Whether you’re a new real estate agent or have been in the business for a while, it’s important to equip your home office with the essential tools you need to be successful.
From a comfortable chair to reliable technology, here are 50 must-haves every real estate office needs. Keep this list handy when setting up your new space!
Furniture For Your Home Office
Having a desk you enjoy sitting (or standing) at is crucial. Make sure the desk you choose has ample workspace and doesn’t make you feel cramped or unmotivated.
Rather than purchase an overpriced computer desk from a local furniture store, I turned to Amazon to build my custom adjustable wooden desk. The desk is super simple to set up and costs under $500.
For me, the ability to work both sitting and standing has completely changed the way I work within my office. I like to stand when on Zoom calls or creating a video as I find I have more energy when standing. I only sit when I feel the need to take a break from standing most of the day.
Great looking wooden desk surface. It measures 58" x 26" which is the perfect size desk for most uses. It's also nearly an inch thick so clamping on a monitor or mic arm is simple and won't break the desk over time. Combine this with an electric adjustable base and you have one of the best computer desks I've ever used for under $500!
FEZIBO Dual Motor Height Adjustable Standing Desk is the best choice for your health, work, and life. With 4 lockable casters and a cable management tray to improve the working experience, it is a convenient and practical mobile standing desk. The touch screen controller allows you to adjust the height with ease. FEZIBO Dual Motor Height Adjustable Standing Desk has been designed to fit most standard desks, which makes it easy to convert any existing desk into a stand-up desk. It can help you lower your risk of back pain while improving your productivity at work or school.
If you have space, you might consider adding a couch or lounge area to your home office. The one I have is the Edenbrook Parkview Upholstered Loveseat.
While a couch is certainly not a necessity here, it’s definitely a nice change of pace when you are on a call or looking to do your work in a more comfortable position. Take it a step further and get a LapGear Lap Desk.
LapGear is the original home office lap desk. It’s the only laptop table that provides a comfortable and ergonomic work surface while maximizing airflow around your computer to prevent overheating. The LapGear was designed for use on laps, but can also be placed on tables or other surfaces.
Having a TV in your office is helpful when creating video content, so you can see what your YouTube video will look like on the big screen. My home office includes a Samsung TV that I use regularly to playback my content. Additionally, adding an Apple TV is a good option if you like to mirror your computer or phone screen onto your TV as I do.
Samsung's 65-inch 4K UHD HDR Smart TV is perfect for those who want the best in picture quality. With its crystal processor 4K, this TV transforms everything you watch into stunning 4K resolution. It also has Alexa and Bixby voice control, making it easier than ever to control your TV. And thanks to its Tizen operating system, this Smart TV offers a host of enhancements that elevate the TV watching experience.
The 2021 Apple TV 4K (64GB) is the perfect way to enjoy immersive, room-filling sound with Dolby Atmos. With a powerful A12 Bionic chip, this device gives a big boost to audio, video, and graphics, for even better game and app experiences. The 4K High Frame Rate HDR with Dolby Vision ensures fluid, crisp video.
Storage cubes are useful for keeping your real estate agent home office free of clutter. I use the ClosetMaid 8-cube storage container to store things I don’t necessarily use on a daily basis, like my books and video equipment.
This 8-cube storage organizer is perfect for your home office, bedroom, or garage. The sturdy frame and open back allow you to customize your storage however you like, while the black finish will look great with any décor. And if you need a little extra organization, decorative fabric storage bins are the perfect solution.
Computer And Tech Accessories
When it comes to computer and AV equipment, there is no shortage of options on the market for you to choose from. Here are my picks for all things computer “tech”.
I currently use a MacBook Pro, which is a good option since I constantly edit videos. This laptop is powerful enough to edit videos and versatile enough to go with you to the coffee shop. However, it’s definitely on the higher side cost-wise.
If you’re not editing video and you prefer a PC over Mac, I recommend going with something more affordable like the 15″ Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop.
Powerful and portable, the Aspire 5 laptop delivers on every aspect of everyday computing. Housing the AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Mobile Processor, this Aspire 5 can tackle any job no matter how complex. Creativity soars to new heights with sharp, crisp visuals showcased on the 15.6" Full HD IPS screen, while the thin bezel provides you more space to work with wherever inspiration strikes. It’s the perfect companion to take with you wherever you go!
While a laptop is nice for portability, having a desktop computer in your real estate agent home office will offer more monitor space when you are not on the move. In lieu of purchasing a separate computer, I highly recommend using a monitor that you can just plug your laptop into.
Not all monitors are created equal. For instance, if you are creating videos you’ll want to invest in a monitor with 4k resolution. Just make sure that whatever laptop you use is capable of outputting at 4k.
Setting up a single monitor will surely get the job done. I’ve personally switched to using two monitors so I can toggle between screens more easily and improve my workflow.
The monitor I recommend is this 27″ 4K Dell Monitors.
Check out the Monoprice Monitor Stand to elevate your monitor to eye level.
