A tablet is a powerful hybrid smart device that allows real estate agents to enjoy the functionality of a laptop combined with the convenience of a smartphone. The National Association of Realtors finds that anything that keeps agents connected, saves them time and increases their productivity is of value. Tablets take the top spot!
1. Tablets replace expensive equipment
Agents have been pitched a great deal of technology in recent years, and much of it complicates life when it should be simplifying it. Desktops, laptops, fax machines, phones, cameras...the list continues. A tablet with carefully chosen applications for specific uses in real estate can replace all of it, while having the advantage of portability.
2. Larger screen provides better viewing experience
As a portable computing devices, tablet will give you full control of the screen, features and applications. Web pages display at their natural size, and apps can perform without any constraints of the smartphone's pocket-sized screen. A hands-on approach provides a more tactile experience for annotating and tagging listings, marketing and other business photos. Compared to laptop computers, tablet offers anywhere from a 7-inch to a 10-inch display screen and weigh less than one pound. An NPD Group report states that 11-inch and larger tablets will make up 10 percent of the tablet market, and their shipments will overtake shipments of smaller ones by 2018. That’s a big shift from current trends in the tablet market. In 2013, 58 percent of the tablet market was comprised of devices with screens smaller than 8 inches.
3. Easily captured, high-quality property photos
Tablets are lightweight and have powerful built-in cameras. Their larger screens offer more control when taking photos. Throw in wireless connectivity capabilities, and you’ve got a device that can supercharge real estate photography without any serious investments. If you are concerned about pixels, don’t be. Tablet manufacturers have focused on packing more pixels into displays, and as a result, they have richer and sharper screens.
4. Save time with immediate access to listings
A tablet offers agents the opportunity to provide potential clients with a listing presentation and sign and upload contracts and other documents digitally. So many of the tasks that required yesterday's agent to return to the office to complete can now be performed on--the-go. Research by the California Association of REALTORS shows that among home buyers and sellers who use the Internet, (more than 80 percent of buyers and 60 percent of sellers) quick response time is in the top three qualities agents must meet in order to meet buyer’s expectations.
5. Save money and win new business
The time saving benefits of a tablet will already put you ahead of the game, but will also save you money associated with driving from place to place just to manage listing photos and documentation. They are the ultimate listing presentation differentiator that allows you to clearly demonstrate to prospective clients that you are committed to technology and service.
Tablets become an even more extraordinary tool when you add a mobile solution that matches the way you work. If you're like most agents, you're constantly taking property photos and scribbling on sticky notes. The trouble is keeping track of this important information. With a tablet and a technological solution, you are able to take notes with photos directly on your device. All of your photos and notes are in one place and easily retrieved. This is essential, because real estate is a visual business!
Since even the best tablet can cost less than a cheap lens, it might not be a bad idea to give it a try. Don’t forget to make it even more interesting while making work much easier and efficient.