It seems like there’s an app out there for everything. This is excellent for investors because at your fingertips is all the information you need to find and purchase successful investment properties. What are the must-have apps for real estate investors in Chicago? Check out some of our top picks in our latest post!
In addition to the basics, such as Zillow, Realtor.com, Trulia and so forth, there are many great apps that can make your life easier as a busy investor. Below are some of the most instrumental apps for successful real estate investors in Chicago.
#1 – DocuSign
Real estate transactions are notorious for including large stacks of paperwork. However, most, if not all of this paperwork can be avoided by using an app such as DocuSign. Users are able to complete and sign paperwork that previously would have needed to be done in person or via the USPS. Now, with DocuSign, contracts and other forms can be signed quickly, easily and securely. DocuSign has been around for awhile, but with its simple interface and clean design, it is still the go-to choice for many businesses and investors.
#2 – Evernote Scannable
In addition to having lots of paperwork to sign, you are also likely going to have lots of notes, spreadsheets, forms, ads and miscellaneous information come across your desk. Keeping all of this informations organized and readily available can be a chore. That’s where Evernote comes in. Already well known for its versatile note capabilities, Evernote now allows you a quick and simple way to store all of the paper in your life right on your smart device. This app can also scan business cards, adding them directly to your contacts.
#3 – Google Voice
Google Voice is a fantastic tool for businesses of all kinds. Similar to Gmail, Google Voice will keep track of calls, digitize voicemail, and allow you to keep messages organized. With Google Voice, you can select a phone number, in or out of your area code, and use this number to advertise publically as a real estate investor. The calls received can be forwarded anywhere you would like. Your phone, tablet or even right to your computer. It is an extremely flexible service that many businesses use across the country.
#4 – Bigger Pockets
Bigger Pockets is dedicated to helping investors with both education and networking. This app is a great way to expand your knowledge and learn more about trends happening in your area. You can set up keyword alerts letting you know when there is new discussion or information regarding a topic you are interested in. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices.
#5 – Homesnap
Homesnap is an incredible app that allows you to take a picture of any house and instantly see information regarding the property. The information provided is from the MLS, allowing you to see home values, interior photos, home facts, boundaries, school ratings and more. This is a great app for investors on the go who want to get instant information on a property. The app is updated frequently, often providing information ahead of sites like Zillow and Trulia.
DealCheck is incredibly robust software that allows you to quickly and easily evaluate the value of a potential real estate investment. Data is imported straight from the MLS, and is available via the website as well as apps for both iPhone and Android. With DealCheck, you can run detailed reports, calculate pro forma, analyze properties, run projections and determine exactly what you should offer.
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