Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
Historically, there has been an unmet need in the land banking sector for a comprehensive single source property management solution. STR’s ePropertyPlus went live at the Kalamazoo County Land Bank on October 1st, 2012 and now five key Michigan Land Banks have enrolled in the cloud-hosted ePropertyPlus offering.
“100 days into ePropertyPlus, we are very happy with our decision and have seen increased reporting efficiency and improved ability to manage and track our property.” Kelly Clarke, Executive Director Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority
Vacant and blighted properties are at an epidemic level nationally, and land banks need a software solution that will allow staff to spend more time on their mission of turning non-performing properties into productive assets and less on cumbersome processes. In almost every case, users have been maintaining property data in individual spreadsheets, paper file folders and internally developed database systems such as Access, resulting in data that is inconsistent and difficult to report on. Service requests and property interest applications have been paper-based. Public trust is a major concern for land banks, and not having the ability to quickly and accurately answer questions at either the individual property or overall inventory level puts that trust at risk.
STR worked with the Center for Community Progress and conducted a joint market assessment with land bank participants that validated their need and desire for a comprehensive single-source property portfolio solution. STR then worked side by side with Community Progress and land bank staff from Genesee County, Kalamazoo County, and Grand Traverse County to develop a property portfolio management solution specifically to support land bank processes. ePropertyPlus was designed for land banks by land banks.
Over the last year, ePropertyPlus has moved from a white board concept to market reality. This innovative cloud-hosted solution provides end-to-end parcel inventory management from pre-acquisition planning through final disposition, including unlimited inventory search functionality, extensive mapping capabilities, online contractor management, flexible program configuration, and provides a public view for searching for properties and online submission of applications for properties. The biggest benefits include increased transparency and accountability, improved customer service, and accurate and timely reporting. STR is about to deploy ePropertyPlus Release 3.0, which provides additional flexibility with the ability to add custom fields and increased public site functionality.
STR’s experience is not only relevant, it is tightly aligned with the current and future mission of land banks. “Helping land banks and redevelopment authorities manage their inventory and disposition processes is a natural fit for STR, as we have been working in the State of Louisiana on Hurricane Katrina and Rita disaster recovery for the last six years, including developing a custom property management solution for the Louisiana Land Trust to manage the 10,000 homes the State acquired through their homeowner assistance program,” said Scott Meyer, President of STR.
About the Center for Community Progress
The Center for Community Progress is one of the nation’s foremost voices on land reuse and neighborhood revitalization. Through policy development, technical assistance, research and advocacy, Community Progress has provided support to government and activists across the country as they address the challenges of vacant properties and blight. http://www.communityprogress.net
With more than two decades of experience, Fairfax, VA-based STR provides commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and custom solutions, professional services, and management consulting to customers in both the private and government sectors. STR developed ePropertyPlus so that Cities, Counties, and land banks could address the vacant and abandoned properties that are at unprecedented crisis levels nationally. ePropertyPlus provides a single-source repository of all data and attachments for every property in your inventory. To learn more about STR and ePropertyPlus visit http://www.epropertyplus.com