The Year in Review: 2017

The Year in Review: 2017

Posted on 02. Feb, 2018 by in Enhancements, XL Paragon

There were many new enhancements and features made to the XL Paragon system in 2017. Following are some of the highlights from the year:

REPORTS
Mobile Friendly Customer Reports
Your clients can now view select reports — Customer Report, Customer Report with Brief Tax and History and Customer with Brief Tax — in a Mobile friendly version when accessing them from a smart phone or tablet, making it easier to view listings:

  • Read listings and see photos more easily. No more pinching and zooming to view information
  • View multiple listings on a map and listing photos in a gallery
  • Tab to view tax and history information when these report types are sent
  • View and print the original Customer Report format by clicking on ‘Printable Report’

When selecting the report types to email, an asterisk (*) denotes which reports will display the mobile friendly version. In the Sent Email Log, a link to ‘View’ appears next to these emails, letting you see what your client sees.

Hit Count Charts
Price Change: Price changes are displayed on the hit count charts. The upper chart shows the amount of the price change (increase or decrease) and the date the change occurred. The bottom chart shows the date the price change was made.

 

ALERTS
Watch List
A Building Complex may be added to your Watch List. The system will automatically watch for the same criteria it does for other properties added to your list such as a status change, first photo put on the listing, change in showing instructions, etc. but for any listing in that complex. This new feature can be found by going to Toolkit>Watch List; you may choose an area and complex name and it will be tracked whether there is a listing now or one is added in the future. A list of the complexes being watched will appear at the bottom of the Watch List screen and can be deleted at any time, which would also remove any listings being tracked from the list.

In-system Watch List Alerts
If a listing or property on your Watch List is changed while you are working in the XL Paragon system, a red alert button will pop-up in the lower left of the screen and will remain there until it is viewed. Click on the alert button, and you will be brought to the page with your saved Watch List properties. Alerts appear highlighted in yellow (changed listing) and green (new listing).

Email Alerts
A new choice has been added to menu options found in the XL Paragon Toolkit, called Alert Preferences. When checked, an email will be sent to the address we have on file to alert you that your listing is within 14 days of expiration, as well as choices to provide you with Open House Reminders and to receive an email when people sign in at an open house.

Email Alerts on Expired Listings
If a listing is in Attorney Review (ARIP status) when it expired, a message is now included in the alert letting the agent know they should contact NJMLS if the listing goes Under Contract after expiring. A link to the Full Report is also included.

LISTING MAINTENANCE
Feature Groups in XL Paragon
Changes have been made to the Feature Groups section of listing load as follows:

Residential

  • Pool is no longer found in the Miscellaneous category; a new, separate Pool Features group has been created
  • Elevator has been added to Miscellaneous choices
  • Cement Board has been added to Exterior choices

Residential, 2-4 Family, Condo/Coop/Townhouse

  • New Construction/Existing Foundation and New Construction/New Foundation have been added to the Year Built/New Construction choices
  • Heating and Cooling have been separated into two different feature groups
  • Cooling choices of Multizone, Attic Fan, and Ductless options have been added

Share Your Listings on Select Social Media
Social Media links have been added to the Listing Load screen in XL Paragon, giving you the option to send your listings to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. To use this enhancement, highlight the address of your listing in your Current Listings and click on the Social Media icon. You’ll be brought to a login page for that outlet. Once that is completed, some basic listing information and the first photo will display; you’ll be able to add additional information to your post before finalizing.

SEARCHES
Property Search

  • An option to search Pool Y/N is available in the Residential Property Search
  • Some commonly used search filters from the “Additional Criteria” drop‐down menu display in the main search box including: Pool Y/N, Fireplace, Cooling, Remarks, Map Search, and Lifestyle
  • Quick MLS Search: Street name has been added as a searchable field
  • Tax Reports: When viewing the Master, Detail, and Master with Full Reports, a checkbox is available to allow you to “Keep This Property” in your results
  • Driving Route Report: The Driving Route Reports are now being generated using the new version of Bing software, giving the user details such as the current time it will take to get to a particular property, and alternate routes
  • Map Listing Reports: The number of listings available for mapping has been increased from a maximum of 30 to 100

Tax Search
Moved some commonly used search filters from the Additional Criteria drop-down menu to the main search box, including Sale Date, Sale Amount, Tax Amount Current Year, Taxable Value, Lis Pendens, and Eliminate Currently Listed options.

