Proptech To Help Real Estate Agents Survive Covid19

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Proptech To Help Real Estate Agents Survive Covid19

This is an article written by KYLIE DAVIS

With multi-party inspections and auctions now shut down, real estate agents everywhere are looking for tech options to help them to continue to list, sell and manage properties digitally. 

Here’s a quick summary of the Australian proptechs that can help you keep operating. 

1. Technology to keep you in contact with your market

Everyone is now scanning social media constantly so now is a good time to build your social media profile and finally get your EDM strategy under control. Look at ACTIVEPIPE to set up your EDMs so that you’re tracking, engaging with clients and generating leads and CAMPAIGNTRACK to help automate your listing marketing. 

But if listings are slowing, look at how you can create great content further up the marketing funnel to build your reputation as a market expert. HOMEPREZZO turns your data feeds into great content in the form of suburb videos and reports while REALCONTENT offers a range of ready-to-go articles already pre-written.

Turning that content into targeted advertising is the next step and there’s now a range of tools to help real estate agents do that without needing to master Facebook Ad Manager. Check out SPOKEAPP .IO which will automate digital ad creation for Facebook, Instagram and GoogleAds. ADFENIX and CCT are other options being used by agents in Australia. 

Or if you want to outsource it altogether, use this time to check out PLEZZL or SOCIALESTATE which offer more media-agency based services.

2. Technology for appraisals and sales workflow

Look to new appraisal tools that allow you to create pitches for potential vendors and support the end to end sales process. Options like PROPOSAL POINT will allow you to create interactive presentations and send them easily. Schedule a Zoom meeting or Google Hangout to run through the proposal with your vendor.  

Full  end to end digital sales solutions can be found in REALTAIR which has products called Pitch, Sign, Flow and Track to let you appraise, pitch and manage sales documentation from end to end and connects seamlessly with CAMPAIGNTRACKREAL TIME AGENT also manages end to end sales administration saving four hours per property in paperwork. 

3. Technology for digital forms and contracts

Whether you’re in property management or sales, one of the risks of everyone working from home is having multiple copies of forms and contracts sitting on desktops in various state of completion. Now more than ever is time to embrace DocuSign and digital forms and contracts from REI FORMS LIVEREALWORKS in Queensland or FORMS LIVE in Victoria. Standardised Covid19 forms have now been loaded for easy access. 

4. Technology for virtual staging

If the virus has caught your sellers on the hop and you’ve not had time to stage it, send internal shots to BOXBROWNIE who will not only fix the lighting, but can install virtual furniture, carry out some virtual renovations or just clean up the clutter. It’s ridiculously affordable. 

5. Technology for Open Homes

There’s a myriad of tech that allows viewings to be done digitally. If your sellers are okay with you visiting the property you can do a quick virtual walkthrough with HOMELIVE or create a virtual tour with  VIRTUAL TOURS CREATOR so you can see where people stop and click. DIAKRIT also offers virtual tours. 

But if your sellers barricade the doors, there’s still an option. Check out REALAR. Provide them with a floorplan and your portal listing photos and they will build an augmented walkthrough that will help buyers feel like they’re really there. If you need a floorplan created, BoxBrownie can build one cheaply for you.

6. Technology to keep you selling

With public auctions now banned, it’s time to look at digital options. Realtair have just launched AuctionNow, while WA proptech OPENN NEGOTIATION is another digital auction site.

There’s also a growing number of transparent negotiation systems including RESO and MARKETBUY. Both allow you to receive offers centrally, share them with your sellers and inform all buyers when a strong offer has been received (but it won’t necessarily share what those offers are). Both apps encourage interested parties to put their best foot forward and will allow your team to close sales without coming into the office. MarketBuy can behave like an auction if you wish it. 

7. Technology for property maintenance 

With tenants spending more time at home, the maintenance requests are likely to step up rather than slow down. Email is NOT the tool to manage this. 

You need to help your tenants self-service to resolve issues where possible and have jobs briefed and ready to go in a way that can be easily tracked.

To this end, check out RENTAL HEROES which is a clever chatbot that allows tenants to report issues quickly and easily using SMS or chat, and get help or create a clear brief. Kiwi newcomer TAPI has a nice product called Tenant Concierge that allows tenants to report issues 24/7 helping you acquire all the details and assess the need for a call out. 

