NEW: BP Podcast 66: Flips, Apartments, & Protecting Yourself From Professional Tenants with Michael Blank

Hide this

From the BiggerPockets Blog

 BiggerPockets Blog »

Jump to Forum View All

Click a category below to view different forum categories.

BiggerPockets

General Info

BiggerPockets Q&A, Site Questions, & Announcements

1508 topics, 14381 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 08:09PM

BiggerPockets Exclusive PRO Area

117 topics, 838 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 09:08PM

New Member Introductions

10871 topics, 85472 posts — Last Post 04/18/14, 12:04AM

Real Estate Success Stories

394 topics, 6121 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:03PM

General Real Estate

General Real Estate

Buying & Selling Real Estate

5924 topics, 46699 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:53PM

Renters

643 topics, 5816 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 04:11PM

Get Foreclosure Help - Help Stop Foreclosure Forum

316 topics, 2557 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 03:58AM

Home Owner Association (HOA) Issues & Problems Forum

237 topics, 1609 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 08:53AM

Do it Yourself

655 topics, 6261 posts — Last Post 04/18/14, 12:41AM

Reviews & Feedback

Real Estate Deal Analysis and Advice

3666 topics, 29393 posts — Last Post 04/18/14, 12:03AM

Real Estate Guru, Book & Course Reviews and Discussions

1132 topics, 11545 posts — Last Post 04/18/14, 12:42AM

Ask About A Real Estate Company

740 topics, 7312 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 09:46PM

Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Strategies

Wholesaling

5591 topics, 43679 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:01PM

Rehabbing and House Flipping

3328 topics, 30941 posts — Last Post 04/18/14, 12:40AM

Real Estate Development & New Home Construction

552 topics, 4679 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:10PM

Innovative Strategies

703 topics, 6023 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 09:46PM

Tax Liens, Notes, Paper, & Cash Flows Discussion

864 topics, 6667 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 06:13PM

Rent to Own a.k.a. Lease Purchase, Lease Options

691 topics, 4869 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:20PM

1031 Exchanges

143 topics, 1052 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 05:39PM

Foreclosure Investing

General Foreclosure & Pre-Foreclosure Forums

1686 topics, 11285 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 06:41PM

HUD, VA, and Tax Sales

414 topics, 3088 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 07:35AM

REOs

1214 topics, 10570 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 02:28PM

Short Sales

1534 topics, 13120 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 04:44PM

Landlord & Tenant Forums

Landlord & Rental Property Questions

7193 topics, 70638 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:22PM

Mobile Homes & Mobile Home Park Investing

638 topics, 5138 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:01PM

Investor Basics

Starting Out

7689 topics, 60359 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:32PM

Investor Psychology

430 topics, 6092 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 06:53PM

General Real Estate Investing

4711 topics, 37163 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 05:53PM

Real Estate Investor Marketing

1730 topics, 14091 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 06:21PM

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Investing Forum

1409 topics, 8983 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 06:13PM

Multi-Family and Apartment Investing

1106 topics, 9194 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:27PM

The Business of Real Estate

Real Estate Technology and the Internet

Real Estate Technology, Social Media & Blogging

638 topics, 4884 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 02:08PM

Business Basics

Goals, Business Plans & Entities

830 topics, 7549 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:19PM

Real Estate Finance & Legal

Financial, Tax, and Legal

Tax, Legal Issues, Contracts, Self-Directed IRA

2783 topics, 19994 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 04:52PM

Property Insurance

309 topics, 2045 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 07:41PM

Personal Finance Discussion

328 topics, 2730 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 04:56PM

Loans, Mortgages, Credit Lines

Private & Conventional Lending Discussion

2830 topics, 19679 posts — Last Post 04/18/14, 12:10AM

Creative Real Estate Financing

1207 topics, 8762 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 03:35PM

Crowdfunding Real Estate

35 topics, 455 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 02:14PM

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Agents

1206 topics, 7957 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 09:20PM

Bankers, Lenders, and Mortgage Brokers

441 topics, 1919 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 01:58PM

Contractors

268 topics, 1681 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:53PM

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate Networking & Recommendations

