Using Linked Common Responses

Linked Common Responses are a powerful and often overlooked feature that allows users to store a combination of field entries with a single selection. Throughout most appraisal forms, many fields are related through multiple dependencies and the data elements required rarely, if ever, change.

City, county, and state fields are a prime example. The city of Palm Coast will always be located in the county of Flagler which is located in the state of Florida. By storing a linked common response in the city field for Palm Coast, users can select the city from their common response list and the linked fields will fill at once.


Here is how to Create Linked Common Responses for a Range of Fields:
1.   Enter text in all fields in the range.
2.   Click in the first field in the range. Press CTRL+SHIFT on the keyboard and click in the last field in the range (all fields in the range are highlighted).
3.   Press F6 on the keyboard.
4.   Click Save and then click close to exit.

Creating Linked Common Responses for Select Fields:
1.   Enter text in select fields.
2.   Click in the first field of the Common Response. Press CTRL on the keyboard and click in each field to include in the Common Response (select fields are highlighted).

Inspections, Safety, and ACI OpenHouse

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently extended the temporary COVID flexibilities through December 31, 2020. With that said, this is a good time to remind ACI appraisers of how helpful ACI OpenHouse™ can be in a time like this. ACI OpenHouse is a remote inspection app that easily enables ACI Report users to remotely collect data and images from the property owner and directly import the data into a desktop or exterior only inspection appraisal report.

ACI OpenHouse is designed as an easy-to-use web app with the primary purpose to collect property information from a series of questions including photos. In just a few clicks you can email the property owner an invitation with a link to inspect the property.

To generate an email invitation:

  • Use the top menu bar in ACI Report and navigate: eServices | ACI OpenHouse | Property Survey Request.

Once completed, the inspection is securely delivered back to the appraiser and pertinent information is populated back into the appraiser’s report.

Interested in testing it first? Simply email yourself a Property Survey Request and play the role of the property owner and discover how streamlined and simple the process can be.

ACI OpenHouse is FREE to all ACI clients with an active service agreement.

Kick-Start Your Appraisal Report with Sky Data

Did you know ACI Report includes a public record data service that gathers subject property and comparable sales information including parcel number, short legal description, census tract data and more?

Fueled by public record data sourced from First American®, ACI Sky™ Data is available for most major metropolitan areas in the United States.

In order to use Sky Data on the subject property:

  • Key the address into the subject section of your report.
  • Use the top menu bar in ACI Report and navigate: eServices | ACI Sky Services | Sky Data.
  • Once Sky Data locates and displays the property information, click on “import” to populate the report.

The information available varies depending upon each municipality, but data imports using Sky Data generally include the critical salient features of your subject and comparable properties.

Just enter the property addresses of your subject, select “comparables” and let Sky Data do your typing.

ACI Sky Data is FREE to all ACI clients with an active service agreement

Power your Appraisals with Property CrossCheck

Avoid “self-discrepancy” messages in the UCDP findings with a simple keyboard shortcut, CTRL+K from within the comps grid. This quick-key launches Property CrossCheck in ACI Report, a feature that enables you to:

  • Preview the comparable data from your own records.
  • Compare discrepancies and replace all of the data with one click.
  • Merge the data and fill in the gaps.

Property Crosscheck provides a history of the property found in your ACI Research Database to ensure that you’re using the most accurate and up-to-date information. This feature highlights any discrepancies so you can reconcile the information before you update the grid. Fewer discrepancies translate into fewer correction requests from your clients.