When it comes to technology, selling real estate hasn’t always been a mobile profession. In fact, many agents can remember a time when knowing where to find the closest pay phone was a big part of the business. Today, being mobile, means far more than carrying a cell phone. In 2013, many of the original tools of the mobile revolution have been traded in for more lightweight alternatives. Netbooks and even tablet devices like the iPad have replaced heavy laptops. Listing photos, once taken with Polaroid and film cameras, are now shot with compact digital cameras or even a cell phone. Remember those large video cameras we dragged out for family events? Now agents can promote the interiors of homes they list with videos on YouTube using the same camera they shoot photos with.
The fax machine may be the best example of the change towards mobile. My first fax machine in 1987 took up a large footprint and cost $1600. Fax machines became lighter and cheaper over the next 20 years but soon services like eFax eliminated the need for a separate piece of equipment. Today, for the paperless agent, scanning and email have pretty much replaced fax services altogether as most real estate documents are now digital.
With the move towards mobile, one piece of equipment that remains irreplaceable is my ScanSnap Scanner, which gives me the ability to Scan to cloud services that I use on a daily basis like Evernote and Dropbox and even directly to my iPad. I’ve recently added a portable scanner to my ScanSnap family that allows me to scan documents at the home of a client or in a hotel room, simply with the use of an USB cord and my light weight net book computer. It does a fine job with legal documents and is the perfect solution for scanning business cards and receipts while in a hotel room or away from home base. Like my “at home” model, the ScanSnap portable can scan to cloud services like Drop Box and Evernote, making this a perfect tool for the mobile agent.