Real Estate Industry Becomes “Tabletized”

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Real Estate Industry Becomes “Tabletized”

Editors Note:  Working in an Integrated Marketing Firm (my day job), I have spent a great deal of time with Real Estate Agents, Brokers and occassionally with Home Inspectors.  I am often asked by those people about “what type of laptop or PDA they should buy”.  My answer has often been “the Tablet PC of course”.  Not because I think it’s the “end all” solution for everybody, but because in the Real Estate industry the Tablet PC can be as handy of a tool to Realtors and Home Inspectors as a hammer to a Carpenter. 

I have often thought about several possibilities that the Tablet PC offers for the Realtor.  For one, a Tablet PC screen can be flipped down flat (on a convertible) and the screen output (perhaps listing information, virtual home tours, photos and MLS information) can be easily shared between an agent and clients.  I consider this a much more practical alternative to fumbling around with a laptop, especially while travelling in a vehicle from property to property.  Secondly, many common forms such as ledgers can be digitized and filled out directly on the Tablet PC, saving the need for additional paper.

For the Home Inspector, the Tablet can be an incredible asset.  All input covering a property report can be digitized and later printed to produce hard copies.  A slate model Tablet would be a perfect choice for a Home Inspector to carry along on the job as he moves around the various nooks and crannies of a property while still being able to input information.  Visually, it would be easier to see a bright Tablet display in say a “dark attic” than a paper form on a clipboard.

Well this is all my “2 cents” worth.  The following is a current story in the news that focuses on the services of  the Criterion Corporation.  This company offers total Tablet PC solutions for those in the Real Estate industry.  It is great to see a company like this come along, especially to increase awareness to those in the industry who can significantly increase productivity and benefit by using the Tablet PC.

Home Inspectors Adopt Criterion Corporation’s Tablet PC Real Estate Solution

SAN BRUNO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 9, 2004–Criterion Corporation today announced that Building Specs Inc., a major national home inspection, environmental inspection and training company, has endorsed Criterion’s Tablet PC Real Estate Solution for use by its 70 licensed affiliates and the approximately 400 home inspectors each year who rely on Building Specs for up-to-date training in home inspection tools and techniques.

Criterion’s Tablet PC Solution ( provides everything a home inspector needs to complete home inspection reports entirely from the field.

The Criterion Tablet PC Solution features award-winning Motion Computing tablet PCs with a View Anywhere(tm) display. The Motion tablet PC’s lightweight slate design is about the size of a clipboard and enables home inspectors to fill out digital inspection forms “on the go” while carrying the device in one arm and accessing and inputting data with a digital pen. The View Anywhere indoor-outdoor display option provides uncompromised indoor and outdoor viewing without sacrificing battery life — a combination of user benefits helpful for home inspectors, who need a clear screen in all lighting conditions.

The Criterion Tablet PC Solution’s built-in wireless WAN card, digital camera and mobile printer also enable home inspectors to instantly access technical information over the Internet during an inspection or snap a photo and import it into a report. At the conclusion of the inspection, the inspector can e-mail and/or print the report for the buyer, seller or real estate agents while at the property.

“The Criterion Tablet PC Solution gives home inspectors everything they need to do business while out in the field,” said Stephen Showalter, founder and president of Building Specs Inc. and a past president of the National Association of Home Inspectors. “If I need some reference material in the middle of an inspection, I don’t have to wait to get back in the office to access it. I can simply pull it up on the screen and get the information I need right away.”…

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Barry J. Doyle



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