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Wireless devices do the job on the fly

Part 1: Mobile trends in real estate
Published on Mar 21, 2006

Editor's note: Real estate agents are depending more and more on mobile technology, enabling them to take and make phone calls on the run, respond to leads while they're out in the field, pull up home listings data while driving clients around, and more. In this three-part series, we explore a new round of mobile technologies and how they're being used in real estate. (See Part 2.) Even if you drive an SUV, you probably don't have room in it for a scanner, a fax machine and a PC – and with this in mind, two new companies are providing related services to real estate agents and others via cell phone. ScanR, which officially launched March 13, makes it possible to photograph a document with a camera phone, turn it into a digital file and send it via e-mail or fax. Cellstory, which launched in mid-2005, enables agents to create personalized property descriptions with up to 100 photos over the phone. "Some of our heaviest data users are real estate agents," said Chris Dury, ScanR's ...

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