Rocket Lease firmly believes that renting an apartment shouldn’t suck. It shouldn’t be a terribly hectic, time-consuming hassle for either the renters or the property managers. In fact, it should almost be a little fun. Renters are getting new places to live and property managers are making money. Win, win.
But renting out an empty apartment unit can suck as a property manager. At the very least, it is a time-consuming task that you have to juggle with other essential everyday tasks like advertising, marketing, showing, renting, maintenance, tenant complaints, and a million other little things. Then there is, of course, finding time to feed yourself and sleep. And maybe even spending a few minutes doing something fun each day!
The fact of the matter is that property managers are busy. Luckily, there are a bunch of mobile tools out there that can help make your life a little less busy. They will help you make your job easier and more enjoyable and will allow you to tackle your time more effectively.
Online Applications – Rocket Lease
Rocket Lease is where it is at when it comes to online rental applications. We were founded because we wanted (and still want) to make the rental process cheaper, easier, and faster for everyone involved. While Rocket Lease is primarily an online tool, we also offer a mobile version of our service that allows landlords and property managers to accept apartment applications and perform credit checks on their mobile phones while on the go. The Rocket Lease website has more information on the ins and outs of our service (and a free demo!).
Online Real Estate Database – Zillow
Companies, like Zillow, that offer online real estate databases for easy perusing are an essential tool of the modern property manager. They make getting real estate and values on homes in the United States a piece of cake. You can also use Zillow to find homes and apartments that are for sale or rent. It makes for an easy way to check up on that new building you’re thinking of purchasing or comparing your unit’s rent with other similar units in the same area.
Online Storage – DropBox
There is a reason that DropBox is one of the most popular file hosting services around – because it rocks! Free to sign up and free to use until you reach 2GB of stored data, DropBox is incredibly easy to use. In addition, it allows for quick file sharing, so that when you’re on the go you can share new documents with the folks back at the office, or you can opt to share files from your computer to your phone, so that you have them when you’re out and about.
Online Notepad – Evernote
Another nifty mobile tool for the busy property manager is Evernote. Most commonly used in its app form – it is available for both Android and iOS – Evernote is basically like a multi-form notepad. It lets you jot down text notes, take pictures, record videos, and then share it all with anyone you wish. I personally use Evernote to keep tabs on my properties (it is especially useful to get prepared before apartment showings).
360 Degree Camera – 360 Panorama
Yeah, I agree, today’s renters are spoiled in a lot of ways. When once plain old pictures of an apartment unit would suffice, renters today expect to see full-on videos of said units. And not just any old videos at that, they want to see 360 degree videos of the units that they are interested in. Luckily, it is easy to please these picky apartment hunters with the 360 Panorama app for Android and iOS. It converts your phone’s camera into a 360 degree shooting device so that you can take video of your empty units and upload it to your online listings (which you are hopefully posting on Craigslist, a great mobile tool that we didn’t cover here).
What about you? Do you use any mobile tools or smartphone apps to aid you in property management? Have you used any of the tools that we discussed above? Let us know in the comments below!