Release Notes: August 2018

v1.72 - RPR website and RPR Mobile™ for iOS/Android tablet and phone

Released August 14, 2018

Enhanced schools data is available in the RPR website and mobile application in this release. A new data provider, Niche, compiles scores, community reviews and other data about schools across the United States. Niche adds new data elements you can use with your clients. You and your clients will also appreciate the new Market Snapshots on the popular Market Activity Report. In addition, data updates have been made to Walkability scores as well as neighborhood, residential and school attendance boundaries. 

RPR Website

Schools data has new source and new design

RPR has moved from GreatSchools data to Niche for the school data you rely upon. You'll find new data elements and a new look and feel to this very powerful data. 

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Your clients will like the easy-to-understand letter grading for schools. The "Schools Nearby" section of the Property Details page displays the scores for schools in the vicinity of the property you are viewing. To view additional information for the school, click the school name highlighted in blue.

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When searching for schools in an area, you can narrow your criteria by School Type. Schools are clearly marked with score, level, type, grades served and school district. Click "more details" to view reviews and additional information about the school. Learn more about how Niche calculates school ratings

 

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The comparison page allows you to view how this school compares to the overall district. Average GPA, ACT and SAT scores are all self-reported, while the rest of the data comes from the school district. Please note that when viewing information on a school, the display always compares the school to the school district. Some of the data for the school district will not be a 1-1 comparison to the school; for example, elementary schools will not have average ACT or SAT scores.

 

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The Community Reviews section displays up to five reviews; reviews can be from students, parents or faculty. Niche applies a quality standard for each review.

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When creating a School Report for your client, you can select additional information on the report such as Nearby Schools or Nearby Properties for Sale. You can also apply a filter to view Public, Private or Charter schools, and the appropriate school level. The School Report is one of the most popular reports to create and have available at open houses.

 

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The report for each school displays the school in relation to the school district.

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When you include the Nearby Schools on the report, a list of the schools is displayed with comparisons for metrics such as students per teacher and total students, as well as the Niche school rating.

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Niche school data is included on the commercial side of RPR, on the Property Details page. This is an update requested by commercial practitioners to assist in valuing commercial properties.

Improved Market Snapshots highlight Market Activity Report

Market Snapshots will impress your statistically minded clients. This new feature summarizes up to three years of data on changes in the market. If there is not enough data to display a 36-month change, a 24-month or 12-month comparison is provided.

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Five snapshots are available:

  1. Estimated Home Value
  2. 12-Month Change in Estimated Value
  3. Concentration of Distressed Properties
  4. Sales Price
  5. List Price

 

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When creating a Market Activity Report, you can select which Market Snapshots to include, as well as a summary of market activity in a map and table format.

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The map and table give you and your clients a concise summary of the market: the categories that were selected from the report menu (New Listings, Pending Listings, Price Changes, Recently Sold and Expired). Statistics are listed for each category in the given market area and include the Number of Properties; the Low, Median and High Price; Average and Median Price per Square Foot; Average and Median Days in RPR, and the Total Volume of sales. The Market Activity Report gives your clients a clear analysis of what is happening in the area, and is another great report to have ready at an open house. 

 

RPR Mobile

Schools data improved in mobile application 

Mobile’s additions in this release include the same updated school data as in the website. Here's how it looks:

 

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Make sure you have the current mobile release to view the new schools data!

 

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From your mobile device, you can find nearby properties that are within the school boundaries. Simply click on the "Find Nearby Properties" button. Additionally, create a School Report right from your mobile device, which is another great tool to impress those prospects you meet while out and about.

 

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There is a new “more options” button when on a thumbnail view. When viewing a thumbnail, use the more options button to launch the menu.

 

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The menu affiliated with this button allows you to easily create a report, save the property, add a note or photo, or call the agent. Future releases will have additional strategically placed “more options” buttons.

 

Buyer Tour and Comp Analysis include off-market properties  

RPR is always making enhancements based on your feedback. We have added the ability to include off-market properties to the recently released Buyer Tour feature, as well as Comp Analysis.

 

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To add off-market properties to Buyer Tour and Comp Analysis, zoom in on a map area until you see the off-market properties (gray circles), then click on the property and select “Add to Tour” or “Add to Comp” in the lower left corner.

This feature is particularly useful when you want to show a client a property that adds to the overall picture of the market but is currently not on the market or recently sold. This could be a home that has been updated or a home sold outside the recently sold parameters.

 

What we are working on

Website

  • More Quick Print report options
  • Quarterly neighborhood boundary updates

Mobile/Tablet

  • New map functions and enhancements

 

If you want more help finding or using anything in RPR, please visit the training section of our blog, where we have registration for upcoming webinars and on-demand learning opportunities.

A PDF version of these Release Notes is attached at the end of this article.

For more detail and support, contact our 24/7 Customer Support Center at 877-977-7576 or use the yellow "Help" and "Live Chat" buttons on any page of the website. 

 

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