Happily Aligned Center!

This one is for those of you that like things “centered”.  This one just makes me smile thinking about it!  How many times have you typed some text in a field and it is all the way over to the left and you wished it had some “space”, well you can with a click of the button, move all the text to be “centered”.  First click and drag over all the fields you want to align this way (text, name or date field).  Do not click and drag over signatures, initials, check boxes or radio buttons or this will NOT work.  Now that they are selected you will see at the top the menu of options and close to the middle you will see some lines.  Click on the one that has them centered and it says right above it ALIGN CENTER and done!  You can also use this trick to align all the text boxes on your templates so that they will always be that way each time you use that form!  

 Align Center Fields

Don’t forget, while you are making these changes, you can also add any “default” information that you use 80% of the time.  It’s the 80/20 rule, if you do something 80% of the time then that is what you should have typed in.  That way you only have to change it 20% of the time or less.

Hope you enjoy this tip because it is a big hit in class!  Keep in mind that if the office admin makes these changes to the office documents in the templates, then it will be applied to all agents within the office.  Likewise, if you make these changes on your own templates, it will always be that way when pulling in that document.  Remember, if you need to do something more than once, you need a SYSTEM and this is a great one!

I can be reached at CarolynTechPertise@gmail.com, by phone or text at 918-951-9020 or visit my real estate website at http://www.SearchTulsaHouses.com.  For technology training or consulting assistance visit http://www.iCarolyn.com.

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Editing Heaven

This part of my class gets so many people excited and they always want to know if I have more information, so here we go!  Let’s start with a blank PDF.  If you have a document that you want to turn into your own customized form, then these tips will make you very happy, especially the “OCD and willing to admit it students”.  I’m going to be giving you tips from both the PC and MAC users so look for the one that applies to your type of computer.  

Load your document in your loop or templates, “drag and drop” is my favorite way to put a PDF in the loop.  For this we are going to add a lead based paint document in the loop.  Now that you have a document, open it.  At the top you will see “add” and you have several things you can add to a document.  Many of these items share the same properties and options for shortcuts.  Let’s start by adding some initials.  After you click on “add initial” at the top, you notice that it follows your curser.  Put the TOP LEFT corner in the place you want it to be.  When editing using these shortcuts, the top left is the fixed point and the bottom right is where they will move from.  

Add Fields to PDF

To MOVE the field added, hold your SHIFT KEY down and then select the arrows to move the direction you want to move the box to.  If you press the right arrow key it will move the box right, if you press the down arrow, it will move the box down and so on.

To RESIZE you will want to hold the ALT KEY on a PC/OPTION KEY on a MAC and then move the arrows away from the top left to make it larger or toward it to make it smaller.  For example if you want to make it smaller, then you will need to hold the ALT KEY/OPTION KEY and push the left or up arrow.  To make it larger would go the opposite direction, by holding down the ALT KEY/OPTION KEY to the right and down.  

Resize Radio Button

Another option for resizing is best used for a “radio button” but can be used for many fields.  If you have clicked on or if an item is highlighted, you will see at the top right the “more” and when you click on it you will see the “advanced” and once selected will it will open a new box and display the exact pixels for the field highlighted.  You can alter the size of the item be changing the pixel number to higher to increase the size and lower to make it smaller.  You have the options of the X and Y axis which is hight and width.  The radio button is the one button that does not have the arrow to increase or decrease the size with the mouse and this allows your to still resize it.

To DUPLICATE you will combine buttons and hold both the SHIFT AND ALT KEY/OPTION KEY and then push the arrow in the direction you want to duplicate it to.  If you have placed an initial box, then resized it to the correct proportions and need another one exactly like it, then use this tip to duplicate another one.

