Convenience. It’s more important than you might think. In fact, it was the number one reason Netflix overtook Blockbuster several years ago. Netflix dominated the competition with its convenient business model—first movies and TV shows by mail and then streamed content. It’s a lesson that can be learned from several industries, including commercial real estate.
Just because real estate management software has features and capabilities doesn’t mean it will work for you. It needs to be intuitive and easy to use as well. Here are six areas to look at to ensure the CRE software you’re considering doesn’t give you headaches or frustrations.
1. Easy Navigation
First, your software should make it easy to get where you need to go. If you have a basic or common issue, it should be readily accessible. But if you have a complex issue, you should still easily be able to find an answer or get in touch with a support representative. Online real estate management software can be packed with features without sacrificing easy navigation.
2. Organizational Capabilities
Organization is especially important for the commercial real estate industry. You use data every day for research, buying and selling. The best online real estate management software solutions make it easy to organize, filter and sort data in a way that works best for you. Whether you’re looking to organize by deal, account, property characteristic or asset, you should have plenty of organizational capabilities at your disposal.
3. Beautiful Interface
An easy-to-read, beautiful interface is important as well. You can have all the information in the world, but if it’s just a bunch of numbers or you’re looking for something in a hard-to-find area of the platform, you suffer from inefficiencies. There should be smooth transitions, few hiccups and a simple, modern presentation.
You also want customizability with your software solution, especially when it comes to reporting and research. You should be able to save your most common searches and customize results with filtering and other settings to view information most relevant to you. Reporting templates should also be adjustable and you should be able to save/share customized reports.
With the rise of remote teams, it’s more important that you stay connected with others in your company. The best online real estate management software options let you leave notes, share messages and access information on any device, at any time.
6. Helpful Support
Finally, there’s a small learning curve with any solution you choose, so make sure the customer support team is helpful as well. You can test this out by scheduling a demo of the tool and by asking questions. At the end of the day, you should quickly be able to tell if the software you’re considering is easy to use, helps your business achieve its goals and has accessible, helpful support options.
If you’d like to see easy-to-use online real estate management software in action for yourself, request a demo of Quarem today.