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First Recipient of the Certified Luxury Home Appraiser Accreditation Announced

Ever since the residential appraisal threshold increase passed in November 2019, luxury homes are becoming a safe haven for appraisers. Not only are these homes typically above the new threshold ($400,000), but they are more complex to appraise, making automation difficult, if not nearly impossible. As a result of this increased need for expertise that only humans can provide, McKissock …

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Productivity Tips: How to Maximize Your Efficiency as an Appraiser

Looking for ways to increase efficiency and productivity within your appraisal business? We’ve put together some of our favorite resources to turn to for productivity tips. The following list includes advice on how to stay motivated and focused, how to leverage technology, and, in general, how to squeeze the most juice out of your workday so that you can complete …

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Social Media Etiquette for Appraisers

This is a reprint from the Appraisal Buzz Blog and can be found here. When it comes to social media, it’s easy to spot a comment or status that will make you say, “I can’t believe they said that for the world to see.” What can make it worse: when you notice it’s a professional company that has made the …

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Transitioning to Commercial Appraising

So, you’re contemplating a career switch to commercial real estate appraising? What goes into the process and what skills are necessary to make that transition smooth? The following is my attempt (and I use attempt very loosely because there a myriad of things that go into the commercial real estate appraisal industry) to provide a brief guideline for the un-initiated. …

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5 Study Tips for Passing the Appraisal License Exam

Passing your real estate appraisal license exam is one of the most important steps to getting your appraisal license. To help you prepare for the National Uniform Licensing and Certification Exam, we’ve put together a list of useful study tips. By following these five steps for successful exam prep, you can set yourself up for a passing score on your …

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The One Personality Trait Every Property Appraiser Must Have

We recently asked our appraisal community, “What ONE personality trait should every property appraiser have?” By far, the most commonly selected answer was “Unbiased.” Many appraisers agree that this is the single most important trait that you need to have as a real estate appraiser. Consistently providing an unbiased opinion of value is absolutely critical to your credibility and success …

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4 Key Luxury Home Trends to Watch in 2020

The luxury segment of real estate is often described as being a minor part of the whole industry, but is readily recognized as being a major influencer in creating real estate trends and providing a barometer to changes for the industry. According to the North American Luxury Market Report by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, here are some of …

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Spotlight on Appraisal: Ad Valorem Appraisal

It’s no secret that the general public does not have a thorough understanding of the appraisal profession, even though the work of appraisers has a profound effect on people’s lives. At McKissock, we not only want to be a go-to resource for appraisers, but we want to help spread awareness about what appraisers actually do and foster a greater understanding …

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