a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 11 hours ago

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 11 hours ago

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  • TOTAL Store spotlight: Spark — Analyze data the way you want

    Guest post from Brandon Reich, an appraiser, owner of Choice Valuation, PLLC and creator of TrendSheet 4 and Spark.  You can find TrendSheet 4 and Spark in the TOTAL Store.  As an active appraiser, I struggle with time; needing more of it, using it efficiently, and when a new tool comes out, having the time to learn it.  From talking to a lot of you, I know I’m not alone in that stru...

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 week ago

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 week ago

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  • Labels, Multi-material QuickLists, and more in the latest TOTAL for Mobile update

    You read that right.  From enabling the stamp mode in sketch to preserved Multi-material QuickLists selections, you’ll zip through your inspections faster than ever before.  But, we can’t take all the credit as most of these time reducer ideas came from you, so thanks.  Your feedback means a lot. Read what else is new in the April TOTAL for Mobile release: Four bedrooms?  No problem....

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • TOTAL Store Spotlight: ANOW — Why automation is an appraiser's best friend

    Guest post from Marty Haldane, Founder of ANOW.  You can find ANOW in the TOTAL Store. As an appraiser, you're a small business owner and entrepreneur, and one of your most precious resources is time.  Business process automation can save you precious hours.  The ability to automate or eliminate redundant data entry frees you up to focus on your core function — appraising real...

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • New to Titan:  Addenda, hotkeys, floodmaps

    Our most recent Preview of Titan was released to our Elite customers last week and is now available.   If you’re not Elite and would like to get in on the Preview, call our Sales Department at 1-800-ALAMODE or send an e-mail to info@alamode.com.

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 weeks ago

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  • Is that report in the Vault? Use Vault status icons to find out...

    When you have hundreds of reports in the Appraisal Desktop, it can get pretty hard to remember which ones you’ve sent to the Vault or not.  And you need to know if they're backed up in the case of an emergency.  We don’t want there to be any confusion when it comes to the security of your reports, and since you’ve been asking for the Vault Keys back, so we did you one better.

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 weeks ago

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  • Win big this March with this Elite 8 bracket

    March Madness is officially underway and, like millions of sports fans across the country, we’ve got the fever.While we were busy filling out our brackets and arguing over which team would take home the trophy, we realized we had an Elite 8 of our own. Below are just eight (of the many) benefits you receive by upgrading to the Elite membership. Click here to read more about Elite and ...

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • Make Room for a new PowerView in the latest TOTAL for Mobile update

    The February 2017 update for TOTAL for Mobile has given Rooms its own PowerView! You’ll also be able to see fields highlighted as they become active, view the property location on a map (instead of longitude and latitude), and take comp photos straight from Directions.  This is one update you don't want to put off downloading. Rooms officially have its own PowerView tab Rooms have be...

  • Appraiser Tech Tip: Naming your website

    You can’t have a website without a domain. Simply put, your “domain” is just a fancy word for the dot com name of your site. And when it comes to your XSites, it’s pretty simple to set up your domain name and get your business out on the web for potential clients to start viewing it.  

  • 4 reasons you need an XSite in a year of uncertainty

    Predicting the future of the real estate market is difficult in any given year, much less a year with a new president in the White House.  That being said, one of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to have an online presence.  XSites helps you market your services to non-lender clients so you can bring in consistent work all year.  Here's why that's important:  

  • Never be intimidated by another sketch again

    Field work can be exhausting. Between collecting forms data, subject photos, and property notes, you’ve already got your hands full (literally). Luckily we’re past the days of paper and pencil, but there are times when the digital age doesn’t feel any easier. The problem Picture this: It’s been a busy week.  You receive a new order and decide to accept it.   What’s one more appra...

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • Add TOTAL, your files, and settings to a new computer in minutes

    Ever spent hours setting up all your apps on a new computer? With the new Move TOTAL tool, you won't have to worry about setting up your new machine for hours on end.  So, what will you need? Just a removable memory device like a flash drive or an external hard drive, and the Move TOTAL utility (download here) installed on both computers.  And, make sure you're on the most recent TOTAL update.

  • Special Edition Tech Tip: Critical Items

    When you go out on an inspection it can sometimes be a hassle making sure you've gathered all the data you need, and even more of a pain ciphering through things you don't need.  With Critical Items you can focus on the fields you want during the inspection. It replaces your paper checklist with a single screen where the most relevant fields are displayed, making it easier to collect p...

  • See what's new in TOTAL for Mobile

    The January 2017 Update for TOTAL for Mobile contains improvements for transferring files, room photos, and new forms.  If you haven't already installed the update, check out what's coming. Continue to work while transferring files In the latest TOTAL for Mobile update, uploads and downloads now happen in the background.  This means you can continue to work on other reports while upl...

  • Streamline your onsite data collection with Critical Items

    These days, the forms in TOTAL for Mobile contain most of the fields for any given form.  Having access to all the data is a useful thing.  But during an inspection, you often don't need some of those fields. They can just get in the way. Focus on the inspection Critical Items allow you to focus on the fields you need during the inspection. It replaces your paper checklist ...

  • We're prepared for the worst case scenario

    As a lynchpin of this country’s real estate sector that powers over half of its appraisals, disaster recovery is built into every part of our architecture.  Redundancy, fault tolerance, and security are in our DNA.  In fact, we’ve invested millions in building an infrastructure capable of surviving, providing you the advantage of unparalleled reliability. Other companies send you apol...

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

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  • Commercial appraisers, start saving more time with InterFlood

    If you’re a Commercial Appraiser and you’re using FEMA to get the flood data for your narrative appraisal reports, then you’re getting your subject and comp flood data the hard way. Adding flood maps to your appraisals is an important step for our commercial appraisers, but generating a flood map to add into a report may seem like a tedious step if you're using another provider to get...

  • 5 things you didn't know about Vault

    Are your reports protected?  If your business suffered from a computer crash or natural disaster, could you be back up and running the same day?  Chances are, no – or at least not as well or fast as you think.  The Vault stores and protects over 14 million reports for appraisers.  However, some people are still hesitant to take the plunge.  Below are five common myths that are busted b...

  • Appraisal Tech Tip:  Save every supporting document with your report without paper

    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?  

  • TOTAL for Mobile updated for iOS 10

    TOTAL for Mobile has been updated to run properly on iOS 10.  If you're planning on updating your iPhone or iPad to iOS 10, and who isn't, you'll need to update TOTAL for Mobile too.  Of course, even if you're not planning on updating to iOS 10 right away, this update will continue to run properly on your current version.

a la mode, inc.

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

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  • How safe are your passwords?

    You have a username and password for TOTAL, and we're guessing you have plenty of other online accounts for your appraisal business that require unique login information.  Maybe you're using the same password for your various appraisal accounts.  Or maybe you're continually tweaking your "default" password so it's different for every account.  Either of these methods creates problems, ...

  • Up your multi-monitor game

    What slows you down when you're working on a report?  Take toggling back and forth between screens as an example.  During this busy time of year when time is of the essence, you need anything that will help you speed up your reports. Many appraisers are taking advantage of multiple monitors in order to be more productive with their appraisal work.  And with our recent TOTAL update wit...

  • Tech Tip Special Edition:  Things you didn't know about TOTAL for Mobile - Geocode Properties

    One of the best things about TOTAL for Mobile is its Geocode feature. Imagine you're standing on a brand new construction site, and the address is not yet searchable on any mapping device.  Fear not!  You can geocode this type of property in just a few taps.  TOTAL for Mobile updates the geocode from where you're standing using your GPS location.  Watch the video below to see how.

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