Five years ago, if someone had told you in the future that you would never need to save another file on your computer again, you would probably have been confused and mystified. However, today more and more real estate professionals are moving to the cloud.
“The internet has changed the way people do almost everything, from consuming media to researching, maintaining relationships and communicating,” writes Adam Pash in Entrepreneur. “Its effect on business has been just as wide-ranging. And today, for mission-critical data, internet-based computing, i.e. cloud computing, is introducing major changes in the way work is done. »
Today, many real estate professionals are increasingly aware of how the Internet is changing their business strategies. Part of the result is that they have started moving to part-time or full-time cloud computing. What do they see in it?
You can access important documents anytime, anywhere. How many times have you had to rush to the office to access a document for a client? With cloud-based software and storage options, all you need is an internet connection and a smartphone or other mobile device. Your files are always with you.
It facilitates the sharing of documents. You should regularly share content with clients, appraisers, lenders, agents in title, escrow agents and cooperating agents. With real estate cloud software, you can send files of any size to anyone, right from your phone, keeping everyone up to date and speeding up the closing process. Plus, you can quickly find what you need with a keyword search. And you can easily view your transaction history, so you know exactly when you sent or received something.
The cloud has beneficial security and backup features. Cloud solutions offer automatic backup and recovery, so you never lose your files. Additionally, most services encrypt files to ensure that they are always secure. If your device is stolen, your laptop is lost, or your hard drive fails, you can be up and running and doing business from any computer, anywhere in the world if your files are backed up to the cloud.
It’s easy to switch to storing your files in the cloud. In most cases, you drag and drop files into a cloud-based application.
If you’re ready to move your real estate business to the cloud, here are seven popular cloud storage options to consider:
drop box lets you securely store content and then send a link to others for easy sharing. You can sign up for free and download it to all your devices so you can easily share documents between your computers, phone or tablet.
Google Drive Offering up to 15 GB of free storage space, Google Drive is ideal for Android users. Just create a Gmail account and start sending and receiving files.
iCloud For Apple lovers, iCloud lets you sync your iOS devices. Get 5GB for free or upgrade to plans starting at 50GB for $0.99 per month.
Box This essentially eliminates your need to use email again and makes collaboration easier. Additionally, you can integrate Outlook, Google Docs, and Microsoft Office365. Plans start at $5 per user per month.
Microsoft OneDrive Microsoft365 is another preferred option for real estate cloud software. It comes with 1TB of OneDrive storage and you can purchase additional storage, with plans starting at $6.99 per month.
SpiderOak Easily drag and drop content into your SpiderOak Hive folder to sync data and share it with others. Accounts start at $12 per month.
Huddle Compliant with government security requirements, Huddle offers state-of-the-art security features. This makes it an ideal real estate cloud software option for many agents and their clients. Plus, you can download files and work on them offline, and they’ll sync when you log back in. Plans start at $20 per user per month.
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