Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage for Real Estate Agents

As a real estate agent, I am on the road all the time.  I have also been a big fan of a paperless workflow and I scan and keep digital copies of almost everything.  Using a number of different computers (office, home, laptop) and mobile devices (cell phone and tablet) was a pain until I implemented cloud storage.

Cloud storage allows you to keep a copy of your “documents” folder that is available on any of your devices as well as online via a website.  With cloud files, I am able to pre-fill a purchase agreement at home, sign it on my iPad and then access it again at my office on my desktop computer.  A synchronized copy is on all Cloud Storageof my computers as well as my phone and tablet.  Most cloud storage solutions also allow you to send a secure link to others (such as your client and broker) to access specific files or folders.

There are multiple services on the market.  There are varying expenses involved with each service and it primarily depends on how much data (GB) you want to store online.  The two solutions I personally use are Google Drive and Dropbox.  Both have free accounts for minimal storage needs.  Google Drive currently offers 5 GB of storage for free.  Dropbox offers 2 GB for free.  This maybe enough storage for the average agent to store all of their active files online.

A little setup is required but easy to do.  You can download apps for both Android and iPhone.  If you want to keep a copy of your folder with files on your computer, there is a small program you need to run for each service.  I’ve found this to be a great solution and as an added benefit you are backing up your data online.

Check out this great solution to provide on-the-go access to your files!

 

Author:  TJ-Google+

 

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