Over the past few years, the proliferation of both mobile devices and their many useful applications has clearly demonstrated how businesses can leverage the power of mobile communications and computing to improve their overall productivity and revenue.
Mobile technologies—such as smartphones and tablets—have greatly reduce turn-around times and overhead costs for businesses, because they allow professionals to efficiently work from anywhere using single-purposed applications that are designed to automatically streamline and expedite key business processes. Professionals within the real estate appraisal industry have begun to take notice of what these technologies can do for their businesses, and it has become apparent that transforming from desktop to mobile is the future.
This transformation to mobile won’t rule out desktops all together, but will more or less act as a compliment to them by providing industry professionals with an external source that allows them to more efficiently conduct their business while away from their office systems.
Appraisers arguably spend more time away from their offices than any other mortgage industry professional, and the advent of mobile technologies has transformed the way many appraisers conduct their daily activities. They can now directly receive and manage all of their orders on their smartphones via mobile applications, in which they can see who and what their orders are for, quickly accept, accept with conditions, or decline orders, update their orders’ statues, schedule inspections with specific dates and times, and set specific delivery dates – all while on the go.
Best of all, these applications are usually synchronized directly to an appraiser’s office system, which provides real-time updates to that said system without the appraiser having to go back and resubmit any data. In the end, this new mobile process allows appraisers to handle a much greater volume of orders, because it greatly reduces their processing times and overhead costs.