Important documents like deeds, contact emails, property records, plats, zoning maps, engagement letters, and photos are important and unique to every report. Where do you usually save them? Do you print them out and shove them into a cabinet? Or create a new folder every time you want to save another report?
When it comes to file storage solutions for appraisers, there are four basic elements you'd need to take into account: It should be large — You have to keep at least five years of reports, no matter how you store them, either in paper file cabinets, hard drives, or some online storage solutions. It should […]
Are you moving to a new computer? Do you want TOTAL to perform like it did on the old machine? Exact can do this for you. First, make sure your Exact is installed on the new computer. Then after just six clicks, voila!, your QuickLists, contacts, user settings, comps database, and digital signature are downloaded […]
A glitchy hard drive can really ruin an appraiser’s week. When you’re busy, you need to minimize the technical problems that get in the way of being productive. But what happens when your hard drive fails completely? How badly would that affect your deadlines and future turn times? For many appraisers, losing working files is […]
You never know when disaster is going to strike. It could be today, tomorrow, or maybe never. Without a secure backup system, you could spend days getting all of your appraisal files and settings back into place, all because of a hard drive crash or a switch to a new computer. It’s always better to […]
Woody Fincham is a Vice President with The Trice Group, LLC, which is a part of Valucentric. Woody serves as the Chief Residential Appraiser for Valucentric, a growing national full service firm. He's a dual-designated appraiser with the Appraisal Institute, having earned the SRA and AI-RRS designations. He specializes in complex residential properties, non-lender work, […]
If you're like most appraisers we hear from, you're probably swamped with work. When you're busy, it's easy to let things slide. One thing that's easy to put off is backing up your files, because you can convince yourself you'll do it later. "Later" turns into days, then weeks, then "holy cow, my last backup […]
Sometimes you want to finish a report you started at the office or just want to check field notes for a particular property. Using Vault makes this a snap. By backing up your appraisals to Vault, you can retrieve them anytime, anywhere. See how it works in this quick video: