From early on in OpenComps’ development we strived to create a way to display our site’s activity in some kind of a browse-able stream. Somewhere where you can easily see what was recently entered and what has changed as well as discuss it. We think we finally nailed it in what are calling the Newsfeed.
While we have optimized our web style sheets for printing our screens, we felt that we can achieve a cleaner and more standardized view of certain pages – like the transaction view – with an instant PDF creator. For the times where you would like to print a transaction so you can present it to your team or share it with a colleague, look for the PDF button in the tool bar.
We are excited about this new PDF creation technology and are looking to implement it in several other places throughout the site. Do you have a preference for where a PDF could be helpful to you? Get in touch.
Thank you to all the subscribers that supported us in 2019 (and prior)! We never stop updating OpenComps – its data variety and quality as well as its underlying code – and your continued support is greatly appreciated. We are very grateful for all the feedback and encouragement we received in 2019 and are excited to continue to innovate in 2020.
Based on our current costs and development plans, our PRO Subscriptions prices as of January 1, 2020, will be as follows:
- Individual PRO (single user, non-shareable) – $130 per month or $1,300 per year;
- Enterprise PRO (unlimited users) – $390 per month or $3,900 per year.
If you are a subscriber, you will be automatically rolled over to the new plan and rate applicable to your PRO subscription at your first scheduled billing period in 2020.
As always, you can manage your subscription online at Settings > Subscription & Invoices.
Should you have any questions, please get in touch.
Thanks again for your support in 2019, happy holidays and see you in 2020.
OpenComps aims to create a record of the life cycle of a hotel property – when it was build, when it was offered for sale, when it traded, when it was refinanced, and even performance metrics under different owners, managers or flags.
In addition to recording your sold deals (comps) — demonstrating your hard work and success in handling a transaction — you can also record when you take a property to the market. Doing this can help you reach potential buyers and further establishes your transaction capabilities.
Getting your for-sale transactions in OpenComps is easy. Simply hit the +Add New button at the top of any transaction list to get started. Chose Public and For Sale as your group visibility and transaction type and enter the basic property information.
Over the past 12 years, OpenComps has developed a solid reputation as the place to keep you abreast of what’s going on in the hospitality investment and finance world – who is buying, who is selling, who is building. The site has an active and engaged community comprised of the industry’s top professionals.
And while we are continuing to focus on bringing you the latest and most comprehensive information that can help you buy, sell or develop a property, we thought we should also look to help you find the people that can help you in that endeavor and add value to your team.
We are excited to announce a whole new section of the site – Jobs. In Jobs, you can find job postings dedicated specifically to jobs in the hospitality finance and investment sector. While property-level finance positions are better suited for general hospitality job sites, we felt there is a need for a highly specialized place to find hospitality finance and investment talent.
Below are several screenshots to introduce you to the new section and to get you started with a new job posting. We really want you to give the new section a try, so we have made the first posting completely FREE. Try it today!
Once you activate your job posting, it will become publicly visible online to all OpenComps users. In addition, your job posting will be featured in our daily and weekly email newsletters (currently only in the U.S. editions).
Users interested in your job opportunity can easily submit a job application online. We ask that they answer succinctly three questions – how are they qualified, how much they know about your company and what is their near-term growth plan. Together with their resume, we hope that would give you a good first look into the candidates. You will receive any job applications via email, so make sure you can receive our emails in your Inbox.
To protect the privacy of the job applicants, we will not retain any of data from their application, but we will record their submission. You can monitor these submissions in the Job Activity section and if an email application is missing in your Inbox for whatever reason, you can approach the user on OpenComps.
We hope you will like this new section and decide to give it a try today. We aimed for ease and simplicity in designing the functionality and tools in the section, however, we very much welcome your feedback, including on our pricing structure.
Last year we started our email newsletters to automatically update you on the latest information available in OpenComps. We have really enjoyed opening another venue to communicate with you on what is happening with OpenComps and to keep you up-to-date with all the great data we are continuing to collect and organize.
We are currently offering daily (Monday through Friday) and weekly (each Sunday) email newsletters focused on the three major markets where we have the most data and activity – United States, United Kingdom and Australia. We would love to expand it to other markets that we also have a lot of data, like Canada, Europe, Mexico/Caribbean/Latin America. Some of it is dependent on our back-end technology and some of it is dependent on your interest and data contributions. Let us know your thoughts and we would greatly appreciate your data contributions for these regions!
