It's 2021 and if you are a realtor or if you work in the real estate industry you are probably regularly using text messages to communicate with your clients or colleagues in your firm or office. Whether you've been in the real estate world for many years and work at a well known firm like Douglas Elliman, or if you just recently earned your real estate license and are in the process of seraching for a company to join, our tutorial will help ensure that you have the knowledge to save copies of all your real estate related text messages with clients and fellow realtors!
2021 Real Estate Market - Instant buying and virtual open houses
Both commercial and residential real estate agents and brokers are finding that communicating with clients and colleagues via text message is now the norm. According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales totaled 5.64 million in 2020, up 5.6% from 2019 and the most since before the Great Recession! Also, previously in 2019, The New York Times reported how Zillow and other companies are now offering instant buying, virtual open houses, digital closings, and other online-based transactions.
With home sales strong and technology changing the marketplace, the need for realtors to archive, document, and retain copies daily real estate transaction-related text messages and iMessages is incredibly important.
How do real estate agents, brokers, and homeowners save and print text messages?
Decipher TextMessage is a desktop program used by many realtors and real estate agents to to transfer iPhone text messages to computer and print them out. The program runs on any Windows or Mac and all your text message saved with the software are private and local on your personal PC!
Simply backup your iPhone or iPad on your computer and Decipher TextMessage will read-in all your text messages, photo attachments, and videos. You can then instantly save, archive, and print the text messages.
If you work in any aspect of real estate and are sending text message attachment copies of house photos, property deeds, inspection reports, escrow information, or any other pertinent transaction-related information, all these attachments are included in the saved PDF document generated with Decipher TextMessage.
Here's what Decipher TextMessage looks like when running the software on your Mac or Windows computer:
Follow these steps to print text messages for real estate transactions
- Make a backup of your iPhone on your computer.
- Open Decipher TextMessage, select your iPhone.
- Choose a contact whose text messages you want to save for realtor business.
- Select Export as PDF to save text messages to computer.
- Open the PDF and select "Print" to print out real estate text messages.
Printing text messages for only a specific range of days or dates
If you have a lot of text messages with one real estate client or individual, you might only need to print just few selected messages from a certain time frame. With Decipher TextMessage, this is easy. Select Export PDF w/ Date Range option in the program and you can narrow down the date range of the SMS messages and iMessages that you want to export.
Is there way to have the contact name and phone number on every single text message print out?
Yes! If you choose "Preferences" in the menu you can enable the option to "Show Contact on Every Message." This is a great feature unique to the software which enables you to document who sent and received each message on every single text message exchange. Also, note that the software displays the time stamp on each individual text message!
Printing text messages to document real estate transactions - Video Instructions
We also have a helpful YouTube video that any realtor or real estate agent can follow along with to save and print real estate-related text messages and attachments.
Once your text messages are saved and printed you will forever have the messages and attachments at your disposal on your personal computer. Should the need ever arise to access any of your text messages or iMessages with clients or other realtors, you'll be able to do so right away. This is a great feeling!
We hope today's tips have been helpful. Now you can start printing your iPhone text messages and making sure your important real estate communications are safely backed up!