A lot of times we need to have more than one client initial or sign so a great way to prepare a form to be used for either 1 or 2 buyers then you will want to GROUP.  This is very easy to do and extremely helpful.  Once you have put the initials, signatures or radio buttons on the page, you will need to “click and drag” over each of the items you want to group.  You will notice that they will be highlighted and at the top of the screen (in the menu area next to “assign”) you will see 4 squares (either red or blue) and then when you hover over it you will see the word GROUP above it.  Once you click it, they will be grouped together and will show white with the word UNGROUP above it, signaling they are already grouped together.  Once you have them grouped accordingly, you will need to also ASSIGN it to the ROLE  that you want to be the one to sign or select it.  What this does is makes it so that you can only have 1 of the items grouped together initialed, signed or selected by each person.  For example, if you have 3 items you have “grouped” then only one can be selected or if you have 2 initial boxes grouped then if they are assigned to a buyer then only 1 buyer can initial in each  of the group.  They can not initial both, it’s what I call “client proof”.  Very helpful for setting up templates and not wanting to duplicate efforts.  

Group Fields

When you get the document the way you want it AND you want to use this as a template again, then under “file” at the top you will see an option that says SAVE AS TEMPLATE.  Then it will ask you about saving your work and I would say “yes” and then you will be prompted to select a place to save the template.  It will only allow you to put this in one of your folders in your templates and not in an office template so if you don’t have a custom folder created in your templates, you may want to do that first.  Now that your template is created, you can use this on other documents over and over.  

Save as Teamplate

APPLY TEMPLATE is how you use the template that you just created.  Open a document that you want to apply a template to and click the “file” and APPLY TEMPLATE, then select the template you want to use.  This can also be used if you have an updated document that needs to be slightly edited.  For example, your real estate commission or association puts out an updated version of a form already in Dotloop.  You have it as a PDF from the commission or association and load it into your loop or templates and then APPLY TEMPLATE and select the older version to layer over all of the fields from the old form onto the new one.  Then you can adjust the boxes as needed to be in the right place sets for the new version of the document.  

Apply LBP TemplateOne thing to note is that in order to save the templates and apply the templates, you will need to have Dotloop Premium.  If you are not a Premium user, you will need to upgrade in order to use these two features.  If you want to know all of the custom features and everything that you can do for all of the shortcuts, they are called “Hot Keys” and this is a link to the Dotloop support page with Hot Keys.

Two more tips: COPY and PASTE which are also shown on the bottom right of your screen when you are in a document, but here is how to use them.  First to COPY you will select or click on the item(s) you want to copy and then push these buttons on your keyboard together once: PC – CONTROL+SHIFT+C or MAC – COMAND+SHIFT+C and then click somewhere else on the screen or page you want to past them on and click all together once: PC – CONTROL+SHIFT+V or MAC – COMAND+SHIFT+V.  Then it will follow your curser and when you click, it will past the item you copied where ever you click and if you hold your SHIFT key down, it will allow you to past it multiple times until you let go of the SHIFT key.

I hope you enjoy these tips on Editing Heaven.  If you would like to have me come to your office to show you even more tips and tricks, complete the information below to get the ball rolling!  You never know what state I will be in.  I have trained in 34 states now and have 17 left to go (including D.C. as one of the places I have trained).  If you are in one of the 17, I’m ready to come your way!!

I can be reached at CarolynTechPertise@gmail.com, by phone or text at 918-951-9020 or visit my real estate website at http://www.SearchTulsaHouses.com.  For technology training or consulting assistance visit http://www.iCarolyn.com.

