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Real estate agents snap up apps to snare competitive edge

Agents use Dropbox for sharing large photos of properties for sale.

Need a signature on a contract? How about a virtual space to collaborate on a deal? Keep track of appointments or listings?

Need a signature on a contract? How about a virtual space to collaborate on a deal? Keep track of appointments or listings?

There’s an app for that, and a whole lot more.

Real estate agents committed to saving time, staying connected with clients and colleagues, sharing information and moving to paperless work flows and using mobile apps to zoom ahead of the competition.

Here are agents’ favorite apps – some free and available to all, others proprietary by real estate firm – for staying on track with clients and ahead of the pack.

Amanda Renaldi, a Realtor with Century 21 Pinnacle in Bethlehem Township, likes Google Drive, Dropbox, Genius Scan and Penultimate/Evernote. All are free and available to the general public.

Renaldi uses Google Drive for file sharing, cloud storage and retrieval. She syncs photos, information or documents between various devices – such as laptops, desktops, iPads and her phone – and shares information with colleagues and clients with Dropbox and Genius Scan.

“For really large photos of a property, Dropbox is easy to use, saves time and is more efficient than trying to send emails with photographs attached to them,” Renaldi said.

“We have offices in Bethlehem and Wind Gap, and I have a home office,” she said. “With Dropbox, I can access any of the files from any location.”

Genius Scan, a PDF scanner used with Apple devices, is a way to share files by converting them to PDFs.

Penultimate, a handwriting app that works with Evernote, is a valuable way for Renaldi to keep track of activity on her real estate listings, and it syncs with all of her devices so she never drops an important idea, comment or task.

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