Stop Telemarketers- Do Not Call

Working from home has been great, but one annoying issue I had was my phone ringing all the time!  I’d answer and say, “Please, put me on your do not call list”, but the calls persisted and seemed that they grew in volume daily.  This annoyed me and I would forget until the next telemarketing call.  What inspired me to investigate how to stop the spammers was when I was sitting with my parents and they received multiple spams call while I was there.  We joked about how to turn the tables and spam phone call revenge, but I remembered reading about new phones that would automatically block these unwanted spam calls.

I searched Amazon and found this amazing solution, AT&T CL82307 deck 6.0 (Amazon Link).  It had over 7, 000 reviews and it advertised the feature I was looking for “Smart Call Blocker”. I bought and it was delivered next day.  The installation wasn’t too hard, if you follow the automated guide.  I took the time and added all the numbers, I wanted to receive.  It stopped ALL the Spam calls instantly.  I was amazed and happy.  Of course, I bought one for my parents and programmed the numbers they wanted to receive.  They too reported, ALL spam calls have stopped.  Problem solved, until the spammers figure out how to get around this amazing AT&T telephone.

Best Apps for REALTORS- Car: Automatic Pro

Automatic Pro

UPDATE October 2020-  I am sad to report that Automatic has closed this wonderful technology.  This was the last service that you paid once and would have access to monitoring where your car’s location.  Now, you need to subscribe to a monthly service (uggh).  Lift your favorite beverage and toast to this wonderful service that goes away with other tech.  So long.

Unlimited car monitoring, zero fees. The only connected car adapter with unlimited 3G included. $129.95

This is both a device and companion app. Any busy sales agent should log their mileage, but keeping detailed logs is tough.  Not with Automatic Pro, this little device plugs into your car’s On Board Diagnostic “OBD” port and links with your device.  Now whenever you use your car Automatic Pro will:

  • Trip logging
  • Business tagging
  • Engine light diagnostics
  • Crash alert

Highly recommend this device. All my family’s car has Automatic Pro installed.

https://www.automatic.com/

Best Apps for REALTORS- Scanning: Camscanner

Camscanner

Use your phone or images to create PDF scans (basic account: Free). In my humble opinion, this is the best scanning application available for IOS and Android.  It takes great scans using your phone’s camera and organizes multiple files on your phone or uploaded to the cloud.  I love this for the inevitable issue when a client (or other agent) sends multiple pictures of a form.  Using Camscanner you take the images from your picture library and instantly create a PDF scan. Done!

Best Apps for REALTORS- Pictures: Pro HDR X

Pro HDR X

Take stunning photos with your smartphone ($1.99).  Your smart device is a powerful pocket camera.  This app will balance the dark and light of a picture.  You can use the slider to quickly balance the light and take amazing still pictures. However, we always recommend you hire a professional photographer to best market your seller’s home.

Sample picture of a quick snapshot of a house we previewed for a client.

Best Apps for REALTORS- Evernote

Evernote

Let Evernote change the way you organize your personal and professional life. Take notes, create to-do lists, and save things you find online into Evernote. Evernote will sync everything between your phone, tablet, and computer automatically. I describe Evernote as my “digital” memory of everything I want to remember. If I see an article I like and want to remember, I take a note in Evernote.  If I have an email I want to remember, I send the email to Evernote. If I want to remember where I parked, I take a picture with Evernote… you get the picture.

Best Apps for REALTORS- Notes: Notability

Notabilty (IOS Only) 

Take digital notes, record audio with your smart devices. This is my favorite note taking app for both iPhone and iPad.  This amazing tool will take digital notes as you type or write out your notes.  What is cool.  When you review the recording your notes will appear at the point in the recording when you take the note.

Best Apps for REALTORS- Health: LoseIt

LoseIt

Get healthy with the best Health tracking app. I love this App. Using this app it helped me lose over 40 pounds!  Whenever the weight creeps back on…and it will (curse you tasty Tacos) I boot up the app and start to drop off the weight.

Video: Equifax hack and what to do

Recently the credit bureau Equifax announced a massive data breach affecting 144 million customers… Yes, 44% of all Americans were affected.  Tech Tony offer some advice on how to your credit and to consider freezing your profile with all three bureaus.