Cool Tools: April 2007

April 1, 2007

Word to the Buyer

Text-ed’s instant text messaging service allows potential buyers to call a telephone number on a For Sale sign and instantly receive, via text message, listing details and agent contact information on their cell phone or PDA. The system sends you the prospect’s telephone number for follow-up. A property text message can be up to 160 characters, and property listing updates can be made quickly on text-ed’s Web site. Starts at $34.99 per month. Hip Pocket Mobile Inc., Hudson, Fla., and Toronto; 866/703-8298; www.text-ed.com.

A Must-read Closing Gift

Thank your clients with a one-year magazine subscription. Choose from 11 publications, including Good Housekeeping, Smart Money, and Popular Mechanics. Each issue displays a special label on the cover customized with your name, phone number, logo, and a message, such as a request for referrals. $16–$22. C2 Subscription Services, Pinehurst, N.C.; 866/494-6162; www.magazineclosinggift.com.

Sneak-a-peek Camera

Make sure your sellers’ belongings remain secure during showings with the KwikPeek

Wireless Remote Camera. The camera transmits a signal through walls so that you can watch—via the TV—what’s happening in other rooms. Mount the camera anywhere; it doesn’t require a power outlet. The camera operates for several months on one set of AA batteries. Optional handheld monitor is available. $199. Wireless Imaging LLC, Lino Lakes, Minn.; 800/676-3402; www.wirelessimaging.com.

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