3 Options to Fully Access RPR Reports for the iPad

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A little background to RPR

Realtors Property Resource (RPR) is a national database providing a detailed view of over 147 million parcels of property, including; public record and tax assessment information, details of prior transactions and sales history, zoning, permits, mortgage and lien data, FEMA flood maps, neighborhood and school district boundaries, as well as the largest database of foreclosure information by county in the industry.

RPR is an exclusive benefit available to members of the National Association of REALTORS®. To find out if RPR has been rolled out in your area, start here.

Whew, that was a mouthfull. But as you can imagine from all that data, the report output is highly valuable for your clients. Below I’m going to share some easy ways to display RPR Reports using your iPad.

How do I get RPR Reports to my iPad?

iBooks – Free [In iTunes]

iBooks is my best recommendation for anyone using RPR reports on an iPad.  For starters, iBooks will cache your files; including PDFs. Meaning once you’ve loaded your RPR Report into iBooks, you will not need Internet access to retrieve and preview them with your clients….which is always a smart tactical move.

Steps to load an RPR Reports in iBooks:

  1. First either open the report directly from RPR using your iPad, or if you are working from a desktop computer email the report to yourself from RPR. If you’ve emailed it, click the “Open Report” link from iPad, and the report will open in Safari.
  2. In the upper-right corner click “Open in” and then choose iBooks.

*If you like iBooks, you might also like Stanza

GoodReader – $4.99 [In iTunes]

GoodReader made the list because it does a great job of archiving your documents.  You can also connect to a variety of useful services like DropBox, Box.net, Google Docs, and Mobile Me. Of course they’ll connect to email and Wi-Fi too. With GoodReader you can also organize your files in folders, rename, annotate, highlight and delete right from the iPad.

Steps to load an RPR Reports on the iPad

As referenced above, GoodReader can connect to a variety of sources. Of course you can follow the steps offered above with iBooks. The only difference is on the last step choose GoodReader. But you may choose to grab documents from DropBox, Google Docs and more. Those instructions can be found here.

Perfect Reader – Free [In iTunes]

If you appreciate the flip effect that books have on the iPad, you’ll like this app. Free in the app store; Perfect Reader makes scrolling pages visually interesting.  It also archives your PDFs, and allows for you to easily rename and send the files to other applications.

Steps to load an RPR Report into Perfect Reader:

  1. First either open the report directly from RPR using your iPad, or if you are working from a desktop computer email the report to yourself from RPR. If you’ve emailed it, click the “Open Report” link from iPad, and the report will open in Safari.
  2. In the upper-right corner click “Open in” and then choose Perfect Reader.

*may also like Cloud Readers