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In the Trenches, Crazy Appraiser Stories

This article was first published in the Appraisal Buzz Magazine. Are you receiving your print edition of the Appraisal Buzz Magazine? Never miss out on an issue. Subscribe here. You’ve all got them… The crazy car chases, the surprising living conditions, the exotic assignments and the unique collectors. Here are a few of our stories we found buzz worthy. This was …

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Can Appraisers Take Back The Appraisal Industry?

It is a question asked amongst many, can Appraisers take back the appraisal industry? As pressure emerges throughout the appraisal process, one finds themselves asking – who is actually making the final decision? Appraisal Buzz is excited to announce the relaunch of our Webinars. Presented on a brand-new interface, you will now be able to watch these sessions live and …

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In a New York Minute

The appraisal profession experienced some dramatic exogenous events during the mortgage crisis that exposed cracks in the foundation of its entire “raison d’etre”. The Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) was many things to different stakeholders. To some, it offered relief from untenable pressure from loan production to inflate values. To the government-sponsored enterprises, it was tremendously humiliating and, as …

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FHFA Rebuttal

I appreciate Appraisal Buzz giving me the opportunity to weigh in on the recent FHFA working paper regarding the ‘findings’ on AMC managed and non-AMC managed appraisal assignments. The authors go to some care to describe this exercise as a working paper to promote thought and debate – and then title it Stylized Facts from AMC and non-AMC Appraisals. I wasn’t …

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How do you think valuation will change with technology?

While technology has already made so many advancements in the mortgage industry, we are on the verge of a new digital revolution. There are so many new tools and technological resources available, it will forever change the landscape of how real estate is purchased. Blockchain, Drones, Augmented Reality, we discuss all this and more with Rick Hill, Vice President of …

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Valucentric and The Metron Group Announce Commercial Strat Partnership

  Valucentric, LLC and The Metron Group announce Commercial Strategic Partnership Agreement Valucentric, LLC and Chicago-based The Metron Group have entered into a strategic partnership, creating the joint entity Valucentric Commercial, LLC. The new partnership, which will be led by Peter Poulos, MAI, Principal, will leverage the expertise of The Metron Group and state-of-the-art technology and national presence of Valucentric. …

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Man and Machine

This article was first published in the Appraisal Buzz Magazine. No doubt appraisers have been hearing the warning for the past couple of decades that Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) would someday replace them. You’ve heard all the recent buzzwords- big data, machine learning, regression and the platform revolution. Fear not! There is one very critical factor that the very smart …

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Evolution in the Industry

Throughout any profession, the industry will face a time where there are policy changes, updates and the need to adapt to a new way of life. It is also not uncommon for many industries to find the need to revamp their training or protocols. For the appraiser industry, that time is now. As the years have progressed – so has …

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