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7 Key Considerations for Using a Restricted Appraisal Report

In any real estate appraisal assignment, you must use one of the two written report options outlined in USPAP: Appraisal Report or Restricted Appraisal Report. A diligent appraiser can utilize the Restricted Appraisal Report option when it makes good sense for the assignment and client. Before you take on a Restricted Appraisal Report, here are some important things to consider. …

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Pros and Cons of Complex Property Appraisal: Insights from a Florida Appraiser

In my previous blog post, I observed that specializing in complex property appraisal can be very profitable for the residential appraiser—in Florida and all across the U.S. Here, I’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of “complex” and “challenging” assignments and how to find this type of work. In addition, I’ll present several examples to help you identify complex assignments. …

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The 3 Characteristics of a Reliable Data Source

As a real estate appraiser, there are numerous data types and sources available that you could use to solve a specific appraisal problem. In order to reasonably believe that a source is reliable, it is recommended that you assess the dependability of a data source based on the following three characteristics, at a minimum. FREE Webinar: Join us Wednesday, August …

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What to Do When Your Appraisal Is Under Review

Residential appraisers will often—if not just about always—have their work reviewed by another appraiser. Usually, this is a routine procedure that the original appraiser barely notices. Sometimes, the review appraiser will come back with requests for extra information, or doubts, that the original appraiser might find annoying. To be sure, the reviewer’s questions might sometimes seem nit-picky, and answering them …

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Which Appraisal Clients Make Up the Majority of Your Client Base?

What types of clients do property appraisers serve? Do most of their assignments come from lenders vs. non-lenders? To help answer these questions, we recently asked our real estate appraisal community, “What type of appraisal client makes up the majority of your client base?” While most appraisers said that the majority of their work comes from lenders (most often through …

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Fannie and Freddie Release New Hybrid and Desktop Forms for Testing

As part of their appraisal modernization efforts, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) have issued test forms for Hybrid and Desktop appraisal assignments. The forms will be made available to the major appraisal report software providers. The GSEs have also aligned on guidance regarding the use of these test forms, including formal definitions for “Hybrid” and “Desktop” assignments. These …

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Appraising the Weird Stuff: Observations from a Seasoned Florida Appraiser

I’ve been teaching and writing courses for McKissock for 20 years. During that time, we’ve offered several courses on appraising “oddball” or “complex” properties. If you’ve never taken one of these courses, I strongly recommend that you do. Despite the rise of AVMs in recent years, these types of assignments continue to require competent, boots-on-the-ground residential appraisers. Appraisers are not …

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Advice for Working with Difficult Clients

Even if the bulk of your appraisals are fairly cut and dried, and require minimal interaction with a human client, any appraiser will occasionally have to work with a difficult client. The assignment might require you to work with a specialty property that is hard to appraise, or with a client who is personally disagreeable, or exceptionally exacting, or who …

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