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[AppWatch] RoomScan – An Easy Way to Create A Floorplan

March 23, 2014 | 11:38 am |

roomscan I stumbled on to this iPhone app from the Locometric called RoomScan – to measure rooms, create floor plans , calculate square footage on the fly. I was really impressed with the free version and quickly upgraded to the $4.99 pro version to be able to create doorways and connecting rooms. This may soon replace the $500 laser measuring device I’ve hauled around for years.


An ah-hah moment indeed.

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Reverse Polish Notation Refresher: HP12C Video For Real Estate

January 9, 2013 | 10:14 am |

Bruce Kirsch over at REFM Blog posts a view worthy class on the stalwart of real estate calculators, the HP 12C.

Here’s my sentimental look at retiring my old HP12C.


[a la mode] Here’s My Testimonial For Their Appraisal Software

September 3, 2012 | 8:53 pm |

Earlier this summer I found myself on the home page of a la mode software, the largest appraisal software company out there with over 100k users. Our firm Miller Samuel uses their software and well, here’s my testimonial on the a la mode web site and a version that was recently sent out to about 80,000 appraiser subscribers of Working RE, an essential publication for real estate appraisers.

Hey this is better than being on the cover of Time.


[New Yorker] Social-Networking My _ _ _ Off

August 9, 2012 | 11:13 am |

I’m just back from vacation and had taken a break from social media. Now that I’m back, this New Yorker cartoon struck a chord.

Source: New Yorker


[a la mode] I Find Myself in an Ad for Appraisal Software

July 9, 2012 | 11:45 am |

A few months ago one of the largest appraisal software vendors out there, a la mode, reached out to me to appear in their advertisements as a neutral real-world user. a la mode claims that half the appraisers in the United States use their products. The ad is currently placed as the starting image on their home page. This is the first iteration with more to come in print and on the web.

Celebrating 26 years as a technology leader, a la mode develops desktop, mobile, and Web tools for the real estate and mortgage industries. a la mode’s mission-critical products are used by hundreds of thousands of appraisers, agents, inspectors, and lending professionals to complete the nation’s real estate transactions. a la mode’s state-of-the-art offices are located in Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, and Washington, DC.

My firm has been using alamode software since 2007 when we stopped developing our own (after 20 years of doing so) and their solution works very well for us.

Over the past decade the appraisal industry has changed rapidly and it got to the point where there were too many form changes, technology requirements and time spent working on it to justify developing our own software anymore.

After all, as my sister (who is also one of my partners) pointed out to me, Miller Samuel is an appraisal firm, not a software company.

So noted.

a la mode home page [a la mode]


A Twitter Shout-out from Valuation Review on their 10th Anniversary

May 21, 2012 | 3:30 pm | Public |

Here’s the Editor’s page in a recent copy of Valuation Review, an essential publication for real estate appraisers by October Research. I’ve been subscribing since nearly the beginning when it was called something else. Always relevant good reading for an industry besieged by bad information.

And more importantly, take notice of my twitter shout-out . Fun!

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[Interview] Doug Heddings, Founder/Broker, Heddings Property Group LLC, True Gotham Blog

October 3, 2010 | 12:19 pm | Podcasts |

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[Interview] Ilyce Glink, Author, Blogger, Columnist, TV Reporter, Talk Radio Host, Think Glink Publishing LLC

August 20, 2010 | 11:26 am | inmanlogo | Podcasts |

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[Interview] Ian Huckabee, Founder, Weejee Media, Web Marketing Strategist/Technologist, Home Builder

August 12, 2010 | 1:24 pm | Podcasts |

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[Interview] Ana Maria Sencovici, Blogger, “The Apple, Peeled”, Marketer, Change Agent

June 25, 2010 | 12:15 am | Podcasts |

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