Posts Tagged ‘apps’

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the future of TV and where digital media communications are going. Last night when we spoke about Hulu and the future of TV I was somewhat shocked to learn that 25% of all online searches are now YouTube videos. I mean, I knew it was up there, but 25% is significant. I can’t help but wonder if the targeted advertising of online content has a role in the reduced searches for other media, or if it is simply that online video is taking over the digital world. Maybe it’s a bit of both.

I recognize that I use search engines less in 2010 than ever before because it seems as though the content I used to search for now comes to me. It seems as though every website I visit has suggestions for alternate media channels that I may enjoy, and, in turn, these targeted yet seemingly serendipitous selections of media take up so much of my time I don’t even touch Google.



Smart phones are becoming somewhat of an essential in the real estate industry. From appraisers to borrowers the newest smart phone applications have something everyone can utilize to make their day easier. Here are my favorite real estate smart phone applications:

1. Name:

Purpose: Instantly access over 4 million homes in the palm of your hand. This is the official site of the National Association of REALTORS.

Summary: View houses for sale around your current location (uses GPS) or by address finder. This includes photos, property details, pricing, open house times and dates. Home sales are updated throughout the day so price reductions and new market additions can be seen here first. In addition, users can rank their favorites and return to them at a later date. (more…)

Mobile App Name: Google Maps Navigation


Why I love this App: my travel life depends on it. Last month I went on a business trip to Los Angeles where I had to visit numerous banks and credit unions throughout the city and surrounding areas. My life depended on this application. Before I discovered this app I used to waste time on Mapquest or Google Maps plotting out my trips and printing maps with lists of directions. This process works fine in places I am familiar with (although inconvenient and a waste of resources). But when I’m traveling alone and don’t have someone to read the directions to me in an area I’m unfamiliar with, grabbing my list of directions makes navigating even more difficult. This is not so with Google Maps Navigation. Not only am I more confident visiting a new region, I also feel safer with this app as my sidekick. The lady on the app even reads the directions to me! I love it, Mapquest better watch out.