Proptech: 7 useful Twitter accounts to follow
Let’s face it, all agents have embraced some proptech over the years. There can’t be a branch left in the UK that stills loads film into a camera and gets photos of properties developed at the chemist and who doesn’t send details via email?
We may have forgotten life before computers and digital cameras but the adoption of all things online was the biggest learning curve of all. The benefits, however, were so good that they have erased any memory of getting to grips with new fangled systems and painfully slow dial-up connections.
As scary as it sounds, today’s proptech isn’t an industry invasion trying to take away the jobs of estate and letting agents. Far from it - it’s natural progression. The rising number of third-party suppliers and apps in development are designed to help agents work smarter, not harder.
Here’s Viewber guide to the proptech people and products that agents should be exploring.
1. Reapit: with more than 40,000 users globally, Reapit can be found in many agency branches but not all. This cloud-based property software automates many tasks associated with customer relationship marketing, and is a good tried-and-tested piece of kit if you’re late to the proptech party. What’s more, Reapit was the only proptech provider to make Rothschild’s Megabyte Scorecard – a list of the UK’s top 50 tech firms. @ReapitSoftware
2. Fixflo: Fixflo is one of the simplest pieces of protech software for both tenants and letting agents to use. This lettings, block and commercial repairs and maintenance management software is a picture-based reporting system that seamlessly integrates with more than 40 property management software platforms. It’s also offered as a white-label service and is available to tenants in more than 40 languages. @Fixflo
3. Future Proptech: if you really want to keep your finger on the proptech pulse, you need to follow Future PropTech – billed as the world’s number one proptech event. Each annual gathering in London features more than 100 speakers and 100 exhibitors – the perfect place for agents to experience live demos and get a deeper understanding of what’s available. @_futureproperty
4. Goodlord: shortlisted in the UK Prop Tech awards, Goodlord’s mantra is ‘lettings without the faff’. What that means in reality is a piece of software that manages the lettings process, from end-to-end, in one place via a digital dashboard accessible on any device. Many time-consuming manual tasks are automated, and there’s transparency, accountability and a digital audit trail too. @sogoodlord
5. Andrew Stanton: if you’re not sure how to knit traditional estate agency and proptech together, Andrew is a good person to follow with a growing following. He is a proptech real estate industry analyst, consultant and journalist who offers hourly/daily problem solving and business analyst services that are bespoke to each property business’s needs. @Proptech_PR
6. OpenBrix: A fresh face in the portal game but challenging the big three as a new agent-led portal called OpenBrix. It is built on blockchain tech to decentralise control. Translated, that means the majority of community members have to agree on matters such as fee rises and selling data before they can happen. OpenBrix also aims to deliver buyers more property information than any other portal, whilst being the only rental portal to improve a tenant’s credit history - we shall see but a modern idea. @OpenBrix
7. Matterport: this global proptech brand allows agents to harness the power of its all-in-one 3D data platform, revolutionising how digital property assets are created. With just one visit with a compatible camera, agents can capture a 3D virtual tour, produce accurate measurements, create a floor plan and extract 4K print-ready photos. It’s a simple push-button ‘point and shoot’ exercise while at the property, while asset creation is almost entirely automated thereafter. @Matterport