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Seeking All Perspectives, ASA Writes Letter to Biden on Appraisal Impact in Minority Communities

There has been much talk in the appraisal profession about the adoption of a specific appraisal issue by former Vice President Joe Biden as part of his platform seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Specifically, Mr. Biden’s inclusion of a policy to “tackle racial bias that leads to homes in communities of color being assessed by appraisers below their fair value” …

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Illegal Indoor Marijuana Grow Operations – Part Three

Part One and Part Two of this article can be found by following their links. Part one of this article presented a real-life case study involving the landlord of an apartment complex who was sued for negligence and personal injury by a former tenant who claimed that water damage and mold in his apartment had exposed the tenant to toxic …

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Grow Your Appraisal Business

We sat down with Marty Haldane, Founder & CEO of Anow, to further discuss the upcoming webinar he will be hosting on April 9th, “The Power of Anow: Tips & Tricks for Growing your Appraisal Business.”  As an appraiser, growing your business could be a goal you want to reach in 2020. Is an additional 10 people what you need …

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Getting Familiar with Drive-By and Desktop Appraisals

With the new FHFA changes through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Desktop and Drive-by appraisals will be helpful to appraisers during the Covid-19 pandemic. While we know appraisers are familiar with Drive-bys and Desktop appraisals, we thought it would be a great time to offer everyone an interactive webinar update on the best practices for each. Our first webinar is …

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Appraiser Life in the Age of the Coronavirus

Over the past few weeks and months, there has been a great deal of information, commentary, and opinion about COVID-19, or what is more commonly referred to as the Coronavirus. I have read and heard so much, that it feels difficult to separate the facts from the fiction and the commentary from reality. We have heard reports from around the …

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FHFA Updated Policies on Covid-19

The pandemic that we face today will impact every aspect of our lives for the foreseeable future. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has directed new Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Policies for appraisers to follow regarding Covid-19 (coronavirus). In light of the economic and social impact, these policies have been put in place temporarily to ease the strain of …

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Protecting Your Appraisal Reports From Covid-19

Appraisers are finding themselves in a fascinating time. The stock market has suffered a tremendous setback and daily life is beginning to resemble something out of a dystopian novel.  All of this is happening while appraisers are being flooded with orders. At the moment, it may seem that your biggest concern is keeping your head above water at work, all …

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Bryan Reynolds on the New ANSI Square Footage Standard

Standards are in everything we do – from our job duties, to the cars we drive, and into how our homes are built. Appraisers all follow the same USPAP compliance standards when appraising a home, but sometimes these standards aren’t always so black and white – there can be ten different ways that one appraiser does things while another may …

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