REALTORS® have hundreds of choices to make when determining which mobile apps will help them be more productive and better connected. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® offers a number of great apps but technology is moving at lightning pace and there are cool new apps on the market every week. Here’s a list of 10 of the newest apps that REALTORS® can use to further their business.
Version 1 was downloaded by more than one million people and version 2.0 works out some of the kinks of this amazing floor plan generator. MagicPlan creates floor plans by taking pictures of rooms, exporting them into PDF, JPG and DXF formats so you can posts images or even design interactive floor plans. It takes some getting used to but the technology is amazing and REALTORS® should find value in this amazing app. FREE
While not new, Instagram recently became available to Android users, pushing the popular photo-sharing app into the stratosphere. Now more than five million new users download Instagram each week with the platform hosting 50 million people and growing. Instagram ensures that you’ll never take a bad picture. Its filters lend an artistic look to each photo, it links to Facebook, Twitter, email and Tumblr and Instagram is its own social media channel. REALTORS® can use Instagram to promote listings, neighborhood emenities or give their own personal brand some color – pushing these updates to their social platforms. FREE
Of the hundreds of to-do apps in the marketplace, Clear is one of the most user-friendly and with a 4.5 star rating, one of the more popular to-do apps out there. Clear focuses on a visual interface that acts like a heat map, color coding your tasks and allowing you to add, delete or check off items with little effort. Busy REALTORS® can use it for work and home life – always sure they haven’t left an important task off the list. If you want something a little less fancy but tried and true nonetheless, try Wunderlist for free. $2.99
Every REALTOR® should be on LinkedIn, but until recently you had to be online to access the platform. Access your professional network from anywhere, following real estate groups, posting content and researching clients. FREE | Apple | Android
5. Google Drive
Keep everything. Share everything. That’s the tagline for Google Drive, which allows you to store all your files in one place so you can access them any time from anywhere. Google Drive lets you access photos, documents and files stored on your Google Drive and share any file you want with contacts. You’ll never be left standing at a listing needing a valuable document that’s back at the office ever again. FREE
A personalized magazine that learns what you like and gets smarter with each use. Zite will handle the dirty work of curating the content you want – from real estate news, housing, home improvement, finance, social media – any topic you’re curious about but don’t have the time to search the web to find valuable articles on. Zite lets you share articles you like, give them thumbs up or thumbs down, and choose to receive more from certain sources or block others. FREE | Apple | Android
7. Draw Something, Words with Friends, Scramble with Friends
What do games have to do with being a successful REALTOR®? A lot, it turns out. Three of the most downloaded games are Draw Something, Words with Friends and Scramble with Friends – apps that are built to be social. Draw Something is like Pictionary with a friend, Words with Friends is like Scrabble and Scramble with Friends is like Boggle. REALTORS® can play with family and friends, but they can use these fun games to connect with partners, clients and potential clients in a pressure-free environment. Each of these apps allow you to locate people you’re friends with on Facebook or connected to on Twitter and play games with them. It’s a great way to show your personal side, plus your drawing and spelling skills may just improve. FREE | Apple | Android
8. Doubletwist Alarm
Available only on Android, the stunning Doubletwist Alarm is the perfect way to start your day. Ditch your standard, grating alarm clock and try this app which is a smarter way to sleep and wake up. Doubletwist offers suggestions on when to wake up so you feel truly refreshed, suggesting times to go to bed or wake up. Multiple alarm settings are also available as is a library you can use to set songs for waking up. Last but not least, the display and design is amazing and beautiful, making Android users happy and iPhone owners jealous. $1.99
One of the most popular personal finance apps of 2012, the Mint.com app allows you to track, budget and manage your money all in one place. Add bank, credit, loan and retirements accounts to Mint and the program automatically pulls in and categorizes your transactions, helping you track and budget your money. The app is safe and secure and gives you access to all your financial information at all times. FREE | Apple | Android
10. Find My iPhone
There’s no worse feeling than realizing that you’ve lost your wallet, purse or bag. Well, maybe the feeling you get when you realize you’ve misplaced your phone. Good thing there’s an app for that. Recently updated to fix some earlier bugs, Find My iPhone helps you locate your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac by using another iOS device to track its whereabouts. You can see where your device is located (hopefully at the office or in the couch cushions) or, if it’s in the hands of a stranger, display a message, play a sound, remotely lock the device or erase the data on it completely. Now, where did I leave my keys? FREE
What do you think of the list above or what apps can you not live without? Share your reviews, opinions and suggestions in the comments.