On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Apple is expected to unveil the company’s long-rumored tablet device. Apple sent out invitations to select media outlets Monday morning, asking people to "join us for an invitation-only event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco."
The tablet is rumored to cost from $500 to $1,000, and many Realtors will undoubtedly be wondering if they should make the move to a tablet-like device. The launch of an all-in-one, touch-screen tablet computer could spark the same excitement from agents and brokers that followed the iPhone’s launch in 2007.
What would the Apple Tablet mean for Realtors?
This may be the single biggest selling factor Apple will have when marketing to Realtors. A Realtor could easily slip the tablet into their bag or briefcase. If the tablet is as sleek and as thin as rumored, it will be simpler to transport than a traditional laptop. Also, as agents are moving more and more away from a "traditional" office, something as light and portable as a tablet is sure to be enticing.
This topic has been talked about for a few years at least, but the tablet may be the catalyst to make it happen industrywide. The tablet potentially will have the ability to easily pull up contracts and receive digital signatures on the spot. If this is the case, a client would be able to literally "sign" their contract on the tablet — much like how they accept a UPS package by signing on the UPS "tablet." …CONTINUED