A stunning view: The three-sided ultrathin bezel design in 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution lets you enjoy immersive viewing in incredible clarity and fine detail with 4 times the resolution of Full HD. Supports HDR content playback for a more lifelike visual experience.
Beautiful look: Modern, elegant design with a subtle textured pattern at the back of the monitor has its own unique look. It brings the feeling of a harmonious blend of great style and quality into every living space.
Leisure gaming: Smooth, tear-free experience with AMD FreeSync technology
This Glass Desktop Monitor Stand from Monoprice is the perfect way to give yourself an extra shelf. The shelf is made of 3/8" plate glass and measures 22" wide and 9.5" deep. The shelf is stabilized with four 1" diameter aluminum legs with a nominal height of 2.75". The feet can be extended up to 1" at each corner, allowing you to adjust the stand to fit your needs. The maximum weight capacity of 66 lbs ensures that even your heaviest items will be safe and secure.
Having a good Wi-Fi connection is so important to real estate in general, and even more so when you are working on content creation. Tasks that require a good amount of bandwidth, like uploading videos to Youtube or downloading a lot of files at once, will also benefit from a boost to your WiFi.
I use the Google Home Wi-Fi setup throughout my entire home to increase the speed of our WiFi. These Wi-Fi “pucks” come in packs of three, but you can set up as many as you want.
Good speakers can be beneficial if you are creating video content, making Zoom calls through your computer, watching videos, or just listening to music.
These Edifier Bookshelf speakers are less than a hundred dollars on Amazon and offer high sound quality for your buck.
Charging MacBook / MacBook Pro Dock
Newer Mac laptops don’t offer a variety of ports.
One solution to this USB C Docking Station. It not only provides an answer to the port problem but can charge your laptop at the same time using a single cord.
This dock has plugs for SD cards, a headphone and microphone jack, USB plugs, USB-C plugs, ethernet cables, and even a DVI port for your monitor.
For your computer’s internal storage, the Lacie 2 Big 16 Terabyte hard drive is a good option to ensure that you have plenty of space for all your files, especially if you are filming videos.
This hard drive has two 8 terabyte drives and it works by automatically writing to both disks at the same time. This way, if there was ever a malfunction, you can pull up the other drive as a backup and not lose your work.
This ultra-rugged and sleek USB-C portable drive is ready to take on any challenge. From the office to the outdoors, it’s built to withstand a 6.6 ft drop onto concrete, crush resistance of 1 ton, and water resistance of IP56 (1 m for 30 min). Transfer data quickly with USB 3.0 speeds up to 130MB/s and use the reversible USB-C cable for connecting your latest computers. LaCie also includes a standard USB 3.0 adapter for legacy computers so you can easily access all your files from one device.
Being proactive and keeping a backup of your work will save you from a lot of potential headaches.
I use a cloud service called BackBlaze. I couple this with a program called Arc Backup, which automatically uploads new work from my laptop or hard drive to the BackBlaze cloud every few hours.
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Camera And Video Equipment
I’ve tried so many of the best real estate cameras on the market, and I really like my Sony A7C. This camera doesn’t come cheap, but it’s worth the price in terms of the quality footage it can create.
I recently upgraded to the Sony A7C from the A7III mainly due to the fact that the A7C has a flip-around screen. When filming yourself “selfie-style” this feature is invaluable and saves you a ton of time.
For creating videos or HDR photos, you will also want a tripod for your camera. A great option is the Zomei 58″ Lightweight Tripod. You can set this up behind your desk and have it ready to start recording on a whim.
For a more reasonably priced camera, check out the Sony ZV-1. This point-and-shoot camera is new to the market and has a lot of great features while being more gentle on your budget.
If you’re wondering how to shoot real estate videos, you’re probably wondering what camera you should get. The Sony Alpha 7C is the fourth digital camera that I’ve owned, and it is the perfect balance of features and portability. It’s a full-frame, mirrorless camera, 4K quality video, and 120fps footage. Before this camera came out, I used a Sony A7III, which lacks a screen you can flip around for vlogging. The Sony A7C adds in this feature, and it’s a bit smaller and cheaper than the A7III. If you’re looking for a mid-range camera, the Sony Alpha 7C is a great option.
Zomei 58" Portable Travel Lightweight Aluminum Camera Tripod is made of high-quality aluminum alloy tube and ABS environmental plastic. The max diameter is about 25mm, showing enough sturdiness; The monopod is detachable and portable. It's convenient to carry for the trip. Lightweight tripod with adjustable-height legs and rubber feet,4-section column leg with quick release locks provides a more convenient stance satisfying your desired height when shooting.
An excellent, cheaper option camera. In fact, I've shot many of my YouTube videos on this as I've had my A7C in for repairs or waiting on a lens, etc... Honestly, most won't be able to tell the difference and it's less than half the price including my recommended lens, the Sigma 16mm 1.4. It comes in black also but it's OOS often right now.
Out of all the wide-angle lenses I've used for Sony e-mount cameras, this Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 lens has the best overall value when paired with a full-frame Sony camera. The Tamron 17-28mm gives you that perfect wide-angle shot, and the f2.8 aperture creates a blurry background that is perfect for vlogs or shooting home interiors for real estate listing videos. The Tamron 17-28mm lens is available for under $800, a bargain compared to other lenses. It's also compact and lightweight, making it easier to carry along with you on a full day of shooting.
