Tuesday , 13 November 2018

Features

The Collateral Valuation Battle: Will Technological Improvements Actually Lead to Greater Mortgage Risk?

This article was first published here. Over the last decade, the US housing market has made a slow recovery of sorts, most notably reaching a major milestone almost a year ago when the S&P/Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index surpassed its pre-crisis peak level. This overall picture of health, however, belies a spottier record at the local market level, and …

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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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Making the Puzzle Piece Fit

Building a successful appraisal management program is similar to figuring out which puzzle pieces connect. Each piece will eventually fit perfectly in its specific spot to create the finished product, you can say the same for the checks and balances in the appraisal process. Understanding the proper policies and procedures, documenting the necessary information, how the AMC works, and more, …

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Green is Good

How can appraisers leverage “green homes” into earning green for their own pockets?  The simple answer is to get as competent as  possible. Take as many classes as you can to receive a better understanding. Read various books and articles. Associate with an appraiser that is competent in this property classification. The point of this article is to give a 10,000-foot …

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Is Your Appraiser LinkedIn Profile a Fixer-Upper?

Last week I presented at the Mortgage Bankers Association convention on how real estate professionals can leverage LinkedIn to generate more sales leads and expand awareness of their employer’s brand. The reality is that most appraisers only have their job title on LinkedIn, nothing more. They do not realize that people are increasingly searching for local professional services, such as …

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How Much for That Puppy in the Window?

I was having dinner with a young married couple, friends of my daughter, who are expecting their first baby in a few months. They were at a shopping center with a pet supplies store and knowing they would not be drawn in by emotions, decided to check out the puppies for sale, just for fun. They both described a litter …

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In the Trenches, Appraiser Stories

This article was first published in the Appraisal Buzz Magazine. Are you receiving your print edition of the Buzz Magazine? Never miss out on an issue by subscribing here. You all have them, and we want to hear them! Chased by an animal, unconventional living conditions, or a haunted house. Share with us your appraiser story for the chance to …

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