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Who hates Paper – This Guy!

People that know the real Green Bay Greg know that I’m a geek when it comes to technology.  This passion for technology has helped streamline my business to become more efficient while helping the environment.  If you’re like most real estate professionals, I’m confident that you print at least a 100 pages of paper a week if not much much more. 

In reading a post from a well respected Bloodhound Blog contributor, James Hsu, I noticed that he started to transform his business with a tablet PC.  Being the geek that I am, I started to do more and more research about this great technology.    After thorough research I purchased my first tablet PC for real estate. 

After jumping in the water, I started to get really excited abot my new toy. As soon as it arrived I ripped it right out of the box and tried to sign a contract within the first 10 minutes of owning the machine. You might wonder how the hell did you know how to sign a contract on a machine you’ve never used? Well in researching tablet PCs, I started to find trends among the tablet PC users.  They either used a program called Microsoft One Note or another program called PDF Annotator.   Thankfully my tablet PC, the HP2730P, came with One Note preloaded on the machine.  I fired up Zipforms and went to file print and selected the printer (Send to OneNote2007).  After I printed the contract to OneNote I was signing contracts within seconds. 

My journey here at Bloodhound Blog will be about how I actually utilize my tablet PCc to completely run my real estate business.  Signing a contract is an obivious use, but after 4 months of using the tablet PC I’ve found ways to operate my whole business with it.   Streamlining and simplifying my day to day tasks has become a must for me, considering my volume of transactions is growing.  We all want to break through our personal barriers and graduate to the next level and that is what I’m going to share with you on a frequent basis.

What to expect in the Green Bay Greg Tablet PC BHB Blog:

  • How I use my tablet PC when working with buyers out in the field
  • Meeting with Sellers the Tablet PC WAY!  Looking cool never felt so good!
  • A foolproof way to organize your business and to actually have a clean desk!
  • Utilizing Live.com Windows Live Sync Service Never lose your documents again!
  • The fool-proof inexpensive way to back up all your files!

I’ve been active participant for a while here now at Bloodhound blog, and I’m really looking forward to giving back. If you have any topics or questions you would like me to cover please email me or leave a comment on the blog.

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  • 9 comments

    9 Comments so far

    1. Dan Sullivan - Denver Real Estate September 26th, 2009 12:28 pm

      I have been searching for the paperless “Holy Grail” for years, but still find myself buying lots of paper and ink cartridges.

      It seems that if I want to do things without paper, it takes twice as long, so I tend to just hit that print button.

      Very excited to follow this series.

    2. Dan Sullivan - Denver Real Estate September 26th, 2009 12:28 pm

      I have been searching for the paperless “Holy Grail” for years, but still find myself buying lots of paper and ink cartridges.

      It seems that if I want to do things without paper, it takes twice as long, so I tend to just hit that print button.

      Very excited to follow this series.

    3. Doug Quance September 26th, 2009 12:55 pm

      Your postings about using a Tablet PC in real estate will be read by me with a large degree of interest. I have always thought that this would be the natural evolution of our business.

    4. Greg Dallaire September 26th, 2009 7:39 pm

      Dan,

      I feel your pain on things taking sometimes longer to do it electronically. Hopefully my series on actual implementation will share a different option than what you were doing before.

      Doug Quance,

      I’ve followed your posts closely as well i’m glad to hear that my experience may lend a helping hand to you.

      Bloodhound have a great weekend. I’m de plugging for the rest of the weekend!

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    6. Lane Bailey September 28th, 2009 7:10 am

      I have a been using a Toshiba convertible tablet for a few years now… LOVE it (ok, the battery sucks). I have and use One Note, as well as PDF Annotator.

      Sometimes it is less convenient to get the signatures, but later, when I don’t have to scan or fax, and can file and retrieve the document in moments, it saves time.

      Now I just wish I could find a Tablet/Netbook that is half the size…

    7. Robert Worthington September 28th, 2009 1:09 pm

      Greg, I look forward to your follow up posts of your tablet pc. Greg you could host a BHB webinar someday of the infinite benefits of the tablet pc. Your kissing the BHB sweet spot…technology. I’m excited Sir!

    8. Jessica Wynn Horton September 28th, 2009 3:17 pm

      Awesome! I’m excited to hear and learn from your experiences. I just found a company that puts out a Mac tablet and I want one…

      Please keep them coming!

    9. Jolenta Averill October 3rd, 2009 1:52 pm

      Greg, Great to see you on Bloodhound Blog! As an ex-IT exec this is a subject that’s more than near and dear to my heart. As a Realtor, I’d love nothing more than to find new ways to make my office more paperless (if not entirely so). Thanks for sharing – I’m looking forward to your valuable insight!