Cool Tools: February 2007

February 1, 2007

Bind those papers yourself

Keep loose property documents organized with special adhesive paper that lets you

bind up to 40 sheets yourself. To bind, print your pages on 24-pound PaperZip sheets, align the papers with a card-stock back and clear front cover, pull off the adhesive strips, and press the pages together. PaperZip can be used with home or office printers and copy machines. $2.99 and up, depending on the number of reams and paper size purchased. Rediform Inc., Coppell, Texas; 800/999-7688;

Web in your pocket

Quickly access the MLS, e-mail, directions, news, and more with this handheld Web access device. The PocketSurfer includes a built-in modem so that you can download most Web pages in less than 5 seconds. And at one-half-inch thick, it easily fits into your pocket. $299 for the unit and $29 per month for a prepaid Web access plan. DataWind Inc., Montreal; 877/878-3282;

Home shopping at the mall

Bring your inventory to the mall via kiosk and let shoppers scroll for-sale home listings

and send text messages or e-mail to salespeople for more information. The Interactive Real Estate Display Kiosks, developed by a group of real estate practitioners led by Ken Thurman, provide daily updates on price and sale information and include an interactive touch screen with 20-inch display. About $35,000 annually to lease a customized real estate kiosk. Price includes kiosk maintenance and insurance but excludes mall fees. Aware Concepts LLC, Front Royal, Va.; 540/636-9734;

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