What our clients say
Our products are used by clients in all fifty states and several foreign
countries. Members of all major appraisal organizations use our products.
So do assessors, review appraisers, government agencies (federal, state
and local), financial institutions, CPAs, insurance companies, real estate
agents, developers and investors.
Over the years, we have received compliments for just about every aspect
of Investment Analyst; from its ease of use, to its speed, to its comprehensiveness.
But by far, the most compliments result from the reports. They are clean,
easy to explain, and easy to understand. And they can be easily incorporated
into your final narrative.
Clear, concise, meaningful reports that document everything.
Ready to print when you are.
Here is what our clients have to say about Investment Analyst.
Why our clients say what they do
EASY TO USE
No learning curve here. ANALYST has complete help screens for each field
and an excellent manual. But the user interfaces
are so smooth and self-explanatory that help
screens and manual are almost redundant.
If you know real estate you will know how
to use our products. We have reduced the
data entry requirements and complicated formulas
needed to complete an income analysis to
their essence. Mathematicians call it an
elegant solution - a simple, intuitive method
to solve a complex problem.
Most of our users just call it SLICK.
SPEED WHERE IT COUNTS
Today's computers are so fast that calculating numbers is immediate. What is most important, though, is how fast
you get your work done. In 15 minutes with ANALYST you can get the Value, print letter quality reports, modify
the numbers, print again; and do it again. Really! ANALYST makes the complicated tasks easy. Prorating leases,
calculating expense stops and leasing commissions. It won't take you two hours or two days to do an income analysis
and more hours to format and print the reports.
REMEMBER: Time is money.
SUPERIOR TO OTHER INCOME ANALYSIS SOFTWARE, THE 12C, AND ANY SPREADSHEET
Spreadsheets dramatically changed the way we work
and what our clients expect of us. The 12C gave us raw calculating power. However, both are hard to master. Both
require constant use to maintain proficiency. Neither provides much in the way of printing capabilities. Neither
provides internal checks that verify your calculations. Our products are generations ahead -- the difference between
a Model T and a Boeing 747. Other income analysis software focuses on the data, not the analysis. Data is certainly
important; but values based upon that data are only as good as the analysis methods applied. A simple discounting
of net income is insufficient and possibly incorrect.
When it comes to Income Analysis, there
is no comparison.
DISCOUNTED CASH FLOW ANALYSIS
Discounting cash flows to present value is a widely accepted
method of determining the value of an Investment Property. Once the cash flows are determined, it is relatively
easy to do the calculations. The difficulty is in the detail. If you use a spreadsheet or complicated lease by
lease program, it is difficult to enter and later verify income, expense, closing costs, etc. You will not be sure
that you have the correct cash flows or value. And you will not be able to explain your results.
Our products simplify data entry and
produce concise reports.
Computers are great number crunchers. We take all of our calculations out six places. But that is not the critical
measure of accuracy. Our products use three methods to check the numbers: an advanced derivative of the Ellwood
method; calculation of the IRR; and calculation of the Net Present Value. Ever wondered if your calculations were
correct, or if the right number was used in year 4? Worry no more.
Three independent checks. Like three
experts re-calculating the numbers. That
is accuracy. The way it should be done.
JUST PRESS PRINT
Getting accurate numbers quickly and easily is not enough. The results must be documented. You cannot do that with
a 12C. Spreadsheets never seem to print correctly without adjustment. And because each analysis is different, you
make a lot of adjustments. Our superb reports can be inserted directly into a narrative appraisal or filed to clearly
document your calculations. No adjustments each time you print; no re-typing; no fooling around.
January 4, 2001
I have to write to tell you that your "Professional"
program has assisted me in streamlining my
commercial appraisal business to a great
degree. The analysis of a commercial income
property is quick and straight forward, just
the way most users of appraisals wish the
reports to be, summarized and easily understood.
I am also able to "ballpark" an
income property with limited information,
while on the phone with a client, to ascertain
whether ornot the caller is way out of line,
whether or not we may be able to help someone
with a project.
