Live training covering the ins and outs of appraisal technology

Workshops        
Jan 20-21st Dallas/Fort Worth   Seminar

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Jan. 20 Developing Compliant Reports using TOTAL 9-5:30pm $149 Register
Jan. 21 Mobile Appraiser Workflow 9-5:30pm $149 Register
Jan. 20-21 Attend both days 9-5:30pm $298 Register

* All times are Central.


Developing compliant reports using TOTAL | Agenda

Note: This course is approved for CE only in class.  Webinars of this course are not yet approved.

Setting up TOTAL
This opening session will help you upgrade to TOTAL.  See how to organize files, set up your signature, copy older appraisals from other formfiller vendors or WinTOTAL, and more.

Starting a report
Learn how to use templates, start new reports from scratch or from online orders, merge in data, and add billing details in seconds.

Accurate and compliant formfilling
Get essential TOTAL tips in this overview:

  • Quickly navigating from page to page
  • Merging data from old reports or templates
  • Adding, removing, and swapping forms
  • Using canned comments to avoid retyping error-prone, repetitive data (such as multi-field neighborhood information
  • Guided and free-form UAD compliance

Automating your forms and addenda
First, see how to create basic calculations for any field using TOTAL's Worksheets.  Next, we'll customize how text flows from your form to addenda.  You'll also learn how to build custom automated addenda for use in the future.

Comp management
Get in TOTAL's Side-by-Side PowerView and build your database.  See how to add comps from old reports or the MLS, edit, rearrange, and make adjustments (UAD, percentage, and non-numeric).

Working with photos and maps
Learn how to edit and add photos to reports in less time while storing them in your neatly organized database.  Then, add aerial maps (with comp balloons) to reports in a few clicks.

USPAP-compliant report delivery and backup
We'll run a full E&O check on a report, which includes USPAP, client, and UAD errors.  Next, you'll see how to comply with USPAP's workfile requirements without paper.  And we'll sign the report.  To wrap things up, we'll step through compliant delivery and cloud backup.


Controlling your data with TOTAL | Agenda

Note: This course is approved for CE only in class.  Webinars of this course are not yet approved.

Making Worksheets work for you
Get in TOTAL's Side-by-Side PowerView and build your database.  See how to add comps from old reports or the MLS, edit, rearrange, and make adjustments (UAD, percentage, and non-numeric).

Mastering the MLS Text File Importer
See how to import text from your MLS, which cuts errors and speeds up comp data entry.  You'll also see TOTAL's advanced features that scrub data as it's imported from sources like your MLS.

Power user settings in TOTAL
Personalize UAD data entry, QuickLists, keyboard navigation, and your form appearance.

Why the secure signature process (you're probably overlooking) is important
Learn how to set up and use a truly secure signature using our SureDocs technology.  This way, your reports can be verified to match what was delivered, preventing fraud.


Accurate sketching made easy | Agenda

Note: This course is approved for CE only in class.  Webinars of this course are not yet approved.

Sketching essentials
We'll start with an overview of TOTAL Sketch.  Then you'll learn the most fundamental drawing techniques like defining areas, managing pages, and adding symbols and labels.

Advanced sketching techniques
Rather than deleting and redrawing parts of your sketches, we'll show how to make those same changes with fewer clicks. Also master interior walls and customize your settings.

Solving measuring problems using a DISTO
If you have a laser measurer or are considering one, this session is a must.  We'll show you how to use your device to make measurements more accurate and save time.  You'll also get solutions to your trickiest measurement challenges.


Mobile appraiser workflow | Agenda

Note: This course is approved for CE only in class.  Webinars of this course are not yet approved.

Why mobility?
We'll quickly discuss how to tackle your mobile transition without getting overwhelmed.

USPAP-compliant paperless office techniques
To be truly mobile, we have to fully understand how to get rid of all paper.  We'll cover real-world ways to go paperless and how it will impact your mobile workflow.  It's easier than you think.

Prepping a report for your inspection
Learn how to start a new report with the critical data you need at the office.  Next, you'll see how to wirelessly sync it to your mobile device without duplication or confusion.

TOTAL for Mobile tips for gathering data
Fly through data gathering in the field using TOTAL for Mobile on your phone or tablet.  As we go, we'll use QuickLists along with your voice to save time and make your reports more accurate and consistent.  We'll cover the very best ways to add photos to your forms too.

