2 Must-Have (Free) Smartphone Apps To Use out in the Field

2 Must-Have (Free) Smartphone Apps To Use out in the Field

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Ken Corsini

Ken Corsini is a seasoned real estate investor and business owner based in Woodstock, Georgia. Ken is best known for his role on HGTV’s hit show “Flip or Flop Atlanta,” and has flipped over 800 houses in Metro Atlanta since 2005.

Experience
With over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, Ken has expanded his original flipping business into multiple independent real estate businesses, including Red Barn Real Estate, with over 180 agents in Metro Atlanta across four offices; Red Barn Construction, a custom home-building company specializing in modern farmhouses across North Atlanta; Red Barn Renovations, a full-service renovation company; Black Oak Mortgage, a direct lending company based in Woodstock, Georgia; and InvestorSumo, a technology company focusing on CRM and data needs for real estate investors.

Having been involved in thousands of transactions and having owned over 800 houses, multiple commercial and multifamily properties, and more, Ken brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the BiggerPockets community. He has authored over 100 blogs and currently hosts the “Best Deal Ever Show” on the BiggerPockets YouTube channel. He is also the host of the popular Deal Farm Podcast.

Ken is currently writing a book in conjunction with BiggerPockets called “Profit Like the Pros,” scheduled for release in Fall 2020.

He and his wife also run Roc.Star Kids, a non-profit organization focused on the needs of children and families in the fight against childhood cancer. For more information on this very personal cause, check out their story here.

Press
In addition to HGTV and HGTV Magazine, Ken has been featured on The Today Show, People Magazine, The LA Times, Think Realty Magazine (cover), TV Insider, In Touch Weekly, Life and Style Magazine, The Wrap, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, UGA Today, US Chamber of Commerce, PopSugar, Entertainment Magazine, and a number of local periodicals.

Education
Ken has a Business Degree from the University of Georgia and a Masters Degree in Building Construction from Georgia Tech.

Accreditations
Ken is currently licensed as a general contractor (commercial) in the state of Georgia.

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There are 10 individuals that comprise my core team here in Atlanta.

Of the 10, I’ve got a general manager who spends a lot of time in the field as well as a project manager who spends a TON of time in the field.

Regardless of what you call them, most real estate businesses have an individual(s) who spends a good portion of their time inspecting properties and/or interfacing with buyers, sellers, tenants, etc.

In our business, the project manager spends a good portion of his time screening new potential purchases and writing up detailed rehab estimates. On an average day, he will easily drive 100 miles around Metro Atlanta looking at properties we get under contract and managing rehabs currently underway.

With the enormous amount of competition in our market, it’s critical that we move quickly when trying to get properties under contract. As such, we’ve had to find tools and develop systems that enable us to make quick buying decisions throughout the course of each day. Here are 2 of the apps that we’ve adapted into our business that allow us analyze properties extremely efficiently:

Dropbox:

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 9.39.19 AMI realize that most people know about Dropbox and probably wouldn’t consider this a “must-have” tool. However, in our business it’s been a phenomenal way to exchange real time information from the field to our office. Our project manager has the dropbox app installed on his iPhone. When he gets to a property, he immediately begins taking pictures of the neighborhood, the property and any potential problem areas or issues that may be deal breakers for us. These pictures are then instantaneously uploaded into a specific property folder within dropbox so that we have access to the pictures in our office within minutes and can evaluate the property ourselves. This functionality has enabled us to make very quick buying decisions without blindly accepting a verbal description of the property over the phone … as was the case just a few years ago.

Genius Scan:

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 9.39.37 AMGenius Scan is a great tool that enables you to take a picture of a document with your iPhone and convert it to a pdf. In most cases, the pdf document is as clean and legible as if it had been scanned in an office. In our business, we use this tool to scan a written scope of work. We have a one page template that our project manager uses to estimate the repairs on a given property. Once the estimate is written up, he uses genius scan to convert it to a pdf … and similar to the pictures, the estimate also gets loaded into a specific property folder on dropbox so that we have immediate access to this information as well.

The great thing about Genius Scan and Dropbox is the fact that you can use them for any number of purposes. Perhaps you are writing up contracts in the field and want to instantly file them in electronic format – these tools can help you do that. And I’m not necessarily saying these are the best two apps for this functionality … there are other apps like Google Drive for cloud storage or Turbo Scan, Scanner Pro and Prizmo for scanning documents on your phone. Perhaps you may find one of these other apps more user friendly.

The bottom line is that these types of apps can make your business so much more efficient if you take the time to implement them. Whether you are taking pictures, writing up work estimates, scanning signed contracts, etc., having the ability to immediately share and store this information can give you a great leg up in your business.

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There are 10 individuals that comprise my core team here in Atlanta. Of the 10, I’ve got a general manager who spends a lot of time in the field as […]