Here Come the iBrokers

by CoyDavidson on August 15, 2011

iPad Applications for the CRE Professional

Just about a year and half ago as the iPad was introduced to the world, I posted about the device and speculated whether commercial real estate professionals would incorporate this mobile technology into their business. As expected there were some early adopters but for the most part it was just a cool new toy to play with and a device for the younger generation of brokers. CoStar Group’s recent release of their version of an iPad application appears to have heightened and accelerated interest among commercial real estate types in using a mobile tablet device, specifically the iPad.

There is an App for That (Updated)

Below is a list of iPad applications useful for commercial real estate. Click on the icon to view these applications in the Apple App Store:

Ten Eight

TEN EIGHTTen Eight has developed the first ever virtual and interactive tour booklet app that allows brokers and their clients the ability to store floor plans and flyers, rate commercial properties, take pictures, take notes, and evaluate building options side by side.


Commercial real estate professionals rely on CoStar for the most comprehensive property information available. CoStarGo™ is a mobile extension of the professional suite of CoStar products.


Looking for a commercial or investment property, lease space? Search the nation’s #1 marketplace with LoopNet’s Commercial Real Estate Search App.

TheAnalyst Real Estate

TheAnalyst™ is a  suite of real estate analysis tools which includes a combination of financial calculators, investment analysis and tools designed for all commercial and investment real estate.


With Business Analyst Online (BAO), you can quickly and easily get key demographic and market facts about any location in the U.S. It’s the perfect tool for business professionals who need to evaluate an area on-site.


LOI-Pad lets you generate a customized Letter of Intent (LOI) for an office lease right on your iPad. For landlords, tenants, and brokers, LOI-Pad lets you take your business terms and generate a customized Letter of Intent for your transaction.

TI Estimating 2012

This cost estimating tool will provide the User with a detailed construction estimate including costs per square foot by having the User answer fifteen (15) simple questions about a tenant improvement project.

HP Calculator

For the CRE professionals who mastered financial analysis on the HP 12C Financial Calculator, the HP 12C Financial Calculator App is for you. Old school intersects with new technology. The HP 10B version is available as well.


Your virtual hard drive, Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your docs, anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, and your iPad or iPhone.


Evernote makes it easy to keep track of information using your computer, iPad, phone, and the web. Type meeting notes, dictate voice memos, clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot. Evernote will keep it in the cloud.


Annotate, edit and share your screenshots and images. Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.

PDF Expert

PDF Expert is a solution for all your PDF needs. It lets you read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, make notes, draw with your finger and save these changes being compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat. PDF Expert can also fill PDF forms.


Remotely control your PCs and Macs over WiFi/3G with the free LogMeIn app on your iPad. From your client’s office, Starbuck’s, or out in the field – get anytime, anywhere access to your PC or Mac files.

Google Earth

Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth on a screen that’s big enough to see, unlike your smartphone.


Documents To Go allows you edit word, excel and powerpoint files and can also be utilized for presentations via powerpoint and pdf.


Create, Edit, & Share Microsoft® Office files. Access Evernote and share Files with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Slideshare

Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. For office leasing professionals this a great tool for canvassing buildings.


Toodledo is a task  management  application for to-do lists designed to make you more productive. Use folders, tags, contexts, subtasks to collaborate, organize and sort through your tasks.

Scanner Pro

Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and the new iPad into portable scanners. It allows you to scan checks, agreements, pages and even multipage documents. After scanning you can email them or upload to Dropbox and Evernote.


Don’t be late for your meetings. Waze is a community-based traffic & navigation app. Plug into the driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time & gas $, and improve everyone’s daily commute.

My Mileage Tracker

Most commercial real estate professionals have to track mileage for IRS purposes. This application allows you to get rid of that paper log and have an electronic record.

These are just a few of the many iPad apps in the marketplace. There are similar apps to those mentioned above and many yet to be discovered or created. What are your favorite apps? Do you think the iPad in CRE will just be the tool of the younger generation of brokers or widely adopted?

{ 1 comment }

Anonymous August 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Notes Plus!  I bought a stylus and I take all my notes on my iPad now.  This makes the iPad ideal because I don’t carry my black note book any longer.

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