RPR Launches Beta Testing . . .And The Winner Is . . . The Members!!

As I mentioned last week in “RPR Hits the Ground Running“, we’ve rolled out the Realtors Property Resource into a select group of beta markets. Jeff Young, Senior VP of Operations, and I meet with many of the members that were testing the site and sharing feedback. We used that opportunity to ask a few questions about how they perceived the RPR and how they would make use of the application in their business. We noticed a few things talking with these practitioners, they were enthusiastic to be devoting their time to test RPR and they seem to have countless real world scenarios for utilizing the application. If you have a few minutes, relax and watch this video of their responses:

If you would like to see a longer version, watch here

29 replies
  1. Rick Bonetti
    Rick Bonetti says:

    The logo fade-in was so good I had to watch it twice. This sets the expectation of the good content and user experience to follow. Looking forward to being a part of the beta.

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  2. Bryn Kaufman
    Bryn Kaufman says:

    I think RPR will be a tremendous resource for consumers (but I thought I read it will not be available to them). I can see why they would love to see properties from various states and places they are thinking of moving to.

    I can’t understand how locking out consumers from this data will help Realtors. I am only licensed to sell in Hawaii, so why do I need to see information from the other 49 states? I would be doing a disservice to my client to jump on RPR and try to recommend some houses in any state that I am not licensed in, therefore I am not experienced in selling there, and most likely don’t understand the market there. The best thing I could do for them is to direct them to a very good Realtor in another state, which I can do now without RPR.

    As far as RPR for my own state of Hawaii, I have all the tax information, MLS information, Flood Maps, Tax Maps, and everything else available to me now, so I don’t see RPR adding any value to me in my home state (if I am wrong please let me know).

    My recommendation is open up ALL (don’t limit it) this great data to consumers via the API so Realtors can add this great information for consumers to their Website, thereby adding value to what they give their clients and hopefully getting more business from this added value.

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    • Reggie
      Reggie says:

      Bryn – RPR is a national database in scope but it’s local in application. As you mention you focus on a specific geographic area, and with RPR you’ll be able to mine deep into local neighborhoods and parcels…via mobile or your computer. We’ve also create new data displays like the sales and financing activity chart which aggregates data from multiple sources into a graphical manner that really can give a practitioner a perfect understanding about what’s going on with a property. You’ll see the change in assessed value, RVM (or AVM value) over time, financing activities like original mortgage or refinance over time.

      I also wanted to cover your concern for consumer access. RPR is a closed to the public for many reasons, starting with the fact that to license the historic MLS content for display to members like you we must follow strict security measures to protect the data for unauthorized access. Remember we’re not just talking about active listings, its historic data too.

      Also because RPR is behind a password, we can display new datasets for members that are not traditionally licensed to public sites. And still the consumer will benefit because you (and other practitioners) will be the gateway to the data inside RPR via the reporting module.

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      • Bryn Kaufman
        Bryn Kaufman says:

        Thanks Reggie,

        I guess I will wait to see what RPR will have that I don’t have now.

        My local board of Realtors puts out a very comprehensive review of stats every month for Realtors and the general public, not to mention I publish a lot of stats for my clients with my current MLS data which I have full access to.

        I believe eventually RPR will allow public access. It sounds like a repeat performance of when Realtors debated whether to put their MLS data on the internet. There were probably 101 reasons not to, but it is all out there now.

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  3. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    So… it’s got charts AND graphs “all in one place”. Of course- competent, tech savvy agents already know where to get this info for their local market, know how to create charts/graphs and wouldn’t dream of trying to advise clients outside their own geographical area. Should be a great $25 Million tool for hobbyist Realtors and part-time dabblers though.

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    • Bryn Kaufman
      Bryn Kaufman says:

      Jeff,

      I think we are on the same page. I am also wondering what it will bring that we don’t have now, but will reserve final judgment for when I see it. We both know we don’t need data from all these areas we know nothing about and would not try to advise our clients on, so the idea that it covers the entire country really does not help us. So then it just come down to are they going to give us something locally that we don’t currently have.

      However, I believe the money won’t be wasted because they will eventually open this data to the public and then people who are moving to various areas will have one Website they can go to for comparing data where ever they are moving to.

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    • Reggie
      Reggie says:

      Now this is interesting. Yesterday 3 comments came in from the same IP address. The comment above from “Jeff” and two others from “Amused” and “Nate”. All three comments have a fake email address and are a clear violation of our Terms and Conditions of Use which this commenter acknowledged by selecting the checkbox before each comment. As a result I have added the IP address in question to our spam filter and it will be blocked from future commenting.

      Straight from our “Terms and Conditions of Use“: “Identification of users. In order to post content to the Site (User-generated content), you are required to provide your name and email address for identification purposes. You agree to provide accurate identification information and not to impersonate another user, person, or entity. The identification information will be used by RPR to identify the source of a comment. RPR will not use or distribute your email address for any other reason without your permission.”

      Here is the proof. Notice all 3 comments have the same IP address, yet have different names and email addresses.

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      • Bryn Kaufman
        Bryn Kaufman says:

        Hi Reggie,

        Is there a way to be notified via Email if new comments come in to this Blog?

        I have been checking sometimes to see what is happening but it would be nice if it had an option like Google Groups where you can subscribe to a post and get Emails as it is updated.

        Maybe I am missing it?

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    • Vesna Christiansen
      Vesna Christiansen says:

      A competent REALTOR probably could use his time better than designing charts. I can’t wait to have them on a finger click distance :o)

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  4. Scared
    Scared says:

    I came to this blog from a link my MLS sent me, and would like to know more about what others think about RPR. I would like to read comments BOTH pro and con. Are people’s comments really being deleted? Some people are afraid that their Realtor Associations and NAR will retailiate if they ask questions. Please let us read all the comments.

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  5. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    It seems to me that you (Reggie) have Violated your own privacy clause in your terms of use by publishing MY valid email address- rpr@beachtowne.com. This is valid, and you can feel free to verify that. FWIW- prp at beachtowne dot com is as well. Let’s make a deal. I will post all my concerns using my name (Jeff) and a valid email, and you will stop deleting civil comments just because you do not care for them?

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  6. Armando Saenz
    Armando Saenz says:

    What a great tool for agents. The best that I have seen in the last 35 year! I can’t wait for you to get this on line for all NRDS members. Make sure regional MLS(s) can not sell or give this service to the web.

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  7. Mike Strange
    Mike Strange says:

    This looks great – one note. The videos are all in flash which will not run on my NEW iPad. I would recommend a new system rolling out move these type of interfaces to HTML 5.

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  8. Maggie Dokic
    Maggie Dokic says:

    I have been eagerly awaiting this since I first read about it in the mag. Yes, I have access to most of this information already, but on many different sites. What is so bad about streamlining things and making our work a little easier?

    Is there any way to get in on the beta testing?

    And how can I find out if my local MLS will be signing up? I belong to the Southeast Florida MLS.

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