If it’s in the budget for two lenses, this would be my second pick. This lens is one of the best all-around lenses for walking and getting amazing photos and videos. It can be used for stunning portraits, capturing buttery b-roll, and still gets fairly wide at 28mm. This lens is tack sharp and won’t disappoint, especially for the price!
This is one of the best value webcams on the market. Super simple to set up and provides high-quality HD video. For less than $100 this will get anyone started with creating live or recorded video. I used this webcam for over a year before moving to my DSLR setup.
Elgato Cam Link 4K
If you don’t want to invest in a separate webcam, you can set up your DSLR camera as your webcam by purchasing a separate piece of hardware called a CamLink 4k by Elgato.
This device allows you to capture the footage straight from your DSLR and record it onto your computer, as if it were a webcam. It’s also a good option for Zoom calls.
Just note that the CamLink uses the same mini HDMI port as the External Monitor, so you won’t be able to use both at the same time.
The Insta360 ONE R 360-degree camera is the most advanced, easy-to-use, and affordable way to capture your world in stunning 5.7K video. With its dual lenses, it's also the only consumer 360 camera capable of capturing true stereoscopic 3D video.
With FlowState stabilization technology, you can capture crystal clear footage at up to 6K resolution with no post-production required. The Invisible Selfie Stick Effect makes it look like you have an invisible selfie stick when shooting selfies or group shots.
Good audio separates the videos that get watched from those that get passed up. It amazes me that people will create video content but not invest in a quality microphone. This USB mic has excellent quality audio and best of all, plugs into your USB port on your computer. This is a great addition to a 1080p or 4k webcam. You can either have it sit on your desk or mount it on a mic arm (linked below). For nearly half of 2019, I rocked a webcam (linked below) and this mic for all my YouTube videos. This is the best audio quality you'll get for your video but is limited to mostly being used in a studio with a computer nearby.
This mic arm clamps to your desk and allows you to swivel your mic back and forth and set it in the perfect position, about a fist length away from your mouth. When you’re done recording you can swivel the whole setup out of the way to keep a clean workspace. In addition, it comes with a cable management system to hide the mic cord and keep things nice and tidy.
For video editing, it can be nice to have a quality pair of headphones that allow you to clearly hear your audio.
The Status Audio CB1 Studio Monitor over-ear headphones are great at drowning out surrounding noises so you can focus on editing your video or even just listen to music.
In addition, the noise-canceling Apple Airpods Pro is a great option.
Praised by top musicians, producers, and audio engineers, the CB-1 headphones are an industry standard in recording studios around the world. Large 50mm drivers deliver studio-quality audio with a wide, expansive soundstage that puts you in the room with your favorite musicians. The CB-1’s padded headband and overstuffed earpads were designed to be comfortable during multi-hour recording sessions. Its over-the-ear design fully encloses the ear, offering passive noise canceling without putting extra pressure on your head.
New Apple AirPods Pro with Active Noise Cancellation provide an immersive sound experience. With Transparency mode, you can hear and connect with the world around you. Three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips offer a customizable fit. The Wireless Charging Case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life.
If you are looking to step up your production quality and get the most out of your current camera setup, make sure you have excellent lighting… notice I didn’t say expensive lighting. Amazon has a great setup with 3 softboxes. This is everything you need for an exceptionally lit video. Key light off to the side, a fill light off to the other side, and a hair light above and behind you shining down. I used a ring light for over a year and wish I would have started with this setup.
Miscellaneous Accessories To Complete Your Home Office
These miscellaneous items can be useful to keep around your real estate agent home office, depending on what your day-to-day real estate business looks like.
Mavic Pro Drone
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone is useful for taking aerial shots of a home at a listing shoot.
It comes with a “Fly More” bundle, including additional batteries and an extra charger, which is useful since the batteries only last for around twenty minutes.
Lightweight and compact, DJI Ronin-SC is the perfect camera stabilizer for filmmakers and content creators in almost any situation. With the Ronin app and Ronin-SC working together seamlessly, you can achieve smooth, precise gimbal movement at all times, allowing you to focus more on creating the shot that matches your vision. Even in action-packed scenes, Ronin-SC gives a perfectly stable shot. Continuous stabilization makes it more effective in fast follows, sudden motions, and even complete changes in direction.
LowePro Camera Backpack
When you are on the go with your equipment, you’ll need a place to keep it all organized and protected.
I really like the LowePro Protactic 450 AW Camera Backpack. It offers a really great amount of storage compartments and is fairly lightweight for how much it can hold.
Final Thoughts on Real Estate Agent Home Office
I hope this glimpse into what I keep in my real estate agent home office gives you the inspiration to set up your own home office.
While your equipment needs may look different depending on your specific business needs, your office should include everything you need to stay motivated and achieve success.
Did I miss anything? What’s in your home office? Let me know in the comments below!
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