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Home Equity Grows As the Composition of (Fewer) Refinancings Shifts

By Michael Neal According to the Federal Reserve Board’s first quarter of 2017 release of its Financial Accounts of the United States report, household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $23.526 trillion in the first quarter of 2017, $1.597 trillion higher than its level in the first quarter of 2016. Home mortgage debt outstanding, …

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Consumer Credit Expands, But At A Slower Pace

By Michael Neal According to the Federal Reserve Board’s G.19 Consumer Credit report, the total amount of consumer credit outstanding rose by 2.6 percent (SAAR) over the month of April 2017 to $3.82 trillion. Revolving credit, which is largely composed of credit card debt and represents $1.01 trillion, rose by 1.8 percent while non-revolving credit, which encompasses auto and student …

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What the Flip is ‘Geographic Competency?’

By The Appraiser Coach I want to talk today about one of my biggest pet peeves in the whole real estate appraisal industry: geographical competency. We belong to an industry in which large numbers … Read More Via:: What the Flip is ‘Geographic Competency?’       

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When To Pull Comps; That Is The Question

By The Appraiser Coach Here’s a question I get asked pretty often, both online and in person at my real estate appraisal workshops: ‘Should I pull my comps before or after the appraisal inspection?’ … Read More Via:: When To Pull Comps; That Is The Question       

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Get Out Of Your Appraisal Cave

By The Appraiser Coach A little while ago, I attended the annual AI (Appraisal Institute) Conference in Texas. It wasn’t my first time there, but I was still struck by just how few of … Read More Via:: Get Out Of Your Appraisal Cave       

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Hiring a Virtual Assistant for Appraisal Help

By The Appraiser Coach One of the things I get questioned about most often by my fellow real estate appraisers is my use of virtual assistants (or ‘VAs’). It’s common knowledge in the industry … Read More Via:: Hiring a Virtual Assistant for Appraisal Help       

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Who Is Mark Skapinetz?

By The Appraiser Coach Reserved is not a word that anyone would use to describe Mark Skapinetz; at least of those who know him. Shy is not in his vocabulary. Mark is the founder … Read More Via:: Who Is Mark Skapinetz?       

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Do You Need an Appraiser Driver?

By The Appraiser Coach Anyone who’s followed me for a while knows that I have three main aims. I want to help real estate appraisers make their business more efficient, more effective, and generate … Read More Via:: Do You Need an Appraiser Driver?       

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