Announces Recent Photo Licensing Deal
CALGARY, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Zaio Corporation (TSX-V: ZAO) announced today
that it has surpassed its previously announced goal of taking 100,000 property
photos per day. Over the past work week, Zaio took approximately
503,000 photos for an average of just over 100,000 photos per day. With new
photographers being trained every week, Zaio anticipates continued growth in
its property photo production.
Zaio is in the process of photographing, inspecting, and appraising
nearly every property in the USA's 250 largest metropolitan areas, which
represents about 85% of the US population. To date, Zaio has accumulated a
database of approximately 140 million property records and 10.5 million
Thomas Beverly, VP of National Photography Operations explained: "Zaio's
photo activities are different from companies that utilize vehicles or
satellites as we are the only known firm that checks every photo to ensure the
privacy of property owners is protected. We have a centralized photo Quality
Control process that rejects photos containing people, license plate numbers,
or other personal identifiers. Finally, Zaio's photos, property data, and
official appraisals prepared by licensed appraisers are stored in a secure
database accessible only by lenders, realtors, insurance companies, and others
with a legitimate business need for that information."
Mr. Beverly added: "Zaio photographers take a high quality, properly
framed image of the home from the street and confirm the address. A second
person, who is a licensed appraiser, also visits each photographed property to
reconfirm the correct photo is matched to the correct address. The appraisers
then collect updated property data regarding each building. Our photographers
are also available to realtors, multi-listing services boards and others to
conduct interior photos and virtual tours when needed to help market homes
that are for sale. Zaio is the largest company in the nation that we know of
that offers those services."
Brad Stinson, Founder of Zaio, stated: "It is important to have a
business model that financially supports the periodic re-taking of photos
every time a property changes to enable up-to-date appraisal information. From
the appraiser inspections, we find in excess of 50% of all property data is
either outdated or inaccurate. Zaio is the only company that we know of in the
USA that partners with licensed real estate appraisers to track all known
changes that occur in their local markets on a daily basis. Our proprietary,
patent-pending photography and data collection process allows us to possess
corrected property data, verified address, a high-quality photograph, and the
ability to constantly update this information as properties change."
Diane Nelligan, National Director of Business Development for Zaio,
announced the Company's most recent photo licensing deal, "Although Zaio
already has dozens of photography related agreements with realtors and
multi-listing services boards across the nation, Zaio's recently signed photo
License Agreement with PropertyShark.com represents a milestone in our
business strategies to expand the usefulness of these photos into other
business applications. PropertyShark.com is a web-based company that provides
real estate data and information to subscribers. Under this Agreement,
PropertyShark.com (www.PropertyShark.com) has the ability to access, utilize
and sell Zaio photos to its subscribers."
Ryan Slack, CEO of PropertyShark.com said: "Our subscribers are
interested in accessing the most current and up to date real estate
information as possible through our website and we are pleased to offer our
subscribers current photos supplied by Zaio."
Zaio is the North American leader in developing and maintaining a
site-verified database of photos, valuations and property information of
virtually every property for entire cities, using a proprietary "GeoScore"
property rating system. Zaio and its network of premiere, local appraiser
experts photograph and appraise entire cities, one building at a time from the
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