Rachel Massey

Rachel Massey
Rachel Massey is a designated member of the Appraisal Institute and NAIFA, a RAC member, and AQB Certified USPAP instructor. She has close to three decades in the appraisal field, working alternately between being an independent fee appraiser and on the back-end in review for several mortgage lenders. Rachel is based out of Ann Arbor where she raised and educated.

What You Can Learn from “The Other” Appraisers

Over the past couple of days, I have had two appraisers complain to me about “the other” appraiser. The appraiser who is sloppy, lazy, incompetent, and even crooked. One asked me if I could do reviews to find standards violations, and the other just wanted to vent. Both were ready to turn other appraisers over to the state regulators for …

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Lending a Helping Hand

The appraisal field is ever changing, challenging to enter the profession, and difficult to succeed in. As appraisers we are often micromanaged, critiqued, and criticized. It is sad to say, but some appraisers are more critical of their peers than the public or our clients will ever be. As an integrated community we need to focus on improving the industry …

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Wow, My Market Area is Slow

When your market area begins to slow down, how many times have you sat at your desk, twiddling your thumbs, gazing at the wall? Maybe you’ve cleaned your house one too many times.  You may think the solution may be to step outside your comfort zone and take on an assignment a little farther outside your market area. However, you …

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Value of Analytical Researchers

This article was first published on the Ann Arbor Appraisal Blog. As of August 7, 2018 Selling Guide, the 1004MC is no longer required by Fannie Mae. Freddie Mac and others may follow suit, but this does not stop individual lenders from requiring it to be included as a form of evidence of market trends support. Fannie Mae will continue …

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