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Real estate agents: Is your iPad an expensive paperweight?

Realtor Notebook
Published on Sep 8, 2011

Last week I attended a full day of continuing education classes. The afternoon session is mandatory for Minnesota agents and we even had to pass a test, which is fairly unusual.

I sat at a table with five others and four of them had iPads. It seems like iPads are everywhere these days. They can be used for business or for recreation, but they should never be used as paperweights.

When the first class started, the agents with whom I was sitting closed up their iPads and set them aside. I used mine to take notes.

I use Evernote for taking notes so that they are stored in the cloud and can be assessed from my office or through mobile devices. The notes can also be searched and they are automatically dated and even geotagged.

During the break we talked about the iPads. All of the agents use them for business and for working with clients. They said the main reason they were not using the iPad for taking notes is that they couldn't type...