Wednesday , 16 August 2017

Features

Home Prices Up In Smoke!

The Fall 2017 Appraisal Buzz Magazine is out! It has been mailed out to our Appraisal Buzz subscribers across the country. If you didn’t receive one or don’t want to wait for it to come in the mail our Digital version is available now too! Fall 2017 Appraisal Buzz This edition includes a diverse selection of articles including the impact …

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Un-Common Goals

As we fly through life often on autopilot, we are occasionally reminded that relying on autopilot could crash our plane into the side of a mountain. In our valuation careers, it is not always as obvious as a plane crash. In valuation, errors are not as dramatic because lives are not at risk; only dollars. Not only are these dollars …

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Calling All Appraisal Nerds

I have been on a mission over the past few months to collect all of the editions of The Appraisal of Real Estate by the Appraisal Institute. I am researching a number of things but among them is a historical view into changes to the definition of market value. I am also doing a little research into the evolution of …

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Drum Roll Please………

Allterra Group is excited to announce that Rick Hiton has been awarded the very first Valuation Expo Most Valuable Appraiser award! Collateral Risk Network members were allowed to nominate an independent appraiser who exemplified the following traits: Professionalism: The award is intended to honor the achievement of an individual appraiser who exemplifies professionalism, knowledge, and ethics.  This appraiser exhibits a high …

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Dreams of Getting Published?

Appraisal Buzz is looking for a few good writers. We are looking for appraisers who are passionate about valuation and want to contribute to the appraisal community by sharing your experience and knowledge. Appraisal Buzz readers are a mix of both field appraisers, review appraisers, appraisal managers and vendors. With such a diverse readership, the range of topics is endless. …

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Hot Off the Presses

May 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board (LREAB) have been involved in a legal ping pong battle regarding “customary and reasonable fees”. Most recently, on July 24, 2017, the State of Louisiana’s Motion to Stay as requested by the LREAB on July 18, 2017, was granted. The LREAB’s Motion to Stay states: On …

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Is A Smartphone Big Enough To Appraise With?

I’ve been using the latest and greatest mobile technology in my work for over 15 years now. I consider myself a seasoned mobile appraiser.  My favored device in the past few years has been a tablet; specifically, the iPad Mini. I’ve been asked many times in the past few years whether it’s feasible to use a smartphone for inspections, but …

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How Process Matters Well Beyond Technology

Technology is amazing. My last three Amazon purchases were tracked, communicated, and delivered the same day I placed the orders on my smartphone. The thought of all this would have been unimaginable not that long ago. However, technology is only a part of the story. What is more important is how it is applied for it to be successful. As …

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