The hard work of real estate appraisers can be a bit easier with the help of right software for right task. Unlike some other industries in which hundreds of software companies are competing for a minor market stake, not too many software companies are there in the market for real estate appraisers. But thankfully there are 5 popular names in the industry which are widely used by appraisers around the globe for completing work in a faster and intuitive manner. In this article we’ll take a look at those companies and their popular software products.

  1. a la mode: a la mode is the manufacturer of wildly successful TOTAL software product for appraisers. It’s considered as world’s best software for appraisers since its very first version; and with the latest version, which is known as TOTAL 2013, it has become even better. Now you can spread your appraisal work across multiple screens with TOTAL 2013’s multi-window architecture for the best productivity boost. It also has a very comprehensive comps database, which gathers data from multiple sources and presents it on a visual map. It also has several reporting related features, which help in faster and better report creation. Plus, with its mobile app for iOS and Android you get more control and quick access to your data even if your work PC isn’t available with you. Other popular products of company include WinTOTAL, Mercury, UAD Reader and Swift Estimator.
  2. Narrative1: Automated Google Maps, comprehensive comps database, ability of merging MS-Word and Excel data together, several appraisal templates and valuation spreadsheets are just a few features of Narrative1. It’s also one the most popular software products in its space. Its easy-to-use interface also doesn’t require you to spend several hours in learning its usage.
  3. ACI: ACI, another highly successful name in the appraisal industry, provides several popular software solutions for appraisers. The most popular two are ACI2012 UAD and ACI Sketch. Where ACI2012 UAD is a form-filling software that helps in generating UAD-compliant reports, ACI Sketch helps in designing professional looking floor plans on the screen of your PC. Both these products are extremely feature-rich with dozens of tools and validation mechanisms for making your work easier. Along with these two products ACI also has several other software products designed specifically for appraisers.
  4. HomePuter: HomePuter provides two software products for appraisers – FPS v7.5, which is a form-filling software and DMS v2.3, which is a decision making software. FPS includes a sketch processor, latest forms, signature scanning and other form-filling required features while DMS is a regression analysis based software basically designed for decision making so it has features related to that work (i.e. database management, ability of analyzing 31 variables together and so on).
  5. SFREP: Appraise-It is the most popular software product of SFREP. Appraise-It software suite provides you a user-friendly interface for creating appraisal reports which include maps, images, sketches, signatures and text. It also includes a sketching software named Sketch-It, a comp management software named Comp Manager and a photo management software named Image Manager.