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Make 2017 The Best Year Yet!

We all want to start the New Year off right. We make plans, set goals, but somehow, come the end of January those goals seem to be lost or given up on. Sound familiar? I feel that sometimes we set ourselves up for failure, not intentionally of course, but we want everything to happen instantly and when we don’t see …

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New Housing- What Does the New Year Have in Store

This is the time of year when we tend to look back at the previous twelve months, and take stock as to where we were then and compare it to where we are now.  Hopefully, most of us can look back and see progress made. The new year brings a new Administration. The Chair of the Federal Reserve System, Janet …

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G’Day From Down Under

(Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Appraisal Buzz Magazine) Translation: Hello from Australia On my recent visit to the U.S., I was again reminded of the vast and sometimes surprising differences between the U.S. and Australian appraisal landscape. After all, we essentially are doing the same thing to achieve the same end result. I can’t help …

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Appraisal Inspections (Pitfalls & Perils)

Say what? Well, let’s take a look at what an inspection of a property, for appraisal purposes, is all about. First, what does our standards of practice, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) say about the issue? That is described in Standards Rule 1-2 (e) “An appraiser may use any combination of a property inspection and documents to identify …

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What does this modernization of the industry mean?

I know you all look forward to the annual event of me interviewing myself. I, however, dread it. It is a difficult balance between the roles of hard-hitting journalist and pugnacious interviewee. Let me give you some tips on how to do this just in case you enjoy an occasional conversation with yourself. Find a comfortable spot and settle in. …

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2nd Generation Appraiser is now Chief Appraiser for Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac was founded in 1970, its mission has always been to provide access to affordable homeownership and rental housing. Freddie Mac is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. The Buzz staff reached out to Scott Reuter, the new Chief Appraiser and Director of Valuation at Freddie Mac to discuss his new role and the initiatives …

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2016 National Appraiser Survey Results Are In.

Thank you once again for assisting us with the National Appraisal Survey. It is important to the entire profession that your voice is heard. This survey is widely read by regulators, lenders, AMCs and vendors. Your feedback is especially important to the Allterra Group team. Understanding what the emerging issues are helps us develop webinars and educational opportunities that you …

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“The little things make a difference”

Valuation Expo has noted that it is the place to learn, network, and prosper. Providing different speakers, topics, and vendors at each show, Valuation Expo, offers a unique view of what is going on behind the curtain from regulators and industry leaders. The Appraiser Coach, Dustin Harris, was kind enough to broadcast his podcast live during the show to allow participants …

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