Your software has become an integral part
of my business over the past 5 years or so.
The times I wish to get very detailed in
my analysis, your customer service has been
VERY responsive with help! And in every
circumstance, I've come away from conversations
with your people being totally satisfied
with the results. You are highly recommended
in my company.
Las Vegas, NV
December 15, 2000
We have used the software on hundreds of
commercial appraisals ranging from small
neighborhood convenience/grocery stores to
regional malls, shopping centers, hotels
and office buildings...The purpose of this
letter is to let you know unequivocally that
your software has been a major contribution
to our commerical appraisals and has brought
us an enormous amount of credibility and
accuracy in determining value.
Jonathan P. Cavendish
President, Realcorp, Inc.
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U.S. Virgin Islands
June 21, 2001
We have used Financial Masterplan's software
for over 8 years in our real estate
appraising and consulting business throughout
the U.S. Virgin Islands and Caribbean.
Recently, we utilized the program for a real
estate tax appeal appraisal which formed
the basis of a suit in the U.S. District
Court, resulting in a settlement and
a reassessment of all commercial properties
in the jurisdiction. The software is
flexible, easy to use and has helped our
firm to greatly expand our business and reputation.
Best of all is the personal support and advice
that we have received over the years. They
have always been willing to not only direct
us as to how to utilize the software to it's
fullest, but have served as intelligent and
willing advisors as to how to solve unusual
Sandpiper Appraisal Services
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
I have been a customer of Financial Masterplan, Inc. for approximately
6 years. I can safely say that the decision to purchase Investment Analyst
has been one of the best I've made in my professional career.
I have utilized this product in hundreds of appraisals of commercial and income
producing real estate. I perform appraisal and consultation work for several lending institutions, both large and
small, attorneys, investors, public entities, corporations and individuals throughout the area.
The software has been extremely useful in all appraisal situations. Whether appraising
a multi tenant office building or a small mom and pop retail facility, Investment Analyst has easily shown and
utilized all potential income, expense and cash flows. It has also been very helpful when performing subdivision
analysis due to the multi unit sales feature. I have also utilized the lease analysis feature of the product several
times when appraising properties encumbered by leases and analyzing leased fee situations.
In the six years I have been in relationship with this company, there has not
been one complaint or negative comment about this software. The support has also been excellent. I've found the
company's knowledge of investor and lender requirements to be very helpful. By the way, the questions have been
very few due to the ease of the operation of the product. Thanks to Financial Masterplan, Inc. for helping to bring
my product up to the next level.
John L., Louisiana Appraiser
I just had to let you know how pleased I am (and also my clients) with your software. I regularly recommend this software to other appraisers and at area meetings. I will certainly continue to use it and recommend it. The user friendly screens and simplicity of use is just fantastic. The support provided by your company is very good and certainly amazing as far as most software support teams are concerned. Thanks so much for a wonderful program.
Dwain S., IFAS, SRA, Oklahoma Appraiser
Your Software has been an asset for my firm. Thank you for the professional
print-outs. They have been a great tool for my clients.
Karen M., IFAS, Minnesota Appraiser
New York City
All of the other systems I have (Argus, Project, Office 2) are quite difficult
to get to know. Your software is more comprehensive and much easier to use. Banks and other financial institutions
should include Investment Analyst as the one to rely on when dealing with Cash-Flow Analysis situations.
Carlos C., BA, MIE, ASA, New York City Appraiser
Investment Analyst is still the best Income Analysis tool that I have seen.
Not only do our appraisers use it, but the commercial loan specialists in our branches also use it for preliminary
evaluations of commercial loan requests. Please let me know if I can be of service. I highly recommend your software.
By the way, I like your saying "The Expert is in the Software." It is really true!
Richard D., Bank Vice President, New Jersey
"I just love your program. I think all MAI's and SRPA's should have it."
Steven B., SRPA, Pennsylvania.
Where have you been all of these years. Since I purchased Analyst last year
I have come to use it on a regular basis. I cannot function without it.
Don P., Massachusetts appraiser