3 Amazing Dots

Many times we work in a program or system and we want to do something that we don’t see on the main menu. In Dotloop if you are looking for more things to do or more information, it has 3 little dots next to documents, folders, people and tasks. I have many names for the “3 little dots”, I call them: click right here, you want this, find more stuff and any other combination of 3 words that makes you think to click on it to find more features.

document-3-dotsDocument 3 Amazing Dots have all kinds of things, the longest list is going to be in a loop and next to a document that has been modified because remember they can’t give you a feature for something that doesn’t exist yet. For example. If you load a PDF and have not modified it or sent it for signatures then you can’t have a “history” or “signature verification” because there is only 1 version that does not have signatures yet. Once you have done things to the document, then it will have more menu items listed in the 3 amazing dots. On the templates page next to the document, you will not have a history or signature verification because those are templates and don’t have those items yet either. The items on an edited document with signatures in a loop would be: open, rename, make a copy, history, print, download, signature verification, archive, fax. If you do not have a premium account, you may not be able to use all of these features, but you can see them all. Most of these are pretty self explanatory, but the 3 I think worth mentioning are the make a copy, history and signature verification. Make a copy will allow you to copy a document from one folder to another or from one loop to another loop or to your templates to reuse in another loop. The History is where you can find out the progression or “history” of what has happened, also known as the “versions”. If the document has been modified, saved, signed, then it will have a new version each time and the number can ben found in this pop-up window along with the ability to view or download any one of the versions that you had permission to view. The signature verification is going to take you to the page for verifying the signatures for that document. It will take you to the latest or current version, but if you want to go to an older one, just view the version you one from the history and then click the “signature verification” link at the top left of any document. Every single document that is signed in Dotloop has one of these and can be viewed by anyone by either clicking on the link or typing the link in a web browser!

folder-dotsFolder 3 Amazing Dots will list items affiliated with folder options such as: open all, share all, rename, duplicate, archive. Open all will allow you to view and/or edit all of the forms in the folder at once by scrolling through them. The other 3 are mostly common since: rename the folder, duplicate the folder or archive (hide) the folder.

 

 

 

people-dotsPeople 3 Amazing Dots are probably clicked on the least, but can be ver useful. They only have 4 options: edit, add to my team, introduce and remove. Edit can be tricky because sometimes we type the email address in wrong and want to fix it, which you can, but sometimes when you have shared the document it has an issue “re-sharing” and you end up removing the person and adding them back in to make sure it is working 100% correctly. I would try the edit first and I f you have not shared it at all, this should work just fine. Add to my team is VERY important you know what this does BEFORE you use it. This is ONLY for people that are working on the same side of the transaction and the same cupassity as you. For example some that would be on your team is an assistant that works for you or someone on a team or you have a property “co-listed” with another agent. Adding someone to your team will automatically show them all people, documents and tasks in the loop so if you add the wrong person this can be a big deal! The introduces is one of the most “unused” sections mostly because people don’t know it’s there or what to do with it. If you have a Buyer that you want to “introduce” to a lender, this is where you can do that. All it does is allows the people you are “introducing” to communicate inside the loop. Keep in mind that you may not always be a party to their conversation just like you can have a conversation with any one person independant of another person. Remove can be used to take someone out of the loop, but remember that it does not “unshare” things that you have already sent them. They will still have access to everything that has been sent to them, but you will not be able to send them anything else unless you add them back to the loop. You can also use this feature if you have entered an email address that was incorrect and it is not sharing to the new one for some reason.

task-dots3 Amazing Task Dots! First I have to say that if you are not using tasks, you are MISSING OUT!!  If you want to know more about tasks, check out my other post about tasks.  You have a different set of options between the task folder and the tasks in that folder. Next to the task folder you will see: create template, share, rename, delete and hide task list from team members. The create template is great for making a list in a loop and then deciding that you want to reuse it in another loop so you can “create template” and name it. Share sends it to someone else in the loop to view, rename and delete are self explanatory. Yes, I said delete. You can delete tasks, they will be listed in the activity log if you want to know what you did, but you can delete them. “Hide task list from team members” does exactly that, hides it from other people “on your team” in the loop. Keep in mind that the client can not see the list unless you share it (one of the original Loop Rules: #2 Everything you add to the loop is private until you share it.). The only exception to this is that when you “assign” a task to someone in the loop, they will then be able to see all of the tasks on that list with the item that was “assigned” to them so if you don’t want them to see the rest of the list, then make a new list per person. Next to the tasks you will find only two options under the 3 amazing dots which are rename and delete, both exactly what they say. The other items next to the task are to “assign” it to someone which is listed as “unassigned” until you select a person and a date that auto fills but can be changed to any date or can be tied to another task for example, if you want one task to be due after another task is completed.

