Back in my day we had to sign contracts on actual paper, answer phone calls on a landline, and walk five miles to a showing, uphill! Times, they are ‘a-changing and the real estate industry is seeing the shift.

As you read this you may be at a showing, on the phone with a client, emailing a prospect, posting a blog on your Facebook company page and reading an email you received from your website lead generation form, all while downloading an app. Welcome to the 24/7 always available real estate agent. It’s exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time.

If you think these advancements are coming to a halt, think again. The following highlights five of the coolest, most tech savvy apps and products that are changing the way we buy, sell, rent, and run our real estate business. 

Google Glass

Google Glass allows you to view a computer screen through your glasses. You can even tour a house, read email, and shoot a video in the blink of an eye, literally. In fact, Trulia recently announced Trulia for Glass, allowing realtors and potential homebuyers to view the property listing and easily scroll through the photos with a flick of your finger. You can even receive directions to the house. 

Drones

Ever since the 60 minute episode of Amazon using drone carriers, we can’t get enough! Flying a drone overhead allows potential homebuyers to see the whole neighborhood or community. However a battle ensues between the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Association of Realtors on their appropriate use.

RoomScan

The days of amateur room scans are over. The app, RoomScan, allows a person to tap four walls in a room and it creates a floor plan for you. The app is free for iPhones and $4.99 for Android.

KnocKey

Tired of dealing with lockboxes? The app KnocKey has just made life just a little more simple. When the owner of the house gives you access, you can unlock the front door via a web browser. No more keys, codes, and calling the home owner. 

Floored

Some people are visionaries and others can’t seem to picture it. For those who cannot imagine what their potential house may look like after a new paint job or renovation they can use a new app called Floored. Floored uses 3D camera technology and laser scanners to build a customizable and interactive 3D floor plan model. You can add furniture, move parts of the room, and add furniture.

This technology seems far from our grasp but it may become part of our daily business faster than we think. The fusion of real estate and technology is an exciting topic and we will continue to provide up-to-date information on new apps and products.