Sell! Sell! Sell! The iPhone and iPad apps you need to win at real estate!

Sell! Sell! Sell! The iPhone and iPad apps you need to win at real estate!

The apps every realtor and broker needs to market better, sell faster, and keep clients happier!

If you're a realtor or a broker, your iPhone and iPad can be invaluable tools that can not only help keep you organized, but help you do your job better. Everything from apps that help you market yourself to productivity apps that make client management and communication easier than ever are available in the App Store.

Here are the ones we think are the best choices for active real estate agents and brokers.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a useful tool for pretty much every profession and real estate is absolutely no exception. More people use it than you think which means getting files and documents to clients just became simpler. Whether you choose to utilize Dropbox just for storing files for access from any device or want to create shared folders with clients, it's a must have.

Not only do you have immediate access to your files from anywhere on your iPhone and iPad, Dropbox has Mac and Windows clients to keep your desktop and laptop computers in sync. And for the times you're away from home or don't have access to your iPhone or iPad, logging into the Dropbox website gives you access to your files wherever else you may need them from.

Dropbox gives you 2GB of space for free or you can purchase more on a monthly or yearly basis for a pretty small fee.

Scanner Pro

One thing realtors and brokers do quite often is scan documents with signatures. This is where an app like Scanner Pro is dead useful. Simply take photos of the pages on your phone in order to create a document. It's great for when you aren't near a scanner or computer and need to get something to a client right away.

Not only does it make work that used to only be possible inside the office manageable from the outside, your clients will be impressed when they receive documents you promised in only a matter of minutes. Scanner Pro is a great place to keep copies of common documents such as purchase agreements, inspection reports, and more. From here, they're ready to be sent off the minute you need them. Clients also tend to like an option outside of having a home scanner. They may not have those laying around anymore but the odds of them having an iPhone is much higher.

eKey

Every realtor is familiar with lockboxes and uses them on a regular basis to unlock and show houses or to put one on their own listings. Regardless where you are, you can't avoid lockboxes and the issues they can bring with them at times. Updating keys before you leave the office or your home can be irritating. What if you didn't have to remember those steps anymore?

Supra actually offers an eKey that comes as an attachment that plugs into your charge port equipped with an IR sensor. Simply download the free eKey app to your iPhone and log in with your agent ID. You'll need to purchase the equipment and attachments from Supra before using the eKey app. Most realtor associations have them for you to walk in and buy as well. Once you're all set up, just log in with your agent ID and you're ready to go. Anywhere you have service, you'll have the ability to unlock homes to show your clients at a moment's notice.

For more information on Supra and the attachments available, you can visit the Supra eKey website.

Fantastical

While the default Calendar app for iPhone and iPad does what it needs to, entering appointments and showings can still be a daunting task. The thing about Fantastical is that is supports natural language input. Realtors spend a lot of time on the phone and need to enter appointments, showings, and closings into their calendars quickly. Fantastical can do just that. Instead of having to fill out all the nitty gritty details line by line, just tell Fantastical by voice or by typing what you want. For example, just say "Showing with Bob at noon tomorrow." and Fantastical will do the rest for you.

If you have separate calendars set up, you can even take it one step further and tell Fantastical something like "Showing with Bob at noon tomorrow. Calendar Century 21." It'll automatically put events where they should be.

Already use the default Calendar app? No worries. Fantastical shares them same core files so anything you place in the default calendar with appear in Fantastical automatically and vice versa. There's literally no setup required.

Trulia

Trulia is just as good of a resource for realtors as it is for buyers and sellers. When on appointments with clients, logging into an MLS and having to search for other properties they may inquire about can be time consuming. While the MLS contains more information, Trulia gives a nice overview of properties and is map based which makes it easy to pinpoint and target the properties someone is asking about.

While it isn't as detailed as the MLS, it does provide good information in a quicker manner. It's also a good place to advertise in your area. Lots of folks out there are browsing for homes on their iPhones and iPads nowadays and there's no better way to gain clients than your credentials showing up on the homes they're looking at.

Note: We are aware there is a Trulia app specifically for agents but did not receive good feedback on it, and according to agents we spoke with, the general Trulia app is what they use for quick reference and to market themselves.

1Password

Any realtor knows that are are tons of passwords that come with the job. MLS logins, zip form passwords, and so many more. Forgetting a password is a headache and can set you back or worse, cause an inconvenience for your clients when you can't access information they want to know. We all know that it is never a good idea to have the same password for multiple accounts.

This is where 1Password comes in handy. It can remember all your passwords and logins as well as generate strong passwords for you. Every type of account you can think of is supported with the ability to create any custom ones you'd like. You can also use 1Password to generate strong passwords when you can't think of one. 1Password has support for not only iOS but Mac and PC as well.

Trip Cubby

One thing realtors do more than anything is drive. Whether it's to showings, closings, open houses, or any other place you need to go, gas mileage is tax deductible for self employed realtors. That's why it's especially important to keep track of how many miles you're driving and to where. Trip Cubby is a fantastic way to do just that. Along with tracking general mileage, you can also make notes as to what you're traveling for and why you're logging it.

Trip Cubby isn't iPhone 5 compatible yet, it's still the best option we've found for tracking mileage when it comes to features and options.

Special thanks to @HeatherMelnyk of Century 21 Middleton for helping with this roundup!

Your favorite apps for realtors and brokers?

These are the apps that we think Let us know what apps keep you on task and help you meet client's needs better than you could without.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 9 comments. Add yours.

chrishull says:

Great article! I can't go a day without Dropbox.

Just a note about the eKey adapter for IOS devices: It has a 30 pin connector, so anyone with an iPhone 5 will need to get an adapter for the Lightning port.

I also use iAnnotate PDF a lot on my iPad. It's great for marking up contracts on the go. It can pull docs out of Dropbox and other cloud services.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

They actually have a wireless Key FOB available for the 5 and other devices now. No need to plug in. There is a link to it in the article ;)

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bergman says:

Allyson - excellent article. Are you a Realtor? I'd add:
Evernote - my real estate biz is paperless and mobile
There are several scanning apps - pick one that has integrated with Dropbox and Evernote. DocScan Pro is my current favorite.
Realtor.com - in case your MLS doesn't yet have a mobile MLS app. You need to see what your clients are looking at.
Passwords - don't overlook Roboform. It has full integration with PCs and Mcs and stays in sync

Allyson Kazmucha says:

I am not. My girlfriend is. She helped w/ the article.

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TxTouchRealty says:

Allyson

You should consider becoming a realtor. Come to Texas! Be glad to help you get started.

Stefan Remus says:

Great article Allyson. Check Boca Video, a free app that was designed with real estate professionals in mind. It allows you to instantly turn your photos into a professional looking video, on the fly. No more wasting time downloading, organizing, editing, at the end of the day. http://www.getboca.com/

Lubos Hrasko says:

Thanks for the article Allyson. Love the layout and great photos!

I have recently developed an application to help my real estate agent wife track inquiries, showings and her listed properties. The app is called Listings+. It is available on the iPhone right now and we are working on an Android version. My wife swears by it and our other clients love it too!

Check it out at http://www.listingsplusapp.com

matt hanks says:

Nice article Allyson! Supra eKEY works to access properties when out of cell service, too.

Julie Smith5 says:

A very useful list.

As an agent, one useful App I would suggest is Property Listing App for Facebook.
This App creates a listing for your home within a facebook page. It's really easy to use.

https://apps.facebook.com/sellmyhousefast/