Commercial real estate professionals spend a lot of time in their automobiles, which shouldn’t
be considered wasted moments. Good planning combined with the latest technology, means a
great deal of work can still be done – all while driving safely at the same time.
Commercial real estate professionals spend a great deal of time in their automobiles, which many don’t consider a dead space. With planning and new technologies a lot
can be accomplished while behind the wheel of a car, and
those who have figured it out are extremely passionate about
Gary Joel Schacker, SIOR, a principal with United Realty
Inc., based in Jericho, N. Y., explains to the Professional Report
that he uses voice-command technology to assist him.
“I’m on the road a lot, on a schedule, going from place to place
to place,” says Schacker. “When you are doing that, you don’t
really have an opportunity to go through your text, e-mails
and other digital information. So, what I try to do is find ways
to work under those circumstances, more than just making
Tapped into the Apple network, Schacker makes use of Siri, or
at least tries to.
“For some reason, Siri doesn’t get the New York accent,” he com-
ments. “I have a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of getting my
Siri request fulfilled, but I can get some production out of it. You
can ask Siri to read your e-mails and texts, but it’s a little dicey.”
Although buying or leasing a new automobile every year is
expensive, with new digital technology in the higher-end cars,
it almost pays to upgrade. The key feature is a Bluetooth and
voice command system that can read personal data from your
phone and, most importantly for some, operate navigational
apps. A new car can also have an internet connection for wifi.
Schacker rolls around in a 2015 automobile with a voice-command navigational system, but he also uses a mount on the
windshield for his phone. You don’t want to do too much with
your phone, he cautions, but it can be useful to be in driving-view. “I don’t text while I’m driving, I don’t send e-mails, but
I still try to find ways to do my work,” he says.
Part of that road efficiency means utilizing specific apps.
Schacker and many other SIOR professionals use Waze, a
community-based traffic and navigation app. “Even though I
have a voice controlled navigation app in my car, I often mount
my phone and have the Waze app going, also with voice command,” says Schacker.
Other useful technologies include the Loopnet mobile app and,
since he has to drive into New York City often, an app called
BestParking, which identifies all the parking in a specific area,
the pricing and coupons that might be available.
To which, Schacker adds, when you are cruising down the in-
By Steve Bergsman