Fun and Free Tech Tools for Real Estate

I love free! I love fun! I love cool tech tools too. So tech tools that are fun, free and help real estate professionals be more efficient is the best of both worlds. Here are some of my top picks.

Google Voice is a one stop shopping for all your phone needs. Google Voice lets you have one phone number where you can forward your calls to multiple phones or choose certain phones. You can even designate what phone the call comes to based on who is calling you. Voicemails can be viewed in text form either on your phone or your computer and you can reposnd in text too. So stop handing out your cell phone number and get a Google Voice account.

Google’s Chrome browser is a faster, smaller program. The searches are a much simpler and best of all it doesn’t crash. The Chrome Web store is full of free time-saving gadgets and Chrome browser extensions.

Pixlr allows you to edit photos right in your browser. It is available on Google Chrome and Firefox. Pixlr is comparable to the to pricey Photoshop and can even be used to create graphics. You may also want to try Pixler Express for quick edits and Pixlr Grabber for editing screen shots.

Google Calendar allows you to manage your life from anywhere. You can even sync it with your Outlook. I use Google Calendar on my iPad and iPhone and sync it to Outlook. Now Microsoft and Apple are getting along in my world anyway. If you use Gmail than Google Calendar lets you add events from an email, and display upcoming events and appointments next to your email. You can even set up custom reminder systems for text messages, email and pop ups.

Mailchimp is a direct email marketing campaign that helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, and track your results with Google Analytics integration for instant ROI results.

Eyejot sends video emails to your clients or SOI. All you need is a webcam. There is no software to download or install. Just login to your account, record and hit send. It is easy for the recipient to open the message too. They can watch it with a single click.

Animoto turns still pictures into fast-moving videos set to music. Think modern-day virtual tour. Animoto syncs with Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, and SmugMug to get your images in a snap. Add text and emphasize specific images with the touch of a button.

Instapaper lets you easily save articles on the internet. I am always finding articles that I just don’t have time to read now but want to read later. Instapaper lets you organize the articles into folders. The “read later” bookmark can be installed into any browser you can even use it on iPad’s Safari browser. There is an iPad/iPhone app that stores articles so they can be read later, even without Internet access.

Xpenser lets you keep track of all your expenses in the cloud. If you are on the run and need to keep track of expenses quickly Xpenser takes voice input from applications like Dragon Dictation.

Mighty Meeting stores presentations or documents in the cloud and allows you share them on any device. I use this to create a presentation in Powerpoint and share it as a slide show on my iPad. It is too difficult to create presentations on Keynote from my iPad and since I operate on a PC this gives me great flexibility.

Evernote lets you update and manage your documents from anywhere and from any device including an iPad/iPhone with the app. Evernote also helps in searching for information. It can search within PDF files and also uses OCR to search text in the messages. Use Evernote to snap a photo of a business card with your phone, and have an easy way to store and access contacts.

What are some if your favorite free tools?


About Jill Courville

Social Media Consultant, Strategist & Manager, Speaker, Course Developer, Trainer , Avid Skier and Mom

Posted on June 12, 2011, in Business Productivity, Favorite Blog Posts, Tech Tools and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This is certainly a marvelous article. Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to describe all of this out for all of us. It truly is a great guide!

  2. Google calendar is my favorite but Google Voice is a close second. But I am not a huge fan of Chrome so it isn’t that I am some sort of google junkie LOL.

    I have tried all the rest at one time or another but for some reason they just didn’t click for me. Might be time to give them another try?

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