Learn About the Treo 650 and Mobile Solutions for Real Estate Professionals

Welcome to my series of articles dedicated to the “swiss army knife” of mobile devices for “on-the-go” professionals. Although I’ve designed this site to help real estate professionals, everyone is welcome.

As a Treo 650 owner and enthusiast, I have spent hours testing and tweaking my own Treo. I consider it my business lifeline. I work with dozens of real estate agents each year as as a freelance writer, marketing consultant and business advisor. I know the needs of modern real estate agents and I spend my time helping agents, realtors and brokers find business solutions on all levels. As a mobile solution, the Treo works.

It won’t work by itself. It won’t be the answer to all your prayers straight out of the box. It will take a commitment, there is a learning curve and you will have to invest some time (and money) to customize it. What I hope to do here is diminish that learning curve, help you determine your needs and prevent unnecessary software and accessory purchases.

You will need to do some planning to determine which software packages and accessories you should purchase to get the most out of your new “pocket office” — but I’ll be right here with you.

Here, you will find information about applications and uses for the Treo that will be of interest if you want a more mobile work style and a more connected, flexible lifestyle — even if you aren’t a Realtor, a broker, or a real estate agent. [more]I am a bit of a technology geek, with a particular infatuation with small devices that carry a big “punch.” The Treo 650 has been a natural technology adoption for me and I have spent a great amount of time (and money) reviewing software, buying and trying programs, accessories and add-ons.

With that said, hope to save you hours of time and hundreds of dollars by sharing my findings and experiences. Working with a new Treo is fun, and it’s easy to get carried away. It’s easy to buy too much or to buy things that duplicate functionality. I can help you avoid these problems.

As this site grows, I can assure you that I won’t recommend products I don’t love. If I haven’t tried a product, I’ll say so. If I had problems with a program the remained unresolved after reading the user’s manual and/or contacting the company, I’ll share that information. I’ll soon have a message board set up so Treo 650 owners can discuss their questions and if you have a question in the meantime, I’ll do my best to answer as many questions as possible.

For me, running a Treo 650 isn’t just a work style, it’s a lifestyle. This means that I’ll share a multitude of convenient (and fun) ways that I use my smartphone — even when I’m not working.

The Treo 650 may not be the answer to all your mobile needs as a real estate professional, but I haven’t been able to find any device that will slip in my purse, clip to my belt or slide in a pocket that covers as many of the necessities as this one does. I never lug a laptop these days, and I often work while I’m on the road. For me, the Treo 650 means I can travel lighter and stay more connected than ever. I’ve traded in my laptop bag/attach´┐Ż combo weighing about 40 pounds (after the laptop, extra batteries, cords and other “necessities”) for a smallish purse. More and more often I leave the office with my keys with a tiny attached wallet and the Treo clipped to my belt. That’s it. These days, I really travel light.

As a real estate professional, mobility means more money. Carrying a laptop everywhere you go gets old quick, doesn’t it? But, the more hours you stay tethered to a desk, the less money you make. And, when you are on the road, the less you carry around, the easier life becomes. Ironically, in your industry, you have to stay available by phone and email to serve clients. And, you are becoming more dependent on an Internet connection with each passing day. Real estate agents need it all. This is why I believe the Treo 650 is a near-perfect device for your industry.

Yes, I know I sound like a Treo advertisement. My mother and my husband remind me of that fact often. But, neither of them are technology geeks. They don’t have a business that lives and dies by phone, e-mail, and Internet access. They don’t understand. They don’t see that, as an entrepreneur, this device GIVES me BACK my freedom. Dad, who adopted my Treo 600 when I upgraded to the 650, appreciates the technology even if he fails to understand need to stay constantly connected.

As a real estate agent, I’m willing to bet that you DO understand.

You can use a Treo 650 as a cell phone, check and send email (with and without attachments), take pictures (and send to clients on the spot), and even check the MLS for another possible listing — while you still have the interested buyer standing beside you. There are a multitude of ways you will use the Treo to make your work easier, to stay more organized and more in touch. I’ll do my best to provide informative communication and discussion, regular additions to a library of comprehensive articles, and answers to specific Treo-related questions. I want to keep real estate professionals aware of the brightest new ideas for uses of this little powerhouse along with updates on software to continually expand its usefulness.

Any links you see on this site, have been selected carefully. If I’ve had a problem with any vendors, you won’t see them here. It is my rule on all my websites to only link to products and vendors that I use personally and can recommend from my own experience. As such, the advertisements will probably be fairly sparse!

I have been making Treo information available to real estate professionals in a number of ways for several months. I started with my own clients. As luck would have it, my clients tend to be early adopters of technology. I have also written industry articles on ways a real estate agent can use the Treo 650 to improve their productivity and mobility. I’ve even blogged about it on my business website (www.WickedWordCraft.com).

It is my hope that this series will become a centralized resource for real estate agents using, or wanting to learn more about using, the Treo 650. I firmly believe that this is the best little tool for the real estate industry since the MLS. And I think the more you learn about it, the more likely you will be to agree.

So, take your time, browse and send me any questions you may have. I’ll do my best to answer them here on the site.

And come back to visit often.