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Paperless key on keyboardThe world of paperless solutions is ever-growing, mainly because real-time communication and quick response is expected by the average home-buyer. Lab42, a market research company, recently found that 66 percent of consumers prefer web-based retailers to their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Not only that, but 73 percent also do at least half of their shopping online. With clients’ growing dependence on online-accessible information and transactions, agents who are willing to serve up information in a more paperless, online-accessible manner could reap the rewards.

To help narrow down the playing field and refocus on the tools that truly work, the list below has been created to showcase the best of the best when it comes to paperless solutions.

  1. CRS Data’s new MLS Tax Suite – Yes, of course we had to throw it in here! When it’s time to pull tax data and create stunning presentations, there’s nothing quite like this intuitive system that’s accessible on almost any mobile device. Created to showcase maps in a range of views for your clients, the data and comps are reliable and the layers tools make it simple to view listings and past sales. To top it off, CRS Data just integrated a Refined Values tool that allows you to enter a home renovation or remodel and create an estimate value based on local home renovation data. Their customization options are endless.
  2. Evernote – Want to have access to your notes from any mobile device at any time? Evernote is packed with features and makes access to client requests, meeting notes and even confidential documents, easily available. The organization options are endless and provides so much more power over how you create and share your information.
  3. Dropbox and Dot Loop – Both make it possible to store and share documents regardless of size. Users can upload photos and documents and create unique URLs for each, which can then be shared rather than having to email large documents. Both help ensure your documents can be seen by clients while keeping them secure.

Going paperless has never been easier than it is today. But amidst the wide variety of paperless software and creative mobile apps, it’s easy to lose sight of what you do and don’t need as a realtor to make “paperless” a reality. Sharing, storing and communicating data online has now become commonplace and even expected by clients searching for their next dream home.

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