Technology has never been so crucial to the world of lettings. From esign making it easier to get those tenancy agreements signed, sealed and delivered to apps that make conversing with renters more effortless, tech is now fully embedded in the lettings market.
But which trusty tech should you equip yourself with to make your life easier? In a world where there are more tech than you know what to do with, streamlining options down to essential tools is vital for being efficient in your role.
In this guide, we're bringing you the top technology tools that will make your life as a letting agent easier. So, read on and find out what you need to maximise your output and become the best agent in your patch.
1) Video walkthroughs
Post pandemic, we find ourselves heading to a world where video viewings rule the roost. There's an increased appetite from renters who want to be able to find, view and offer on a home without leaving their sofa - and video viewings are the missing piece of the puzzle.
Take Movebubble video viewings: you record a quick, unfiltered video and upload it with the rest of the property details. Renters then watch the videos and see what it's really like to live in the property. There's no glossy shots or overly long videos that seem to go on forever.
Instead, it's genuine representations of homes that last for no more than 90 seconds. Your life also becomes much easier, as there's no need to trudge between properties doing viewing after viewing. Video viewings are the future, and renters can't get enough of them.
We know that you're probably using some form of esign already, but DocuSign still gets a mention on our list because it's become such a vital tool for letting agents. It's so popular that more than 50,000 of you are already use it.
DocuSign speeds up the entire process of renting, allowing landlords and renters to easily sign online without the need to send physical copies of the tenancy agreement. If you're not already using DocuSign, now's the time to get onboard the esignature train.
Everyone needs a platform to showcase their stock, and those portal thingies are so old hat. With Movebubble, you have access to thousands of high-quality, verified renters in your pocket. You can create a video viewing in seconds and receive offers from renters all in a few clicks while showcasing your brand's personality.
From within the app, you can chat to renters directly - there's no need for copious back and forths over email, phone, fax, carrier pigeon and just about every other way to communicate that you can think of. Movebubble makes renting easy.
Task management is a critical component for any agent who wants to keep on top of their day-to-day. There are plenty of tools out there to manage your workflow, but Notion is right at the top of the list when it comes to seamless task management and integration.
Notion is so popular that it's just hit a $2 billion valuation, thanks to its ability to be an all-in-one workspace where you can write, plan, collaborate and get organised with your tasks. Best of all, Notion doesn't require much brainpower, and you can sort all your meetings, store your targets and populate ideas in no time.
Social media is becoming an increasingly important tool for marketing your rental properties without spending a fortune on advertising. More and more renters head to social media to consume content, whether it's on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or TikTok.
However, promoting your properties over a variety of social networks at once can be confusing. There's a fair few tools out there that help you manage multiple social media accounts, but Buffer has simplicity on its side. Schedule posts across multiple platforms and receive in-depth analytical insights that let you know where to improve with your social reach.
6) Google Suite
Google Suite offers a raft of tools, which make the life of a letting agent much easier. Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, Slides, and Keep pretty much cover you for everything from emails to creating documents and charts.
It's all stored in the cloud too and offers effortless cross-functionality between its apps. You can pretty much streamline the day-to-day of your agency through Google Suite, using it to do everything from video calls to writing reports.
Smartphones have become an agent's best friend over the last decade. What was once a piece of technology to call landlords and speak to renters now allows you to go through the entire process of letting a home without even making a phone call.
All the tools we've mentioned on our list are accessible on a smartphone, and it's essentially the glue that holds everything together. Take a video of a property with your camera video, download apps like Movebubble, and keep up to date with your social media. Is there anything they can't do? Evidently not.
Build with your tools
The landscape is changing, and technology is playing a pivotal role. It aids letting agents, allowing you to focus on customer service and ensuring you've got happy renters and landlords. Tech tools cut down working time significantly, and renters are becoming increasingly tech-friendly. With the tools on our list, you'll be ready to find the best renters faster than ever before