10 Apps Every REALTOR® MUST Have (But Probably Doesn’t!)

Aren’t we always looking for that “next best thing”; the app, system, or technology that will change the way we do business? While the market and our needs are ever-changing, these 10 apps will help you stay on top of the game every time.  


What does your phone’s contact list look like these days? It’s a mess isn’t it? Duplicate contacts, old information, and more can leave you looking and feeling out-of-the-loop. Circleback takes care of that for you, cleaning up your contact list and using social media and artificial intelligence to “discover when your contacts change jobs, titles, phones, or work emails so you can reach your prized connections at a moment’s notice.”



Keeping track of your expenses can get tedious, but Expensify makes tracking your expenses, time, and distance easy.



Imagine this: you’re browsing the web while waiting for your client to arrive and you come across a brilliant article. But by the time you’ve got time to read it, you’ve forgotten all about it. Pocket stores articles, videos, and more, and even allows you to access them without an internet connection, so you can read them, post them to social media, and more on your own schedule.



You don’t have to hire a professional to put together a stellar walkthrough video of your latest listing. Magisto creates beautiful videos with ease, allowing you to save time, save money, and sell that house!



Keeping in touch with your clients has never been easier than it is with Felt. You can choose a card, upload a picture, and even add a handwritten note – then Felt sends it for you using the information in your phone’s contact list. You’ll never forget a birthday, home anniversary, or holiday again.



In case you haven’t noticed, live videos are sweeping social media, and Periscope is another great way to use the live feature to reach prospective buyers and sellers. Periscope’s interface is easy, allows users from everywhere to view your live feed, and then posts seamlessly to Facebook once the live broadcast is over. Periscope is new enough that you’ll look “on trend”, yet established enough that you’ll reach a large audience.



Simplify and expedite the process for you and your clients. In their own words: “Import documents from email or the cloud. Sign and fill them in minutes. Email the completed documents or save them back to the cloud. Works with PDF, Word, Pages, Excel, JPEG – almost any file format you use at work.”



HomeKeepr’s system allows you to solidify relationships with your clients and stay valuable post-closing. With the ability to brand the program to your liking, you can send your past clients maintenance reminders for their home as well as a director of preferred vendors.



When did your client open up your last email? This app tells you right in Gmail. But that’s not all. It helps you prioritize your emails, collaborate with others, and manage to-do lists and deals – all right in your inbox.


Refresh works by connecting everything from your social networks, contacts, calendar and more to bring in the big picture of who you are meeting with, by delivering you insights before each meeting. Or maybe you just want to know more about someone, search their name to locate background information, etc. It’s like searching through multiple social media profiles all from one simple app.




The Resource, July 2016 – Houston

We’re happy to share some great articles with you this month. Please feel free to pass these along to clients, friends and family.

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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Home and Family

Gearing up for a fun Fourth of July? While fireworks are exciting, be sure to keep your home and family safe with the following tips:

Check Your Coverage!

Basic home insurance covers fire, but if the fire starts as a result of fireworks set off by your family, you may not be covered if fireworks are illegal in your area. Check your coverage – and your city laws. Fireworks are illegal in the city of San Antonio, but legal in Bexar County, so make sure you are in an unincorporated part of the county before setting them off.

Firework Safety

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

Courtesy for Veterans

While Independence Day is a fun time for many of us, there are members of our community who have difficulty this time of year, specifically Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which can be triggered by the sound of fireworks exploding. Through an initiative by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, signs may appear on lawns in your neighborhood asking “Please be courteous with fireworks”. These signs indicate that the household includes a Veteran with PTSD – be on the lookout and keep our soldiers in mind as you celebrate. Advanced warning can help a great deal, so consider informing your neighbors if you’ll be setting off fireworks.


Animals handle loud noises differently, and to some of our furry friends, the Fourth of July can be terrifying! Leave your pets at home if you’re attending a party, and leave them inside if you’re celebrating at home. Make sure pets have proper identification in case they run, and never use fireworks around your pets.




Listing Expertise and Closing Techniques – Upcoming Classes at the Katy Office

The Katy Office will be offering two classes on July 11, in partnership with Ravenna Custom Homes. Join us at the Ravenna Homes Firethorne Model for these great courses!

List to Last, Being a Listing Expert, and Working with Buyers: The course discusses how the student can learn sources and techniques for obtaining listing appointments and them meet with the sellers and give a professional presentation that instills confidence in their real estate skills and trust in their integrity. Then to also show how to maintain the listing thru promotions and communication.

Closing Techniques: This class is a discussion of various closing Techniques used to obtain an action or agreement from our clients.

Cost: Provided by Ravenna Homes

Texas is Being Hailed an Economic Miracle

In a story published by RealtyTimes.com, Jacob Dymacek calls Texas an economic miracle. Even in the midst of a troubled international market, Texas continues to thrive.

Best-Cities.org agrees. In their analysis of the best performing cities across the nation in 2015, according to job growth and sustainability, Texas had 6 of the Top 50 cities on the list of Best Performing Large Cities and 7 of the Top 50 cities on the list of Best Performing Small Cities. Austin, Dallas-Plano-Irving, San Antonio-New Braunfels, Houston, El Paso, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Fort Worth-Arlington, Odessa, Midland, San Angelo, Victoria, College Station, Longview, and Tyler all made the cut.

Dymacek writes, “According to experts, livestock and agriculture production, oil, natural gas and modern technologies are the main areas, in which Texas prospers so much. Whereas agriculture, oil and natural gas have been its life line for many years, the new and main focus is to attract investors and hi-tech companies. It just shows how well can Texas government adjust to the current market.”

Of course, those who already live in Texas have noticed the current trends in business and real estate – the Texas market seems to be having its moment in the sun.