Finding the Best Laptops for Real Estate Agents & Realtors
The Internet is mobile. Smartphones, tablet PCs, UMTS or LTE surf sticks ensure that “you” are online wherever you want to be. The Laptop has had a lasting influence on this development and has thus become a synonym for the mobile Internet in general. Modern service providers – and in my opinion real estate agents are among them – have to adapt to change. Especially in the daily real estate business, the Laptop is ne of the most important working tools.
The triumph of mobile – also in private
And these changes are taking place faster than predicted: two years ago the real estate websites announced the specification “Mobile First”, which meant that the portals would in future concentrate on mobile use of the internet and further develop corresponding apps (small utilities). Even then, mayn real estate website operators were surprised at how many users access the portals pages via mobile devices.
In order to offer the best service for your clients in real time you need a laptop you can rely on. We tested three top laptops at different price points that are very well suited for the daily realtor and real estate agent business. You don’t have to spend a fortune for a good laptop for the real estate business.
Finding the Best Laptops for Real Estate Agents & Realtors
Ranking First: Lenovo Yoga C940
- Stylus directly in the housing
- Top performance
- Convertible function
- Beautiful design
- Display contrast could be better
Best performing Laptop for Realtors & Real Estate Agents
The Yoga-C900 series stands for Lenovo’s high quality Convertible Ultrabooks. Even if we miss the stylish links of the old 900 series, Lenovo once again shows with the Yoga C940 that they simply make very good convertibles. The little sister, the Yoga C940-14, already managed to get a very good placement in our premium notebook best list in the test.
The big difference between the models is hidden inside: The 15.6-inch model achieves a significantly higher performance level with its Intel CPU of Coffee Lake’s Core i9-9980H generation and a dedicated GeForce GTX 1650 in Max-Q design. Supported by 16 GByte RAM, the Yoga leaves the laptop-tablet-hybrid competition, such as the HP Spectre x360, far behind. With the strong combination of CPU and GPU, the Lenovo Yoga C940 is well suited for image and video editing and only reaches its limits in Triple-A games and elaborate editing with 4K material, as you might need for editing real estate videos.
Many a manufacturer can take Lenovo’s approacj as an example when it comes to equipment: Radio is transmitted via Wifi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0, and one USB 3.0 Type A and two USB C with Thunderbolt 3 ports are available as physical interfaces. Attention Apple – now comes the clou: As befits a working device that costs around 2,700 Dollar, Lenovo also includes a USB-C adapter, which offers support for USB-A 3.0, HDMI and VGA. Furthermore, a privacy shutter (webcam cover) and the obligatory Active Stylus (active stylus) for a convertible is included in the scope of delivery. The pen is conveniently located in the case and is also charged there. You can store your data here on a 1 TByte SSD.
Lenovo Yoga C940: 4K display
The 15.6-inch display has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and leaves us somewhat perplexed after the test. We measured a very good maximum brightness of 491 candelas per square meter. A bright display is especially important for convertible notebooks, because the various display positioning options can cause disturbing reflections on the glossy surface and a high maximum brightness outshines these reflections. However, only 87 percent of this brightness is evenly distributed on the display. This is hardly noticeable negatively in everyday life.
This can also be said about the chessboard contrast of 109 to 1. This is a good value for a laptop in this price range, because the higher the chessboard contrast, the better a display can show bright and dark areas at the same time. The color space coverage also scores well, as the Lenovo Yoga C940 controls 76 percent of the Adobe and 75 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. The former is important for image editing and the latter for HDR video editing.
Lenovo Yoga C940: tablet notebook hybrids
Lenovo also relies on a stable aluminum case with a smooth and uniformly matt surface in the 15.6-inch variant, which is hardly susceptible to unsightly fingerprints. The 360-degree hinge locks perfectly and stably in any position and also accommodates two additional speakers – in addition to the two speakers on the front edge. Despite its two kilograms, the Yoga C940 is easy to use and hold in tablet mode.
The keyboard offers a crisp counterpressure, whereby the stroke length could be a bit longer, but it’s still okay. The touchpad can also be operated smoothly and pleasantly, but loses its importance due to the touch display. After a short period of getting used to it, direct input via finger is much more intuitive and faster, so the hands stay in a similar position as when typing.
