Apple and Mac for Real Estate? MLS? Max Pigman from Realtor.com explains

Many real estate agents are under the impression that Apple products like the Mac and iPhone are not options to a Realtor who need access to things like the MLS and Top Producer, both which were built to run on a PC platform. Technologist, national speaker and Realtor.com VP Max Pigman, an avid Mac user and advocate, explains how these tools DO WORK on a Mac right now and why he made the switch!  Enjoy.

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  1. Jean Richer says:

    Once you go Mac you never go back!!! I have been using a MacBook for more than a year as well with Paralells and I will NEVER go back to PC. Love it!!!

  2. Thanks for doing a story on how RE professionals can make Macs work for them.  I’ve become a devoted Mac user and will probably never go back to Windows.  I use VMware Fusion to toggle back and forth between the two platforms and it works well too.

  3. njretoday says:

    What is it about Macs that I am missing? I am a PC user and I’m surviving. Is there something specific that a Mac can do that a PC can’t? I read and hear people saying they still run windows and pc programs on MACs, which is just an indication to me that running PC is enough for me. Am I wrong? I need specifics!

  4. Robin says:

    The one and only problem that I’ve found with having a Mac is that GE Supra Key’s do not work in the Windows environment on Mac.  I’ve got VM Fusion and my GE Supra Key cradle NEVER gets detected which will not allow me to sync the device!  We use the Supra keys a lot in the Boston area and this is a MAJOR problem for me.  Also, the Supra keys can only be used with a hard wired analog phone line.  Archaic technology – which makes things quite difficult.  Anyone else experience this problem???

  5. Cnoble says:

    I’ve been using a mac in my real estate biz for 4 years; I also use Paralells when I have to although I look forward to the day when it’s no longer needed.  No trouble with anything except Top Producer.  99% of it runs fine however, I cannot display their templates such as letters, email, etc.  I still use it but wish they would get their act together so their product can be fully utilized by everyone.   Love my mac and will never go back to any microsoft/windows/pc. 

  6. PA REO Sales says:

    Attended Max’s excellent presentation at KW Family Reunion last week and was thrilled to see that a VP at Top Producer was using a mac. Looking forward to the day that I no longer need to run Parallels.

  7. Ed Cashwell says:

    RobinI feel your pain as I too am in the Boston area with a Supra Key.I switched to a iMac in December and use VM Fusion Ware and Windows 7.  Same issue – Supra Key just cannot be seen.My solution:  My trusty Lenovo laptop hosts the Supra Key and also functions as a platform for scanning documents from the multi-function printer.  Our MLS and State Associations are a bit behind the times as there are newer and more up to date Supra products.The iMac is great and I will never go back.  Easy to use and just a beautiful user interface and experience. 

  8. […] Realtor.com VP Max Pigman discusses how the MLS, Top Producer and Realtor.com are all Mac compatible… […]

  9. Can’t agree more. From someone who had to support the Windows environment for major financial institutions, the first thing I did when I retired was ditch Windows and go MAC. It pains me to go back to Windows just for the sake of MLS. Now I am in Real Estate I truly hope some day soon, they will step out of the dark ages and start supporting todays platform agnostic browsers.

  10. Aaron Cohen says:

    I just moved over to the Mac and love it. The one downside to using a Mac is that some MLS’s do not work with Safari only Explorer. As more boards start to embrace both browsers, I believe more realtors will switch over to the Apple products. Other than that issue, it is a superior product.

  11. I’m getting ready to purchase a mac for my business. Thanks for the article

  12. Jason Preece says:

    I switched to a mac a couple months ago and will never buy another pc.

  13. I have been using Macs since 2000. The new Supra EKey software for the iPhone works well enough. Later this year the update should be available so that we can download current market data. I am also one of the beta testers for my local MLS board and the new MLS supports all browsers including Firefox, Safari, and Chrome which is GREAT. I am running an older mac powerbook G4 and now able to completely run my real estate business using my Mac along with Google Apps to share files with my team members who use PC’s (yes, I’m working on converting them) LOL!

  14. Jeff says:

    There is no such thing as a Mac tablet, which allows me (on my pc tablet) to get my clients sigs & initials on the contract or any other form. I’ve eliminated the need to go anywhere to scan, fax print or use paper! How can a MacBook user possibly compete with my efficiency in running my real estate business?

  15. Denise says:

    @Jeff… I use my Mac, iPhone and iPad the same way expect without all the bugs. I just switched my entire business to a Mac based platform. I also upgraded to zip forms using DocuSign and I also do not to go anywhere to scan, fax, print or use paper. I also do not have any of the annoying bugs that come with a Windows based PC anymore such as the old IE has encountered a problem and needs to close, Outlook has stopped responding etc. I am using the iCloud all my data is synced wirelessly and I use a file manager and dropbox. All of this I feel just simple BLOWS a PC out of the water!!

  16. Mara says:

    @denise, so glad to here that as I have just started my real estate career and was wanted do start fresh with a Mac and iPhone for the simplicity . I will be looking to purchase my lap top soon, any tips on which software i will need?

  17. Elaine Dodson says:

    Just purchased, need help transferring MLS system set up and few other items I need loaded. Over all I believe it will be fantastic

  18. Ross Anthony says:

    Just made the leap from PC to a new MacBook Pro and couldn’t be happier. I plan on running Parallels, only one question: do files created / saved in your Windows “window” show up on your HD in Mac OS? Or is it somehow partitioned?

    Thanks!

    Ross

  19. Macbook pro has “pages” . When you save a document you have a box you can also save as Windows. You can click on the document and send it to people and they can open it!

  20. Robert Castillo says:

    The IPad does NOT work for real estate agents who use platforms that require PDF uploads or who need to go to websites using flash. No flash & no save as or print to PDF capabilities. They cannot work with Safari. I’m really beginning to dislike Appke products due to their proprietary limitations.

  21. Sunny says:

    I would give up my real estate career—before I give up my APPLE MAC DESKTOP, APPLE MACBOOK PRO, APPLE IPAD, APPLE IPAD MINI, IPHONE…

    So I hope that the NAR starts to take a very different focus on its products!

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