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The real estate cloud: docs vs. box

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There's a trend for agents to upload their contracts and other critical documents to Google Docs -- what in heaven's name are they thinking? At the Real Estate Connect and National Association of Realtors conferences, I have repeatedly heard agents say that they are using Google Docs as the way to store the documents in the cloud (i.e., not just on their computer or on paper).In fact, several agents said that they now do everything in Google Docs. It took all my willpower to keep from raising my hand and asking, "What are you thinking?" If you're currently using Google Docs, you may want to consider other options. Here's why.Shane Bowlin, the general manager of our company, said it can be "impractical for business use," and instead recommends Dropbox. Of course, some real estate companies do find value in migrating "to the cloud" in adopting Google Apps, including Google's Gmail and Google Docs (see a tech column by Tom Flanagan published earli...