Square off so you never re-measure a property again

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Let’s say your day starts with a couple inspections.  Everything goes great but when you arrive back at your office, you realize that one of your sketches has a measurement that isn't quite right.  

Your only option is to put the rest of your work on hold to re-visit the property and measure again. 

But scheduling another appointment due to a sketching mistake can be awkward and take up a lot of valuable time. 

How to unlock hands-free data entry in TOTAL for Mobile

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Armed with personalized QuickLists, most TOTAL for Mobile users can get through the bulk of their formfilling in a short series of taps. But what about the fields in your report that require more than a canned comment? Believe it or not, there's a way to avoid your touchscreen keyboard altogether! Your mobile device comes with speech-to-text, and TOTAL for Mobile helps you take advantage of it.

Shaping the future of market analysis

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Today’s post comes from Rebekah Champagne. With nearly two decades of experience in the mortgage industry, Rebekah now serves as one of a la mode's Product Marketing Managers.


You've probably heard by now, Fannie Mae made the official announcement August 7, 2018, that they would no longer require the 1004MC. Most appraisers (and lenders) saw this as a win, as they hated the form from the get-go. Fannie finally agreed but was quick to call attention to the fact that the appraiser will still be required to analyze market and neighborhood conditions. While flawed, the form still came with good intentions — getting true market analysis displayed in appraisals. 

So, what's next? Well, Freddie Mac and the other investors haven't changed their requirements yet. It's been crickets since the big announcement with the lenders too. So even though Fannie said adieu, you haven't quite seen the end of your favorite form. And it's likely most lenders will still require it until an alternative approach has been approved. 

Convert your Recent Responses to QuickLists (several at a time!)

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Customizing your QuickList database is one of the most powerful ways to save time in TOTAL. But what if you're starting from scratch, or want to get them up and running quickly? We've got you covered! In this week's Tech Tip, we show you how to create large numbers of QuickLists at once with TOTAL's new feature.

Employee Spotlight: Joel Baker

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It's not surprising to find coders, support techs, and sales folks at a modern software company. But at a la mode, we have another special employee who makes it his mission to know appraising inside and out — from day-to-day challenges to big-picture ideas.

Joel Baker is our VP of Appraiser Advocacy, a role he treats with both enthusiasm and integrity. His job is to understand our customers and their needs, and he's one of the reasons our software stands out from the competition. Joel keeps up with social media, attends conferences, and teaches appraisers of all skill levels how to work more efficiently. Plus, he works behind the scenes with our developers to make sure appraisers are well-served by the products we make.

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