That’s the basics of the “3 Amazing Dots”. It looks like a lot, but it just a matter of clicking the 3 little dots to find out what options are available so go check out the 3 Amazing Dots and explore what you can do!

I can be reached at CarolynTechPertise@gmail.com, by phone or text at 918-951-9020 or visit my real estate website at http://www.SearchTulsaHouses.com.  For technology training or consulting assistance visit http://www.iCarolyn.com.

Attach My Association

You might be using Dotloop because your offices uses it or you might be an individual that chose to use it for your business and either way you may want to know how to attach an office or association to your account. Start by signing into your account and then click on your picture (or people icon if you have not added a photo) at the top right of your screen.

my-accountThen go to the “My Account” link. This will take you to your personal account information. On the left side of the screen you will see the word “Profiles”, click on that and go to profile that you want to attach to an office or add an association. If you only have one profile, that’s an easy choice. If you have more than one, then one could be connected to your office and the other could be personal or say “Default”. You can also change the names of each profile on this page.

profile-selectionOnce you have the profile selected, scroll down a bit until you see “Add Association” or “Add Brokerage” (if not connected with an office). You can attach only 1 Brokerage or company per profile, but you CAN connect more than one association to a single profile. For this example, we are going to attach an association since that is the most common.

add-associationsearch-associationsClick “Add Association” and a window will appear with the default search to be the state you are located in. You can delete the state name and type whatever name you are looking for. Keep in mind if you are used to calling an association by the acronym you should search the full name for example: GTAR should be Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS®. You can also search for a commission or state board. Once you find the one you are looking for you may notice a green check mark next to the name. This means that they association, board or commission has provided those forms to Dotloop and they will typically be updated when new forms come out. If you do not see the check mark, that’s ok, you just may not have all the forms or they may not be updated.

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The next screen you will see will be one of two things: 1. It will ask for your NRDS ID (National REALTOR® Identification Number) or your MLS ID and it will also auto fill your last name. This is to insure that you are a member in good standing with the board or association and have the rights to use those forms. If you are not licensed in that state, it will not give you access to the forms. 2. It will ask for an invitation code. This is another way for associations to control who has access to their forms. In this case, you will need to contact the association or board to get the invitation code. They will then give it to you if you are a member in good standing.

association-forms-in-templatesOnce you have entered the appropriate information, you will have the library of forms connected to the association or board that you just added. The forms can be found in your “Templates” and will be listed usually with the name of the association or board you added. You will not be able to edit the forms in that library folder, but you can copy any of the forms to your own folder in templates which will allow you to then customize the forms to suit your needs. For information about customizing forms click here.

I can be reached at CarolynTechPertise@gmail.com, by phone or text at 918-951-9020 or visit my real estate website at http://www.SearchTulsaHouses.com.  For technology training or consulting assistance visit http://www.iCarolyn.com.

What Filter?

Ok, so one of the most common support questions that people have concerns “Filters”. In class, I explain it as, “Have you ever thought you lost a loop?”. What I mean by that is that, you can’t seem to find it, but you remember creating it. It is usually a matter of clearing your filters and it appears.

list-view-searchFirst I would recommend you toggle to the “list view”, circle at the top right below your photo with 3 lines in it or if you are on the list view it will have 4 boxes in the circle. Another way to know you are on the list view is that you will see a search bar at the top.

clear-filtersNow that you are on the list view and can see the search bar, type in something in one of these categories which applies to the loop you are looking for. Categories are: street number, street name, city, state, zip code, MLS #, or Loop Name. Every time you are searching in the search bar, the system is looking through these 7 categories. If your loop is still not listed, then click at the top under the main menu items on the “filter” and the top will expand and show you what things you are being filtered for currently. Click the “clear all” button on the right and then click “Filter” and it will show you every loop regardless of status or category. Poof, they should appear. If your loop is still not there then change the text to are searching for or if you are using more than one account or profile, it could be on another account or profile, in which case you will need to toggle to the other profile and repeat the search and clear the filters again.