1984 topics, 11584 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 08:36PM

Americans & International Real Estate

161 topics, 566 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 11:19AM

Foreigners Buying in the USA

62 topics, 409 posts — Last Post 04/10/14, 06:27AM

Canadian Real Estate

64 topics, 427 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 03:22PM

Marketplace

Real Estate Marketplace

Real Estate Marketplace

15004 topics, 53907 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 09:32PM

Real Estate Events and Happenings

163 topics, 2483 posts — Last Post 04/18/14, 12:38AM

Off-Topic

Off Topic

Off-Topic

2902 topics, 32399 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 03:07PM

Housing News & Real Estate Market

914 topics, 8351 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 08:41AM

BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Summit

97 topics, 1751 posts — Last Post 04/10/14, 02:27PM

BiggerPockets Resources

Forums » Real Estate Technology, Social Media & Blogging » I Need A Mobile Office Setup!

I Need A Mobile Office Setup!

35 posts by 11 users

Signup

Real Estate Investor · Union, New Jersey


Hi All - I need to upgrade my technological capabilities as it relates to real estate. Specifically I need to be able to edit, print and sign contracts on the go. I know a tablet must be a part of the plan and I'm assuming something that's wireless? Will I need a wireless printer as well? Should my tablet come with a usb port? Any recommended models?

Bottom line, I need to be able to conduct online research, print direct mail as well as edit and print purchase and sale contracts on the go (while in a seller's living room).

Any suggestions?



· Durham, North Carolina


A ultra slim notebook is cool. A tablet is not a computer. You need to subscribe a wireless internet service as well.



Rehabber · Albuquerque, New Mexico


Well since it's an on-the-go type setup you need, you'll probably want:

1. A tablet computer - Either an iPad or an Asus Transformer. I can't recommend a Windows tablet as I haven't used one yet. If you want my opinion, I'd go with the Transformer, but the iPad is a great decision as well.

2. A editing and printing app. I know they have printer apps for Android tablets (the Asus Transformer) but I've never checked for the iPad but I'm sure they do.

3. A mobile printer.

***You will need your tablet to be 3G capable or buy a WiFi hotspot from a cell phone company. Alternatively (and this may be hard if you're not technically inclined but I thought I'd mention it anyway) you root your iPhone/Android phone (I have a Samsung Galaxy S3) and use it as a Wifi Hotspot for free, as buying/paying for the service is fairly expensive, at least for me.***

How's that sound?



Rehabber · Albuquerque, New Mexico


Originally posted by Xing Zhu:
A ultra slim notebook is cool. A tablet is not a computer. You need to subscribe a wireless internet service as well.

I agree, the ultra slims are really awesome! My tablet can do everything my PC can though. Except have multiple things running on the same screen (which seems like they're working on that now though for Android's....)

This may be a better option if you want a little more bulk for more familiarity as you can get a ultra thin Windows or OSX(?) computer as opposed to using the Android OS or the iPad OS.

Great idea!



Real Estate Investor · Union, New Jersey


Originally posted by Xing Zhu:
A ultra slim notebook is cool. A tablet is not a computer. You need to subscribe a wireless internet service as well.

Thanks Xing - But I want to avoid having to use something as 'long' (when you flip it open) as a laptop. I think a tablet is perfect. All I want to do is basic editing (and some drafting if necessary) of documents (mainly letters and contracts), surf the web and maybe scan/print docs.



Real Estate Investor · Union, New Jersey


Originally posted by Manuel Acuna:
Well since it's an on-the-go type setup you need, you'll probably want:

1. A tablet computer - Either an iPad or an Asus Transformer. I can't recommend a Windows tablet as I haven't used one yet. If you want my opinion, I'd go with the Transformer, but the iPad is a great decision as well.