Lenovo’s gaming convertible
Thanks to the built-in Nvidia GTX 1650, the Lenovo Yoga C940 is also suitable for gaming – and that’s really fun on a convertible. The 360-degree hinge allows the 4K display to be aligned better than on many a gaming laptop. The performance is sufficient for almost every current game – although the graphics settings must be turned down properly for some Triple-A games. LoL, Dota and Co. run smoothly, though. By the way, games like Hearthstone, Gwent and The Elder Scrolls Legends are optimally suited for gaming via touch display.
Lenovo Yoga C940: Good runtime despite 4K display
The battery life measurement of the Yoga C940-15IHR gives surprisingly good results. Surprising because the smaller 14-inch sister model failed miserably in this category.
The 15 incher achieves a usable 5:24 hours in the simulated everyday test with PCMark 8 Work. The battery life is a good 10:20 hours in pure video rendering. And even with demanding web browsing, it only ends after 7:36 hours. After that, you need a bit of patience at the power outlet, so the 69 watt hour battery is only charged from 5 to 31 percent of its nominal capacity within 30 minutes.
Verdict: Best performing Laptop for Realtors & Real Estate Agents
The Convertible Lenovo Yoga C940 did very well in the test. Thus, the equipment, battery life and workmanship are on a very good level. Only the display leaves a few feathers in the test lab, because the brightness distribution and the contrast rates leave room for criticism. All in all though the Lenovo YOga C940 is the best performing Laptop for Realtors & Real Estate Agents in our test and we can highly recommend it.
Ranking Second: Lenovo Yoga C740
- Strong performance
- Best-price performance ratio
- Very good battery life
- Quiet fan – good speakers
- With stylus and convertible function
- No HDMI socket
Best price perfromance ratio in Laptops for Realtors & Real Estate Agents
Intel’s tenth Intel Core i generation is the latest. This includes two fundamentally different architectures in the 15-watt range. The products called Ice Lake are completely newly developed and should shine especially in terms of power savings and graphics performance. Intel’s Comet Lake series, codenamed Comet Lake, is only a slight reworking of the well-known Whiskey Lake processors, here in the 14-inch Lenovo. First and foremost, they promise a higher boost clock and thus a better, short-term peak performance.
The Lenovo Yoga C740 is equipped with an Intel Core i5-10210U, 8 gigabytes of RAM and a very fast SSD with 512 gigabytes of memory. Our benchmarks show that the device offers super performance, especially during short-term performance peaks. The Yoga C740 is allowed to maintain a higher boost clock rate for quite a long time and thus delivers a very good everyday performance. However, it is not intended for continuous load. Lenovo has put the focus on a quiet fan and thus the thin device doesn’t come close to the performance of other devices under continuous load.
Great display of the Lenovo Yoga C740
The display is good – although not perfect: the 14-inch panel not only offers touch input and a 360-degree hinge for a tablet or presentation mode. It is also pleasantly bright (306 cd/m²) in a Full HD resolution. An sRGB color space coverage of 98% promises vivid colors.
The display supports HDR: If this function is activated under Windows, videos with a high dynamic range can be played. There are limitations due to the reflective surface and the viewing angles: the IPS panel is in principle stable in terms of viewing angle, which means that the colors don’t invert even from the side and the contrast remains quite good. But the contrast decreases faster in lateral view than in other IPS panels. At the upper end of the display is the webcam, which can be covered by a fiddly slider.
There are good input devices in the Lenovo Yoga C740’s chic case
Overall, the device looks chic with its aluminum case and feels very valuable. Apart from a few strong edges, the device lies well in the hand and is torsionally stiff. The backlit keyboard offers a somewhat short stroke distance according to the case, but is wonderfully crisp and sounds good without rattling. We also have nothing to criticize about the clickpad.
Below the arrow keys is the fingerprint sensor, which offers a secure and fast login to Windows. There are two positive aspects in the sounds: As already mentioned, the fan stays pleasantly in the background even under full load. Moreover, Dolby Atmos loudspeakers are built in. Of course, they don’t offer surround sound on the level of a hi-fi home system, but for such a compact and small device the sound is very good and powerful.
