8 Essential iPad Apps For Commercial Real Estate


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I’m an Android guy, but I can’t pretend the wider offerings of software for the iPad and iPhone don’t make me a little green with envy once in a while.  Here are eight great apps for any commercial real estate pro:

Photoshop Express Because managing your property photos can be a pain — cropping and color correction and brightness are a must-have for property shots –  photo management should happen fast and on-site, Photoshop Express is the iPad’s leading solution, bringing much of the power of the world’s leading photo software to your pad.  Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

AutoCad WS View, edit and share AutoCad drawings with anyone from the site with AutoCad WS. Easily open DWG and other file types and get close with your prospective tenants on improvements while on-site.

Dragon Dictation Voice recognition app that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. Up to five times faster than typing on the iPad keyboard. Tap to record, tap again to pause, doubletap when complete.

Dragon Recorder Use the free Dragon Recorder app with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (4th gen) to conveniently dictate complete memos, reports, or articles – anytime, anywhere. Play back, rewind and fast forward the audio recordings. Then wirelessly transfer the audio files to your Mac or PC for quick and accurate transcription with Dragon speech recognition.

Dropbox Emailing yourself a file so you’ve got access to it at your desktop or mobile device is a hassle.  Dropbox cuts out the hassle – its’ a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox is accessible from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox site.

ArcGIS by ESRI Ideal for building data on top of locales using maps.  You can get to key demographic and market indicators, map distances, run keyword searches and manipulate layers.  Ideal for access plans.

Pro HDR So much of onsite photography depends on light factors that we can’t control.  But you can make up for the shortcomings using High Dynamic Range photography that takes multiple shots at once, then sums them together for the best looking exposures – all automatically.

Sign-N-Send  Sign any Microsoft Office document or PDF and send to anywhere with Sign-N-Send. Universal app that works on all iOS devices.

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  • LeaseMatrix

    August 15, 2012

    Wayne, nice post. Check out out LeaseMatrix when you have a moment.

    While not a native iPad app (it’s web-based), it is the ONLY lease analysis tool which is fully functional on an iPad, or any tablet computer for that matter.

    LeaseMatrix allows brokers to analysis and compare lease proposals in 4 easy steps, in under 5 minutes. We also offer a free trial on all accounts.

  • CRE App Review

    August 16, 2012

    Check out The CRE App Review:

    we have dozens of reviews on iPad, iPhone and Android apps which are great for all things CRE related.

  • Jason Sandquist

    August 23, 2012

    I’ll second LeaseMatrix. I’ll add HelloSign as a better way to eSign and Snapseed for photo editing.

  • Nadina Cole-Potter

    August 30, 2012

    You left out CoStar Go?

  • John Freyder

    September 14, 2012

    Wayne, take a look at REI Wise. We were the first company to provide a cloud based solution for lease and investment brokers – and we have been the leader in cloud based solutions for over 6 years. Our lease and investment software is FULLY functional on iPad and Android tablets. CCIM has selected our cloud-based platform for their designees for five years running.

  • Bruce Rosen

    September 20, 2012

    Wanted to let you know about our new App for commercial real estate: LOiPad

    LOIPad automates creating a customized LOI for office leases.

    CoStar recently mentioned it on a webinar about iPads: http://youtu.be/S043kNvlJLs

    You can also see the App on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/loi-pad/id512578232

    And see more on the website: http://www.LOIPAD.com.

  • Michael Kushner

    November 2, 2012


    Are any of the apps available for Android base phones?

    What Android apps do you use?


    • Wayne Grohl

      November 5, 2012

      I use a whole ton of Android apps, testing often. The NREI news app is one I keep around. And Evernote. Love Evernote for the desktop/handheld integration.

  • LeaseMatrix

    November 15, 2012

    Wayne, To follow up here, we’ve put together a short video demonstration on how our web-based lease analysis tool works on an iPad. In this video, we set up a full lease analysis in under 2:30 minutes… on an iPad!

    Check it out here:

    Best, Jon

  • Camille Musick

    January 14, 2013

    Wayne – I would like to invite you and yours to the reveal of iPad app for CRE professionals. This is a simple interface to our CRM solution that is used both by global enterprises and small to mid-size businesses. You can learn more here:

    Hope to hear you on the call!

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