2. A editing and printing app. I know they have printer apps for Android tablets (the Asus Transformer) but I've never checked for the iPad but I'm sure they do.

3. A mobile printer.

***You will need your tablet to be 3G capable or buy a WiFi hotspot from a cell phone company. Alternatively (and this may be hard if you're not technically inclined but I thought I'd mention it anyway) you root your iPhone/Android phone (I have a Samsung Galaxy S3) and use it as a Wifi Hotspot for free, as buying/paying for the service is fairly expensive, at least for me.***

How's that sound?

Thanks Manuel this is exactly what I was looking for. I forgot I also want to scan at times so I assume a droid phone should be able to take nice pics and handle that (too embarrassed to tell you what I have now but it's basically the cell version of a rotary phone). Will likely go with Android or windows tablets (must/should have a usb port) as opposed to an ipad. And I am technically inclined so will tether my cell phone as a wifi for the tablet. Verizon Wireless' tablets and accompanying service are way overpriced imo. Thanks again man.

Anyone else?



Real Estate Investor · Buffalo, New York


@Ibrahim S Your ending statement answered what I was going to add, you dont need expensive add on plans, there are many apps that allow you to use your smartphone for a hotspot as you eluded to.



Real Estate Investor · Union, New Jersey


Thanks @David Niles. Didn't know there were apps for this. Verizon wireless charges $20/mo. Are you saying there are apps (free or otherwise) that allow this without paying VW?



Developer · Orange County, California


Does it need to have 3G/4G capabilities, will you need to use it as a laptop at times or will you just be doing basic stuff with it, etc.? Do you need to connect via wi fi or wireless network through your cell phone carrier (my son uses the mobile hot spot on his phone)

My son, Michael, has been doing extensive research on these lately as he needs to get a tablet too for much of the same uses. He's narrowed it down to the Asus or the Microsoft surface. He definitely doesn't like the ipad, nor does my daughter that uses it for her job (she's an education coordinator for major costmetics manufacturer).

Also, I believe both of those models have options for a keyboard that is removable so that you can use as a tablet or laptop.


Karen Margrave, Parlay Investments, 1st American Construction
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 949-933-3955
Website: http://www.parlayinvestments.com
PARLAY: definition: to increase or otherwise transform into something of much greater value


Real Estate Investor · Buffalo, New York


If you have an Android phone, try the free app, Foxfi, uses your 3 or 4g from your phone and is fast.



Real Estate Investor · Union, New Jersey


Yes Karen M. thanks to Manuel I'm looking at both the Asus and the Surface. Will use it with the cell and at public wifi spots. Just looking to do basic stuff with it. I don't do too much more than basic stuff with my laptop which is my main PC. I know a lot of folks download music and videos/movies but I don't typically do it. Hearing a lot of bad reviews on the ipad. Many having to do with folks being stuck in their cycle of costly upgrades (i.e. memory not expandable) or just an overpriced gadget. Thanks for responding.



Real Estate Investor · Union, New Jersey


Thanks David!



· Durham, North Carolina


I have also dreamed of building a mobile trading office.
The idea is to take a van or a SUV with three rows of seats, and remove the middle row to set up a trading environment with four 27" monitors and two slim (desktop) computers each with 8 cores or more.



Developer · Orange County, California


Actually, Michael was researching them for all of us. He's decided we are going with the Surface. For our needs it will work good, though it doesn't have as long of a battery use as the Asus, but when the Surface Pro comes out Michael's getting that because of the resolution, he needs for graphics, etc.


Karen Margrave, Parlay Investments, 1st American Construction
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 949-933-3955
Website: http://www.parlayinvestments.com
PARLAY: definition: to increase or otherwise transform into something of much greater value


Real Estate Investor · Union, New Jersey


Interesting Karen M. - If you don't mind me asking, what are your needs that caused you to choose the Surface over the Asus?