8. Technology for property management

It will be extremely difficult for your team to work from home if you are still using a legacy property management system. Now is the time to evaluate the cloud-based options for property management. Check out PROPERTYME,INSPECTREMANAGEDOURPROPERTYCONSOLE CLOUD and PROPERTYTREE. 

This is not a definitive list but it’s tech that is easy to introduce even in the short term.

Technology powering agents into the future

Savvy REIWA members all across the vast area of Western Australia have been accessing the latest real estate market data, statistics, sales information, calculators and suburb profiles online for years.

As more tasks become digitised, Real Estate Institute of Western Australia CEO, Neville Pozzi, knows how important it is for agents to embrace technology and innovation that can improve productivity and provide even better customer experiences.

reiwa.com is a comprehensive and trusted local knowledge source which provides agents, buyers and sellers with online tools that help simplify one of the biggest decisions in their life,” Pozzi says.

“Which is why developing new ways to connect and providing people with the most up to date information is quite important for us.

“Beyond sourcing valuable information, we assist our members in embracing new technologies which help to make certain tasks quicker and improves the customer’s experience with tools such as inspection apps, digital forms and making greater use of CRM’s to manage data and engage with customers.

“To remain relevant, we know that real estate agents all over the world need to embrace technology to deliver superior services, reduce their costs and make things as simple as possible for everyone involved.”

Real estate specialists from around the globe shared their wisdom at the FUTURE: PropTech 2019 event in London recently and among the key themes was the need for digital innovation to be focussed on ways to support agents to do their day to day jobs better.  

“End to end solutions, like that offered by RESO – Real Estate Sales Online – is the way of the future as the real estate industry embraces technology to become more streamlined and give consumers better experiences,” Pozzi says.

RESO CEO Kate Chalk says as technologically empowered homebuyers begin to dominate the property market, tools like RESO, deliver options for agents that vastly improve the end-to-end experience for both vendors and buyers.

Agents who use the RESO platform can upload a property in a matter of minutes and provide buyers 24/7 access to the registration, offer and contract process,” Chalk says.

“More and more agents are sharing with us that time, energy and money are being saved in spades with buyers being able to access all stages of the buying process online and respond to the different stages instantly wherever they are in the world.”

Real estate agents all over Australia work really hard to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients, but as the real estate sector transforms, they will also need to continually adopt the best technology options for digitally savvy buyers and sellers.

“In some respects the industry has been slow to embrace leading edge technology but that is all changing as businesses seek to become more efficient, reduce their costs and use technology across multiple platforms to better manage and use information collected by the business,” Pozzi says.

“RESO is an essential component in the industry’s drive to do these things to become more efficient and improve the overall consumer experience.”

Introducing RESO – real estate sales online

The ‘old’ way of purchasing a property requires time-consuming paperwork and frustrating delays but the RESO online platform relegates that process to history.

Buying and selling real estate is one of the last transactions to be enhanced by technology but since launching, REBid has been transforming the buying process and is now expanding its digital offering launching RESO – real estate sales online.

RESO CEO Kate Chalk says the expectations of vendors and purchasers are clear – they want instant, transparent and simple property transaction processes from beginning to end.

“RESO helps agents, vendors and purchasers by capturing, managing and sharing all buyers, their offers and conditions from registration through to contract completion,” Chalk says.

“Reducing administration costs and time delays and boosting transparency can only increase the value and level of customer service in what is generally the largest transaction of a person’s life.”

The RESO platform is a simple and efficient online tool that supports agents to seamlessly manage sales by capturing all buyer details, their offers and conditions, from the first contact, right through to contract completion.

“RESO has been designed with feedback from the real estate industry to deliver to changing consumer expectations and a heightened need for speed and transparency,” Chalk says.

“The innovations in the RESO platform digitise the often time consuming and complicated property purchasing administration process and provide streamlined and open communication between purchasers and agents.

“With technology that empowers both buyers and agents to experience and deliver new levels of transparency and efficiency across the property purchasing process, RESO provides a seamless and personalised customer journey.”

Fast facts about RESO…..

What – seamless integrations, instant notifications and paperless transactions perfectly manage offers, conditions and contracts.

How – with everything at your fingertips, you control the sale and the timing, managing the entire process.

Why – RESO delivers increased value and enhanced customer service to your vendors and purchasers.

Where – REBid is now part of RESO and being widely used to manage property purchases with multiple offers.

RESO.com.au provides a tailored service for buyerssellers and agents and it is easy to register.

For more information watch the following video…..

www.reso.com.au