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Joining Your Real Estate Appraisal Board

Joining and getting involved with your state Real Estate Appraisal Board should be a priority that appraisers need to take advantage of. Imagine actually creating change in your work environment, and consequently, the industry? We sat down with Cristy Conolly, current Chair of the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board and Chief Appraiser at Nationwide Appraisal Network, to get an inside …

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A Truth About Bifurcation

There are numerous articles, discussions, and opinions regarding the third-party inspection process appraisal (step one) and subsequent appraisal and report (step two). While the nomenclature for this process is ever evolving, for the sake of this article, it will simply be addressed as the bifurcated appraisal process. The third-party inspection piece is the part of the bifurcation appraisal process which …

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What’s Happening at Appraisal Buzz

Appraisal Buzz Newsletter and Magazine always has something fun and new happening! Here’s a summary of our ongoing projects, upcoming meetings, soon-to-be published materials, and more. Make sure to like, follow, and subscribe to Appraisal Buzz on social media to stay up-to-date and ahead of the curve. Collateral Risk Network Membership The CRN is composed of lenders, technology companies, rating …

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The Benefits of Multiple Monitors

As appraisers, we are often reviewing MLS listings, tax data, order sheets, appraisal software, zoning information, surveys, deeds, and sale contracts – all while typing an appraisal. The less we have to take our fingers off the keyboard to use the mouse, the faster we are able to get the report out the door. Minimizing, maximizing, and restoring windows of …

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North Dakota Temporary Waiver Request

At the beginning of August last year, the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) received a letter for a temporary waiver request from North Dakota for the entire state for a period of five years. This came from the Governor, the Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions, and the President and CEO of the North Dakota Bankers Association. This letter …

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How to Become an Appraisal Expert Witness

From the legal terms one uses in different court cases to surviving a cross-examination – Would you be prepared for expert witness testimony. We sat down with Steven R. Smith, MSREA, MAI, SRA Appraiser and Expert Witness to discuss his upcoming webinar “How to become an Appraisal Expert Witness” to help you answer that question with a resounding “Yes!” Steve …

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Pro Appraiser Remarks from Joan Trice – Congressional Hearing Comments

Joan Trice, Founder of the Collateral Risk Network, was a witness for a legislative hearing titled, “What’s Your Home Worth? A Review of the Appraisal Industry,” before the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance on June 20th, 2019. Alongside other members of the panel, this hearing discussed topics such as De Minimus Threshold for FRTs, appraiser independence, disparities in …

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Get Paid – 4 Secrets to Turning Your Appraisal Efforts into Cash

Appraisers are creating their own businesses left and right, but are they wasting valuable time and money on things that they just don’t need? Becoming your own boss doesn’t come with a handbook, but it does come with tons of advice from fellow professionals. We sat down with Keith Ellis for the upcoming webinar for appraisers titled, “Get Paid: 4 …

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