In one of the broadest endorsements of wireless convergence technology yet seen in the real estate industry, GMAC Home Services has just announced plans to offer Research in Motion’s Blackberry devices to all 20,000 of its sales associates in the U.S. and Canada.
The tablet PC gives real estate professionals looking for the ultimate convenience in portable computing a new hardware option. This versatile new breed of mobile technology easily adapts to how and where the owner wants to use it. On the lap or desktop, it can function as a traditional notebook computer. It can also transform itself into an electronic writing tablet, able to read and record your handwriting.
One of the newest all-in-one devices on the market, the Sidekick combines wireless Web browsing with always-on e-mail send/receive, instant messaging, a full-function cell phone, address book, and calendar.
If you’ve longed for the advantages of a color laser printer but settled for the economy of a color inkjet, you’ll be happy to know that prices for color laser printers have finally dropped below the $1,000 mark.
All of today’s DTP solutions take the guesswork out of looking your best in print. Deciding on the right solution is just a matter of determining what you want in your print promotions, how involved you want to be in the process, and whether you want multiple uses for the same content.
The convenience of having everything in one handy device can also seem enticing. But remember before you whip out that charge card, your best option depends on what you want to achieve and how much you want to carry in the field. That’s always the smart approach when equipping yourself with mobile technology.
How disenchanting it is to bring home your new technology purchase—with its promise to enhance your productivity—only to encounter set-up or operation problems. Suddenly, the vendor’s tech support and warranty, not the product’s bells and whistles, become key features.
The high capacity of a multi-gigabyte drive has allowed you to put more customer files on your desktop computer without worrying about exhausting your hard drive space. Imagine how the comparable storage capacity in a handheld or digital camera could empower you in the field.
The versatility of these products and the powerful features of the operating system could make the Tablet PC the productive, yet easy to use, mobile solution for the masses—including many real estate practitioners.
Top Producer Systems launched a Web-based version of its contact management/marketing solution in August. The new option, which will be offered on a monthly subscription basis, should lower the cost of entry to this widely used real estate software suite.
If you’re among the legions of real estate practitioners who rely on a Palm handheld to get you through the day, you’ll soon have reason to seriously consider trading up to a faster, more powerful option.
Wireless access to MLS data and other Internet resources probably won’t be widely adopted by real estate professionals until they can confidently access these services with any wireless hardware and any carrier service.
To lenders and some real estate professionals, the time and productivity savings offered by digital signatures make them an easy choice. Yet, ultimately, the near-term future of digital signatures depends on whether or not consumers embrace the idea.
If you’ve been sitting on the fence about whether now is a good time to buy an improved version of a favorite high-tech device, you’re not alone. The industry itself is giving off mixed signals about whether prices will remain low or go up.
New specialized color digital photo printers bring instant printing convenience to digital photography, allowing you to print out an image in your office or in the field, yet still get the look and feel of a glossy, professional photographic print.
If you’re one of the many real estate professionals who uses e-mail as a tool in personal marketing and prospecting, you may be an unconscious spammer. If so, it’s time to own up and change your ways. Otherwise, you run the risk of alienating high-tech prospects for your services.