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Team Appraising, Increasing Productivity

About 2.6 million years ago, early man developed stone tools for hammering and cutting. Fast forward to the modern age and man has developed hammers to be more efficient and productive. However, the method remains fundamentally the same because there is still one human wielding that hammer. Contrast that to when humans start to work cooperatively. The division of labor …

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Frank or Bob: who do you want to be?

The average appraiser is now in their mid-50s. As a result, many of us remember the era when we could change the oil, air filters or spark plugs on our own cars. For bigger jobs, we’d take our cars to a service shop, which in my memory were often staffed by greasy-handed, cigar-smoking mechanics wearing old, crusty overalls. For the …

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Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Understanding an Investigation by a State Appraiser Regulatory Board or Agency

As we gear up for Valuation Expo, October 1st-3rd, we are excited to welcome many new continuing education courses. One being a premier course, Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Understanding an Investigation by a State Appraiser Regulatory Board or Agency by the Appraisal Institute, developed and instructed by Craig Steinley SRA, AI-RRS, of Steinley Real Estate Appraisals. This 4-hour seminar (CE approved) …

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Commentary on the the U.S. Appraisal Market – Change is Coming

This article was first published in the Harbor View Advisors. The Appraisal world is under intensifying pressure that will likely accelerate the pace of M&A consolidation.  We see the new “registry” component of the Dodd Frank rollback as another potential catalyst for consolidation in the fragmented appraiser and Appraisal Management Company (“AMC”) arenas.  In this note we highlight where the market …

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Fannie Mae Helps Build Stronger Communication

The valuation industry has many working parts, without clear communication and help from lenders, real estate agents, AMC’s and your client – the appraisal process can become very challenging. Fannie Mae is seeking to improve the profession through the Fannie Mae, Appraiser Page. The page focuses on resources that can assist the appraiser when trying to solve a problem, tutorials to …

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The Dangers of Using MLS Photos in Your Appraisal

New technology continues to break ground in the valuation industry. With time, we are finding a majority of these programs assist the appraisers and make their job easier. Like anything new, there is always hesitation. But adapting to new technology is key to helping one grow in the profession. A unique app was recently launched to help appraisers receive on-demand, …

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The Valuation Industry Makes Strides for Veterans

John Bell, Deputy Director of Loan Guaranty Services at the VA has made numerous improvements for Veterans pursuing the American dream of homeownership. The system may not be perfect but the VA is working diligently to better the process for everyone involved. Buzz: John, thank you for taking the time to join us today. I understand that you are currently the …

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