Boost Your Real Estate Business With GPS

A technology developed by the United States Department of Defense can help you streamline your real estate tours and property inspections. The Global Positioning System is a satellite system that enables someone with a GPS receiver to receive information about their location (latitude and longitude) on the planet. However, for the Realtor, it can be so much more, as the development of GPS multimedia has made it useful for people representing real estate.Navigation systems for vehicles have been out for a few years now and have proven extremely popular with drivers, especially those who are on the road a lot. The systems allow one to punch in a destination address and get directions based on downloadable or pre-installed maps. While this alone can be a great advantage for finding properties off the beaten track, there are many devices and programs that can boost one’s effectiveness at planning tour routes, directions for clients and information for clients.Garmin® International brought out the nüvi, a navigation tool that can also play media files, in 2006. For the Realtor, this means that as the vehicle comes near the property to be shown, a verbal overview can be played or pertinent facts can be brought up for the client’s information. For more information, check out Garmin.comMobile Crossing is a company that has developed a device and software especially for real estate professionals. The Pocket Real Estate edition of the WayPoint 200 (a navigation device) has maps that come with preloaded points of interest, such as schools, stores, parks and other resources in the area. There is also a rerouting feature for heavy traffic, MLS integration, property search, market analysis, daily updates and contact storage. Check out for more information.GPS-enabled phones are also privy to real estate related software. Search real estate listings on your SmartPhone with Smarter Agent, which allows one immediate access to properties in the immediate area. If you’re strapped for time or your client is, this is a great way to get another chance at landing a deal with, “Hey, there’s a home newly listed, three blocks away. Want to take a look?” Check out for more information.These are just three tools out of many that utilize GPS technology. Having the information at your fingertips is going to maximize the service you can give your clients, so check out these devices. They may just pay for themselves with a successful sale!