We value your inbox sanity and your privacy. You are in complete control of what you want to receive and when. At any time you can change your preferences using the links provided in the footer of each email or online in your Settings > Newsletters. Here are some screenshots:
Also, you should rest assured of your privacy. Like you, we don’t like all the user, email and click tracking that has become so prevalent across the Internet. So, we send our emails with these features turned off.
Finally, our newsletters are a lot more informative and fun if you have a PRO subscription. We hope you will consider unlocking the power of a PRO account with a subscription today.
This week we rolled out an update to introduce a new field — an unique property identifier, which we called OCID. This new feature can be helpful in few important ways:
- The Related tab — which highlights the chain of transactions that have occurred for a property — will be more stable, better handling changes to the same property, such as brand updates, street addresses and geo-coordinates.
- Using Advanced Search you can now search for a specific OCID. With that — and using the Saved Searches/Alert system — you can set up an email alerts to notify you of a new transaction for a specific property.
- OCIDs can be used to refer to a specific property between coworkers and friends clearly and efficiently.
OCIDs are alphanumeric with a length of six (6) characters. The first three (3) characters are lowercase letters, while the last three (3) are numbers. For example, xnk080 refers to 11 Howard in New York, NY.
If you are contributing to OpenComps — or entering your own private entries — you can use the +Add New wizard as usual. An unique OCID will automatically be created for your new property/transaction.
If you would like to add a transaction for an existing property — again, either public or private — locate the last transaction recorded for the property (using simple or advanced search) and use the +Add Related button on the transaction screen. This will (1) speed up your creation of a new transaction entry by carrying over property details such as street address, number of rooms, brand, etc. and, importantly, (2) preserve OCID and geocoding coordinates.
We already have a few ideas for other exciting new features we could do with OCID, but we would love to hear from you with your ideas and feedback.
One of the great new OpenComps features from last year was the ability to create private entries within a workgroup. This moved OpenComps from just an online research service to a real (cloud) software. With this feature, you can take advantage of the incredible database technology that was developed to keep OpenComps’ public coverage of comps, new developments, for sale, debt comps and full P&L financials, to organize your own internal information of the same type. No more crashing-prone Excel files that store ADR & occupancy, or full P&L financials, or your own set of comps, or a list of the for sale offerings you receive from brokers. No more questions like “Where did we store that information?” and “Who saved over the correct Excel file and ruined all my changes?” Now, you can store such crucial competitive information safely, securely and conveniently in OpenComps and make it available to anyone in your workgroup, from anywhere (desktop or mobile).
To encourage the adoption of private entries and collaborations within a workgroup, we are abandoning the per user pricing for group accounts (and manual administration) and instead switching to a flat-rate Enterprise PRO plan – currently $300 billed monthly or $3,000 billed annually – all self-administered online. The Enterprise PRO plans can handle unlimited number of members based on a specified enterprise email domain (e.g. @superprimehotels.com).
We recently enabled secure (SSL) connections to OpenComps. After checking that everything is working as expected, we are now switching all traffic to only secure connections. As you come to our site – whether directly or via one of our emails – always check the (green) closed padlock and/or the https: connection.
Happy secure browsing!
We are super excited to launch today our latest feature: the ability to record and save P&L financials. You can add financials as public or private entries – your eyes only or within your shared group. Let us walk you through the details.
Expanding on our coverage – like developments, debt comps and for sale markers – we feel that with financials, we have truly created the ultimate intelligence-gathering tool for the hospitality investment professional. How often have you collected competitive performance information and save it in an individual Excel file that afterwards only goes to die together with a completed or aborted project? And even though you feel you will forever remember that information and where it is stored (after working so hard to gather and organize it), somehow nobody ever remembers where that information was stored or saved. Now, you (or your workgroup) can save these financials in an easily searchable database with the ability to quickly find and retrieve the information.
Saving financials in OpenComps is super easy and works as follows:
- Create a Financials transaction marker for a property – you can create it from scratch using the +Add New button in any transaction list. Or you can jump start a new Financials marker from an existing transaction, just use the +Add New dropdown in any transaction. You can choose to create the marker as Public, Only Me or Shared Group, which would make the marker (and its associated financials) available and visible either publicly to all or privately to you only or within your workgroup.
- Add P&L financials to a Financials transaction marker – once you’ve created your Financials transaction marker, you can add P&L financials using the +Add button in the Financials section.