Category Archives: Technology

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What if I told you that you can do more with your phone’s camera than take selfies! I’ve compiled a list of the top 9 ways your phone’s camera can help you in your day to day life.  Let’s get right to it.

  1. Have you ever walked out of a mall or into a parking garage and said “where did I park my car”? Take a picture of the section number that your car is parked in to help you remember.
  2. What happens to you when you’re sitting in your doctor’s office and you need to list all of your medications with dosages? Take a picture of the prescription bottle before heading out to your appointment and that will be one less thing to remember.
  3. Lose your coat check or valet ticket? Not a problem, just take a quick pic and you can tell them your number at the check in.
  4. Have you ever lent something to a friend and they never returned it? Take a snapshot of them standing with the borrowed item and then delete it once they return it to you.
  5. Take a picture of your grocery list! You may forget the list at home but you always have your phone with you.
  6. Take a screenshot of your directions so if your internet connection is lost you still have a copy of the map on your phone to refer to.
  7. When traveling take a picture of the front of the hotel with the street sign in the picture. It can come in handy especially if you’re in a foreign country.
  8. Have you ever driven by a home and fallen in love with the landscaping? Snap a pic so that you can copy their ideas for your front yard.
  9. On your next shopping spree take some pictures of items that you would like to purchase for your home.

There are so many ways that you can turn your phone’s camera into your own personal assistant.  Take advantage of these ideas and make your life a little easier.

 

Jennifer Scali

Jenn Scali is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and she finds it very helpful to use her phone’s camera at all of her Buyer’s home inspections. You can reach her at (617) 905-7211 or on her website at www.jennscali.com


Category: DIY, Technology

“Yes, you can have the keys…as soon as the closing attorney drives to the Registry of Deeds, then waits in line to record….it should only take another four or five hours!”

Well, like the buggy whip and vinyl record album, that statement, spoken by countless Realtors over the years, is fast becoming a thing of the past.  And we owe the disappearance of long waits in line to record deeds, mortgages, and other documents needed to convey real property to technology that has seemingly worked its way into every facet of American life.  In this case it is Electronic Recording, also know as e-recording, which has been available for almost a half-decade.   Not only have we seen this important technological advancement in Massachusetts, but in most parts of the country as well.  Here in Massachusetts, there actually exists a “Registry of Deeds Modernization and Efficiency Commission” that is working hard to assist real estate lawyers, lenders, and property owners in streamlining the once mundane and archaic task of registering important real estate-related legal documents in order to put the world on notice as to who owns what and who owes who!

What exactly is e-recording?  The answer is fairly simple.  With the assistance of imaging technology, the internet, and secure e-recording portal service companies like CSC, PPDocs and Erxchange, to name a few, closing attorneys can now scan documents from a real estate closing table (like a municipal lien certificate, deed, mortgage and homestead), upload those documents through a secure portal company, which in turn checks the documents and then transmits them directly to the selected Registry of Deeds.  At that point, Registry of Deeds personnel view the documents sent, verify the quality of the image and the accuracy of the data (in the same manner they would if the original document was presented in-person to a Recording Clerk), and then accept them for recording.  Payment of the recording fees is automatically debited directly from an account set up by the sender (in this scenario, a closing attorney), and a receipt of proof of recording is emailed to the sender containing the recording information and confirmation of the exact charges for the recording.  The e-recording portal service companies charges a minimal service fee of about $4.00 to $5.00 per document–a small price to pay for the convenience and speed.  Final lien checks and title rundowns are also handled from the closing attorney’s desktop with real-time electronic recording data available by the participating Registries of Deeds.

Now, nothing is without its issues.  For example, if you transmit a package of documents and one of those documents contain an error, like a misspelling in a name from one document to the next, the entire “package” of documents transmitted will be rejected and bounced back to the sender as unrecordable.  This, unfortunately, can cause delay because after the error is corrected and the package is transmitted once again by the sender, the package goes to the end of the recording queue and time is lost.  Also, there are still a few Massachusetts Registries that don’t accept e-recordings, and Land Court/Registered Land Property (Torrens System) documents still must be recorded in person, where originals are collected and kept on file.