Verdict: Best price perfromance ratio in Laptops for Realtors & Real Estate Agents
In the test the Lenovo Yoga C740 shows a successful overall concept. The device is equipped with Intel’s tenth Core-i generation and fast SSD potential, and the display is good. We consider the mobility to be excellent, as the Yoga C740 is a small, light notebook with a convertible function and a long-lasting battery. The price is very fair for an HDR-capable device with Dolby Atmos sound undergrinding. All in all the Yoga C740 offers the best price perfromance ratio in Laptops for Realtors & Real Estate Agents. Highly recommended for lower budgets.
Ranking Third: Huawei Matebook 13
- Powerful performance
- Good keyboard
- Great build quality
- Good price
- No USB-A ports
Great performing Laptop for Realtors & Real Estate Agents at a cheaper price
With the Matebook 13, Huawei has a Windows 10 notebook for under 1,000 Dollar in its range, which has to compete with the Macbook Air or Pro in purely visual terms. It is relatively compact thanks to its narrow edges around the 13.3 inch display. Like the Matebook X Pro and Apple’s Macbooks, the high-quality manufactured case is made of robust aluminum, whose coloring reminds of Apple’s Space Gray. In Huaweis’ portfolio, the new model is located between the Matebook D and the X Pro.
Compared to the Matebook X Pro, which did very well in our test last year, it is a bit smaller and has the webcam in the right place. Remember: the X Pro’s webcam is hidden under a function key on the keyboard, so your chat partners will see you from a frog’s eye view. Compared to the more expensive X Pro model, there are a few drawbacks. What do you get for 999 or 1,199 Dollar?
Note: We have the larger model with a Core i7 processor, eight gigabytes of RAM and 512 gigabytes of SSD memory available for testing.
Huawei Matebook 13: 13 incher is smaller than a sheet of paper
Huawei was able to build his Matebook 13 with 8.31 x 11.26 x 0.59 inches even more compact than the X Pro because the display has a screen diagonal of only 13.3 inches instead of 13.9 inches. Furthermore, the loudspeakers are not located to the left and right of the keyboard, but are instead directed downwards. Nevertheless, the sound is quite good, although it doesn’t come close to a front loudspeaker solution.
After opening the Matebook 13 – for which both hands are needed – the display without touch function catches the eye: Like the X Pro’s, it has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and the resolution of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels and 200 ppi is slightly lower than the 13.9 incher with a 3K display (3,000 x 2,000 pixels, 260 ppi). However, the fewer pixels are not significant in terms of usage. There’s also nothing to complain about in terms of color reproduction and contrast.
Practical: Huawei brings its “eye comfort mode” from the smartphone to the notebook. According to the company, this function can remove up to 30 percent of blue screen light by using a blue light filter. The function not only filters out blue light, but also automatically adjusts white balance and color tone. Although this is not new, it is a sensible solution for using the computer in the evening or with sensitive eyes without effort.
Less positive, on the other hand, was the overly aggressive automatic brightness control, which lowers the screen too much and is supposed to provide for a better battery life. For a more pleasant use, the automatic can at least be turned off in the settings, whereby the display reproduces content with a decent brightness with up to 300 nits, as it should be for a notebook of this class. We adjusted the notebook screen between 75 and 80 percent brightness in the test for a mixture of acceptable brightness and runtime.
One point of criticism that we had in the Matebook X Pro (and also in the Dell XPS 13) was the positioning of the webcam, which was hidden under a key in the keyboard. It’s a great idea because you can deactivate the camera manually in this way. However, video chat participants can only see you from a frog’s eye view. This is not so tragic for users who don’t make video calls that often, but those who use their notebook for video conferencing more often will be happy about the better position. However, the picture quality of the 720p webcam installed above the display is not particularly good – Huawei could have used a better sensor here.
It’s also pleasing that Huawei has a keyboard similar to the one used in Matebook X Pro, on which it can be typed very well. A two-stage backlight is on board and a fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power button, which is linked to Microsoft’s Windows Hello for unlocking the system. Huawei hasn’t spared a thought on the large touchpad either – it supports precise input and gestures with two, three and four fingers thanks to support from Microsoft’s Windows Precision drivers.