SFR Investor · Conroe, Texas


Ibrahim, I love my iPad (on it right now) but I find it to be pretty restrictive for my real estate needs. Actually, I find the sites I typically use are restrictive. For instance, my MLS back end only works on Internet Explorer. And it's not some po-dunk MLS, this is Houston! They have a new one in Beta but even it does not work on the iPad. I am not familiar with Windows 8 yet but i do know you can open 2 screens at once. Printing comes standard and is not a luxury only if you have the right printer (not sure how the ipad or even an Android would do with your mobile printing. The printer and tablet would both have to be connected to wifi, and i dont know of any android tablets that have usb. Windows 8 tablet would give you option to do usb or wifi. I know there are plenty of apps on iPad that allow you to upload a contract and can be filled out and signed right on the iPad. I'm sure something will be available for windows 8. As far as the two versions, you would probably only need the RT version vs the Pro version. RT is more for a tablet and Pro more like a laptop. This is my plan anyway. Keep us posted on what you choose and how it works out because I'm very interested in figuring it out for myself too.



Real Estate Investor · Columbus , Ohio


If you are thinking about the Surface, which I am, make sure you research the difference between the Surface RT and the Surface Pro. RT is a striped down operating system that does not run your existing software. Pro, which is supposed to come out in January, runs a full Windows 8 OS. I am leaning toward the Surface Pro.


Telephone: 614-747-2705
Shannon Martin Martin Brother's Team Keller Williams Consultants Realty


Real Estate Investor · Union, New Jersey


Originally posted by @Eric Thomson:
Ibrahim, I love my iPad (on it right now) but I find it to be pretty restrictive for my real estate needs. Actually, I find the sites I typically use are restrictive. For instance, my MLS back end only works on Internet Explorer. And it's not some po-dunk MLS, this is Houston! They have a new one in Beta but even it does not work on the iPad. I am not familiar with Windows 8 yet but i do know you can open 2 screens at once. Printing comes standard and is not a luxury only if you have the right printer (not sure how the ipad or even an Android would do with your mobile printing. The printer and tablet would both have to be connected to wifi, and i dont know of any android tablets that have usb. Windows 8 tablet would give you option to do usb or wifi. I know there are plenty of apps on iPad that allow you to upload a contract and can be filled out and signed right on the iPad. I'm sure something will be available for windows 8. As far as the two versions, you would probably only need the RT version vs the Pro version. RT is more for a tablet and Pro more like a laptop. This is my plan anyway. Keep us posted on what you choose and how it works out because I'm very interested in figuring it out for myself too.

Eric the Surface has a usb port. Just not sure how many printers would work with it (assuming I don't get a wifi printer). Also I'm assuming Adobe acrobat (AA) would work on the surface and allow you to sign documents. AA is what a friend of mine uses on his Samsung Galaxy 10.1 when he has sellers sign contracts right on the spot.



SFR Investor · Conroe, Texas


Since it is Windows just about any printer should work via USB. It would obviously be best over wifi. If you are going to use a mobile hotspot, rather than the connection built into the tablet, then this should be easy to do. And the printer will not use any of your data plan. I'm not sure what Adobe has out yet that is touchscreen for Win 8, but you can bet it's several hundred dollars. There will probably be other great options through the Windows App Store.



Developer · Orange County, California


@Ibrahim S I think the reason he's decided on the Surface over the Asus is the Surface has higher resolution. We are real estate developers, and view renderings and pictures. Also, with the Pro version I believe it has a stylus, that way on jobs if there are changes to a detail, stairs, walls, or ? he can draw them.

The upside of the Asus is that it has longer battery life. Either one is a great product in my opinion.


Karen Margrave, Parlay Investments, 1st American Construction
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 949-933-3955
Website: http://www.parlayinvestments.com
PARLAY: definition: to increase or otherwise transform into something of much greater value




Sign up