What’s next to make things faster, better, easier?  Who really knows!  To quote the late founder of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs, “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

 

Tedesco headshotRobert W. Tedesco, principal and founder of Tedesco Law Offices, P.C., is a Woburn-based Attorney with twenty-five years of experience handling all types of transactional matters including representing buyers, sellers, exchangers and lenders in residential and commercial real estate transactions.  He also works with clients assisting in the sale and acquisition of small businesses, property management and tenant matters, condominium conversion, as well as estate planning and settlement.  His offices are located at 88 Main Street, Woburn, Massachusetts and can be reached at:  781-933-9293 or via email at: rwt@tedescolawoffices.com.   You can check out his website at: www.tedescolawoffices.com


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So many of us are making resolutions for the new year so why not carry it over and make some resolutions in regards to your social media sites.  It’s a great time to clean up your laptop, tablet and your cell phones too!  Not only should we clean up these sites but what better time to take on a new attitude about social media.  Many of us communicate frequently to family, friends and clients through Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.  So let’s check out the do’s and don’ts of posts.  I’ve compiled a list of 5 resolutions that might be helpful to you in the new year.

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1. Delete or download those mobile apps that you hardly ever use or that you’ve been meaning to add to your phone. Recently, I came across an app that I love.  It’s called Waze.  It’s a community based traffic and navigation app.  Join others drivers who share real time traffic and road info.

2. Keep up with your LinkedIn connections! LinkedIn is such a great place to connect with other professionals in your field or reach out to connect with friends professionally.  You may find out about a new job opening through your contacts!

3. Keep it light and friendly! Post some fun family pics or reminisce about the good old days.  The last thing anyone wants to hear is negative ranting about your job on a daily basis.  It doesn’t mean that if you’re having a bad day that you can’t reach out to friends for support but don’t let it become a sounding board.  Remember, some employers check these sites before hiring and some landlords may take a look at it before renting to you.

4. Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! Whether it’s deleting old accounts, updating software or reorganizing your desktop, now is the time to make this happen.  On a cold January night snuggle up with your laptop and a hot cocoa and check this off your “to do” list.

5. Lastly, research some new social media platforms. Houzz.com is a web site and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement.   This is a great site for me personally and professionally.

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With that last resolution, I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

 

Jennifer ScaliAbout the Author— Jenn Scali uses Social Media as part of her business model.  You can contact her at (617) 905-7211 or by visiting her website at www.jennscali.com.


Category: Technology

Although neither phone has been around for very long, the question has been around since the beginning…..which phone is right for me…..iPhone or Android?  Personally, I have a Droid Bionic, while my wife, who has evolved from Palm to Blackberry to Android, is now strongly leaning towards an iPhone as her next smartphone.  I’ll probably be jealous, as my upgrade is over a year away, but at least I’ll observe her learning curve and perhaps it will make me more qualified when it’s decision time again.

 

Recently, USAToday covered this topic, and I would like to capture some of their thoughts and observations.

The phones are quite different, but they do share similarities.  With the iPhone, there has really only been one to choose from as the phone has evolved.  Apple does a good job of keeping the older phones updated to use the same software.  The current version of the iPhone is the 4S, but rumor has it that iPhone 5 is due out in the near future (perhaps in the fall).  With iPhones, you can choose your memory or your color, but otherwise, all phones are the same.

The Android phones are much more varied, with more shapes and sizes, as well as performance and operating systems.   Verizon coined the name “Droid” but users refer to their Droids, regardless of the carrier.

When it comes to apps, with the Apple operating system having been around longer, the Apple store has more apps to choose from.  However, more and more, especially with the popular apps, they are being developed for both phones.

A significant advantage of the android system is its integration with Google.  One area that demonstrates this is Google Maps, which includes navigation with a GPS system.  On the other hand, different manufacturers offer different operating systems that can make each android phone look different that the next.

Here’s my thought on which one is best.  Both systems have their merits and their deficiencies.  Where I see the difference (in my limited world), is that I never hear an iPhone user saying “I can’t wait for my contract to be up so I can get a Droid”.   However I am more likely to hear Android users saying “Maybe I will switch to an iPhone the next time I get a new phone”.  Whatever you choose, learn it and use it to the maximum that you can.  And, oh by the way, have fun too!

About the author: Roland Spadafora is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy in Woburn MA and has been working with both sellers and buyers for over 30 years!  Visit Roland’s website at  www.spadaforateam.com


Category: Technology