Free Stuff to Help Your Real Estate Biz

Posted by: Heather Lawson on November 18th, 2008


I love free stuff and am always thankful when I learn about it. Here are some websites that I use very often and they have helped me save time and money.

This is a presentation sharing website. You can upload just about any document or presentation and share it with others. I like to embed the presentations on my website. You can track how many times your presentation has been downloaded. It is also fun when your presentations are marked as favorites.

Google Docs

I use Google docs to store my documents online. Documents can be uploaded, saved, printed, and shared. Documents can also be converted to pdf files making them easier to send as email attachments. I got tired of certain documents being on my home computer and I needed them when I was at the office. No worries, now I just go to Google.


Another great Google product. Upload your pictures to create slideshows. You can add text and music or voiceover. Google will also send it to Youtube.


A very fun way to create videos from pictures. Just upload your pictures, add your text, pick your music, and Animoto does the rest. They also will send the videos to other websites for you.

When you have a video ready, go over to TubeMogul and upload it to their site. They will send it to several other video sharing sites at the same time. This is a huge time saver.

This is a website to make a virtual business card that you can send to others via text, or iphone users can beam the card.

Another virtual business card site. I like this one because after you make your card, you can embed it on your website, blog, or email. You can also put blog posts on the card, and all of your social media sites.

This is a free download that installs itself as a virtual PDF printer driver so after a successful installation will appear in your Printers and Faxes list. To convert to PDF, you just have to print the document to doPDF, the free pdf converter. Open a document (with Microsoft Word, WordPad, NotePad or any other software), choose Print and select doPDF. It will ask you where to save the PDF file and when finished, the PDF file will be automatically opened in your default PDF viewer. I now convert a lot of my files and email them instead of faxing them.


This is freeware that allows you to make sound files for podcasting or voiceover projects. You can upload a sound or music file, and then use a microphone to add voiceover. Some websites allow you to add audio attachments to your listings.

This is a photo sharing site. Once your pictures are on Flickr, be sure to label them. They will be indexed by search engines. Your photos can also be sent to cool sites to make photo cards or picture books.


That’s it for now. I hope these sites help you and your business!

To read more from Heather Lawson, Broker at Century 21 Watson in Genoa, Illinois, click here.



6 Comments on “Free Stuff to Help Your Real Estate Biz”

Leon Belenky-One Bal Harbour Condo Expert

What a great point-there are many wonderful free resources to improve the appeal of your site and as a way to connect to your readers on a more personal level with pictures and such.

LaShea Miller


Thank you for providing all the great sites to help other agents become more efficient without spending alot of money.

Shane O’Sullivan

These are some great sites, if you haven’t checked them out yet, you should.

Listwise-Triangle Real Estate

Thanks for this list of free items! Other free internet options to take advantage of are network sites, like technorati, real estate voices, my blog log, facebook, etc. They can help build your page rank and get your blog out in the top search results, thus bringing in business.

Heather Lawson

Thanks everyone for your feedback. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Andrew Mooers

Good rundown. Flickr pro is neat as it allows a steady stream of eye candy on your real estate website, blog, anywhere while you tell the viewer, reader about the area, your brand, your local real estate you list, market, sell.

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