TOOLS
Office Calendars
An option is available allowing agents to subscribe to their Office Calendar. Simply click on the link below the calendar if you are on the device where you would like calendar entries sent, or select the Email Calendar Subscription link if you would like to send the calendar updates to a phone or other device. Open the email on that device, and click the link to subscribe.

Open House Sign-In Emails
An option to unsubscribe from the Open House sign in link emails is available in Toolkit> Alert Preferences.

Contacts
Two new Quick Links have been added to Contacts. The first allows you to sort your contacts by the first letter of the last name. The second gives you the ability to delete multiple contacts at the same time. A feature has also been added to create a contact group, allowing you to filter your contact list by Buyers, Sellers, or any custom group you would like to create. Go to Toolkit>Contacts>Maintain Groups. Add a Group Name and Description and submit.

New Session Icon
This icon appears at the top of the XL Paragon desktop and allows you to open a new session in another tab, so you can “multitask” without risk of losing work done in the first session.

INTEGRATED PRODUCTS
ShowingTime: Available in the NJMLS Mobile App for Agents
NJMLS members logging into the Mobile App will now see a new Showing icon in the tool bar when viewing listing details. Plus a separate “Tax Info” tab now lets you access and view tax information more conveniently. For listings enabled with ShowingTime, clicking the Showing icon will open an appointment request window so that you can complete and submit your request. To return to the listing, close this message.
For listings not enabled with ShowingTime, a message window displays providing the phone number and email address of the listing agent so they can be contacted directly.

Link to Realtors Property Resource
A link to access data from the Realtors Property Resource (RPR) now displays on Full Reports, One-Line Search results, and One-Line Tax Search Results. This link displays as a khaki green ‘P’ on these pages.
RPR is an exclusive benefit to NAR members providing data on every property in the United States. Members can use this tool to help research property information and prepare pricing recommendations. RPR provides property valuations using publicly available information (AVM) and a more refined valuation by adding MLS information to their model (RVM).
*Please note that the first time you access this link, you will need to login to RPR but once in the site, you will be able to choose an option to stay logged in for two weeks.

PROSPECTING
Immediate Alerts for Prospects
Send your Prospects immediate email alerts so they will be notified almost instantly when new listings become available that match what they are looking for. To use this feature, when setting up a new Prospect, the interval field defaults to Immediate. To change an existing Prospect, click on the edit button (E), change the interval field, then save your change.

Prospecting Options Page
This page has been redesigned with a clean, dashboard format and sections have been reformatted with common items grouped together. The “Mail All Current Matches” option has been removed from this page; a pop-up message prompting you to make this choice will appear when saving a new Prospect.

Changes to Client Connect
Offer your customers the ability to run and save a simple property search in their Client Connect Page. You control this by turning on the Enable Property Search option on the set-up screen when you create a Prospect, or at the top of the Run Matches screen to add to Prospects that are already saved. Prospects will be informed of this new feature when you enable it for them. When your customer saves a search, you will receive an email that lists the search criteria they have saved.

STATISTICS

  • When running Statistics by Agent for the Market Share, Office/Company Share, Statistics, Market Trends, and Comparative Reports, the value of the unit and total Dollar value will be halved if the agent is a co‐listing or co‐selling agent.
  • When running Statistics by Agent/Office or Company, a row has been added to tabulate the Total Solds


SUPRA

End of Showing Notification
If you are set up to receive showing notifications, you will automatically receive End of Showing notifications as well.

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