTM </li></ul><ul><li>Relay </li></ul><ul><li>Many companies are using proprietary systems. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Mobile Internet <ul><li>With online tools, you need online access. </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless is everywhere these days, and there’s the iPhone and Blackberry too. </li></ul><ul><li>Aircards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plug into your laptop. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your cell/data provider. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One connection. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AutoNet </li></ul>
  16. 16. AutoNet ( <ul><li>Turn your entire vehicle into a wireless hotspot. </li></ul><ul><li>Cell data connection to the Internet, wireless (802.11) to laptop. </li></ul><ul><li>Clients can use their computers to view listings while on the move. </li></ul><ul><li>Access your online data anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly fee half that of a </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cellular date plan. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Virtual Assistants (VAs) <ul><li>Focus on your strengths, outsource your weaknesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Use others who can do tasks cheaper, better, and faster so you can do what you’re best at. </li></ul><ul><li>Find ongoing support or project specific. </li></ul><ul><li>Google “real estate virtual assistant.” </li></ul><ul><li>,,, </li></ul>
  18. 18. Scanners <ul><li>Keep it digital, keep it neat! </li></ul><ul><li>Very affordable. </li></ul><ul><li>Email everything or post it to your document management system. </li></ul><ul><li>Most perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to create a searchable .PDF </li></ul><ul><li>Tip – Scan contracts in black and white! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Scanners – A Couple Options <ul><li>Fujitsu ScanSnap S510 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Endorsed by CRS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good desktop scanner with a small footprint. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NeatDesk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Neat Receipts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. IDX – Searching MLS Data <ul><li>Give consumers access to listing information. </li></ul><ul><li>Real estate agents are no longer the gatekeepers. </li></ul><ul><li>Empower the consumer! </li></ul><ul><li>Come to you instead of your competitor, Trulia, Zillow,, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>A good IDX, saves YOU time and energy. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Social Media and Networks <ul><li>Leverage your time and presence. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your knowledge and experience, online. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer questions real estate buyers and sellers ask. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market trends and conditions. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social networks and other social media. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They’re always on and you’re there. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interact and connect with people. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bonus – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! </li></ul>
  22. 22. Backup/Recovery <ul><li>Must have a backup and recovery strategy! </li></ul><ul><li>You will lose confidence. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of your clients. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And your ability to be a Mobile Agent. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carbonite ( </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online, real-time backup. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designate folders to backup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data is encrypted while moving and in storage. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. What We Covered – The New Tools of a Mobile Agent <ul><li>Handheld Mobile Device. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Video. </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Signatures. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Document Management. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Assistants. </li></ul><ul><li>Scanners. </li></ul><ul><li>IDX. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media and Networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Backup/Recovery Systems. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Connect with Me <ul><li>Derec Shuler (@derecshuler) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li></presentation> </li></ul>