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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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Accurity Valuation

Accurity Valuation Announces Appraisal Firm Acquisition Plan CHICAGO, IL (March 13, 2019) – Accurity Valuation, one of the nation’s largest appraisal firms, today announced plans to accelerate growth with the addition of an acquisition plan to the current franchise strategy. The firm also recently launched a yearly subscription offering for individual appraisers, the Accurity Advantage Program. In 2018, Accurity experienced a forty percent …

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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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What’s That Buzz in Your Mailbox?

The latest edition of the APPRAISAL BUZZ magazine is now showing up in mailboxes all across the country. The theme of this edition is Opportunity Awaits. We have articles to help appraisers, AMCs, and lenders grow in every aspect of their business. These valuable and helpful discussions range from preparing for the unexpected, to rural appraising, and even a conversation …

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Hotter than a Red Hot Poker

What topic is so explosive to anyone in valuation that it sets everyone’s hair on fire at the mere mention of it? Right now the answer has to be hybrid products. So, what did we decide to do? Tackled it head on, of course, with a live panel at Valuation Expo. We’ve invited John Bredemeyer, SRA with Realcorp and member …

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