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Can We Talk About This? Software Changes

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Atlanta CG

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I don't understand why people think ACI is lousy. It seems to be buggy free, tech support wait times is extremely rarely beyond 5 minutes, they know what they are doing and correct the issues with no problems.
 

Fargo1

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I keep hearing about some new software that will be available this June. Wish we could get some info. on this.

Yeah me too. It will be interesting to see if this is some new company or just a new product from someone we know. My best guess is that these guys are talking about cloud based software from Bradford. That is just my guess, but you can be sure Bradford will want in on the cloud software income stream at some point.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Still use the hp12c!
Great little calculator and far superior RPN operating over an arithmetic system. 1 on every desk. Good first post

A big issue to me was that there may be 100 or more different form options. Why? the 1988 forms, etc. are long out of date. Who would consider using them? There are probably 5 or fewer really useful forms, and maybe 20+ addenda that have a useful life for the average appraiser.

I went narrative, create my own formats and like others cannot understand paying for flood maps, etc. when they are readily available free from FEMA, Census Bureau, etc.

I don't understand why people think ACI is lousy. It seems to be buggy free, tech support wait times is extremely rarely beyond 5 minutes
I think some have had experience with a lot of bugs in certain circumstances. It would lock up with me in the demo. And if you have to call tech, then how does that compare to say Clickforms where I or my assistant used it from 1995 to 2011 without ever calling support for any bug in the program?
 

TJSum

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What happens when the appraisal software company you run to also gets bought out by Corelogic? They seem to be buying everything else, so it could be just a matter of time. I'm not switching away from Total as it seems very user friendly to me and the thought of losing my comp database in this UAD world is a non starter.
 

Fargo1

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...the thought of losing my comp database in this UAD world is a non starter.

Giving up your data to Fannie and Freddie for government use in the secondary market is one thing. Paying CoreLogic for the use of their software, so that they can mine your data and then sell it to others, is another thing. Its not just a matter of losing control over your data, but WHO you are giving the data to!

I always try to be conscience of who I support with my hard earned money. I switched to alamode over Bradford because.
1) They had the reputation of standing behind the appraiser.
2) They were cheaper.

Now that #1 has proven to be a false assumption, there is no reason to stick with alamode/corelogic. I would rather pay more to support a company that I trust. Or at least a company that is not using my own money and data against me.
 

Laughing Heir

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Anyone have any feedback on SFREP? I let my a la mode subscription lapse and I figure I could save $100-200 a year with SFREP. I appreciate any feedback y'all may have.
 

JTip

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I was a bit surprised at how basic and somewhat pedestrian the others appeared.

lol

We fill out a form, typed on a piece of paper. It doesn't need to be 3D or 4K. You don't need a 1070 graphics card to run appraisal software.

What you need is software that will provide you with a quality, easily accessible database (which you create), ease of use for creating form templates, time saving clicks and conversion to appropriate file formats.

I started with Bradford Toolbox and continue on today with Clickforms. GREAT software AND support.
 
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TOTAL is suppose to come out with cloud software. Waiting........ Seems like Total always over promises on their release dates. I will believe it when I see it.
 
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