Investors are feeling bullish on real estate technology, a sentiment that could produce new opportunities in the near future.
MetaProp NYC, a real estate technology accelerator, recently polled investors and startup founders on the state of the industry, and where they see it going in 2016 and beyond. The results of the “Global Real Estate Tech Confidence Index” show that investors are confident about the state of the real estate technology market. On a 1-10 scale, investors rated their confidence in the industry a 9.1.
“We found that 90 percent of investors intend to make either the same amount of investments as last year or more in 2016,” the researchers explained. “Founders and investors expect that the real estate tech market will grow more competitive during 2016, with more startups chasing a larger pool of venture capital funding.”
Luckily, real estate agents don’t have to wait for great apps. There are already plenty available. If you can’t wait for the latest investments to hit the market, here are a few of the best real estate apps available now:
When you’re working for a brokerage, keeping track of all your expenses can be difficult. This app will keep track of all your receipts for you, which can help you stay more organized and free up space on your desk or in your drawers. If you’re tracking your expenses, consider Expensify or a similar service to make sure you’re staying on top of your receipts.
Have you ever hosted a virtual open house? If not, you might want to look into downloading Periscope and trying one out. Leads that are moving long distances or have busy schedules would likely take advantage of virtual tours if you offer them. You can also use apps like Periscope for Q&A sessions or to stream local events.
Maintaining relationships with past clients is important, which is why apps like Homekeepr can help. This service sends maintenance reminders to real estate agents’ past clients. This is a great excuse to keep in touch and it’s helpful for homeowners.
You no longer need to meet someone in person to drop off documents to be signed. Virtual signatures are as binding as ink and much easier to get a hold of. In addition, like Expensify, this app can help real estate agents save space and stay more organized by removing the need for piles of papers.
There are plenty of apps available for real estate agents, and new ones waiting around the corner. These can help you stay organized, reach new leads and maintain strong relationships with past clients. The suite of services available to real estate agents now – along with the fact that investors are confident more are on the way – is great for tech-savvy real estate professionals whose most valuable lead generation tools are their cellphones.
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