Real estate is not always an office job. In fact, more often than not, agents find themselves doing business out in the field. Meeting prospective sellers, showing buyers around, organizing marketing and events… a lot of this gets done on the go!
Whether you’re working from your car, a coffee shop, a vacant listing, your vacation destination or somewhere else, here are the seven essentials every real estate agent needs to conduct business from anywhere:
Your constant companion, it’s probably by your side when you go to bed at night and when you wake up in the morning. Smartphones are just so darn versatile! Besides helping you call and text clients, your phone enables you to check emails, take photos of listings and even legally sign and deliver documents. How neat is that?
2. Business Cards
In a field where you’re always meeting new people, you’re definitely going to need some business cards. Printed or digital, business cards give contacts a way to remember and get in touch with you. Today’s agents might want to add more than just a name and phone number. How about your Twitter handle? Here are some tips to help you optimize your business cards and stand out from the pack.
3. Mini Office Suite
Find a good old fashioned pencil case and pack the following in your car, laptop case or travel bag: trusty pen, notepad, stapler, white out and tape. You won’t regret it when you are the most prepared agent at any meeting.
4. Mobile Charger
Is anything worse than watching the charge on your phone, laptop or tablet go from 20 to 10 to 5 percent? To prevent a slow and painful technology death from happening at exactly the wrong time, you need a mobile charger. This convenient solar charger is one of our favourites.
5. Change of Shoes
It never fails. If you’re wearing nice shoes, you will be called out to a dusty construction site or asked to look at something in a muddy garden. Keep a pair of tennis shoes in your trunk for exactly these moments so you’re ready for anything.
We think this real estate comic says it best:
Pack some healthy snacks (e.g. fruits, trail mix, protein bars) to stave off hunger on the busiest days. Your clients, coworkers and family will thank you!
7. Paper Towels
When you’re eating in your car, tromping around gardens and showing homes, you’re going to encounter your share of messes. Never underestimate the versatile cleaning power of a roll of paper towels. It’s a genius thing to keep in your car.
Updated January 20th, 2017:
Bonus: Video Streaming
Trends throughout 2016 have shown an unstoppable rise in streaming video. Everything from music concerts to video journals of everyday activities is attracting more and more audience, as long as it’s streaming live, either on Facebook, YouTube Red or Periscope. The best part is that you can already make a splash in the world of streaming open houses or virtual tours – your smartphone and the right app are everything you need! Get filming and engage your social media followers!
And of course, don’t forget the power of your mobile-friendly Point2 Agent website! This will help you connect with buyers and impress sellers with your marketing prowess, no computer required! If you need help making sure your site is easy to see on any and all devices, just give us a call.
What’s one of your must-haves when you’re out of the office for the day?