UAD FreeForm Mode:  the View field

January 27, 2015  |  Joel Baker

With FreeForm UAD Mode, you input all your data directly into the form, without the extra help from the field expansions.

TAGS: tech tip,   UAD,   TOTAL,   WinTOTAL  

Boost your productivity with these free Google Chrome extensions

January 21, 2015  |  Lauren Hartley

Erica Tafavoti, an Inbound Marketer for our Pipeline ROI division, recently wrote an article for Inman News on six "must-install" Google Chrome extensions (click here to read it).  The original post is geared toward REALTORs, but anyone can benefit from these free extensions.  Here are a few we think are particularly helpful for appraisers looking to stay on track and save time:


New UCDP hard stops effective Monday, 1/26

January 21, 2015  |  Andrew Mills

On Monday, January 26th, 22 UAD rules will be upgraded to hard stops.  If you're a TOTAL or WinTOTAL user on the latest update, your E&O PowerView has already been upgraded to give you a fatal warning for the issues listed below. 

  • The sales contract was not analyzed.

  • There was no comment on market conditions, even though one or more negative housing trends were indicated (for example, declining, over supply, over 6 months).

  • Less than three settled sales were used as comparables.

  • Research of prior sale was not performed.

  • State certification is not provided on transaction amount over $1 million.

  • Appraiser license state does not match subject property state.

  • Supervisor license state does not match subject property state.

  • Present use is indicated as not highest and best use.

  • The appraisal indicates that the subject property has legal nonconforming zoning and cannot be rebuilt to the current density.  This data indicates that the property is ineligible for delivery to Fannie Mae.

TAGS: TOTAL,   WinTOTAL,   UAD  

Collateral Underwriter — What to Do

January 15, 2015  |  Ellana Walker

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard lots of stories about how the world will soon be turned upside down by Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter appraisal review tool.  You’ve been told that weeks of chaos and endless stipulations will be added to every appraisal report.  You’ve heard that you’re already behind in this “arms race” of brains versus statistics and computers.  And you’ve of course been told that you need to spend money, yet again, to buy more software (even though it won’t generate any additional income).

Our recommendation, however, is simple and contrarian:  Don’t fall for the fear mongering.  Save your money.  


Top 10 reasons to switch to TOTAL

January 14, 2015  |  Amber Hanneken

TOTAL multi-monitor view

Don't let your software hold your business back in 2015.  Do you want to stop relying on unreliable appraisal tools?  Do you want to go truly mobile and cut your paper cost?  Do you want better clients that pay more and demand less?  Do you want to free up enough time for a real vacation?  We’ll help you make 2015 the year of less stress and more profit — even despite market uncertainty.

Here are the top 10 reasons you'll be happier with TOTAL:

10.  The transition is shockingly easy

We’ve made TOTAL incredibly easy to dive into.  Open files from your current formfilling software using our simple Competitor Conversion Wizard or import UAD XML files.  The converter helps you copy data into TOTAL so you don’t have to worry about retyping or starting from scratch.  We’ve also made it easy to just “get in and go” on new reports.  Simply click “File,” then “New,” and you’re off to the races in about five seconds.  You can choose to dive straight into your form or use SmartMerge to pull in data from old reports and templates in a snap. 

9.  Stability and technology built for today’s appraiser

TOTAL is rock solid, highly intuitive, and fast.  We follow a rapid development process in order to constantly and quickly release updates that continually improve the stability and performance of our software.  This also keeps our tools compatible with the newest hardware rather than playing catch-up, like other vendors.  That means it works beautifully on your Windows 8 PC with multiple monitors, too.  Many of these updates regularly include new customer-requested features, sent through the feedback tool that’s built right into TOTAL.

TAGS: Switch,   TOTAL  

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