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Hybrids: An Appraisal by any Other Name…

By now, almost anyone involved in the valuation industry is either sick and tired of hearing about Hybrid appraisals, consumed by fear about the risks involved, or some combination of both. For the better part of the past two years there have been monthly, and sometimes weekly, articles and presentations focusing on the subject. At the Valuation Expo in Chicago …

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International Women’s Month – Part 3

Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day are both celebrated in March. In honor of these events, Appraisal Buzz sat down with three women who are leading the appraisal profession in the 21st Century. Our third interview is with Maggie Hambleton. She is the former chair of the Appraisal Standards Board, an independent board of The Appraisal Foundation, and was …

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International Women’s Month – Part 2

Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day are both celebrated in March. In honor of these events, Appraisal Buzz sat down with three women who are leading the appraisal profession in the 21st Century. Our second interview is with Susan Martin-Phipps. She is Secretary of the Board of Trustees for The Appraisal Foundation. Susan has been a Rhode Island Certified, Residential …

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Spring 2019 Valuation Expo – Re-cap

Another Valuation Expo is now a closed chapter in the long line of great events.  I’ve been to many, many Valuation Expo events throughout the years and the Valuation Expo Chicago has been one of my absolute favorites. We kicked off the week with Chicago’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!  The 2019 theme, “Think Big, Be Bold” took on its …

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In Search of “Perfect” Adjustment Factors

Although a “perfect” adjustment may not exist, the search for perfect adjustments in appraisal reports is becoming a hot topic with many interesting articles, continuing education courses, and webinars addressing the subject. The message is clear. If an appraiser can’t support the adjustments, the results of the appraisal are subject to question, leading to several possible outcomes; none of them good. So, …

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International Women’s Month

Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day are both celebrated in March. In honor of these events, Appraisal Buzz sat down with three women who are leading the appraisal profession in the 21st Century. Our first interview is with Leila Dunbar. She is vice chair of the Board of Trustees for The Appraisal Foundation, a member of the Appraisers Association of America …

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AMC DIRECTORY- Spring 2019, Now Available

Searching for available Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) in your area can be a challenging experience.  Most AMC registrations on state websites offer limited information. The AMC Directory from Allterra Group provides the most comprehensive and detailed listing of AMC information available.  Through extensive research each AMC in the directory is verified to be currently active and in good standing. The …

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What To Expect Your First Time At Valuation Expo

I’ve not always been a Valuation Expo “insider”.  Throughout my career, attending the Valuation Expo has always been a must.  I have made long-lasting, high-level connections with many different people from regulators and appraisers to software developers.  These relationships go far beyond the Val Expo floor and we have relied on each other on many occasions throughout the years.  But, …

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