A READER ASKS: FileMaker Based Real Estate Information

From Dwayne Wright - Certified FileMaker 9 Developer
WEB: www.dwaynewright.com
EMAIL: info@dwaynewright.com
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A READER ASKS
I’m in the process of starting a career in real estate and have been doing a lot of research. I come from a contract negotiating background and have only worked on a windows platform with proprietary databases. I just recently used a friend’s Macbook and fell in love with the full features and ease of use. I’m looking to start with a strong foundation in the industry here in Ohio and wanted to get info on Filemaker Real Estate CRM templates that your company offers as well as suggestions. I’m currently a sales agent and expect to have my own brokerage firm in a couple years, so expect to have ownership of all data and be scalable.

I’ve looked at ACT real estate and not too sure if it’s worth it. What software and apps can you recommend to get a new agent up and running on the Mac platform.

DWAYNE RESPONDS
I've done a number of tweaks to FileMaker databases that real estate professionals already had. I don't have any experience looking at any of the pre-packaged real estate products out there.

Some of this experience involves companies that flip real estate properties (buy low and sell immediately for a profit) and some basic CRM connectivity linking specialized correspondence to an event based system. I did help one company to modify some contract calculations and commission structure changes.

If you come across something in FileMaker you like, I can take a quick look at it for you. Tell you what I think might be strengths, potential enhancements or somethings to avoid. I will say that if you go the FileMaker route, make sure you reserve the right to modify the database for your office needs.
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More info about the author and FileMaker in general, contact me at info@dwaynewright.com.

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