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Five for the road: iPhone apps for the real estate road warrior

Jott. Jott is preternaturally useful, since you can just phone yourself notes from the road and have them waiting for you when you get back to the office. Here’s an iPhone strategy: Install the iPhone app, but continue to use Jott by phone. That way, your Jotts will show up on your home email account, but they will also sync wirelessly with the iPhone client. You’ll have your notes with you wherever you happen to be working.

NetNewsWire. NetNewsWire is by now the de facto category-killer feed reader. The desktop version syncs wirelessly with the iPhone client, so you never see the same news twice: If you read it on your iPhone, it won’t show up on your home client and vice versa.

Mail. A built-in app? You bet. I have my mail set up like this: From my iMac in the office, certain categories of email — initial client contacts plus mail from anyone in my Address Book — are redirected to a unique iPhone-only gmail account. That way, I get echoes of the mail that matters to me, with zero spam. The iPhone’s mail account won’t honor my gmail Reply To setting, which sucks, but, as above, the advantage is that I have my important email wherever I happen to be working.

Maps. Another built-in app — and it made me look look smart twice yesterday. I’m very kinesthetic. I rarely get lost, and I can remember any route I have ever traveled. Even so, directions in real estate listings can suck. Having on-demand GPS mapping is a life-saver for a working Realtor.

Where. If Where did nothing but find the nearest Starbucks, I would still love it to death. But Where finds and maps anything that can be found — with a fast, clean interface.

Cathy has four pages of iPhone apps so far. I am very conservative by contrast. But I have two voice dialers that I’m trying to find time to train. If one or the other does the job, I’ll be sure to talk about it, because hands-free dialing would make the iPhone that much more valuable — to a man who can end up filling his gas tank every day.

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6 Comments so far

  1. Todd August 28th, 2008 7:04 am

    Surprising. No mention the Zillow and Trulia iPhone apps? Not even a nod to Twitterific?

    My personal favorite? iBeer:

  2. Greg Swann August 28th, 2008 7:33 am

    >My personal favorite? iBeer:

    That was fun.

    > No mention the Zillow and Trulia iPhone apps?

    FlexMLS for the smartphones. Not sexy, but comprehensive.

    > Not even a nod to Twitterific?


  3. Tom August 28th, 2008 9:25 am

    I am on the fence with the iPhone. I would love it but I find when I am away from my computer(s) I tend to decompress and stop stressing.

    Years ago I carried the Blackberry when they were new, it was great for a while, but I never was off the clock. If I was selling full time out of the house I am sure I would have one again, and my inner geek desperately wants one, but the superego is learning to take charge.

  4. Todd Carpenter August 28th, 2008 3:11 pm

    For me, the best app is the Safari Browser. There isn’t a close second. There’s an occasional page or two that it won’t read, but in 90% of the cases, it’s an absolute dream. I can access the back end of my Blogs, Visit Terabitz’s MLS app for Metro Brokers here in Denver, Google anything get on Halo for Twitter… in fact, I can do almost any web based task that I might do on my desktop, on my iPhone.

    I doubt I’ll ever buy a new laptop. The iPhone gives me unbelievable access to the cloud I built my business in.

    I use the heck out of Jott, and send most of them to my Premium Remember The Milk account (that offers an Iphone interface).

    Where is cool, but I also like Limbo. Same idea, but it’s also a social network that helps to locate your friends. It would be really cool for a conference like Unchained or REBlogWorld.

  5. Glenn August 29th, 2008 8:05 am

    Tom – I agree with your thought of never being off the clock. After 12 years in real estate, I never found a situation that was life threatening like when I was in hospital financial management.

    BTW the video was really electrifing!

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