It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time for family reunions, great food, relaxation, and, of course, gifts! In recent years, technology has been on the top of most wish lists in America, and this year is no different.
If you’re still stuck on what to ask Santa for this year, here are some suggestions for your loved ones – and maybe they can find some sweet holiday deals!
Investing in a good digital camera is crucial for a real estate agent. Photos can make or break a listing. When a home buyer is searching for homes online, he or she can be swayed one way or the other by the quality of the photos. Shoot for a camera with a higher megapixel count for to ensure higher quality photos. Also, most digital cameras can record videos now, which add an extra interactive element to your listing. And, of course, make sure to always keep your camera charged. You don’t want to get to a house and have to turn around to charge your lithium battery! According to CNET, if your budget is relatively low, the Canon PowerShot A1200 is an excellent camera for shooting stationary objects (like homes and their interiors) for between $87 and $130. On the higher end of the scale, the Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera is great – it’s easy to use camera and produces great images and even helps budding photographers start off their “photography careers” right.
A global positioning system device is extremely helpful for a real estate agent. If you have a listing that’s out in the boonies, just enter the address in and let it guide your way. A lot of new cars come equipped with built-in GPS devices. Make sure your software is up to date!
A personal tablet
Tablets are an excellent way to keep yourself organized and your business running efficiently. They’re smaller and sleeker than computers, but do a lot of the same things. They’re also easily portable which is perfect for any busy agent on the go. You can manage your email, calendars, appointments, and contacts, as well as develop great listing presentations with your tablet. While there are several tablets to choose from, the Apple iPad 2 is arguably the most popular one available, and with it you can use the brand new Homes.com iPad app. To download the app, click here.
It’s hard for anyone to get by without a smartphone these days, especially real estate agents. Because home buyers are so used to the instant gratification they get from the Internet, they tend to hold agents to that same standard – they’ll email or call agents, and whoever responds fastest gets their business. With a smartphone, you can answer emails and phone calls as soon as you get them, and even take lower quality photos and videos if need be. Not to mention access the Internet and thousands of useful apps. Homes.com has a number of apps you can download. Click here to see them all!
What about you? What gadgets are at the top of your wish list this year?