Other apps for appraisers

  • Untether your phone and fax from your desk
  • Optimize driving routes and cut gas costs
  • Share files between your devices
  • Take better property photos with less editing
  • Take your MLS with you into the field
  • Scan documents from the courthouse
  • Access all your reports on your office PC

Field sketching 101 (Hands-on session!)
Use a mobile device to sketch a complex 5000SF property (including curves and intricate details) along with the instructor.  You'll learn how to create more accurate sketches and GLA calculations.  As a class, we'll gather data for each room, along with placing photos.

Solving measuring problems using a DISTO
This session is so popular that we're covering the same material in both the mobile day and the sketching day.  Don't miss it!


Jumpstart your Appraiser XSite

Don’t know where to start?  This class covers the down-and-dirty basics of what to put and where to put it on the homepage of your XSite.  Designed to help new users get the most benefit with the least hassle, we give you step-by-step guidelines for building a good home page that works for both site visitors and search engines alike.  Even if you’ve had an XSite for a while, but aren’t seeing the results that you’d like, chances are high that you’ve missed a critical item that we cover in this class.


Switching from ACI to TOTAL

Perfect for ACI users considering a switch to TOTAL.  Learn the key differences between ACI and TOTAL in this free, one hour session.  See a report created from start to delivery, and learn how to navigate the tools you’re likely to use daily.  Our instructors have over a decade’s knowledge of helping appraisers switch from ACI, so the transition will be quick and easy.


Getting started with TOTAL for Mobile

Perfect for beginners who are brand new to TOTAL for Mobile.  Join us for a free 45 minute webinar, where we’ll walk through the ins and outs of TOTAL for Mobile, from pairing a device all the way through syncing the report back into TOTAL.  Wave goodbye to your pencil and clipboard and learn how to gather notes, customize forms, take photos, and draw sketches in TOTAL for Mobile.


Taking the grunt work out of comps

Perfect for ACI or Bradford users who are re-typing comps and making manual adjustments.  In this free, one hour session you’ll learn how to:

  • Import data from your MLS to eliminate retyping
  • See with one click your entire history of how you’ve used a property
  • Break down UAD fields to make line-item adjustments for everything in the grid
  • Arrange, sort, analyze, adjust and manage all the comps in a report in one screen
  • Adjust for everything in the grid, even non-numeric fields
  • Re-use a property from a prior report with one click

Appraiser marketing: Proven campaign tips with XSellerate

Do you already own XSellerate and need to do some marketing but don’t know where to start?  This is a great first class.  We focus on basic marketing concepts and how they integrate with XSellerate — your marketing program.  We then cover importing contacts from Outlook and other programs, and show how to create year-long e-mail campaigns to contacts you already have, so you can keep your name and business on the radar for your current and past contacts alike.


Mobile Appraiser Workflow webinar

Learn how to use TOTAL for Mobile to gather all your data in the field electronically.  You’ll walk away having seen how to sync files, use QuickLists, take photos, use your device’s speech-to-text, and even draw a complicated sketch in TOTAL for Mobile.  But we also take you to the next level, with in-depth, real-world devices, apps, and tools to help you make other aspects of your daily work fully mobile and reduce the headache of paper and Workfile requirements.  We even end with a section about how to effectively use a DISTO.

Note: This course is approved for CE only in class.  Webinars of this course are not yet approved.


Solving measuring problems using a DISTO

In the real world, you don’t always have a hard target at the other end of your wall to bounce your laser off of.  In this quick session, we’ll show you how to solve the most common digital measuring puzzles using practical solutions like additive and subtractive measuring and the Pythagoras function on your DISTO or other laser measuring tool.  We’ll also discuss the various models of laser measuring tools, as well as realities of Bluetooth integration with your tablet.


Total Sketch Pro

Ever wondered how to use Trace Mode or Photometrics?  This short session, about 15 minutes, covers both of the advanced features available to TOTAL Sketch Pro subscribers.

E-books

How can I find new sources of appraisal business?  What mobile accessories are popular with appraisers?  I’m looking to buy a new desktop computer for my appraisal business — what should I buy?  We provide appraiser-centric answers to these quesitons and more in our FREE downloadable e-books.  Simply download any or all of the e-books below and you’re well on your way to becoming a more efficient and profitable appraiser.




