Mobile Web Browser, Shoeprints No More, Helium-Free Balloons

A monthly rundown of the latest gadgets that can help you succeed in real estate.

April 1, 2009

Fun Way to Be Seen

Forget those run-of-the-mill open house signs. To really grab attention, you need something different. These bright, beach ball–shaped "balloons" can be used again and again. The inflatable balls are mounted upright on a thin pole, and can be personalized with your name or company branding. Place in yards or clip on to car doors. The Beach Ball Balloon Kit starts at $17.95. J-Lyn Enterprises; Princeton, N.J.; 609-921-1898;

No More Shoeprints

Shoe covers protect floors from springtime mud, but they can be a hassle to put on. With the Original Bootie Butler you don’t need to balance on one foot or sit down; just place your foot into the automatic dispenser and a plastic covering snaps around your shoe. The portable, refillable device holds 20 pairs of shoe covers. Several dispenser colors and styles available, starting at $99 plus shipping and handling. Refills start at $28 for 96 pairs. BootieButler; Knoxville, Tenn.; 865-670-1085;

Mobile Web Browser

Get the full Web experience on your mobile phone. Skyfire is a free, downloadable mobile Web browser that allows you to watch videos, read the news, or view MLS data just as you would on your PC. Skyfire provides full audio, video, and images with fast page loading. It works with Windows Mobile smart phones and Pocket PCs, and Nokia N and E Series phones (Symbian S60, 3rd Edition). Supports Flash, QuickTime, Ajax, and Silverlight. Skyfire Labs Inc.; Mountain View, Calif.; 650-980-2600;

Erica Christoffer
Product Manager

Erica Christoffer is the product manager for REALTOR® Magazine, driving growth and helping make data-driven decisions for the editorial products and programs that fall under the publication's umbrella. Erica also co-manages the magazine's 30 Under 30 program. During her tenure as an editor, she wrote and edited hundreds of articles for the magazine and launched the Broker to Broker section. Connect with Erica via email: