No matter who you are, you still have to have a place to work. Some folks love tidy, others, organized chaos, although for these spot checks of the work place, most seem to have suspiciously neat desks. Take a look at these top agents and executives and see how your workspace and favorite apps compare.
Jennifer Archambeault • Lisa Archer • Nicole Beauchamp • Ryan Bokros • Sean Carpenter • Merri Jo Cowen • Dave Crumby • Paul Knegten • Paul Koziarz • Amy Geddes • John Heithaus • Anthony Malafronte • Steve Pacinelli • Seth Price • Gabe Rodriguez • Suzanne Roy • Richard Silver • Chris Smith • Amy Smythe Harris • Tucker Wannamaker • Judy Lehman Weiniger
Jennifer Archambeault and Amy Smythe Harris
We run a virtual space and anything we need to do in real estate can be done on our iPhone or iPad. This photo was taken just after sending an offer on a kitchen counter while still in a home listed for sale. The image shows writing an offer via NuOffer on the iPad.
Favorite Apps (Jennifer and Amy) — these have revolutionized the way we do business:
Amy’s Favorite Apps
- Lighttrac (helps homeowners know when/where sunsets/sunrises without being at the house)
- Easily Do (a virtual assistant)
Jennifer’s Favorite Apps
- RoadNinja (I share with clients who are traveling)
- Join.Me (it allows us to answer agent/client questions by sharing our or their screen)
Jennifer Archambeault | @jenarchambeault
Amy Smythe Harris | @amyoutloud
Urban Provision Realtors
Austin and Houston, TX
- Mac at office 27 inch
- MacBook Pro 17 inch at home and travel
- iPad mini 32 gig with a camo case (my kids touch it)
- iPhone 5s 64 gig — I take a lot of photo and video
Lisa Archer | @lisaarcher
Chief Executive Officer
Live Love International
What’s on my desk? It isn’t just what’s on my desk, but it’s quite often what is in my bag(s) that comprises the elements of my “desk”. The crucial elements of my daily arsenal are as follows:
- Mobile Phone: iPhone 4S, Blackberry Bold 9930
- Tablet : iPad Mini 4G (always in bag) , iPad 2 w/Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
- Computer : MacBook Air 11″
- Stationery: Personal and corporate stationery. Still big fan of the handwritten note, thank you and otherwise.
- Writing implements: My weakness for writing notes includes fine writing implements. The ones I use daily have personal significance to me so its like constantly being connected to the person and/or event associated with the pen/pencil.
- Notebooks & Agenda: Moleskin Evernote/Levenger Circa Folio/company notebook: I still find it easier to think on paper. I also find it particularly effective in meetings as well. Things of importance (and often those not so much) are scanned and sent to Evernote. Louis Vuitton PM (gift from a client almost ten years ago after one of my very first transactions)
- Coffee mug: not a coffee drinker, but drink lots of tea. And this mug was a gift from a friend.
- Headphones: I keep a spare pair of Bose MIE2i ear buds in the office
- Mobile : Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo & Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot
- NYU desktop business card holder
- Evernote: I am somewhat addicted to post-it-notes…. and as an anal retentive individual who would color code just about anything…. evernote appeals to me, and it also means in most cases I don’t need to worry about tracking pieces of paper. I still prefer to write, but try to remember to photograph/scan to evernote. I love that this is something I can truly use across platforms (remember, I am one of what feels like the five people left in the world that still uses a Blackberry and admits to it) Premium subscription is worth it for the offline notebook access alone (I spend a lot of time…in tunnels…where for the most part there are still no connections to the outside world)
- Dropbox: this has stopped what was an incredibly irritating habit/need to email a file I am working on one system to myself so that I can then work on it from home. It also means access to files from computers other than mine and the ease of sharing documents with co-brokers (I rotate offering plans and other pertinent building documentation through as needed) and clients (standard forms like disclosure agreements, fee agreements, and other templates). Especially handy when collaborating with others, and when teaching/presenting-I will upload my presentations, in addition to having on a thumb drive. For a long time I was fine with the free space, and space bonuses via referral, a year or so ago I paid for additional storage.
- Contactually: It has been some time since I’ve managed to consistently use a CRM, because most are generally far more than I am interested in tinkering with (there was a time when the tinkering would have great appeal) . Love the ease of us and integration with existing systems (exchange based & Google) the mobile app on the iPhone has a coveted spot on my first/home screen.
- Newsreading apps: Wall Street Journal/NY Times/Zite-Flipboard. I kind of group these all together. Oddly,I do still get a print edition of the WSJ delivered to my apartment each morning. The print edition of the NYT is part of my weekend ritual.It is typically the first thing I read (depending on its arrival and my departure schedule) . As to the apps I spend some time each morning and evening scanning through these things (both on my calendar) Zite is particularly of interest, as I have what seems like a never ending series of keywords set up, so I can share articles/information as needed with the appropriate party.
