With the global pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19) going on, these are truly unprecedented and uncertain times. As a result being an individual agent or small business owner must have been unnerving.
Governments have suggested that the general public stay in isolation to reduce the spread of the virus. Therefore many of you have been forced to work from home. With this in mind, we have put together a list of our top 5 virtual tools which can help you keep growing your business. However these are not our products. But we have used them or have seen others use them in Canada.
1) Virtual signature
As real estate agent you would need to take signatures constantly from clients. Docusign is a tool that can be used to avoid getting signatures in person.
you simply create a Word or PDF document for a contract. This document is then uploaded on the DocuSign platform. Through the platform you can place markers such as where signatures will be entered. From there, documents can then be emailed to everyone that needs to sign. In addition, DocuSign is legal binding as it provides a ‘Certificate of Completion’ per document and conforms to the eSignature Legality in Canada
. This certification provides a log history which gives high certainty that the right people have signed. For a quick video tutorial on DocuSign, this link
provides a great overview.
2) Virtual home showing
Fortunately a company called Matterport
can help you in creating a 3D reconstruction of a home, also referred to as a “digital twin”. This can give clients a virtual walkthrough of a property. The digital twin of the home can be shared on social media, emailed or embedded in your real estate website. Here is a sample
of a virtual tour with Matterport’s technology.
3) Background checks for rentals
If you are in the rental space, the current situation is also making it challenging to screen tenants and collect rental applications. The traditional process of renting a property requires the landlord and potential tenant to meet and then exchange some documents. Given the current situation there are online solutions to avoid physical contact with potential renters.
Two Canadian companies, SingleKey
, provide a service that helps landlords screen for the best suitable tenants. Just provide the tenant’s info or invite them to fill up a screening form. Once the provided information is processed, the results will then be forwarded to you.
At the end of the day you need to get paid for the services that you are providing to your clients. Below are two great options to choose from.
: It has a feature called e-Transfer, which you can send/request/receive money. The sender and receiver just need access to online or mobile banking. Funds can then be transferred using a recipient’s mobile number or email.
: This billing platform allows you to create invoices and it even provides visual analytics of your billing history. Here is a video
which shows how easy it is to setup invoices.
5) Virtual meeting
Using virtual meetings is a great way to stay in touch with clients and continue on with your business. Below is a list of products you can use to stay in contact with your clients.
This requires a Google GSuite account
. This service from Google allows screen sharing and video conferencing. For every meeting created a Canadian call-in number and PIN is also provided. Check this video
for a great step by step tutorial on setting up a meeting.
: This is a Microsoft service similar to Google Meet. But for the added feature of having a conference call-in number you would need to have Skype for Business
: They have different plans but their basic plan is 100% free. With this plan you can have unlimited 1 to 1 meetings. It has screen sharing, video conference and a toll free number for people to call into.
: This product is an all in one communication tool. Send text, create calls or even have video conferences with multiple contacts at once. Above all else, the app is free to download and use!
That is our top 5 virtual tools that real estate agents can use!
We hope you stay safe and continue to take safety precautions at this time.
Notable mention: Lead generation
Its become difficult to meet new people and possibly get new leads for your business. Fortunately this task could be out sourced to lead generation companies. It is another virtual tool a real estate agent can definitely benefit from. A great intro to online lead generation can be read from this article. After that you can decide if LeadHornet would be a right fit with your business. Above all, LeadHornet provides transparency on how your leads are being obtained and where your ad budgets are being allocated to. To check out more about LeadHornet click here.