Break free of lender assignments Get the eBook 
Appraisal website guide Get the eBook 
Device buying guide for appraisers Get the eBook 
Building your contacts database Get the eBook 
Mobile device accessories Get the eBook 
Solving measuring problems with a DISTO™ Get the eBook 
PC Buying Guide Get the eBook 
Get More Appraisal Jobs in Any Market Get the eBook 
Get Paid (on time) Get the eBook 
Inspector Website Guide Get the eBook 

See what appraisers are saying

"Our goal was to do more appraisals, make more money, and work less hours and I think that's exactly what's going to happen." - Mike Flesher, Michael D. Flesher Appraisals


That was the best and most beneficial workshop we have attended in our 20 years in this business.

Duke Garraway / Garraway Appraisals


"I liked the level of detail and how willing everyone was to answer questions.  The sketching segment especially helped me with many things I've struggled with.  The workshop showed me that a mobile solution is viable and will allow me to do more in the field and produce more accurate reports.  I was unaware of just how much time could be saved just by taking photos with a tablet in the field.  This workshop is a great value."

- Alan Brown, AD Brown Appraisals

"This workshop exceeded my expectations!  I enjoyed every minute.  Instructors were friendly, well informed and answered questions very well.  They encouraged participation and took time to help people understand the technology.  They didn't make anyone feel like they had a "stupid" question.  After attending this workshop, I think I'll have increased accuracy and I'll spend less time doing data entry and more time marketing.  I would attend any of these workshops in the future, even if I thought it didn't apply to me.  I was surprised how much I underestimated this class.  I wouldn't want to make that mistake again."

- Jenny Orsag, Lancaster Appraisal Group


The workshop is fantastic, the instructors are awesome, the support staff is awesome, and everyone is quick to answer your questions and help you out if you get in a bind.  I just can't wait to get started!

- Kim Mitchell, Rod Mitchell Appraisals


"This workshop exceeded my expectations! I enjoyed every minute. Instructors were friendly, well informed and answered questions very well. They encouraged participation and took time to help people understand the technology. They didn't make anyone feel like they had a "stupid" question. After attending this workshop, I think I'll have increased accuracy and I'll spend less time doing data entry and more time marketing. I would attend any of these workshops in the future, even if I thought it didn't apply to me. I was surprised how much I underestimated this class. I wouldn't want to make that mistake again."

- Jenny Orsag, Lancaster Appraisal Group

"I've been an appraiser in rural, central Mississippi for 15 years.  Just to cut to the chase, the TOTAL for Mobile app and the use of my new iPad in the field has effectively reinvented my appraisal business.  ...The transition has been amazing and I'm finding that the quality of my work is improved.  Basically, I just wanted to say thanks for the outstanding field training and the user friendly software that takes an often complicated process and makes it so much easier to do.  Also, feel free to return to the Hospitality State any time you guys feel like providing regional training.  I'm a believer and I'll be there!"

- Matt Alford, Alford Realty


"I’m pretty new to appraising, so I didn't really know what to expect from the seminar. Thanks to a la mode's generous offer to use a trial of TOTAL, I was able to take a look around the software prior to attending. After 40 years as a Brick and Stone Mason, I’m keenly aware that 'learning by doing' is priceless when it comes to practicing any new skill.

The Roadshow seminar gave me that opportunity and so much more! The Modern Appraiser Roadshow was a very informative and well-planned event. As a new appraiser trainee, the training helped me to understand how to organize and create a professional and compliant appraisal report. Best of all, I was in attendance for all 3 days, which taught me the skills needed for mobile appraising, and also for going "paperless" from the start of my career. I am confident that the training I received will boost my chances to find a mentor in the very near future! Thank you to all of the a la mode team for this opportunity to learn."

- Doug Casady, Santappraiser

"I just attended the three day a la mode Roadshow and it was really fantastic. We spent two days going through the desktop side of the program, with some references to the mobile/field side, then the last day was all about mobility and useful technology in the field. I’ll be spending some time today mapping out how I’ll stage integration of what I learned. It was a bit like drinking from a fire hose in terms of information.

One of the great things they did was provide workbooks that you could follow along with at the event and then take home and use with step by step instructions. The crew from a la mode was excellent as well. Very knowledgeable and super helpful..."

I believe that the integration of what I learned there into my business will lower my operating expenses (toner, paper), as well as make me more efficient, productive and accurate. And I’ll get to fish more!

I would strongly encourage anyone to attend. It could be quite easy to think that at 20+ years of appraising and almost that long using a la mode’s products that there could not be three days’ worth of new things to learn. But that was not the case. It really was one of, if not the best three days I’ve spent in continuing ed."

- Robert Bodkin, Red Sky Risk Services


"I really enjoyed the Mobile Workshop in Orlando and felt I got my money's worth and am ready to be more mobile.  And in the near future completely mobile."

– Steven Hemrich, Professional Appraisals, Inc.


"This Roadshow was an awesome class!

I’ve been spending two hours a day implementing what I learned. And I’m experiencing immediate results in time reduction, consistency and accuracy while just scratching the surface of what was covered. Why didn’t I begin this process sooner?

Thanks so much for all of your work and assistance.

I will most likely sign up for these classes again!"

– Tom Hudlow, Sunrise Appraisals


"Best 2 days I've spent for my business in the last 5 years.  It's increased my business from 50 – 75%, it'll give me more time with my family, and I'll be a better appraiser for it.  I highly suggest this.  It's well worth your time and it's well worth your money."

– Rick Franklin, Taylor Appraising


"This workshop was very relevant and well worth my time.  The workable productivity solutions will change my business in almost every aspect.  This was an excellent workshop."

– F. Andrew Herr, Lancaster Appraisal Group

"I attended the Modern Appraiser Roadshow in Orlando and it really changed the way I operate my business.  After the switch to TOTAL, I was able to go paperless within a week.  That simple step cut some time off of report production.  But more than that, not having to store all the paper files has dramatically reduced costs and the space needed for storage.  This was a game-changer.  I also started using ieIMPACT (a third-party application available from the TOTAL Store) for data input.  I would bet these changes save me between 1½ to 2 hours per report.

The Roadshow had so many good ideas and tips for using a la mode’s tools to reduce turnaround time and increase accuracy and consistency.  I’ve added a second monitor, which is a must when going paperless.  The mapping and driving directions built into TOTAL for Mobile are real timesavers, too.  On the desktop, I’ve been using the “Link” feature in the Addendum to save tons of time.  I’ve even created additional templates for different clients to increase accuracy.  Over time, the course materials will continue to give me ideas and notes on more ways to save time.

Overall, these seminars are worth way more than they cost.  I wish traditional CE was as worthwhile.  And the passion and energy a la mode brings makes the time enjoyable."

– Dave Hohman, The Hohman Appraisal Company, LLC



"I highly recommend it. It’s been a good three days, pretty fun, and I learned a lot."

– Mathew Martin, Matrix Appraisal

Continuing Education

We're applying for Continuing Education credit all across the country.  Look below to see if your area is covered.

The Modern Appraiser Roadshow is slated to visit 20 states and Puerto Rico this year.  We've already been in touch with appraisal boards across the country, seeking CE credit for the materials.  After all, CE doesn't have to be endless procedural lectures.  And we want to offer courses that mean something to your bottom line and productivity.

Appraisers Qualification Board 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Arizona 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Arkansas 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

California 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Colorado 13 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 5 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 2 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 3 hours

Delaware 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

District of Columbia 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Florida 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Georgia 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Hawaii 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Kansas 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Louisiana 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Maryland 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Massachusetts 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Missouri 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

New Jersey 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

New Mexico Not approved*

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL Not approved*
Controlling your Data with TOTAL Not approved*
Accurate Sketching Made Easy Not approved*
Mobile Appraiser Workflow Not approved*

Nevada 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

North Carolina 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Notes:  North Carolina appraisers must take “Accurate Sketching Made Easy” and “Controlling Your Data with TOTAL” together on the same day.  They are approved by the NCAB as a single course titled, “Mastering Forms and Data”

Ohio 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Oklahoma 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Oregon 19.5 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 2.5 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Pennsylvania 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Puerto Rico 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Tennessee 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Texas 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Virginia 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Washington 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

Wisconsin 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
(AQB reciprocity)
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
(AQB reciprocity)
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
(AQB reciprocity)
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours
(AQB reciprocity)

Wyoming 20 hours

Developing Compliant Reports with TOTAL 7 hours
Controlling your Data with TOTAL 3 hours
Accurate Sketching Made Easy 3 hours
Mobile Appraiser Workflow 7 hours

We intend to seek approval in all states.

*Not approved at this time. Contact your state board for more details.