QR Codes for Real Estate


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Blog by Ottawa Real Estate | Ottawa Homes for Sale | Ottawa Relocation | February 8th, 2011


Hamre QR code

Here at the Hamre Team we like to be on the cutting edge of technology.  Once again we are leading the field by introducing the use of QR codes into our listings and marketing.  We feel that this will be a competitive advantage to both buyer’s and seller.  When viewing one of our listings, potential buyers can immediately access our videos, pictures and mapping of the area quick and conveniently with our key.

For those of you who are new to QR codes, here is a short break down of what they are and how they work.

What are QR codes?

The first question most people will have, if they are new to QR codes, is what are they?  Well. The short answer is that it is a high tech bar code that, when scanned, will take you directly to the information that you are looking for.  QR stands for ‘quick response’ and was created in 1994 by Toyota subsidy Denso-Wave to track automotive parts.  It since has expanded to many different facets and used in many different ways.

How do I use a QR code?

All you will need to take advantage of the QR craze is a Smartphone is and a QR reader application.  Many Smartphone’s come with a reader application already installed, but if it does not most of the applications are free.  We have included a list of popular QR code reader applications and a link for some further reading.

  • QR Code Scanner Pro
  • BeeTagg Reader
  • ScanLife Reader
  • i-nigma reader
  • Neo Reader

http://www.cellphone-barcode.com/qr-code-readers/

Why should I Use Them?

In this fast paced world, convenience is key, with the correct application and use of QR Codes you can cut down on wasted surfing time on your phone.  Less surfing means less data used, less data could mean a lighter cell phone bill.  Now, getting to information that previously would have taken 4 or 5 pages of browsing, you can jump to with one ease scan.

Written by Peter Bastedo of the Hamre Team at RE/MAX Metro-City Realty in Ottawa