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Dare to Be Bold

The Valuation Expo team has a bold announcement that we are very excited to share with you. The keynote speaker for ValExpo in Chicago, March 19th will be Bethany McLean. Bethany will bring a dynamic spin to the conversations at Expo by sharing her knowledge and expertise in the housing market. Currently, Bethany is a journalist, editor, and columnist for …

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2019 Valuation Visionary

We are pleased to announce the Valuation Visionary award winner for 2019 is Paul Chandler, Founder & CEO of Property Sciences. Each year, the Collateral Risk Network presents the award in recognition of the person who demonstrates leadership, innovation, professionalism, and one who strives to better the industry for their peers. We will be presenting the award at Valuation Expo in Chicago, March …

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Industry Involvement Can Lead to Change

For many appraisers, they want to be a part of something bigger. They see the issues in the industry that need to be changed and seek ways to become more involved in their community. For Cristy Conolly, Senior Vice President of Quality Control and Compliance at Nationwide Appraisal Network – she saw the opportunity and jumped on it. Buzz: Cristy, …

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To Drive or Not To Drive?

This article was originally published on December 10, 2018. A correction has been made on December 13, 2018. The argument of using MLS photos or shooting your own photos has been debated by appraisers for the last few decades. You, as appraisers, want to be sure the comparables you are using are of the correct house and also look as …

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The Housing Slowdown Is Here—and These 10 Cities Are Getting Hit Hardest

This article first appeared in Realtor.com. Is the party really over? Over the last decade, the seemingly unstoppable growth of the American housing market has created a bonanza for sellers, a cutthroat environment for buyers, and an endless source of fascination for just about everyone else. It seemed to be an economic perpetual-motion machine. Could home prices in top markets …

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SEO is the Name of the Game

Every industry experiences growing pains, successes, and over time learns what works best for them. While the valuation industry continues to change there are constantly new developments popping up. Software programs, new forms, forms that are no longer required, technology. But one thing that always remains consistent from industry to industry is – competition. So, how can you set yourself …

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Blockchain Technology, Data You can Trust

This article was first published in the Appraisal Buzz magazine. Subscribe now to receive your edition of the Appraisal Buzz Spring 2019 Magazine! Not a day goes by without multiple news stories about cryptocurrency. Numerous cryptocurrencies are active in the marketplace but the oldest and most well-known is Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, all rely on the foundational technology known as …

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Show Me the Money

Even as appraisers and AMCs it is interesting to me how short our memories can be when times are good.  Until early 2018, the housing market had been on a continual increase since its rebound after the previous historical downturn of 2007-2008. Now we are looking at about seven months of downward trajectory in home sales, as the home inventory …

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