Since switching from my Apple iPhone to Samsung Galaxy’s S3, many people have been asking which apps I have been using for my main business – Real Estate. I am a self confessed Geek, and love using the latest technology to give my clients better, and faster service.
Here is a rundown of the top 10 apps and how I use them to increase my productivity, and hopefully you can too!
1. LogMeIn – Price: $29.99
This is the most expensive App I have on my Android phone. At $29.99 it’s certainly at the higher price range, but this app allows me full access to MLXchange running on my desktop at the office. While there are other solutions to accessing MLS data on the road, nothing beats the full fat version, which is available only to the Internet Explorer browser. Link to LogMeIn Ignition
2. Droid Scan Pro – Price: $2.25
An extremely valuable app that comes in hand when you are on the road, scan floor plans, info sheets and other documents and create PDF’s with them. Especially useful for contracts that you have signed on paper, and don’t want to, or don’t have time to, make it back to the office, or a scanner… No problem, fire up this app and click away, make a PDF and email it over to your assistant, or directly over to the other Realtor! Get it here
3. Dropbox – Price: Free
While I use Google for most of my cloud based applications, I use dropbox for my files and photo storage. With the purchase of my Samsung and from recommending Dropbox to friends, my current storage capacity is 55GB. Dropbox is free for those using up to 2GB of storage, and you can achieve more quickly by completing a few, quick exercise (following them on Twitter, Facebook and so on). One of the best features of Dropbox is the ability to synchronize across all your devices and platforms.
I can also email clients documents and photos directly from Dropbox, and I have my phone set up to automatically upload my new photos and videos to Dropbox for access by my team. Link to Dropbox
4. Light Flow – Price: $1.99
Allows for the complete customization of your notifications, this is a must for power users such as ourselves who have many notifications, some of which are more important than others. The S3’s external LED is a function that I’ve missed since my Blackberry days, and now you can choose which colours are displayed depending on the pending notifications on the device. New email is set to a certain colour, you can choose different colours for different accounts. Social media notifications can be a different colour, the possibilities are endless.
There is a free, ‘lite’ edition available for you to try out some of the features. Get the full version.
5. Google+ – Price: Free
With the latest Google algorithm changes, Google+ is going to be a more important factor for your social media rankings and overall SEO strategy. Install this now to stay up to date. Link here.
6. Gas Buddy – Price: Free
Amazing app that uses crowdsourcing to tell you the lowest price of gas close to you, whilst I don’t use this app as often as I should, when you are filling up as much as we are, every little helps! Get it here.
7. Park By Phone – Price: Free
Park by phone is a fantastic app that rids the need for an ashtray full of change! Pay automatically for parking in Vancouver directly to your credit card with a few taps. You can also extend your time without having to revisit the meter. Useful mapping feature to help you remember where you left your car, if you have a problem with that.
The best feature about this app is the ability to create an account and print out or download a list of all your parking expenses. Great for tax time! Check if it’s available in your city and get it now
9. Llama – Price: Free
Location based profiles for your Android. I have been looking for an application like this for a while now, and this one is fantastic. You can teach it your common locations, and set various paramaters. Example – when you leave your home in the morning, you can shut WiFi off, turn BlueTooth on, and turn your notification volume up to maximum. When you get to the office you can have the notifications set to another level, the possibilities are endless! Install it and play around. Get it here.
10. Pulse – Price: Free
Pulse is a news aggregator that allows you to pull popular news sources together and also add your own RSS feeds for your own content. Your one stop shop for your daily news digest. You can do away with all other news apps, and populate pulse with the content that you read. Get Pulse!
Bonus: Speed up your Samsung Galaxy S3!
A quick tip that I learned this week to speed up your Samsung Galaxy S3… While this doen’t actually speed the phone up, it reduces the time the phone spends transitioning between screens, so it makes the phone appear faster, and definitely makes it much more usable! Do this:
Goto Settings-> Developer Options->
Change both the Window animation scale and Transition Animation scale to 0.5x
Your phone will now be running like a beast! Let me know below if this helped you, and which apps you use, or if I have missed any out!