Cool Tools: October 2007

October 1, 2007

Create a Listing Impression

With the Obeo Space Designer, prospects can decorate a home’s interior online and start to envision themselves living in one of your listings. The service, hosted by the

Obeo Web site, allows prospects to click, drag, and arrange already-loaded furniture into the home’s rooms on an interactive floorplan of your listing. They can quickly determine whether their furniture—scaled to the floorplan—would fit. Buyers also can view a 360-degree panorama of the actual property or a slide show of listing photos. $70. Obeo, Salt Lake City; 800/729-6236;

Add the Sounds of Work

When customers call, have your home office project the image of an established,

successful company that is bustling with activity. Play the Thriving Office CD in the background to bring the sounds of an office to your home. The CD features two 39-minute tracks, “Busy” and “Very Busy,” and contains such sounds as ringing phones, typing keyboards, and mumbling voices. $12.95 for CD, $5.95 for shorter mp3 downloads. Nexthing, San Francisco; 415/505-9175;

Roughin’ It with Data Storage

Here’s the heavy-duty USB memory drive for professionals on the go who want to

safeguard their computer data and not worry about losing anything after a spill or drop or while traveling. The Flash Survivor is water-resistant, encased in aircraft-grade aluminum, shockproof, and drop-tested—and designed to be the industry’s toughest USB drive. The flash drive can plug and play with any USB 2.0 computer port. 4GB flash drive available for $59.99; 8GB available for $129.99. Corsair Memory, Fremont, Calif.; 888/222-4346;

Prices are the vendors’ suggested retail prices and are subject to change. This list isn’t comprehensive; NAR doesn’t evaluate or endorse these products and isn’t responsible for changes in company info.

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