Whether working with home buyers or home sellers, your smartphone is your best friend if your real estate business is as "on-the-go" as most agents in America. For the most part, you can leave your typewriter, darkroom chemicals, and fax machine at home because your phone is able to replicate all the functions of your favorite artifacts of 1980s technology. There are, however, a few great accessories you can buy for your smartphone that will enhance your experience in using them.
Check out these 5 Smart Phone Accessories to Help your Real Estate Business:
1: Wide-Angle Lens
A wide-angle lens should be your go-to smartphone camera peripheral. The standard angle of view on a smartphone is not wide enough to photograph many home interiors. This is the equivalent of wearing horse blinders, and the reason you are stepping all the way back to fit everything into one photo. With a wide-angle lens, you can get everything into a single photo giving home shoppers a better perspective of what the listing looks like. This is also great for taking exterior pictures of homes without having to be in the center of the street.
Two lenses we would recommend are:
2: Bluetooth Keyboard
Let's face it, typing a long and drawn out email is an arduous task on such a small screen. This is likely why you prefer to communicate with your clients on the phone. You might not be able to call your clients as you like, as there are bound to be scheduling conflicts. What if I told you, there are keyboards out there slim enough to fit into your briefcase that will make typing emails much easier? Having a Bluetooth keyboard will make typing emails more efficient, and even more enjoyable.
Two keyboards we would recommend are:
Gone are the days of the PalmPilot, but that stylus comes in handy for certain situations. If you are in one of the states that experiences a natural phenomenon known as "Winter", you can comfortably navigate through your phone while wearing gloves by using a stylus. For you tablet users, a stylus is a great way to sign electronic documents.
Two Styli we would recommend are:
- Pen Stylus - $13.99: http://a.co/dqSUyc
- FiftyThree Digital Stylus Pencil - $44.99: http://a.co/7oVyvXf
4: Pocket Tripod and Smartphone Mount
For more stable video, we recommend using a tripod. A tripod comes in handy when you want to take professional-looking photos of home interior (coupled with a wide angle lens). The tripods we recommend also come in handy as a grip mount that you can use for handheld videos.
If you are the type of agent that makes Q&A or Facebook Live videos, this would be the perfect accessory for you.
Two Tripods we would recommend are:
5: Battery Bank
This is just something that you need for everyday life. With your devices becoming more and more powerful, additional backup battery is needed
Links: battery bank for just phones + battery bank that can also charge a laptop
- 10,000 mAH Capacity Battery - $10.99: http://a.co/f3ho2Fv
- Laptop Compatible Battery - $129.99: http://a.co/2koXZJn
These 5 gadgets are items that will greatly enrich your day-to-day life as a real estate agent. Even if you are not correctly using them, that will make you appear more tech savvy, which is something millennials love. Pair that with effective social media networking and you, my friend, will be everybody's favorite agent.