What is the difference between an online-only estate agent and a boutique-style property business that markets £1m-plus properties in the heart of London? The human touch.
Every successful estate agency business works hard to learn more about their clients’ requirements so its sales professionals can use their knowledge to promote the right property to the right purchaser or tenant. And this is where mobile technology can help…
Debate about which mobile app is most useful for estate agents continues. We acknowledge that World of Goo might provide hours of entertainment away from the workplace, but here are five apps that can save an estate agent time and money.
Of all the many thousands of business apps available, we reckon the Real Estate version of DocuSign saves estate agents the most time. This ultra-useful download helps property industry professionals obtain the signatures needed to close deals faster.
DocuSign allows an estate agent to obtain a digital signature on a legal document and email it back to the office immediately. Not only that, the Real Estate version allows users to capture the GPS location at the time of signing.
When it comes to giving an immediate valuation of a property based on the values per square foot or metre homes in any given area are worth, this app is close to unbeatable.
It may not be accurate down to the last millimetre, but RoomScan does create a better sketch than using pen and paper. Only available as an Apple download, it works by holding an iPhone to each wall and letting it take the measurements.
RoomScan then draws a rudimentary floorplan in either metres or feet that can be emailed back to the office immediately. But the best bit is measurements can be edited manually after.
The basic version of the app is available free of charge for Apple devices, and the Pro version – which allows you to measure doors and windows – is just £2.99.
One of the most common questions viewers have are about the size of windows and other features in a property. This app is an estate agent’s best friend because it allows users to take a photo of any item in a property, zoom in or out for greater detail, input the measurements (and any explanatory notes) and email the info to the client immediately.
While Garton Jones has an in-depth knowledge of Westminster and the other areas of central London we cover, our clients can ask us some surprising questions about the areas they have chosen to buy or rent in.
This app puts all the information anyone could ever need about their local surroundings in the palm of their hand – including where the nearest petrol station, takeaway, ATM, hospital, doctor’s surgery and supermarket is. AroundMe also gives an area overview and has listings and reviews of restaurants and hotels.
When it comes to creating inventories for properties, this tool can save a valuable amount of time without sacrificing the accuracy that is needed to create a document that will stand up under a legal challenge.
It not only allows users to create a complete database of any property’s fixtures and fittings on a mobile device, this easy-to-use app adds photographic evidence and creates branded documents that can be emailed immediately.
The added benefit is the reports are easily edited and are stored securely.