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As a Realtor, what is the best laptop to buy now?

January 01, 2010

Hi,

I want to purchase a laptop in the near future.  What brand name and kind of laptop do I need to buy and what programs should already be on the computer?  I know nothing about what to look for in a laptop.

Alice, Moreno Valley, CA

Licensed Real Estate Broker

St. Charles, MO

January 01, 2010

I guess having owned quite a few computers and just getting my 2nd laptop qualifies me as an "expert".

The first thing to consider is your budget. Figure out how much you can afford to pay and then start comparison shopping, writing down the information.

The next thing is to figure out what you are going to be doing with your laptop. For example, if you are going to be having people sign documents on your computer, you will need to have a tablet or a convertable laptop.

As for programs already on the computer, I have always felt that the were a waste of valuable computer space. What do you use on your desk top? Those are exactly the programs you will want to put on your laptop when after you get it.

I'm sure you will get a lot of people telling you all the bells and whistles you have to have and which computer is best. But remember, your budget and your needs are what matters.

One thing I'm sure you will need, though, is a net card. I got my laptop so I can have it with me when I need it (for example, showing property). That's when I really need a net card.

Linda Grissette

Licensed Real Estate Agent

Eden, UT

January 01, 2010

I am on my 5th laptop and it is a MAC book that I have had for a year.

I really like the quality of the machine and I am finally getting things set up but if I had to do it over, I would stick with a PC for real estate. I have to run VMware on it so I have a windows environment for the things that don't work with a mac. I use pages in the mac for my flyers but I really like Microsoft publisher better for flyers and labels. I use Works for my labels in conjunction with Publisher and it is just so flexible for me. I know I am probably missing out on a lot of things the mac can do for me but I am not interested in changing everything all the time. I like to use what works for me and save time. I want to be with people not sitting at my computer trying to figure out how to do something.

Last of all, we have always used Microsoft Money for our finances which does not work on a mac so that is the other reason I had to have the windows program. Now Money is going away so we are changing over to Quicken. My husband is on a PC so I will probably do the Quicken on the WIndows side of my mac.

Bottom line; this is the least expensive laptop I have purchased. I always thought Apple was more expensive, but I would recommend a PC for your real estate business.

Licensed Real Estate Agent

Oak Lawn, IL

January 01, 2010

Don't worry so much about the brand as much as you should worry about the engine and power of the laptop you plan to purchase. Most newer operating systems require more memory to do the work with out impacting the user.

For example: You should look for a PC (Windows Operating Environment) Apple is a good computer but its design and user friendliness is for a more high end user... Like graphic designers, music writers, website designers, so on...

Most real-estate agents need several things that are more readily accessible on a Windows PC. MLS, Microsoft Office (WORD, PUBLISHER, OUTLOOK) that are more commonly known and used in the industry.

Look for a Laptop that has at least 2GB of Ram fast processor Dual CORE minimum quad core much better. Not that you will want to know the insides of what that means but the amount of Ram and speed of your processor dictate the speed your computer will find, seek, and processes information. If you're like most Realtors we are always doing more than one thing... I read emails while having my browser open with several tabs on different sites. All of this take memory (RAM) and how fast it functions for me depends on the speed of my processor(s).

This is what I look for when purchasing or building a PC/Laptop

2 - 4 GB Ram
Dual Core Minimum prefer Quad Core 3.0GHz to 4.0GHz
160 GB - 1 TB Hard Drive
Microsoft Office
Internet Security software
Wireless Built In card for WIFI spots

Brand is the last thing on my mind, in the years I have found that all brands have function almost the same the difference was how I took care of them and how knowledgeable I got in fixing or understand the issues with it.

Licensed Real Estate Broker

CA

January 01, 2010

I asked the same question to a techie friend of mine the other day. He got all geeked out and recommended a ASUS X83VP. He says it's the hottest deal around for the money. It can be purchased at newegg.com. I should get mine tomorrow.

Licensed Real Estate Agent

El Dorado Hills, CA

January 02, 2012

I want to purchase a laptop in the near future. What brand name and kind of laptop do I need to buy and what programs should already be on the computer? I know nothing about what to look for in a laptop.

Hi Alice, When I got my last laptop I focused on the specs, something like the advice offered by Team Diaz. I went to Dell and had them build a lap top with the fastest processor, the most memory and the largest hard drive. I also got the best video card. Since I am getting older, I decided to get a 17 inch screen, thinking that it would be easier for old eyes to see. I spent well over $3000.

When it arrived it was a HUGE gamer's machine with more bells, whistles and blinking lights than you can count...way over the top, and heavy. After looking at the 13 inch laptops they are just as easy to read.

Learn from my mistake. Get a laptop with lots of memory (4 Gb or more).

The selection of a hard drive is more difficult. The first thing to go on any computer is usually the hard drive. If you get one to last more then four years you are doing very well. Large capacity hard drives are reasonable in price. However, solid state hard drives are now available. They have no moving parts and should last much longer. They are more expensive and have less capacity. You will have to decide which way to go.

Good luck in your selection.

Licensed Real Estate Agent

Athens, GA

January 02, 2012

I used to always over spend on laptops. Always thoguht that I needed all the bells and whistles. Laptops are becoming disposible. You can buy a laptop on sale for under $400.00. I have bought a Leveno Thinkpad for $399.00 and one for my assistant for $299,00. Both have 4 gigs memory, a huge hard drive, nice screen and everything I need. If I need. Realtors don't need the greatest and best. At $300.00 I can afford a new one every year.

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