Juanita McDowell, right, shows an audience member a Siri shortcut during the “Gadgets and Gizmos” session at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans on Friday.
Does the technology you use maximize your time? There are new apps and gadgets being released all the time, but it can be hard to tell whether the ones you’re considering for your business are worth it. Juanita McDowell, a real estate technology instructor with InMotion Consulting LLC in Atlanta, highlighted her favorite tech tools during Friday’s “Gadgets and Gizmos” session.
Upload your photos and video clips to one of Animoto’s video templates to easily create a video slideshow of your listings. The best part, McDowell said, is that background music is included with each template, so you don’t have to source music yourself. Business plans start at $249 per year; animoto.com
Use this portable scanner to scan all your receipts on the go. All scanned documents are put into a database, and you can search for receipts by store name. You can create an expense report, track your expenses for tax time, and make PDF or Excel files. $179.95; neat.com
Attach this telephoto lens to your smartphone to shoot better-quality fisheye or wide-angle photos with better zoom capability. The downside, McDowell said, is that you have to take the case off your phone to attach the lens. “Who wants to carry around a naked phone?” she said. Prices vary depending on phone; olloclip.com
Stick this special memory card in your digital camera, and using your phone’s Wi-Fi connection, you can send the photos you take with your camera directly to your phone or tablet. Prices vary by plan; eyefi.com
A surveillance camera disguised as a keychain, this comes in handy when having conversations with clients that you want on record. It comes in handy if a client ever threatens to give you a bad review online, McDowell notes. Shop different models on amazon.com.
This app allows you to take notes while recording a meeting or conversation and sync the notes to the audio. So when you click on a specific word or phrase, the audio will play back at the point in the conversation where that word or phrase was used. $4.99 in the iTunes store.
Create a postcard using any photo on your phone, write a message, and have it mailed—all from your smartphone. Free to download in the iTunes store, 99 cents per postcard. sincerely.com/postagram