Real estate agent must havesReal estate is not always an office job. In fact, more often than not, agents find themselves doing business out in the field. Meeting prospective sellers, showing buyers around, organizing marketing and events… a lot of this gets done on the go!
Whether you’re working from your car, a coffee shop, a vacant listing, your vacation destination or somewhere else, here are the seven essentials every real estate agent needs to conduct business from anywhere:
Your constant companion, it’s probably by your side when you go to bed at night and when you wake up in the morning. Smartphones are just so darn versatile! Besides helping you call and text clients, your phone enables you to check emails, take photos of listings and even legally sign and deliver documents. How neat is that?
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2. Business Cards
In a field where you’re always meeting new people, you’re definitely going to need some business cards. Printed or digital, business cards give contacts a way to remember and get in touch with you. Today’s agents might want to add more than just a name and phone number. How about your Twitter handle? Here are some tips to help you optimize your business cards and stand out from the pack.
3. Mini Office Suite
Find a good old fashioned pencil case and pack the following in your car, laptop case or travel bag: trusty pen, notepad, stapler, white out and tape. You won’t regret it when you are the most prepared agent at any meeting.
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4. Mobile Charger Is anything worse than watching the charge on your phone, laptop or tablet go from 20 to 10 to 5 percent? To prevent a slow and painful technology death from happening at exactly the wrong time, you need a mobile charger. This convenient solar charger is one of our favourites.
5. Change of Shoes
It never fails. If you’re wearing nice shoes, you will be called out to a dusty construction site or asked to look at something in a muddy garden. Keep a pair of tennis shoes in your trunk for exactly these moments so you’re ready for anything.
Pack some healthy snacks (e.g. fruits, trail mix, protein bars) to stave off hunger on the busiest days. Your clients, coworkers and family will thank you!
7. Paper Towels
When you’re eating in your car, tromping around gardens and showing homes, you’re going to encounter your share of messes. Never underestimate the versatile cleaning power of a roll of paper towels. It’s a genius thing to keep in your car.