The Best Life Hacks For Realtors
Whether you work for yourself or with a team of other agents, finding success as a Realtor is all about learning to work as efficiently as possible. This can be done by eliminating distractions and working smarter, not harder. Try these following life hacks to help you become a better realtor:
1. Use an App to Plan Showing Routes
Nothing is as inefficient as driving from one side of town to the other, only to find out that you should have taken that other back road. Use a route planning app like Route4Me or RoadWarrior to schedule showings. This will help you save time and always be first to your destination.
2. Use Dryer Sheets to Freshen Up Listings
Older homes often have a certain musty smell to them. Regardless of how many air fresheners people spray, that old house smell never seems to disappear. This is where the dryer sheet hack comes in. Place dryer sheets on top of AC vents help keep the freshness flowing throughout the home.
3. Keep the Door Unlocked with a Rubber Band
Of all the Realtor life hacks, this one the best. During an open house, it’s better to keep the door unlocked. However, on extremely cold or hot days, it’s better to keep the door unlatched, yet closed.
Using a rubber band will do the trick. Tying a rubber band around a door handle and attaching it to the other handle will form an “x” across the latch, keeping the bolt from locking the door.
4. Open Key Rings Without Breaking a Nail
Hate sliding your fingers through key rings just to struggle to get them to open? Use a staple remover to hold the key ring open as you slide the keys on and off. This will save you a lot of hassle when giving keys to a new owner.
5. Carry Security Signs with You
Security signs help to ward off would-be criminals. Bring a few with you to your open houses to help increase your safety as well as your clients. Wherever you place your “open house” sign, be sure to include a security sign next to it.
6. Take Your Office on the Road
Agents looking to communicate better with their colleagues should make their offices mobile. Using apps like Trello, Basecamp, and Slack help Realtors communicate with their teams and keep their office in their pocket.
7. Use the Cloud
Agents can get ahead by using the cloud for storage. Services like Evernote and Dropbox allow for almost unlimited storage space that allows users to access all of their files from any device at any location. Never boot up a computer again to print out client forms. These apps allow you to carry your files with you everywhere and send them wirelessly to the printer.
8. Use Ride-Sharing Apps
This is one of the best life hacks for Realtors who want to maximize their time. Depending on the city that you live in, it may be more efficient to use Uber or Lyft rather than a car. Some agents are using this hack to spend their drive time focusing on work. If you have showings all over a certain neighborhood that has little to no parking, it’s time to turn to Uber or Lyft.
9. Order Your Clothes with a Style Subscription
Real estate agents that really want to save time and stay looking crisp can sign up for professional clothing subscriptions. These subscriptions deliver professional clothes directly to your door, allowing you to always stay looking great for that next open house. Are you so absorbed in work that you don’t know what the hip kids are wearing anymore? MM.LaFleur and Stitch Fix have your back by offering the best, on-trend professional and business casual options. Bonus points for using these types of subscriptions to keep your growing kids well dressed and forget about the torture of clothes shopping.
10. Schedule More Efficiently
Since agents don’t have set business hours, their personal lives can clash with their professional lives. There are countless apps on the market that promise to help improve your scheduling. However, for the busy real estate agent, the free Doodle app helps you easily schedule time with colleagues, friends, and family members seamlessly.
11. Try Outsourcing
Working in the real estate business can often feel like a solo endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be. Enter the outsourcing life hacks. Outsourcing with services like Fiverr and Upwork allows any real estate agent to tackle all the projects that they’d rather hire someone else to do.
Having trouble with graphic design? Need someone to tackle your social media campaigns? Need an accountant to help your office? What about a digital assistant? Freelancers are the answer.
12. Cut Back on Mindless Surfing
Even the most efficient people have gotten lost in the time-wasting vortex of social media. If you find yourself endlessly scrolling far too frequently, it’s time to use a time-saving and phone tracking app. Time-saving apps will track the amount of time that you spend on social media, alerting you once you’ve reached your limit. Some great apps include Forest and SPACE.
To go the extra mile, consider blocking sites that you spend too much time on. Additionally, don’t be afraid to completely delete certain time-consuming apps from your phone.
Every Realtor has their own tricks of the trade. Put these 12 hacks to use to see just how much time and energy you save.