New Mercury Mobile App May Speed Appraisals

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A new iOS app from a la mode, the Naples, Fla.-based real estate and mortgage technology company, offers a solution to appraisal delays.
The app is called Mercury Mobile. It enables appraisers in the field to respond instantly to new orders from Mercury Network lenders and AMCs, according to the company. Appraisers using the app receive notification when a Mercury Network client order comes in. They can quickly accept, negotiate, or decline the order. Bottom line: You’ll be less likely to lose opportunities that come in while you’re out on field inspections.
By combining Mercury Mobile with a la mode’s mobile appraisal inspection and sketching product, TOTAL for Mobile, appraisers can handle the entire order-to-inspection cycle onsite on an iPad.
a la mode has an established history of mobile innovation, with more than 300,000 downloads of apps for appraisers and real estate agents. Its platform, Mercury Network, powers more than 20,000 appraisal orders a day and is used by more than 600 lenders and AMCs.
“Just offering a cool tool of some sort, whether simple or complex, isn’t sufficient,” said Dave Biggers, a la mode’s founder and chairman, in a prepared statement. “It has to be done by a company with the ability to penetrate the market in sizable numbers, with a training, support, and distribution network reaching directly to the devices and desktops of enough appraisers that an impact is felt industry-wide.  This new Mercury Mobile product meets all of those criteria.”
What do you think? Do you sometimes have trouble getting back to clients on a timely basis? Would an app such as this be likely to improve your response time on appraisal orders? And if you’ve already tried Mercury Mobile, what do you think?
The Mercury Mobile app is available at no charge for iPhone and iPad, and an Android version is on the way. More:  Download the app:

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