While digital cameras, desktop computers and standard cell phones are the primary tools of the trade for real estate professionals, smart phones and handheld devices that feature, phone, e-mail and Internet access are catching on fast, according to a technology survey. About 28 percent of Realtors who participated in the 2007 Realtor Technology Survey used a smart phone in 2006, compared with 8 percent among Realtors surveyed in 2005, and up to 30 percent of respondents reported that they planned to purchase or replace a smart phone device within a year. The survey was conducted from Feb. 28 to March 24 this year by the National Association of Realtors' Center for Realtor Technology and is based on 468 responses from Realtor association members. About 54 percent of respondents said they spent more than $1,000 on technology in 2006. Half of the broker respondents said they spent more than $2,000, while half of the associate brokers and sales agents participating in the survey said they ...
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