the route that I normally take is crowded and there is an option for
When he gets to where he’s going, Spears says one of the most useful
apps he employs is TheAnalyst Pro, which actually bills itself as the
“premier commercial real estate app” and does calculations, measurements, shows analysis reports, and offers maps. Spears adds, the older
free version may no longer be available and you might have to pay
up to use it.
Steve Kapp, SIOR, executive managing director for Newmark Cornish & Carey in Newark, Calif., figures he drives 20,000 to 25,000
miles a years in the San Francisco Bay area, and when he is in his car
he is doing one of three things, education, relaxation, or production.
“I have the iPhone 6 and a very good built-in Bluetooth in my car so I
can make calls and use the voice recognition to text and for e-mails. If
you’re going to be sending an e-mail on your phone, for example, you
can hit the speaker button, talk it out, and it will type out your e-mail
or text,” he says. “I make quite a few calls when I’m in the car. I have
a list and I keep a pad of paper next to me.”
Most of the best voice recognition systems are only in newer cars. As
Kapp cautions, “if you have a car that is more than two years old, you
don’t have the best Bluetooth.”
Kapp also uses such apps as Waze, Linked-in, MySIOR, Wall Street
Journal, Flight Tracker, and one from Chicago Title that will accept a
photograph of a building and through recognition technology pull up
all the records of that particular structure.
Secondly, there’s the relaxation aspect, so Kapp listens to podcasts
and audio books.
Finally, he engages in strategic thinking. Or as Kapp notes, “by
turning off all the audio in the car, I let my mind strategically think
One should consider time in the car as production time, Kapp asserts.
It’s not wasted time and that change in mind-set will help any broker
deal with the many hours spent behind the wheel.
By Greg Gunn, SIOR, senior vice president
at Coldwell Banker Commercial, Salt Lake
Mindfulness means living in the moment instead
of ruminating about the past or dwelling on problems. How you would practice it while driving
would be to live in the moment. Notice the sky,
the cars, the scenery—whenever your mind wanders you bring it back to what you are doing. It
sounds very simple and I practice it every day. I
usually do it in the evening, but sometimes I do it
when driving to work. It’s a great stress-reducer
once you discipline your mind to do it.
Schedule Conference Calls.
There are times when we will be on road trips
and we have an extended period of time without
interruption. In advance, we can schedule a conference call with one or more parties and perhaps
turn on our speaker or put on a headset and participate. A helpful hint: get over in the right lane.
Write down notes in advance of your drive. Set
up appointments to review projects with your assistant partner or team members while driving. I
might take a route that is less traveled. When I
want to do an extended call, I take a route that is
not heavily traveled.
Take a different route:
When you are driving somewhere, take a different route and see real estate you are not familiar with or an area which you have not driven
through in a long time. We are creatures of habit
and we tend to drive the same route mindlessly.
Make your time more productive.
Two types of meditation, direct and indirect.
Direct meditation is when you pick a topic and
let your subconscious mind work on it. For example, how can I do better than my competition,
or how can I make my team members more productive. Indirect meditation is when you let your
mind wander and see where it takes you. It may
take you to thinking about how you can work out
a compromise you haven’t been able to reach in
the past, or it could take you to work on a problem in a different way than you ever have before.