Broker Price Opinion Form Fill Automation
Up to now the most common broker price opinion automation processes have used iMacros software. iMacros enables a user to call up a CSV export at the start of the script, followed by tags which direct the data from each spreadsheet cell to the corresponding field on the BPO form.
I found a little initial success after creating my first set of iMacros for a simple LSI form, but not all BPO forms are produced equal. Next came Emortgage Logic. I struggled because some fields filled and some did not. After checking the codes I realized iMacros was being lazy and not counting after 50 fields. Yes iMacros is lazy because sometimes it just doesn’t want to work. I had to go in and manually input the proper field numbers for the whole form because there are nearly 200 fields. Yikes! OK no sweat I just lost a day trying to figure this one out but I will prevail. I set the iMacros to run the script the next day and it flows beautifully filling the MLS outputs. I hit save and then continue automation with the next form. Little did I know the data on all the drop down menus wasn’t getting saved already though it’s in the BPO form. The following morning I have a batch of unfinished orders and I use another week trying to get assistance by their online forum to no avail. I begin to feel cautious that I will be able to recoup my lost time by automation. It also dawns on me that the part of the form fill I can automate is what I was able to input manually in 5 minutes anyway. Was I really automating? I nevertheless had to fill out the subject info, neighborhood info, adjustments, comparable comments, comparable proximities, broker comments, my location from the subject, etc. On top of that, the CSV export from the MLS is a new additional course of action which takes a little additional time. I just wasn’t sold on the whole “automate 90% of a BPO” claim, at the minimum not with iMacros.
Hence, the idea for a more flexible and extreme automation which could use 100% of the MLS data in spite of of column output, and be made obtainable for use with any MLS which can export data to a CSV came to fruition. The iForm was born, a new copy of Broker Price Opinion form fill automation.
Disclaimer: iMacros is a worldwide product designed to easily fill forms and automate web browser processes. I respect the work they have achieved on a enormous extent. I nevertheless use iMacros for a variety of other business responsibilities. I’m merely identifying why their product falls short for specifically processing Broker Price Opinion form fill automation.