FREE is always nice, right? So I signed up and began exploring some of eTrac’s offerings. The website states:
The eTrac Network is designed to provide mortgage brokers, lenders, BPO management companies and consumers with access to qualified real estate professionals. The network can be accessed directly from our website at no cost or from within our management products. eTrac Enterprise Edition or OASIS for lender users have direct access to the entire network of real estate professionals. The system allows users to efficiently find, assign and receive services from thousands of qualified real estate professionals nationwide.
I am not sure, but it would appear that if you don’t have an eTrac website (pricing starting at $199/year) – how would you complete and send reports to the client ordering through the eTrac network?
My next stop was checking out the eTrac “Webforms” module. Another quote from the eTrac website:
eTrac Web Forms is the newest way to produce your appraisal reports- entirely online, allowing appraisers to be completely mobile and autonomous. This unique approach to delivering software as a service will give appraisers what they really want- a simple solution that will work on their Windows PC, their IMAC, their iPhone, or any Internet browser based. No installs, no PDF drivers, no hassles.
I found that eTrac offers the Webforms “lite” version for free. You can create new files and send them right from the web. The only limitations they claim for the free suite, is you can only access the last 20 files you create. You must upgrade to store more than 20 files. You can see it at http://www.appraiseanywhere.com.
While this module is free, I also noted some downsides: