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Now do I really need the iPhone? Zillow and my Client finally left me no choice!

This is a great post by Richard A. Stephan about how useful the Zillow iPhone app can be. 

First: I love my Nokia PDA. It is a great phone. It does everything I want from a phone: E-Mail, Web browsing, Tethering even SIP-Telephony without a glitch. Fun stuff also like Google Latitude, always letting my family know where I am. Google Earth and a lot more.

I tried the first iPhone years ago. After a few days I gave it to my daughter. Too many things I loved on my Nokia PDA, it could but would not do (because of some agreements between Apple and At&T).

Then last weekend everything changed:

I drove with a client to look at a home in an area where they would love to move to, but were not able to find the right home. We looked at this home, but sure enough there where to many issues that did not fit their criteria. So we looked around for other homes for sale in the area.

I was prepared. I had my notebook connected via Bluetooth with my Nokia to the Internet (Tethering). I am a technology freak. Always up to date! Not many of the Realtors I know would even try this on the road.

So I thought.....

We found a home that looked interesting, so I started entering the address into the MLS when my Client, playing with his iPhone, read out loud all the info of the home: Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Sqft, sale price. I wasn't even finished typing in the address. Then he showed me pictures of the inside on his iPhone.

Now I just found myself in the stone age of technology! 5min ago I thought I was at the cutting edge. Wow what a feeling.

Things like that happen to me only one time!

Back home I ordered the new iPhone 3G S online. I also bought a device to mount it in my car like a navigator.

Now I am back in the game and wonder how I survived without this device. I always have Zillow activated, so while I drive through town, I can see the real estate information about the homes I am passing automatically. The built in GPS follows my route and shows me the homes around me without any interaction with the phone. If I am interested in a home, I tap my finger on the home and receive more details and in many cases pictures from the inside. What a great tool to have, and now I am impressing my clients!

Looking forward to show you homes in the area and being able to answer your questions about every home, even if I don't know all the details. I just look them up right then and there!

See you soon!

Richard A. Stephan
Licensed Realtor®
License Partner of Engel & Voelkers Florida Residential Real Estate, LLC
1420 Celebration Blvd. Suite 200
Celebration, Florida 34747 / USA
Mobile: +1 - 407 - 433 - 8702
Fax : +1 - 407 - 624 - 4855
My Website: www.RichardStephanRealtor.com
Office Website: www.engelvoelkers.com/celebration
Mail To: RichardStephan@me.com


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Comment balloon 3 commentsSara Bonert • June 25 2009 02:35PM


That's a pretty strong case for getting the iPhone!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Well that' a pretty cool application Sara. I have an iPhone so think I'll pop over and download this now. Very cool!!!

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Wow that is worth the cost of the Iphone. Which I am considering anyway. How cool to have that on the dash board I had no idea.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago