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5 Apps to buy you time and save you money

By Matt Fetick, associate, Keller Williams Brandywine Valley market center

In our fast paced, technology driven world, we are bombarded on a daily basis with the latest and greatest tech tools. It can be simply overwhelming trying to keep up with all of the options. Not to mention the cool-factor that goes along with being the first to roll out a sleek, new app.

When I’m tempted to try out or implement a new app, fresh out of the box, I give it my Technology Gut Check: First, will that technology save me time? And second, will it save me money? If it does one or the other, or more importantly both, then I’m inclined to give it a try. Here are my Top 5 Mobile Apps that have passed my Technology Gut Check:

1. Drop box: Used as a cloud-based filing cabinet for all of our team’s documents. Whether I’m on my mobile phone, iPad or desktop, I have access to every agreement of sale, disclosure and appraisal.  (https://www.dropbox.com/) – Available on iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry

2. Evernote: The best place to take notes, save web clips and manage prospects in progress. You can share a unique notebook with each prospect and track their home buying or selling progress. (http://www.evernote.com/) Available on iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry

3. Fax burner: This mobile app allows you to shoot a photo of any document with your mobile phone, converts it to a PDF and can fax it directly from your mobile phone or iPad. (http://www.faxburner.com/) – Available on iPhone only.

4. Shoeboxed: This awesome app manages your receipts. Simply take a photo with your mobile phone of the receipt and email it to Shoeboxed. You’ll have a digital copy and using Optical Character Recognition or OCR for short,  it will file it and create an expense report. (https://www.shoeboxed.com/) – Available on iPhone and Android.

5. Dragon Dictation: A voice-to-text free, mobile software. This app lets you dictate emails, texts and documents and then transcribes them for you. This app is great for realtors on-the-go, because we can talk much faster than we type. (http://www.nuancemobilelife.com/) – Available on iPhone.

Next time you think of technology, choose an app that isn’t only fun and cool, but rewards you with more freedom, time and money.

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  • christinahood

    Thanks Matt! I truly appreciate your post. I am familiar with 3 out of the 5. I think I will try shoeboxed.com first. Nice, especially with Tax Time around the corner. The local YPN meeting was just discussing the best business apps around. Now I can share the post :)

    - Christina Hood, associate, Keller Williams Victor Valley Market Center – 451

  • http://www.chasegroup.homeiscleveland.com chasegroup

    Hi Matt, Nuance Mobile Life does have an Android version of Dragon, it’s just a more robust version of the scaled down Dragon software for the iPhone. It is called FlexT9 Speak-Trace-Write-Tap and may be downloaded at the Android Market. Great app’s in your post though, I use all but one.

  • http://www.ninaerbst.com ninaerbst

    Hi Matt, Thank you for sharing these great ideals. I”m already using dropbox for my Keller Williams business. It has been a business saver

  • http://www.searchhomesforsalecummingga.com homesforsalecummingga

    Great! Thanks so much. There is so much out there to choose from, it’s hard to tell what works and what is just a waste of time. Dropbox is so great for sharing listing photos with my admin without overloading our computers with jpegs.

    Jennifer Mahota – http://www.searchhomesforsalecummingga.com

  • http://www.homesjohnscreek.com tinahecht

    Thank you! I am getting there as far as technology goes – so much to learn!

    http://www.homesjohnscreek.com/

  • http://augustasgahomesales.com augustasgahomesales

    Matt, I read your article not once but twice! Anything that will increase productivity and simplify my workload is a bonus. Apps are the way to go!
    Sherri Melton – http://www.augustasgahomesales.com

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