• Agentdesks is small but mighty, and has boosted its strength with some app enhancements. Mapme received criticism on its ease-of-use, but a new version appears to address those concerns.
  • Enabling agent-to-agent and team communication will lead to bigger, better things for residential real estate.
  • Maps are a popular browsing choice for home shoppers and can be built to provide much more than an address.

Have suggestions for products that you’d like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe.

Some of the most fun cars to drive are small cars. The Ford Focus RS. Civic Type R. And Volkswagen’s Golf R.

Despite their size, they can duke it out with plenty of offerings from higher weight classes.

This is how I see San Francisco-based Agentdesks, a mobile-first agent productivity app I first reviewed last fall. Its goal was — and is — to help smaller teams and independent, more nimble brokerage shops.

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Since then, this handheld pocket rocket of a relationship management system has amped up its horsepower thanks to a 3-million-dollar cash infusion and the fuel to change the way agents work with one another.

It also has 8,000 users, with more signing on every day.

Agentdesks new feature highlights

Agentdesks has boosted its in-app messaging tools, bolted-on lead gen connections from all three major portals and IDX Broker and empowered agent-to-agent connectivity to help streamline the way buyers find listings.

For those rare times users aren’t on a mobile device, Agentdesks built a compatible browser version with an equally sleek user experience.

It maintains its algorithm-driven property-to-client matching tool and despite its ease-of-use, integrated automated tips to foster adoption.

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In my original review, I mentioned the software was in its infancy. Welcome to adulthood, Agentdesks.

The software is available for iOS, Android and your web browser of choice. (Probably not IE.)

Mapme aims for easy

My original Mapme review garnered a very objective and professional critique from Inman Select reader Susan Booker of United Real Estate.

She didn’t find it as smooth to navigate as I did. These comments are always needed; they drive developers to improve products.

I think the crew at Mapme responded in kind.

Mapme is as simple as typing in an address, a description and linking or uploading supporting media, such as YouTube links, cover images and related URLs. Maps can be branded, color-schemed and quickly shared.

The interface has been improved, and I found it ran faster and more effectively promoted content input.

You can add a call-to-action button to link back to your site or download a file.

The result is a sleek, scrolling story of your map that’s easier than its “Classic” version, which is still available to use.

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Luxury real estate firm Saunders & Associates sells properties in the Hamptons and smartly used Mapme to promote Memorial Day weekend open houses for curious Manhattanites.

Have a technology product you would like to discuss? Email Craig Rowe.

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