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My indispensable device

I agree with Rich's choice of Tech Tools almost one by one until the very end. I have both the iPhone and iPad but I would hold out for the iPad instead for vision alone. I would fire up Skype and use the larger viewing screen all day! Good post, Rich.

iPhoneIn the dozen or so years that I’ve been in real estate, I’ve managed to stay ahead of the technological curve. Coming from a previous high tech telephone industry, it wasn’t that hard. As I think back to all the devices I use today, only one really stands apart as being indispensable.

It’s not the iPad, even though that device has some unbeatable characteristics. That technology has the ability to impress clients like none I’ve seen before. I go nowhere without it for the past year. If I had to give it up though, I would.

My Fujitsu Scanner is a workhorse in my home office. I’m about as paperless as I can get in the real estate industry...and we all know that going completely paperless is a difficult goal to reach. Even though it’s helped immensely, I could do without the Fujitsu Scanner if need be.

Websites come and go, and while it would be difficult to operate without one, I do know agents who are very successful without a sophisticated web presence.

Authentisign has made my life easier getting signatures and initials on contracts. I would hate to go back to the old way, but even electronic signing isn’t indispensible.

My laptop and desktop would certainly be at the top of my list as keepers but they aren’t at the very top. That position is reserved for my iPhone.

If there is anything that’s critically important in the real estate industry, it’s communication. I find the iPhone unparalleled in it’s ability to communicate via voice, facetime and data. The mobility that the iPhone provides is critical to a real estate practitioner. Couple the iPhone with online storage, like Dropbox or Skydrive, and you can run your entire operation from a device that’s about 3 x 6.

I’ve had every version of the iPhone since they’ve come out, and I’m sure I’ll be getting the new one in the Fall.

For me, the iPhone is the device I can’t do without.

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 Rich Iarossi is a full time licensed REALTOR®, working in Crofton, MD. My coverage areas are: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Howard, Calvert, Queen Anne, and Baltimore City and County. I specialize in residential real estate, working with both buyers and sellers. Use the registration free search on my website at If you’re not already working with a REALTOR®...I can help. Call me at 443-995-9595 (Cell) or 410-451-6255 (Office).

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Comment balloon 2 commentsCheryl Ritchie • May 26 2012 11:18PM


Cheryl - I have both IPhone and IPad. Use IPhone allthe time and do not use IPAD at all. I guess I am not that mobile and I have computers everywhere, so no need for it

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 8 years ago

Cheryl now I have both.  I plan to use my iPad - have it pay for both the iPhone /iPad!!! As age creeps around the corner... the larger the screen the better!

Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) over 7 years ago