- Instagram: I am, unquestionably in love….with NYC, my hometown. But in general, I’ve always loved images (although it occasionally pains me that I rarely take a photo with a device that doesn’t ring anymore). Instagram appeals to me as a platform where I can share snippets of my world and see similar visual representations from friends as well as those I may not know. Love the ability to selectively post to other platforms. I love it as a person who happens to be in real estate, there are many unique and creative ways to use so many things, but I find for me, the personal passion and connection is what drives my use of IG perhaps more than anything else, so you would note there’s a lot of food, drink, photos of wherever I happen to be (which can actually be outside of Manhattan) and people and work, but to be blessed to work doing something where you can help someone discover their on their quest for the perfect property, while sharing your passion.
Where: Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan (430 Park Avenue, Engel & Völkers NYC)
There is something to be said, for me at least, to a centrally located easily accessible operations base. At various points pre real estate and during, I have worked a lot from home, but not surprisingly for me at least, I enjoy the collaboration and interaction in 3D with others, plus who could miss the fun commuting stories of nyc – I would lose material for my how not to ride series of comments. And I have in recent years been exceptionally lucky to have incredible people to work with, for and around.
What could be better than that?
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Engel & Volkers
New York, New York
I’m pretty much 100 percent cloud based, so with my Chromebook in tow I can easily access anything that I would be working on my Mac Pro. My cellphone is none other than an iPhone 5S 32GB version. I have bounced back and forth from Android to iPhone about three times and have once again landed back on iPhone and have no plans to leave again!
- Mac Pro
- Dual monitors
- iPad Air
- iPad Mini
- Samsung Chromebook
- iPhone 5S 32GB
- Evernote — my digital brain
- Dropbox — my digital filing cabinet
- HAR.com (Houston Association of REALTORS app – access to our MLS)
- Facebook/ Facebook Messenger
- Honorable Mentions – Fantastical (Calendar App), Hootsuite, GoConnect, Feedly
Ryan Bokros | @ryanbokros
REALTOR/Director of Technology and Development
My desk is usually a bit messier than this (but not much). I use a Dell laptop (company provided) that I connect via docking station when in the office. My mic on the left is a Blue ICE but I haven’t used it as much as I’d like. Occasional webinars or hangouts but am really interested in starting a podcast — just not sure if it would be redundant to my blog which is my #1 passion.
The Logitech webcam is the long stick on the right of the monitor.
The sign under my desk simply says “FOCUS” so as I get distracted and it catches my eye, it slaps me back into the task at hand.
The cups full of pens — Ultra Fine Point Sharpie markers in various colors as well as a cup full of thicker Fine Point multi-colored Sharpies for my creative moments (You never know when a #CarpArt moment will strike :-)) and then just regular pens and pencils.
My phone is an iPhone4 – still hoping to upgrade to a 5S or possibly the 6 if it is coming soon? My kids and wife jumped in line in front of me for upgrades so just chugging along with the older version … but it’s all good.
- Dell Laptop with Docking Station
- Logitech Blue Ice microphone
- iPhone 4
- Twitter (standard Twitter app – not Tweetbot or Tweetdeck, etc)
- My Podcast app (Wanna know which podcasts I listen to? Check out this blog post from last year – )
- Nike + iPod app that measures my runs
- ESPN ScoreCenter,
Sean Carpenter | @seancarp
Director of Agent Development
Ohio NRT Companies
Merri Jo Cowen
- Dell Latitude Ultra Book with Docking Station
- Two External Monitors
- iPhone 5
- iPad Air
- Docs to Go
- My bank
- Emerging into a fav…Uber
- I do have a few games too…:)
Merri Jo Cowen, RCE, e-PRO | @mjcowen
Chief Executive Officer
My Florida Regional MLS
- Best days involve movement
- Early AM: Start after an intense workout.
- AM: Realvolve Development call with team via Skype and organized via Github and Trello
- Mid Morning: Move my desk outside because my patio table allows me to stand and sit
- After lunch: Load up backpack and ride longboard to a bench a mile away with a good view
- MacBook Pro
- Moleskin / Good pen / Burts Bees Lip Balm
Dave Crumby | @davecrumby
Here is my DESKTOP from my point of view.
13 inch MACBOOK Air – light enough for travel but powerful enough for everything I need to do. Once I closed the Zappos browser tab my frequently used applications list looked pretty legit. 🙂
I’m shooting this photo with my iPhone, so it’s not pictured. Notice the headset though, during the move I gave up my VOIP desk phone and have gone 100% cell/skype. It’s working well, so far.
My iPad — great for travel, but lately I’ve also been using it for Facebook to avoid keeping it open in my browser all day — shockingly good time management strategy. It’s a nice reminder to get up every hour or two and walk around and it keeps me from being distracted all day with notifications.
My 24 inch monitor that allows me to pretend like I don’t need reading glasses and my 1 Terabyte external hard drive keeps me from having to make decisions about what to keep for now!
Last, but certainly not least, my trusty old friend the composition notebook. This “app” is used each morning to help me brainstorm, set daily goals, jot down random thoughts, etc. Try as I might, I simply can’t find inspiration in Evernote. Maybe if they invent a tablet that gives me that same feeling of the pen running across a fresh piece of paper. ☺
You may also notice I have a “guest desk” that faces mine. It comes in handy when my family wants to visit me in my home office and I have also been known to literally get a different perspective by taking my MacBook Air and changing seats!
- 13” MacBook Air
- 24” External Monitor
- 1 TB External Hard Drive
- JIRA/Confluence (also known as the final authority on all things related to Clareity systems)
Amy Geddes | @amyjgeddes
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
- Apple Calendar
John Heithaus | @superstarfactor
Chief Strategy Officer
- 15″ MacBook Pro Retina
- iWork (mostly Keynote for presentations [duh], mockups, and simple product design)
- Chrome (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive being most common)
Paul Knegten | @amitreeinc
Amitree | Closing Time
- MacBook Pro – 15” Retina / 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 / 16GB
- iPad Air – WiFi / 4GLTE / 128GB
- iPad Mini – WiFi / 16GB
- iPhone 5S – 64GB
- Mac Mini – 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 / 16GB
- Apple Thunderbolt Display – 27” with an Ergotron MX Desk Mount Arm
- Office Apps
Paul Koziarz | @paulkoziarz
Vice President Marketing Real Estate Solutions
- 13″ MacBook Pro
- iPad Air w/ Zagg Folio keyboard
- 32 gig Apple iPhone 5s
- PDF expert
- Noteshelf for iPad
- My MLS app
Anthony Malafrone | @mytampaagent
Coldwell Banker | My Tampa Agent
- MacBook Pro
- Meteor mic
- iPhone 5s
- The gray things are sound dampening panels to help with webinars
Steve Pacinelli | @stevepacinelli
Vice President of Events
I use a MacBook Air, iPhone 5, iPad, 30″ external monitor, Bose noise canceling headset, which is the universal “don’t bother me I’m working” sign. Tons and tons of great coffee, from some tattooed barista that’s really passionate about espresso. A few of the apps that I live in besides infrastructure apps like Google Apps, Dropbox office and Adobe Suite.
- MacBook Air
- iPhone 5
- 30” external monitor
- Bose noise canceling headset
- Omnifocus for personal organization
- Google Analytics – conversion and goal insight
- Infusionsoft for marketing automation craziness
- Hootsuite & Buffer, cause they’re good for different stuff
- Prismatic for content discovery
- Byword for focused writing
- Spotify for finding a groove
Seth Price | @sethstuff
- 13″ MacBook
- iPad Air
- iPhone 5s
- Balcony (of course)
Gabe Rodriguez | @riskrodriguez
Founder & CEO
My desk changes with my mood. If I need to be super focused then my office’s desk is where you’ll find me; if I need a change of scenery, I’ll either sit at the kitchen island or out on the patio (depending on the time of year).
- MacBook Air, which I love since it is super convenient to move from station to station, desk to desk.
- White and gold iPhone 5s in a retro tape cassette case. It’s a cool conversation piece! Especially with the young ‘uns!
- Uber — best thing since sliced bread for people that travel a lot. Its available in most all states I have been to (excluding FL and TX).
- Facebook — It’s my second home. Without it being mobile, I’d be lost.
- Voxer — great for backchannel chats and giggles
- Camera+ — Makes my average pics look presentable. And I take a LOT of pics.
- Waze — Great for traveling. It warns you of upcoming traffic delays, hazards and (the most important) hidden police scanners. It’s also user generated, which I love.
Suzanne Roy | @suzroy
Director of Social Media and Industry Outreach
Realtor.com / Move, Inc.
- iPhone with a Mophie
- iPad Air
- Mini iPad
- Mac Laptop…
- Google Docs
- Dropbox with some legacy docs…
Richard Silver | @richardsilver
Sales Representative, Senior Vice President – Sales
Sotheby’s International Realty
- 13″ Mac Book Pro Retina
- Mailbox App for email
- Hall for internal team communication
- Any.do for to-do lists
- Fantastical for calendar
- dotloop for getting contracts signed
Chris Smith | @Chris_Smth
- Mac Book Pro
- iPhone 5
- Hours keeper
- Google Maps (for getting around my new city of DC)
Tucker Wannamaker | @TuckerWanna
Chief Marketer, Magneti Marketing
Judy Lehman Weiniger
Given my desk pix and use of stickies (I use stickies app on my laptop which I love!!!) … I always need more help on organizing thoughts and to-dos, return calls. On the run as things come at us all day long.
- Mac Book Pro
- iPhone 5
- Go tasks: My dump to do list… Syncs with google cal tasks.
- Dolphin: Helpful browser.
- I am a picture nut. I have so many photo apps. My faves: Over, Pic Collage, After Light.
- Socially: Facebook, Instagram (my faves, hence my photo apps)
- Docs access: Dropbox, Drive and Evernote
- Fantastical calendar.Go tasks… My dump to do list… Syncs with google cal tasks
- Navigation apps like Waze and Google Maps for traffic… I can’t live without as we live in our cars
Judy Lehman Weiniger | @judyweiniger
Broker/Salesperson, RE/MAX Premier