Justifying Appraised Values Just Got a Lot Easier

By Billy Burle, VP Sales and Marketing

We’re excited to announce DREAMaps Online now includes a comp tool. The new comp tool allows you to select a subject parcel and identify the most relevant comps. Sounds simple, right? Well, simple is often difficult to create. We spent a lot of time during the design process talking with many appraisers, GIS professionals, and realtors to identify what would provide you with the most value. We also reviewed other comp tools on the market to identify what was missing from current offerings.

Based on the feedback, we focused on two things: usability and flexibility.

  1. Usability – This is a core focus in everything we do. Our goal is to make it so easy to use that a child could figure it out just by clicking around. Of course, that may not be as impressive as it used to be since kids these days seem to be training us on how to use various devices 🙂
  2. Flexibility – One of the biggest complaints we received about other comp tools was that they were not flexible enough. Therefore, we made ours as flexible as possible by providing an easy to use admin section that allows users to configure most of the data in the comp tool. Users can decide what filters to include in the drop down menu based on any attribute in the database and even set default filters to automatically run. Users can also decide what data to display in each of the pop-up windows as well as what to display on the printable comp report.

Here’s what the tool looks like:

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Add as many filters as you need
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View side by side details to help choose the best comps
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Generate a configurable comp report

As you can see, the DREAMaps Online comp tool makes it easier than ever to “show your work”. If you would like to learn more or see a live web demo contact sales@sds-inc.com


Fix This Process: Recorded Document to Mapped Parcel

By Billy Burle, VP Sales and Marketing

When talking about workflow within the parcel mapping environment, most people think of the workflow associated with completing a split or a join. There’s nothing wrong with that, we do the same thing when talking about our product DREAMaps Mapper. Once you’re deep in the editing mode of a parcel or group of parcels, it’s important to have some kind of workflow to complete the task. However, that’s not the workflow I’ll be discussing here. Instead let’s take a step back and look at the mapping workflow as a whole.maze

The mapping workflow doesn’t start with GIS. It typically starts with a document. That document triggers a series of actions that lead to a mapper editing the map. That process, the one that goes from a recorded document to a mapped parcel is riddled with inefficiencies and unnecessary manual processes. As a technology enthusiast, I have to say technology has gotten too good to allow you to continue down this path needlessly.

Let’s look at an example of using available technology to automate this process using DREAMaps Online as the primary integration platform. First off, if the documents are stored in another system and / or another office like the Register of Deeds office, DREAMaps Online can import those into our system on a regular basis. Those documents can be filtered along the way so that only relevant land records documents make it to the system.

 Let’s stop and think about that for a moment. [insert dramatic pause] If you are printing documents and manually reviewing them you can now stop doing that! We have a solution for you.  Continue reading