in real time and can limit
new assignments to the
same geographic area.
The EXOS Appraiser app can:
• Allow appraisers to
establish their own work
schedules and fees.
• Accelerate payments and
track previous payments.
• Provide access to property
information to help with
• Give appraisers access to performance
metrics so they can better manage
• Offer in-app chat, text and
email for more convenient
• Sync its calendar with all
leading calendar platforms
so mobile scheduling
is recorded and logged
• Deliver alerts, reminders
and notifications to keep
track of appointments
When creating the app,
the development team sought advice and
input from a group of real estate appraisers
and other professionals to ensure that
the software would be well-received.
I give the EXOS app five out of five stars.
E Learn more at www.svclnk.com/exos.
Download the EXOS Appraiser app from
i Tunes or Google Play.
About the Author
R. Wayne Pugh, MAI, is CEO
Microsoft puts it all on the Surface
of real estate consulting and
appraisal firm R. Wayne Pugh
and Co., the head of Software
for Real Estate Professionals Inc. and a
principal member of Real Estate Counseling
Group of America. He formerly served as
president of the Appraisal Institute and as
chair of the Louisiana Appraisal Board.
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