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For You Paperless Appraisers Out There

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Digger88

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Virginia
what kind of notes do you make when you shoot your comps? im always trying to save time but for the life of me i cant figure out why NOT printing out 7 whole pages per inspection (order form and 3 comps/tax records) is going to save me anything.
 

hastalavista

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California
For me, I'll print out hard copies of records when I'm working on the assignment; but I've saved the documents as PDFs and they are retained in my digital work file.
I take notes/sketches in the field and work with them "live", but then scan them for the digital work file. Same thing with my interview notes with market participants or building/planning officials. Once everything is scanned, the paper is recycled.

What I want to do is replace this...
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....with this....

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Flakey

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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South Carolina
Everything is saved to a digital file of the property address as a PDF or JPG. My working file has a printout of the assignment and a map of possible comps. My field notes are on the back of assignment and map. I scan these 2 pages when I'm finished and discard the hard copy. If I need to see a document in the field (listings, tax record, etc.), I can pull them up on my tablet or phone with SugarSync. Started doing this in 2010. Shredded my last box of files this year. Everything is backed up twice on and off-site. Never lost a file or had a problem finding what I need. I use about 1 pack of letter size paper a year.
 

Digger88

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Virginia
Everything is saved to a digital file of the property address as a PDF or JPG. My working file has a printout of the assignment and a map of possible comps. My field notes are on the back of assignment and map. I scan these 2 pages when I'm finished and discard the hard copy. If I need to see a document in the field (listings, tax record, etc.), I can pull them up on my tablet or phone with SugarSync. Started doing this in 2010. Shredded my last box of files this year. Everything is backed up twice on and off-site. Never lost a file or had a problem finding what I need. I use about 1 pack of letter size paper a year.

sounds cool and high tech but does it save you time?
 

RSW

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Feb 18, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Tennessee
The best time saver for me is using Total mobile in the field. It saves me about 30 to 40 minutes per report.
 

Restrain

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Jan 22, 2002
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Florida
Problem comes when the file disappears from the electronic file (file corruption, etc). If some entity wants the file, 'the computer ate my file' isn't gonna fly.
 

Flakey

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Haven't lost a digital file, ever. Can't say the same for a paper file stuck in the wrong box/cabinet.
 

S is for spittman

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Texas
Problem comes when the file disappears from the electronic file (file corruption, etc). If some entity wants the file, 'the computer ate my file' isn't gonna fly.

That's the thing I worry about the most. Not so much from file corruption, but not being able to open a file due to compatibility issues. After a couple of years of updating, Windows tends to have trouble with past versions of software. That's why I hate updating right away.
 
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I use 1 piece paper for the whole process. My sketch sheet.

Then when I go back out to shoot comps I bring with my just in case. But my comps are all in my phones map. And I just go from 1-6. Upload pics to Dropbox. And pics 1-6 go in report. They are time stamped so it just autosorts.

If need write down something goes on sketch.

Sketch gets scanned via phone/Dropbox app and done.
 

RSW

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Tennessee
I use 1 piece paper for the whole process. My sketch sheet.

Then when I go back out to shoot comps I bring with my just in case. But my comps are all in my phones map. And I just go from 1-6. Upload pics to Dropbox. And pics 1-6 go in report. They are time stamped so it just autosorts.

If need write down something goes on sketch.

Sketch gets scanned via phone/Dropbox app and done.

I use an old cell phone to take my comp. pics and it is set up to auto download them to my desktop computer when it connects to my network. Saves a lot of time and I can import them to my photo data base very easily. I don't use the alamode photo data base.
 
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