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What's the best Software to use?

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gjgman

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Hello, I have been out of the business for awhile and I have recently recieved my license and I am starting my own business. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about the best software to use. I have heard a lot of people using WinTotal and also ACI I have been doing my research but I would like some suggestions please.
 

Jason Barber

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First off, what kind of appraising will you be doing? Will you require multiple licenses for additional support staff?

What are your clients needs? Will you be working for AMC's or other types of clients? Everyone here surely has an opinion as to what is "the best" software for them, but you need to understand your own needs first. What are you familiar with? Will the learning curve for new software payoff for you in the end?

If you go by market share alone... A la mode, ACI and Bradford are more than likely 1,2 and 3. If you go by "bells & whistles", A la mode probably offers the most, followed by ACI, then Bradford. Of course with more features comes more cost. Stability is also an issue noted by many appraisers whos appraisal software is too "bloated".

I would caution you on choosing your software based on other peoples opinions in this forum. Downloading a demo version from each vendor to test drive might give you a feel for each type. In the end I would choose whatever streamlines your operation the best and provides stability and support for your business.

Good luck, it's certainly an important choice for any new business owner.
 

Lee McClish

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I use ACI for residential stuff. I have found it to be easy to use, however I think once you use one, the one doesn't seem right to you. I tried the Wintotal software (Demo Version). I just didn't care for it. I'm not sure if it comes from years using ACI and I'm just comfortable with it? I think Jason is right though, use which ever software meets your specific needs! Good Luck with your new business!

P.S. The residential markets in most area's are kinda in turmoil right now!?!
 

K Taylor

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I use ACI becouse they have good support if you need it. It is very user freindly and is mid range for price....
 

K Taylor

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I am looking to put together a welcome packet for new clients. Any help with content and menu for prices ?
 

Kali the Boston Terrier

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What kind of clients? Every client has a distinct need, as a result each needs a different information packet. Do clients actually read welcome packages...I have never had much success with anything beyond my reputation, that can only be packaged through word of mouth, seminars, or just good will.
 

Joyce Potts

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Alamode/WinTotal, bar none.
 

Mountain Man

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WCA-Inc, bar none. :)

It's personal preference.
 
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