Property Services Firm Looks To Mobile Technology

Purdy Enterprise, a property services firm, has selected FotoNotes, a provider of mobile and cloud field service management platform, as its technology solution for managing property inspections, maintenance work orders and other field service activities.

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Purdy Enterprise, which offers a comprehensive range of field services, maintenance, property management, and investor services, was recently awarded two Field Service Management (FSM) contracts from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Purdy selected FotoNotes as its technology solution because of FotoNotes’ reputation in the industry, best in class Android and iOS mobile apps, comprehensive back office work flow management features, and full integration with Yardi’s HUD P260 system (launching July 2017).

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Purdy COO, Mitch Davidson, commented “We selected FotoNotes because the product is highly configurable and constantly improving, provides a cutting edge mobile experience, has a highly robust and reliable cloud and web based backend, is API friendly, and is significantly helpful to our field subcontractors. We also based our decision on the fact that the FotoNotes people are fantastic to work with regarding both development and an ongoing service relationship.”

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FotoNotes’ mobile app and cloud platform solution provides companies full visibility and control of HUD FSM inspections, work orders, and field service operations. FotoNotes also provides solutions for a wide variety of other use cases, including estimating, construction, renovations, and turns.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Purdy Enterprise” said Kamal Shah, FotoNotes’ CEO and founder. “They are established leaders in property services and true innovators in the use of leading technology tools to operate their business more effectively.”

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Head In The Clouds

*Head In The Clouds*
**By James Comtois**

JamesC***When I first started covering the mortgage technology industry, one of the most frequently used buzzwords was “paperless.” Firms were very eager to reduce the paper trail of the mortgage lending and servicing processes. These days, the industry is pretty gosh-darned paperless. Heck, not just the industry, but the world (a number of newspapers I used to write for now no longer have a print edition and are completely paperless products).

****With the industry having more or less succeeded in being a paperless one, the trend has gone much, much further. But the more the industry has gone paperless, a new problem has developed—that of storage within a firm’s computer network. Although there’s no longer the need for those large, metal filing cabinets in the office, the need for more virtual cabinets has arisen, now that hard copies are becoming things of the past.

****Now, the industry relies heavily on wireless technology and cloud computing, also known as “the cloud.” With the cloud, not only do we have to no longer worry about using paper, but also cluttering up storage space on a computer’s memory is now becoming a thing of the past.

****One firm that’s all about maximizing the use of such modern technologies as smart phones, tablets and the cloud is FotoNotes. Originally launched in 2009 as Fotobabble, FotoNotes helps firms make the most out of wireless communications technology. (Considering this is inevitably where all industries are going, it looks to be a pretty smart business model.)

****Recently, the organization has launched a cloud platform for property preservation and other real estate services.

****Launched at the National Association of Mortgage Field Services Annual Conference in Chicago earlier this month, the FotoNotes’ Mobile Property Preservation Solution boasts such services as enabling users to create, assign and manage work orders; access work orders in the field; capture photos and other data from the job site; and automatically stream work orders, photos and data to and from such back-office systems as Property Pres Wizard.

****In the online demo for the product (which can be found here ), FotoNotes founder and CEO Kamal Shah explains that the FotoNotes’ Mobile Property Preservation Solution will ultimately enable udders to streamline operations, reduce manual work, improve vendor scorecards and (this perhaps could be the best part) get paid faster.

****The demo also shows that signatures can be captured, reports can be generated (in PDF format) directly onto one’s mobile phone and then emailed.

****All of this, of course, can be done without eating up any memory on one’s PC, tablet or smart phone.

Are You Doing Enough With Mobile?

*Are You Doing Enough With Mobile?*
**New Trends**

smartphone-trend***A lot of players in the mortgage industry are starting to dabble with mobile. However, there is more that’s possible with this new technology. For example, FotoNotes, a provider of enterprise mobility, has launched FotoNotes 2.0, a major upgrade of its mobile data capture and cloud collaboration solution. Here’s the scoop:

****This release includes robust offline capabilities that allow mobile workers to complete their tasks without an Internet connection. It also introduces the powerful FotoNotes Configurator, which makes it easy for companies to customize and mobilize their forms and processes in a matter of minutes

****FotoNotes is now offering a free trial of its mobile solution to qualified companies. To request a free trial, click here.

****“FotoNotes 2.0 responds to our customers’ needs to be able to collect data on iPhones or iPads in remote sites where there is no Internet connection,” said Kamal Shah, FotoNotes’ Founder and CEO. “FotoNotes 2.0 provides a complete solution for mortgage field services, construction, facilities management, real estate, and other businesses that perform mobile tasks, such as inspections and appraisals, damages reports, punch lists and facilities checks.”

****The FotoNotes 2.0 Mobile App now includes:

****Offline capabilities that let mobile workers perform tasks and capture data without Internet access.

****A powerful data synchronization engine that automatically transfers data when an Internet connection is detected

****A number of improvements to the photo-taking user experience

****The FotoNotes 2.0 Configurator allows businesses to:

****Use a web-based drag and drop editor to mobilize forms, processes and workflows;

****Customize the solution to match the needs of the business; and

****Continuously optimize and improve mobile business processes.

New Ways Of Using Mobile Tech In Mortgage

*New Ways To Use Mobile Tech In Mortgage*
**By Tony Garritano**

***My sons both have iPhones and they love them. They are always downloading apps and playing games. But mobile isn’t just cool, it serves a business function. We at PROGRESS have a free iPad app that you can download on iTunes right now. And we’re not alone. For example, FotoNotes lets mortgage field services organizations extend and improve mobile processes, increase worker efficiency, and generate more accurate and complete data. Valligent, a specialty appraisal company that provides valuation solutions to the residential mortgage industry, has adopted FotoNotes for inspecting and appraising properties.

****“Our customers rely on us to provide timely, accurate, and complete information,” said Jeff Wickham, President of Valligent. “With FotoNotes we generate higher quality information — our core benefit — as well as save time and money on every inspection.”

****With FotoNotes, mortgage servicers can easily configure their own mobile UI, capture and transmit data in real-time to the FotoNotes cloud, and securely share that information inside and outside the organization through a web portal, customizable reports, and a standards-based API.

****“We’re proud to help mortgage service companies like Valligent better serve their customers and give them a real competitive advantage,” said Kamal Shah, FotoNotes’ founder and CEO. “FotoNotes is excited to be providing innovative and practical business solutions that harness the incredible power of smart phones, tablets, and the cloud.”

****FotoNotes enables businesses to capture, manage and share mobile information. FotoNotes lets organizations replace inefficient processes that rely on an assortment of clipboards, paper forms, cameras, laptops, cell phones and email with a single, easy-to-use mobile application and enterprise-class cloud platform. The company can be found the Web at