In terms of connections, Huawei has installed two USB-C ports (USB 3.1) in the Matebook 13 – the one on the left side also serves as power supply. On the same side there is a 3.5 millimeter audio jack. The USB-C port on the right side is used for data transfer on the one hand and as a display port on the other. Curiously, it’s not possible to connect the right port to an external display and charge the notebook at the same time via it. This feature is one of the advantages of USB-C ports and possible in many, not to say most notebooks. Another limitation is the missing support of USB-C ports for the fast transfer standard Thunderbolt 3 – why Huawei doesn’t use them is unclear – it can’t be due to possible license fees. Huawei probably decided against the integration of Thunderbolt 3 as a distinguishing feature to Matebook X Pro: The more expensive notebook model has the interface. There are no other ports on the Matebook 13, but the notebook comes with a USB hub with which you can expand one of the ports with USB-A, HDMI and a VGA port.
In terms of performance, the Matebook 13 has enough power for most daily (office) tasks – the computer is offered with Intel’s Core-i5 (8265U) and Core-i7 processor (8565U) and eight gigabytes of RAM. The SSD memory is 256 gigabytes in the smaller model, in the Core-i7 model it measures 512 gigabytes. Both versions come with an Intel 620 graphics unit in Europe, and not with a discrete NVIDIA Geforce MX150 as in the USA.
The notebook has a fan built in, but it only starts up under heavily increased load such as benchmarks – it’s not noticeable in regular use and accordingly silent.
Even if the compact notebook’s performance is sufficient for most applications, the device has another small weakness: It’s not a real endurance runner. Huawei states that the 41.8 watt hour battery (3,670 milliampere-hours) allows up to ten hours of video playback or nine hours of working time with mail, browser and usual office programs. However, these figures are a bit too optimistic: After a typical mixed use of surfing, email and office applications, the lights went out after less than seven hours on average. Still: The notebook is recharged relatively quickly with the included 65 watt charger.
Matebook 13 comes with Windows 10 Home – and Bloatware
On the software side, the MateBook 13 is delivered with Windows 10 Home, which can be upgraded to the pro version for 145 Dollar. As usual, the typical Microsoft applications like mail, photos, music, Cortana, Onenote and others are pre-installed. In addition, as on quite a few Windows computers, you will find all kinds of preloaded games and apps such as Candy Crush Saga, Township, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 and Co., which many users will probably never use and can uninstall accordingly to free up memory.
Owners of a Huawei smartphone will also be interested in the Huawei-Share function, which allows photos, data and other content to be seamlessly exchanged between smartphone and notebook. The connection establishment can be initiated via NFC module.
Verdict: Great performing Laptop for Realtors & Real Estate Agents at a cheaper price
With the Matebook 13, Huawei has brought a compact notebook with enough power onto the market, which not only has top workmanship but is also very neat in terms of its price-performance ratio. There is hardly any other device with a similar configuration for under 1.000 Dollar.
The device is not only good in terms of workmanship and performance, but there’s also nothing to complain about on the display and input devices like keyboard and touchpad. We would have liked a bit more battery life and Thunderbolt 3, but that would have been too much to ask for the price – after all, Huawei also wants to bring his more expensive Matebook X Pro among the people. All in all the Matebook 13 is a great performing Laptop for Realtors & Real Estate Agents at a cheaper price than other models and we can highly recommend it for realtors.
What does a Real Estate Agent or Realtor do?
What does a real estate agent actually do?
This questions cannot, of course, be answered in a general way for all real estate agents, because the working methods of individual agents can be very different. If one were to ask about experiences with real estate agents in a survey, one would probably get a wide range of different answers, depending on whether the respondents have had experience with a good real estate agent, or have come across less good agents. And those who have not had any experience with an estate agent at all, but only know estate agents from TV formats of the so-called “Scriptet Reality” category, can easily get a completely wrong impression of the profession of an estate agent.
Most people are probably aware that a good real estate agent has to do more for his money than just open the door and collect commission. However, few people know exactly what is behind the work of a real estate agent. As already mentioned at the beginning, this cannot be answered in a general way and we do not want to try that. We would like to give an insight into our work as real estate agents.
Part 1: Let’s start with the outwardly invisible part outside of an assignment
As probably with every good broker, a considerable part of the working time is spent on training and further education. The real estate market is never static, but constantly in motion. For a good real estate agent, it is a compulsory task to always be informed about the current events on the real estate market, to keep their knowledge of the market constantly up to date, to know property market reports, to educate himself further, to know and conduct market analyses, etc.
