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iStock_000008189256XSmallThere are a lot of amazing resources on the internet today. Unfortunately, most people will live their entire lives without ever knowing about 98% of them.

Earlier this year, I stumbled across a blog post on Digital Inspiration about the most useful websites of 2012. As I was reading through it, I thought it would be a great idea for me to compile a similar list of insanely useful websites that solve some particularly common problems for entrepreneurs in the real estate arena.

As you’ll probably notice, only a few of these websites are actually targeted towards the real estate industry and most of them are quite versatile. Nevertheless – they all have a very specific application, and you can start putting them to work in your real estate business today. Here they are (in no particular order)…

The 50 Most Useful Websites You’ve Never Heard Of:

  1. docusign.com – Upload digital contracts and get legally binding signatures online.
  2. realtyshares.com – Invest in crowdfunded real estate projects around the U.S.
  3. bombbomb.com – Use your webcam to create and send instant video emails.
  4. followupthen.com – Easy-to-use email reminders.
  5. landwatch.com – The premier marketplace to buy or sell land.
  6. epa.gov – Find out about environmental issues near your property (tutorial).
  7. photoshow.com – create a photo show for your properties.
  8. primopdf.com – Convert any document to PDF from any file type.
  9. formswift.com – Create and sign PDF documents for free.
  10. fundrise.com – Invest in crowdfunded eREIT real estate funds around the U.S.
  11. voiceshot.com – Phone & text broadcasting – great for communicating with your buyers list.
  12. join.me – Share your screen over the web.
  13. intelius.com – The fastest way to find a person’s phone, email and other contact information.
  14. onlineocr.net – Recognize text from scanned PDFs – see other OCR tools.
  15. wetransfer.com – File sharing, when you need to share HUGE files online.
  16. polishmywriting.com – Instantly check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.
  17. marker.to – Highlight the important parts of a web page for easy sharing.
  18. highrisehq.com – Keep track of business contacts in a cloud-based platform.
  19. mlcalc.com – Figure out your monthly payment with this simple mortgage calculator.
  20. cozy.co – Free property management software for mom & pop landlords.
  21. canva.com/photos – A huge selection of free and premiums stock photos.
  22. similarsites.com – Find other websites that are similar to the ones you already use.
  23. mindjet.com – Virtual collaboration & project management suite for your entire team.
  24. mikogo.com – A remote desktop tool for your online meeting and web conferencing needs.
  25. faxzero.com – Send a fax online for free.
  26. bubbl.us – Create mind-maps and brainstorm ideas in your internet browser.
  27. zipmap.net – Find the exact boundaries of any zip code in the United States.
  28. msc.fema.gov – Find out if your property is located in a flood zone.
  29. tinychat.com – Setup a private chat room in seconds.
  30. privnote.com – Create private text notes that self-destruct after being read.
  31. ewhois.com – Find the other websites of a person with reverse analytics lookup.
  32. hootsuite.com – Connect all of your social media accounts in one easy-to-use platform.
  33. disposablewebpage.com – Create a temporary web page that self-destructs.
  34. sxc.hu – Need stock images? You can download these for free.
  35. scribblemaps.com – Create custom Google Maps easily.
  36. alertful.com – Set up simple email reminders for important events.
  37. stupeflix.com – Create a movie out of your images, video and audio clips.
  38. safeweb.norton.com – Check the trust level of any website.
  39. deadurl.com – You’ll need if your bookmarked web pages are ever deleted by accident.
  40. minutes.io – Take notes quickly during meetings.
  41. talltweets.com – Send tweets longer than 140 characters.
  42. pancake.io – Create a free and simple website using your Dropbox account.
  43. woorank.com – Research a website from the SEO perspective.
  44. mixlr.com – Broadcast a live audio message over the internet.
  45. notes.io – The easiest way to write short text notes in the browser.
  46. ctrlq.org/html-mail – Send rich-text, anonymous emails to anyone.
  47. fiverr.com – Hire people all over the world to do things for as little as $5.
  48. otixo.com – Easily manage your online files.
  49. ifttt.com – Create a connection between all your online accounts.
  50. textexpander.com – Create pre-written snippets and generate long-form text with just a few keystrokes.

Do you know of any useful websites that aren’t listed above? Leave a comment below and tell us about them!

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About the author

Seth Williams is a land investor with hundreds of closed transactions and nearly a decade of experience in the commercial real estate banking industry. He is also the Founder of REtipster.com - a real estate investing blog that offers real-world guidance for part-time real estate investors.

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  1. Robert Hathaway says:

    Great list! There’s a few new ones that I will use.

    Do you have recommendations for sites/apps you use for floor layout planning?

    1. Seth Williams says:

      Hey Robert, thanks for stopping by – I’m glad you liked the list! If you’re looking for an app for floor plans, you can try this one. I’ve never used it myself – but it’s the only one I’ve really heard about in the blogosphere. Good luck!

  2. Mona Gupta says:

    Thank you I did not kinow most of them.

    1. Seth Williams says:

      No problem Mona, thanks for checking it out!

  3. Nina says:


    I thought you might be interested in adding another useful resource to the page “The 50 Most Useful Websites You’ve Never Heard Of” (https://retipster.com/the-50-most-useful-websites-youve-never-heard-of/).

    Power Thesaurus (http://www.powerthesaurus.org) is an easy-to-follow, crowdsourced online thesaurus.

    Hope this helps!

    Kind Regards,

    Nina McEwen

    1. Seth Williams says:

      Thanks for sharing Nina!

  4. Abhishek says:

    Awesome list. IFTTT and Hootsuite are my favourite.
    You can check resourcestacks.com. It does have a nice list of tools

    1. Seth Williams says:

      Those are great suggestions Abhishek – thanks for sharing those!

  5. Patrick says:

    Quick question on ring central. Do they offer some sort of business unlimited minutes program? 4.5 cents after 300 mins is rather steep. Not enough minutes to offer. Is there another service you would recommend or perhaps a way around there minute usage e.g. Call Forwarding perhaps?

    1. Seth Williams says:

      Hi Patrick – it’s been a while since I’ve dug into the specifics of what RingCentral offers, but if you aren’t seeing anything that meets your needs with them, you may also want to check out FreedomVoice. For what it’s worth, I’ve heard some pretty consistently good reviews on them as a viable alternative.

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