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What Is The Best Appraisal Software Available, If Any, For Commercial, Farm And Ranch Appraisals?

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chila

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My main work is commercial appraisal but I often have ranch land as well, is there an appraisal software program available that would help with comparable sales, report writing, etc...I've read about Narrative 1 and Datappraise and both seem to be mainly commercial focused, any thoughts on these 2 options or others?
 

Michigan CG

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AGware for ranches and farms.
 

Sid Holderly

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Use a narrative, the AGware has a lot of stuff I do not use and is not required for who I do appraisals for. It is set up more for more mixed areas and cattle ranches.
AcreVAlue by Granular is good for relative land value in many grain crop growing areas, but your own local database will be more precise.
Most Land Grant Universities: Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa etc have yearly land value reports to help on regional value and soil type productive potential support.
I stay up to date on local tillable land sales and non-tillable land sales. Lots under 10 acres can be found in the local MLS, but not much for farm/ranch land in this area.
Splits and mergers of parcels or parts of parcels can make finding the actual $/acre of a single tract difficult.

A little rework of what you use on commercial work is the place to start. I have looked at several narrative report writing programs, but never found one that would really excite me. If someone for free would put all the data I have into a narrative appraisal writing program I would be more interested.

LibreOffice Writer and LibreOffice Calc do not have required renewal fees and work just fine.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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A little rework of what you use on commercial work is the place to start. I have looked at several narrative report writing programs, but never found one that would really excite me. If someone for free would put all the data I have into a narrative appraisal writing program I would be more interested.
Agree and I developed my own templates in Word Perfect since its table feature will do stat and complex math functions Take a course in Excel and word processing at local votech, private biz trainer or college.
 
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