Figures, data, facts – to know the market precisely is one of the most important prerequisites
Knowing the real estate market of the region in detail is one of the most important prerequisites to be able to advise buyers and sellers well and to be able to sell real estate successfully. It is definitely not enough to simply look on the Internet to see what is currently offered. This would not be a basis for a serious market assessment (let alone for an expert valuation), but a fatal fallacy. What is offered on the web is far from being sold – and will probably never be sold at the price at which it is offered on the Internet. A good real estate agent should know what is being offered, these researches are part of the daily routine. But it is much more important to know what is actually sold – in real life – and at what price. Figures, data, facts of the expert committees are often very extensive works and some of them are quite dry material. However, dealing with it intensively is part of the obligatory programme of a good real estate agent – again and again, because the real estate market is constantly changing and never stands still. Therefore, there is always to observe and analyse how the development is, how the standard land values change, how supply and demand change, how the forecasts are etc. This part of our work takes a lot of time, but it is indispensable.
Real estate marketing – creating conditions that can bring together the real estate supply and buyers
Not only the real estate market, but also real estate marketing is important for real estate sales. And also concerning real estate marketing, a good real estate agent should know what he is doing. From many years of professional experience as a real estate agent, the conviction should have matured that there are suitable buyers for every property. The task as estate agents is to make sure that exactly these suitable buyers find the right property. For this purpose it is helpful and necessary to gain background knowledge in order to know as exactly as possible where potential buyers are looking for property, how they interact with the modern media etc. This is also a wide field in which there are always new insights and possibilities, but also stumbling blocks. Consequently, it is also a field in which a good real estate agent should constantly train himself.
Although almost everyone knows (at least a little bit) about the Internet today, it is not always enough to simply “put the property online”. It is much more effective to analyse the target group and to know how the respective target group acts on the web, with which search parameters and search criteria in the real estate portals are searched for, etc. Training courses, seminars, webinars, technical literature and exchange of experience on these topics are therefore also regularly on our “timetable” as real estate agents.
Conclusion: Even outside of a concrete marketing assignment, there is a lot for a good real estate agent to do, because continuous further training is one of the pillars that form the basis for successful real estate brokerage. If you want to do a good job as an estate agent for your customers, you have to constantly train yourself and keep up to date. Therefore, a large part of our work as real estate agents is in principle completely invisible to outsiders.
Nevertheless, it is an important and absolutely indispensable part that every good real estate agent should focus on, because without expert knowledge and a sound knowledge of the market, good advice would not be possible for either the seller or the buyer. And the very personal dream house is of no use to the prospective buyer if he cannot find it and never learns that exactly the property he has been looking for for so long is for sale somewhere. Consequently, both sellers and buyers of real estate profit equally from this (by the way, quite time and cost-intensive) part of a realtor’s work.
Part 2: Brokerage activities in connection with a sales order:
- It starts with the initial consultation, which can either take place an office or on site at the property a client wishes to sell. During the initial consultation, the clients’ basic questions about the sale of the property will be clarified, special features of the property will be discussed, and the realtor explains this working methods in detail. If the appointment takes place in the clients’ property, the realtor will simultaneously get a first impression of the property and its special features. (equipment, condition, location, etc.). If the first appointment takes place in an office, the realtor arranges a second appointment in which he inspects the property, record key data about the property, etc.
- In the second step the realtor carries out an expert valuation and thinks about what a sensible marketing concept and the appropriate sales concept for the property could look like.
- The third step is a second meeting where the realtor presents the results of the market price determination and clarify further detailed questions. Only then does the realtor decide whether he would take up the property – while the client decides at his leisure whether he would like to work with the realtor.
Advantage for buyers the realtor has conscientiously examined the real estate offers and only takes up properties that also stand up to the financing checks of various banks. This saves inconveniences and delays.
Advantage for sellers: If a buyer is found, but the purchase fails due to an unrealistic asking price, this is a setback that can have a very negative effect on the further sales process.
A solid and realistic market price calculation can protect both sides – both buyer and seller of the property – from setbacks and helps to ensure a smooth process of the sale, which is usually the wish of both sides.
