These days, being tech savvy isn’t just convenient—it’s practically required. Cloud technology has revolutionized the way we do business, especially in commercial real estate. No longer are brokers expected to travel with paper files in the trunk of their car. Now they have access to all of their documents, contacts, and spreadsheet information on their phone.
The good news is that technology is becoming more and more intuitive and easy to adopt. Here are 5 tools that all CRE professionals need to always have on hand.A good CRM will organize your information and make your life easier in a variety of ways, like dramatically reducing your planning time and helping you keep in touch with clients and colleagues. Make sure the vendor you choose has a mobile app that will not only keep your data on hand but make it accessible and actionable. Have you ever come across an article you’re excited to read but don’t have time to in the moment? And then later you can’t find it, or more likely, you forget? With Pocket, you can save all of your favorite CRE articles in one spot for later viewing so you never lose track again.
Xceligent is your one-stop shop for commercial real estate data. From field research to sales rundowns and tenant information, Xceligent has everything you need for scouting out new markets and pulling up information on the go.
Skype makes it easy to voice and video chat one-on-one or in conference calls with people around the world. Consider it an essential communication tool for anyone who travels and works in a number of locations across the country.
Wunderlist makes getting organized and creating to-do lists quick and easy. But what makes Wunderlist better than other list-taking apps is the ability to collaborate with multiple partners.
While not essential, you might also want to consider getting a tablet to carry around when you’re out in the field. This will allow you to complete complex tasks that would be difficult on your standard smartphone, like creating documents and reading contracts, without having to carry your laptop around with you.