Thursday , 1 October 2020



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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What Is an Appraisal Review?

Appraisal reviews serve many important purposes. Sometimes the appraisal review process is more time consuming and requires research and analysis well beyond the original assignment, while other times the process is smooth with no problems. One of the difficulties that reviewers face in appraisal practice is recognizing that it is the work product being reviewed, and not the appraiser. Additionally, …

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An Appraisal Trainee’s Goals for 2020

The start of the New Year always inspires change in people. It makes you reevaluate your life and think about where changes can be made, or new ideas can be conquered. In 2019, I started my career in real estate and set a goal to become an appraiser. The upcoming year, 2020, is an exciting year for me professionally because …

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