1) If the client decides that he would like to entrust the realtor with the sale of the property, the realtor will create a property folder and arrange another appointment to take photos of the property. If necessary, the real estate agent will also edit them professionally. Important: post-processing here does not mean that the photos are falsified or things are “embellished”. Post-processing of photos means that the real estate agent makes the family photos on the chest of drawers unrecognizable to protect the clients’ privacy, the license plates of the vehicles parked in front of the house unrecognizable, or, if desired, the real estate agent pixelates the house number so that the client does not get disturbed at Sunday breakfast by unannounced “real estate tourists”.
2) The realtor will obtain the necessary documents about the property and if the client does not have all the documents, the real estate agent will obtain the missing documents from the relevant authorities. (building authority / land registry …)
3) If there is no valid energy pass for the property yet, the real estate agent will take care that a proper energy pass is issued by an authorized body.
4) The real estate agent scans the documents for the property and prepares the data. (Conversion into PDF files, image files or print files so that they can be made available to prospective buyers in the desired format in each case).
5) The real estate agent compiles information about the surroundings and pictures of the area around the property so that prospective buyers can get a comprehensive picture of the surroundings, because location and surroundings are very important to most prospective buyers.
6) The real estate agent prepares an appealing exposé of the property and, if necessary, clear floor plans / furnishing suggestions, provided that suitable documents are available as basic data. Interested parties can thus get a better idea of how the property could look with their own furnishings. If it seems necessary and useful, we will also be happy to organise a home staging expert.
7) By means of professional real estate software, the real estate agent receives a detailed customer analysis of existing interested parties as soon as the property is created, whereby suitable property requests are immediately displayed so that the real estate agent can offer the property directly to these interested parties.
8) Through the real estate agent’s access to various “multi-listing databases” they can also present the property to numerous other brokers throughout the US and organise a joint business, provided that a broker colleague has the right prospective buyers for the property.
9 ) The real estate agent publishes the property on at least 15 other Internet portals, websites and special property search engines in order to reach the largest possible circle of Internet users and draw attention to the property on offer.
12) The real estate agent carries out various advertising measures in accordance with the marketing plan that they have drawn up beforehand and tailored individually to the property. (These can be, for example, advertising flyers specially created for the property, which have been designed and distributed, or similar measures, which are always carried out in consultation with the client).
11) On request, the real estate agent will – of course in consultation with the client and only if he wishes – attach a suitable sales sign / signboards / mesh tarp / balcony tarp to draw the attention of potential buyers to the property offer.
12) The real estate agent conducts telephone calls and e-mail correspondence with prospective buyers, answer questions about the property, clarify in conversation whether the property is actually suitable for the prospective buyers, send out exposés, organise viewing appointments and carry out inspection visits.
Here, too, only a small fraction of this is visible to the individual interested party, namely the correspondence the real estate agent conducts with them. But there are certainly real estates where the requests for objects are in the three-digit range. And everyone wants an answer or an appointment as quickly as possible.
13) On request, the real estate agent will have a non-binding financing proposal drawn up in advance for prospective buyers, which they will bring along to the viewing or send to interested parties by e-mail even before the viewing.
14) If desired, the real estate agent can organise appointments for a non-binding financing consultation and forward the documents that the financier requires for the property to the real estate financier and clarify any queries.
15) The real estate agent is of course also available to the prospective buyers for second and third viewings, for example together with craftsmen, interior decorators, kitchen planners, architects or a building surveyor.
16) If a prospective buyer decides to purchase, the real estate agent prepares a binding reservation agreement and forward the necessary documents to the notary.
17) And of course the real estate agent is still there for the client after the notary’s appointment and is available to answer questions.
It would be going too far to list here in detail everything real estate agents do for clients. Nevertheless, it will certainly become clear that a good real estate agent does more than “just open the door and collect commission”. A good real estate agent has done a lot long before the first viewing with a prospective buyer, even if this is not always visible to outsiders. And last but not least, the real estate agent has not only invested a lot of work and time, but also a lot of money at his own risk, so that the prospective buyer and the property can find each other. Sellers and buyers alike benefit from the work of a good real estate agent, as satisfied customers confirm time and again.