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The best appraiser website nominations

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MarkRichmond

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I would like to know if any of you have seen a really good website done by an appraiser? Most of the ones I have seen are okay but pretty basic. I am looking into developing a site so I'm hoping to steal some good ideas.

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Mark
 

Jeff Horton

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I don't know how good mine really is but I am open to suggestion and CONSTRUCTIVE criticisms :D on my web site. Your welcome to give me an honest review.

A couple of things I have wanted to add are a form to order an appraisal online. Adding sample appraisals for potential clients along with copies of my licenses. (I am a home inspector too)

I have tossed some other ideas around but have not have time to really work on any of them. When I redid my site last time I looked at a lot of web sites and used a lot of ideas I saw on other appraiser web sites.

http:www.hortonappraisal.com
 

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I would like to know if any of you have seen a really good website done by an appraiser? Most of the ones I have seen are okay but pretty basic. I am looking into developing a site so I'm hoping to steal some good ideas.

Thanks,

Mark
Well you asked so of course I am going to say that I like some of the sites that I designed. I try to stress content, fast loading, and ease of use. I will not design a site with large flash graphics, opening page animations (okay for entertainment sites, not good for professional sites), or god forbid, music!! However this is just my personal opinion.

My favorites are:

http://statewideappraisalser.com - State Wide Appraisal Service, Seminole, FL

http://ameriapraise.com - Ameriapraise, Houston, TX

http://fcappraisers.com - First Choice Appraisers, Phoenix, AZ

http://raybrower.com - Ray Brower Associates, Seaford, NY

http://valuetexas.net - Realty Appraisal Group, Houston, TX

Alas, now I don't have time to design sites (other than my own), however the above were my favorites.
 

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A couple of things I have wanted to add are a form to order an appraisal online. Adding sample appraisals for potential clients along with copies of my licenses. (I am a home inspector too)
You may use one of my free order forms located here:

http://rwm.net/free.htm
 

RVS SanDiego

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Check out our website at www.appraisalexperts.com which was design by our company but was developed by Wayne McKerley

I hope you like it but hey dont copy word by word :lol: :lol: :lol:



Gady
 
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Mark:

Good suggestion: :!: :idea:

Here are my picks for the best sites going at this time. All are so good they should be book marked for the valuable information contained.

Martin Appraisal Site-This site has good links and a series of very good articles first published in Mobility Magazine and the NAR journal

http://www.martinappraisals.com/index.html


Ann O'Rourke packs a wallop with one of the most helpful and probably the most influential site on the Internet directed to appraisers.

http://www.appraisaltoday.com/

Brian J. Davis and Associates is by far the best Appraiser's web site. Including a newsletter and a lot of helpful information, this site is eminently directed to clients. Winner of just about every site award, it stands above the rest and sets the pace for anyone looking for a complete well thought out web site. The links page is by far the best I have seen. This is my vote for best of the bunch. If you want to do a web site, study this one; Brian gets my atta-person award for best site.

http://www.home-appraiser.com/

In a class by itself this site is a must for links and for products for appraisers. Built from scratch in just over a year, this is must site to bookmark. This site gets better every day. Matt uses most of the products he sells and won't steer you wrong.

http://appraiserdepot.com/


Chip Wagner's site gets my vote for best all around site. It is well organized, gets to the point and handles a multi-location business extremely well. I particularly like the articles and helpful information directed to the inquiring and interested consumer.

http://www.alwagner.com/


Here is a bonus and wish I had to guts to make a headliner on my site.

http://www.appraisaltoday.com/images/will_..._food_-_gif.gif
 

jdbiggers

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Do you plan on hosting your own site, or having a service run it?

This is very important because of the different direction you can go.

On my website, I can log in from my IPAQ anywhere and update the status of my databases. Clients can log in and run status reports, order appraisals, etc. Other appraisers in my office can even log in from home and do a host of things, from completing appraisals to updating record status. My complete office management system is online and accessible from anywhere there's an internet connection...I can completely run my office from my web-enabled phone!

You might not be able to do much more than simple mail forms if someone else hosts your site, which would be good enough to get customer orders and the like. But if you do it yourself, you can bring your productivity to a whole new level. Of course, some hosted sites can provide this, as well, provided that they let you run the types of scripts you need...

Which brings us to a whole new area. Web sites can no longer be "static." they have to dynamically work with the user. This means you may need to write (or have written) programs to interact with visitors to your site. It all depends on how detailed you want to get. It really isn't as hard as one might think, though, but is more a matter of what you are allowed to do.

Honestly, though, I've never thought of my internet site as anything but a customer service. It is NOT a business builder. So, from my persepctive, I think of a web-site as being something more than just a place to show your name and phone number. If that's all you want, there are plenty of cookie-cutter sites available for you to build upon.

MHO

John-David Biggers
 
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