Here’s a look at what REALTORS® came to learn about at this year’s Real Estate Barcamp powered by the Illinois Young Professionals Network, held earlier this week in St. Charles, Ill. These topics determined the final REbarcamp sessions: Social Media, Referrals & Lead Generation, Paperless & Productivity, Technology Management, Negotiation People Skills & Tactics, Marketing to the Media, Mobile Apps, The Future of the Industry, The Art of Your Brand, YouTube, Video with Animoto,iPad, Android or Windows?
Typical with barcamps, the topics focused largely on technology and social media. Here’s a quick list of apps shared among barcamp attendees:
- PDF Expert
- QR Reader
- Turbo Scan
- Any List
- Cam Scanner
- Scanner Pro
- Close the Sale
- Go To Meeting
- Card to Contact
- Scan Bix Cards
- Dot Loop
- HP12C Financial Calculater
- Zillow Mortgages
- Walk Score
- GAS Buddy
- Open House Home Pro
- Pic Stitch
- Snap Seed
- Google+ and Google Hangout
- Zipit Radon
Mobile technology has become a must-have business tool for today’s real estate agent and there are a number of apps that make it easier than ever to connect with clients, get organized and get work done when you are away from the office.
Steve Volkodav, CEO of the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®, highlighted some popular apps in the Oct. 3 session, “App Swap,” at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles, Ill.
There was also an overview of REPurposed Apps, a website for National Association of REALTORS® members to share, recommend and review mobile apps.
Some of apps to check out included:
1. Cloud storage options: Google Drive, Dropbox, SkyDrive
2. Password managers: Last Pass, Dashlane, 1Password
3. Draw and measure floor plans: MagicPlan, Floor Plan Creator
4. Remote access to your desktop: TeamViewer, LogMeIn, 2X
5. Note taking and organization: Evernote, PDF Expert
Mobile technology is changing the game for real estate agents and becoming even more important in the daily real estate activities of REALTORS®. In today’s opening session “Mobile Technology and All That You Can Do,” John D. Reyes, CEO and President of Social NetworX provided an overview and live demonstration of the various technologies including social networking, online video, iPad and mobile applications.
John D. Reyes, CEO/President of Social NetworX
Some of the “must have apps” Reyes shared include:
- Social Networking: Facebook, Instagram, Yelp
- Photo Enhancements: Title FX, Pic Play Post, Instagram, Pic Stich
- Listing Presentations: Slide Shark
- News Source: Zite, Flipboard
- Note Taking Applications: AudioNote, Evernote
- Cloud Storage: Dropbox, Google Drive
Reyes’ session sponsored by Fifth Third Mortgage kicks off day one of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles, Ill. where hundreds of real estate professionals across the state will spend the next two days for professional development and networking.
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (YPN) today hosted a real estate barcamp in conjunction with the associations’s annual fall business meetings and fall conference. Around 100 real estate professionals attended this unconference-format to share perspectives and ideas on topics such as technology management, lead generation, social media, mobile apps and branding.
RESAAS is a social media sponsor for this week’s IAR Fall Conference & Expo (Oct. 1-3), providing an online event hub for IAR conference and REbarcamp attendees. Click here to join the social network group to share valuable content, connect with other conference attendees, stay up-to-date with conference activities, and post photos of you and your colleagues having a great time at the event. Visit the official RESAAS Blog to learn more.
Another (optional) facet of the RESAAS social network is sharing/marketing listings. IAR members are advised to consult with their client and sponsoring broker before posting a listing to any social media site. A quick review of the recent article authored by IAR Legal Counsel “Social Media and Real Estate” will provide more detail on this topic.