Giving cool real estate products, tools and news a Big Encore

Google Voice

Make free phone calls using Google voice

Realtors here’s a quick tip. As a Realtor, you already know how many phone calls you make every day. Now, when you are near your phone or laptop  you can make phone calls for free using Gmail. It’s called Google Voice, and you can access it from within your Gmail account. Using Gmail you can make local and long-distance phone calls for free.

Using Google Voice you can even set up voice mail, which you can then access from either the phone or the web. One of the best parts of Google Voice is that it saves your voice mail for as long as you want.

Getting Started

After logging into your Gmail account click on the link “Call Phone” on the left menu bar. It’s very quick to set up and use to make free phone calls across the United States and Canada. It’s a win-win. We give Google Voice a big encore.

There are web applications we enjoy and there are web applications we rely on. For many of us at SEM, Animoto is a video creator that we rely on. It creates amazing high definition video from your photos.

What is it?

Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips, and music. You choose your photos from your computer, you choose your music from a selection that Animoto provides, and then you finalize and voila, a beautiful video is created. For us at Big Encore, we believe that simple is powerful. Animoto has accomplished simple. Its interface is simple, its process is simple, and the final product is excellent.

Who is it for?

Animoto is really for any person interested in creating video from photos. But, Animoto is perfect for Realtors looking to create dynamic and exciting videos of their listings. You can automatically upload them to youtube, share them, email them to friends or put them on facebook. It’s a very cool tool.

We give Animoto a Big Encore!

Real Sign Handwrite Real Signitures on PDFs

Real Sign Handwrite Real Signatures on PDFs

Every Realtor loves the following scenario. The seller finally agrees on a price and you go over to your clients house to tell them the great news and have them sign the contract. Ooops, the buyer now wants to edit a few things on the contract first. She wants the washer included. To make such a little change usually requires having to drive back to the office making the changes, and faxing it off to all parties involved, and then driving back to the clients house. I have good news, fear the contract no longer.

RealSign Technologies, based out of Calgary Alberta Canada, has unveiled the world’s first Realtor contract software that lets you as a Realtor make changes to the contract and sign it, from your laptop. It’s even legal in court.

How does it work?

RealSign uses rasterization. Rasterization is the process of embedding text and images into a document file, so once you have written something on the document, it cannot be removed. It also includes a very simple to use pen tablet that digitally records and rasterizes your signature beside every change you make.

Why we love it?

RealSign is great because it is simple. We believe that it is going to really take off. The time it saves is remarkable, and RealSign has included versioning control, which means when you make a change, it automatically saves the file as a new name, so the original file is always safe and accessible. This is a real winner, we give it a Big Encore.