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.
August 28, 2018 | Rebecca Roden
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.
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.
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.
July 26, 2018 | Emilee O'Hair
Thinking about the early days of a la mode brings to mind nostalgic memories – software on floppy disks, hefty user manuals, big boxy white computers…
The technology seems archaic now, but at the time it was cutting edge.
Dave Affleck, the man, the myth, the legend was one of the founding members of a la mode to get down and dirty with this top-of-the-line technology. He hopped on the a la mode train back in 1991, and he’s been riding along for the adventure ever since. In fact, he’s been with the company longer than any other employee.