Once you are done and ready to go back to the original search list, just select the items you want to view, for example, I check all except: sold, leased, archived or done.

I can be reached at CarolynTechPertise@gmail.com, by phone or text at 918-951-9020 or visit my real estate website at http://www.SearchTulsaHouses.com.  For technology training or consulting assistance visit http://www.iCarolyn.com.

2016 Recap & 2017 Tip

It’s now 2017 and so much happened in 2016.  Most of the people that read this blog have attended one of my classes and I wanted to take some time to say “Thank YOU”.  I have enjoyed traveling the country and meeting so many new people.  I taught 108 classes in 54 1/2 days and spent 39 days traveling with 14 days away at functions or on the road.  In case you are wondering, that is 107.5 days (29% of the year) on the road traveling and training.  I have now trained in 33 states, only 18 to go.  The 51st one is DC, I counted that as a separate location even though it is not a “state”, but it’s not in a state, so 51 it is!

I’m looking forward to a new year with more new friends to meet and some great places to visit.  While I’m on the subject, if anyone knows offices in the states I have not trained in and would like to help me reach my 2017 year end goal of training in all 50 states.  This list of places I am looking for contacts to reach out to is here: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah (I will be there next week), Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.  Thank you in advance for helping by emailing or texting me with any leads.

This is a tech blog, so I can’t go without giving you a tech tip!!  Since it is the year end and soon it will be tax time now might be a good time to give you want of my favorite tracking apps for my real estate and training business.  MileIQ and a link to a referral is here: https://www.mileiq.com/invite/IIPRG.  You may not know this, but years ago for an entire year I wrote emails (should have done it as a blog!) every week on “Apps” and every four weeks I did a “Four for Fun”.  Of course I explained how it works and what it does so this is like going back to that.  Here goes!

MileIQ, it’s Free to download, but only gives you 40 free drives each month.  It is absolutely worth it to spend the $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year for this!

What does it do?  It tracks everywhere you drive.  Yes it runs in the background, but doesn’t take up too much battery or data.  It will show you a map of where you started and where you ended.  Starting mark is green and ending is red.  It’s as easy as “swiping”.  Swipe right for “business” and left for “personal”.  If you swipe slowly in either direction, you can select from custom categories in either the business or personal side.  A couple of cool things is that you can “name” a location so that you remember were you are going.  I name my listings so that I know when I’m going to a listing or showing houses.  You can also select “auto classify” when it pops up so that you don’t have keep answering the same question.  It is super smart and when you are done it shows you a “star” in an award type badge that tells you that month is complete.  It can send you email reports of either a month or year end which makes doing your taxes a breeze!!  Another option is adding multiple vehicles and adding the odometer for each vehicle as well.  I have some screen shots to show you how it works.

App Store showing the logo on the app and the “Auto-Classify” feature.

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Business items, and categories.  Notice the “potential” at the top right and naming the locations to any name that you want. (Swipe right)

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Personal drives can be categorized differently as well. (Swipe left)

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Monthly summary shows the amount of personal vs business drives and the year end totals show the graph of the milage driven.  You will notice that Jan is really short because I didn’t decide to use the “paid version” until February.  The nice thing is that it did remember the drives for a month, but not all the way back.  This is another reason why I’m telling you about this now.

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I can be reached at CarolynTechPertise@gmail.com, by phone or text at 918-951-9020 or visit my real estate website at http://www.SearchTulsaHouses.com.  For technology training or consulting assistance visit http://www.iCarolyn.com.