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Work patterns - Typing time - one person shop

How fast do you type/do a 1004 from start to finish.

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TEL2002

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A take off from C. Dixon's comments on work patterns.

What is your typing time for a typical 1004. From start to finish...add photos, do drawing, etc. I hear of people doing 30-60 minutes and I just can't believe I am so darn slow (I type 35-45 WPM). Maybe I waste time thinking (ha ha - my partner never accuses me of being a great thinker).
 

Rick Neighbors

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Typing the report is not what takes time, it's all the research. As soon as I get a request, I assign it a number and start the 1004, with what data I have. ( I use Wintotal ) That way my tracking and bookeeping starts also. I take the 1004 with me on my inspection, and fill out what I can on site. Then, when I get back to the office I finish it, hopefully. Actual typing time is not easily measured. Besides, I have a lot of "canned" statements, so that reduces a lot of typing time. It's all the wording on the additional comments page that adds typing time. We do a lot of rural properties, and we hardly ever get similar assignments twice in a row. So the comments page is different almost every time. It truly would be wonderful to work where they are all "slam dunks".

Rick
 

Farm Gal

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Type, and research "do" are two different answers: I answered poll based on "siddown in front and fingers fly time..." which includes data search but NOT verification time...
 

David S. Roberson

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If you mean actually writing the report after all research is done, about an hour.
 

Mountain Man

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I am with Rick, typing doesn't take long at all. I can type at about 75-80 WPM, without the thinking part :lol:. I am probably more in your same range of 45 if I need to think about my comments. But I have standard market comments for each county, and most neighborhoods, that are filled in with a click.

The research and getting photos usually takes all day. I will look at 2 to 4 homes, then the next day is working them up..... in between the phone calls. But once I have the data, photos, etc, it gets typed and scanned in for a finished report in one to two hours.
 

Larry Lyke

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I can type a report in less than an hour, but it's very rare to be typing somebody's handwirtten report directly into the system. Reading the handwriting would pose a challenge sometimes.

I can type 65-70 wpm. Was the only boy in Typing class -- so I've paid my dues!

I'm curious, do you start every report with a "new" blank form.
 

Frederick R. Ruffell

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With the use of the templates and common responses I can get the report function out of the way in 2 hours. Within the two hours there is analysis going on i.e. cost approach, comp selection, paired sales, sketch and public record GLA reconciliation, neighborhood value ranges, highest and best use analysis... all as I am inputing the data. I like doing it this way and let the data and market info guide me to my value conclusion. If I had all the answers before I input them into the form it would only take me an hour at most.
 

Larry Lyke

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Frederick --

I use a similar process, only I work backwards. My first input is the grid.

After the grid and value is finalized, I start at the top with Neighborhood and just float through filling in. The Subject part was already filled in, of course, so that it tracks the appraisal and can be easily found in the index, etc.

By the time everything else is done, I have had plenty of time to reason through my value and change my mind about anything and everything that'll comprise the report.
 

Frederick R. Ruffell

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Larry, I might try the grid first and see haow that works as I am always forgeting or changing things, I.e. PUD Info, View amenity, etc.., between the grid and first page and it always seems that the grid will dictate that info.
 

Larry Lyke

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Fred --

I use Athena, so once you are happy with the grid and start with Neighborhood and fill in the rest of the appraisal stuff, you have to read the Subject's grid column and fix it...

... (sometimes with Clear and Override and Save in order to make it stay in place).

A la mode says they are going to set their system so that the appraiser can choose the catpure mode from either front to back or back to front or turn a particular capture off.

I've had 56 updates since I bought it a year ago.
 
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