Trips Made Easy
TripIt is an online travel organizer that allows users to create a comprehensive itinerary by forwarding all relevant confirmation e-mails to the TripIt database. The Web site accepts information from most travel agencies, airlines, hotels, rental car companies, rail providers, and several restaurants. TripIt’s Itinerator automatically combines everything into a master itinerary while gathering complementary information from Web sites such as Google Maps, SeatGuru, Wikipedia, and OpenTable. Users also can customize the itinerary with additional directions, notes, and Web sites. Users can access the itinerary from mobile devices, sync it with Google or Outlook calendars, and share it through TripIt’s Friends component. The service is free.
Contact TripIt at (415) 738-2359 or www.tripit.com.
Emerging Real Estate Markets by David Lindahl provides investors with a step-by-step process for identifying commercial investment potential and pursuing profits in up-and-coming markets. Along with a description of the emerging-market phenomenon, the book includes specific investment strategies for each market phase, emphasizing patience as well as perseverance. The chapter on multifamily investing contains an analysis of cash flow and financing options. Due diligence also is singled out as a key step that may reveal if an emerging market is a mere diamond in the rough or a diamond mine. The book costs $22.95 plus shipping.
Contact Wiley at (201) 748-6000 or www.wiley.com.
Portfolio Maximizer, Resolve Technology’s portfolio management and analysis tool, allows investors and fund managers to forecast a portfolio’s return on investment, calculate the distribution of investment income, and analyze various risk and performance metrics. The software provides a centralized, secure alternative to traditional spreadsheet calculations. Users can model the details of partnerships’ equity and debt structures including loan terms, covenants, and collaterals. Portfolio Maximizer also allows users to enter various parameters to calculate potential investment scenarios and automatically consolidate historical financial and property data as well as pro formas to assess the potential investment outcomes. The software’s cost is available upon request.
Contact Resolve Technology at (617) 338-0456 or www.resolvetech.com.
Life Is a Highway
TomTom’s GO 720 GPS portable navigation system guides users through the U.S. and Canada with verbal turn-by-turn instructions that include street and place names. The system’s 4.3-inch, full-color LCD touch screen displays a detailed map along with times, distances, and speeds to supplement the audio instructions. New maps and upgrades keep the system up-to-date, and the device’s MapShare component allows users to modify street names, direction, and points of interest. The system’s built-in Bluetooth connection enables hands-free calling and optional traffic and weather updates. And though the GO 720 is iPod-compatible, it will not tell you that your music taste has taken a wrong turn. The GPS navigation system costs between $374.95 and $449.99.
Contact TomTom at (866) 486-6866 or www.tomtom.com.
IDX Broker is an Internet data exchange service that extracts property information from listing databases and displays it on a real estate professional’s Web site. Users can customize several features including advanced cascading style sheet controls, a listings slideshow, and required registration for visitors. IDX Broker also provides supplemental listings pages and a map-based search feature. Visitors can sign up for automatic e-mail updates and maintain a list of search results using the My Property Manager function. The application is hosted on the IDX server but will graphically integrate with the user’s Web site. IDX Broker’s single-user license costs $39 per month with a one-time setup fee of $199.
Contact IDX at (541) 343-3912 or www.idxbroker.com.