We have begun to use another new technology that really helps to smooth my workflow and provide better service to my real estate clients. Google Docs allows Carole, my assistant, to upload all of our transaction documents into a private folder. I can then easily sync that with my iPad and iPhone. This way while I am out and about traveling I can easily click on my iPad and with one touch see all the details and documents in a client transaction.
While we have been using a product called Transaction Desk for some time to perform somewhat of the same function, this program is a bit behind the times in that they only support Windows web browsers. Hence I have been unable to view real estate transaction documents from my iPad. I could view them from a Windows PC, but it is a slow process with about 15-20 mouse clicks required to see a particular document. With Google Docs I can view a client document such as a contract or signed counteroffer on my iPad within just a couple of seconds. Everything is secure but it gives me great flexibility while moving about during my busy day.
Carole and I can now both see all documents regarding a real estate transaction together, plus we can keep a live checklist on-line that is updated instantly between our workstations over the “cloud”. This capability, along with electronic signatures, allows an almost paperless transaction when buying or selling real estate here in Oklahoma. I love the technology!