In August of 2013, I attended an Alamode appraisal software two day seminar on Orlando, FL. The purpose of the presentation was show us how to go "paperless" and make use of mobile devices in the appraisal process. The information from these two days completely changed the work flow and dynamics of my small office. I accepted the instructor challenge to implement these new ideas and as one of then put it, 'to take was working and change to what would work better."
Appraisers are required by the Appraisal Foundation and the State licensing boards to save their work file and appraisal report for each real estate appraisal for at least five (5)years. A lot of paper can be accumulated. Being able to store documents electronically has eliminated the space needed and cost associated with paper storage.
What I started doing was saving all documents as .pdf files, placing them in an electronic folder within Dropbox, a free file sharing program. Dropbox can be installed on mobile devices and desktop computers. As a result, all of my document files are available in the office and in the field.
Next, I started using Alamode's Total software which is their current state of the art residential software. With Total, I am able to save the work file docs within the appraisal report and backup everything in Alamode's Vault, which is cloud storage.
More on this in a future post .........