March 05, 2015 | Filip Koutzev
We've been working on SmartAddress, a new free tool that will help you ensure that you're being consistent with your property data from report to report.
It automatically looks for prior uses of the subject and comp addresses to help you spot discrepancies right away. It's also an incredible time saver because you can simply copy data into your form from prior uses of not only your comps but subject address too. You'll cut your typing time and worry less.
As soon as you type an address in the Comps Side-by-Side or page 2 of the URAR, SmartAddress automatically finds your prior uses of that property. It then tells you how many uses it's found within your Comps Database. From there, you can launch SmartAddress to view all of your previous data side-by-side — you don't even have to retype the address.
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March 03, 2015 | Lauren Hartley
Tax season is upon us and now's the time to make sure you have everything you need to file. It's also a good time to start thinking about how to lower overhead and raise profits for this year. Mileage Estimator 2014 can help you do both.
March 02, 2015 | Guest Author
This is a guest post from Dustin Harris, The Appraiser Coach. We’re sponsoring his new podcast for appraisers. Check it out here and look for his upcoming interview with our expert instructor, Paul Stansberry.
“What is a podcast?” I get that question all the time. It is a bit surprising as a recent study concluded that 15% of adults in the U.S. listened to at least one podcast in the past month, but you do not know what you do not know. Though the name might imply something from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a podcast is simply an audio show that can be downloaded on your computer or smartphone. It is similar to a radio program, but is not live and can be enjoyed at the listener’s convenience.
iTunes (for Apple users) is the most popular podcast format, but Android users can use Stitcher Radio or PC users can usually download directly from the host’s website. Personally, I am a huge fan of podcasts. Between business, educational, and even religion themed shows, I average between 15 and 20 hours of podcast listening per week. Where do I find the time? That is the great thing about podcasts; they can be listened to while I do other things (driving, appraisal write ups, or chores around the house). These young whippersnappers call that “multi-tasking.” I always have my smartphone with me and it is rare to find me without ear buds giving me the latest news, information, or entertainment in the form of podcasts.
An appraiser’s lifestyle is perfect for podcast delivery which is why I have decided to take the educational and informational side of what I do to the podcasting world. The Appraiser Coach Podcast brings you information about the appraisal profession in a conversational style. My goal is to bring you the news of the day, but our main focus is more effective appraisal business management, which will allow you to run a more efficient appraisal office and make more money! Each week, I hit the topics that are on your mind and do so with stimulating conversation and interviews from the top appraisal industry leaders. Of course, we have fun while we do it as well.
February 25, 2015 | Joel Baker
Our latest update to TOTAL for Mobile (our free app for iOS and Android devices), introduces a new streamlined interface you're going to appreciate. The new look was designed to work the same on any device, giving you a seamless experience on a phone, tablet, "phablet" running either iOS, or Android.
Note for iPhone users: There's now just one app for both iPhone and iPad users. If you're using TOTAL for Mobile on your iPhone, tap here from your iPhone to download the latest version.
February 17, 2015 | Lauren Hartley
Many appraisers have told us lately that they're feeling frustrated with the rigmarole that comes with many lender orders. From the seemingly endless list of new requirements and regulations to requests for more analysis in shorter turn times (all at the same fee), the stress and red tape is exhausting.
You don't have to keep feeling chained to mortgage work. Instead, expand your client base to include attorneys, homeowners, agents, and other high-fee non-lender clients. Here are a few ideas to get started from our eBook, Break free of lender assignments: Getting more non-lender work in any market (download it for free here):