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How Much for That Puppy in the Window?

I was having dinner with a young married couple, friends of my daughter, who are expecting their first baby in a few months. They were at a shopping center with a pet supplies store and knowing they would not be drawn in by emotions, decided to check out the puppies for sale, just for fun. They both described a litter …

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In the Trenches, Appraiser Stories

This article was first published in the Appraisal Buzz Magazine. Are you receiving your print edition of the Buzz Magazine? Never miss out on an issue by subscribing here. You all have them, and we want to hear them! Chased by an animal, unconventional living conditions, or a haunted house. Share with us your appraiser story for the chance to …

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Safety is Priority

Over the past few weeks, news has broken about multiple appraisers being injured on the job. The appraiser starts his or her day like any other and arrives at the home or building they are scheduled to examine but never expects the danger they can encounter. Toni Anne Berdych of Michigan was accompanying her supervisor when the home they were …

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Why Appraisers Need an NMLS-Type Structure for Valuation

Appraisers should be able to provide – as seamlessly as possible – opinions of value that meet the needs of their clients. But the regulatory system in place for the nation’s real estate valuation profession is full of outdated, inefficient, and duplicative rules and requirements that run completely counter to that goal. Appraisers face burdensome regulations that ultimately hurt their …

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In Case You Missed It

The latest Valuation Expo was an event to be a part of! This year was our 15th Anniversary and we promised the biggest conference yet. We delivered a 3-day event which provided attendees endless opportunities to learn, network, and prosper. We kicked off ValExpo on Monday, October 1st with a premier course offered by the Appraisal Institute. Instructed by Craig …

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Taking a Firm Stance

This article was first published in the Appraisal Buzz magazine. Download your version of the magazine or subscribe to get it delivered to your doorstep here! There is a common expression that we use frequently in our company, and that is “stay in your lane”. As someone who avidly reads and obsesses about business related issues, one frequent observation is …

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Automated Valuation Models Are Tools, Not Solutions

Because you may be reading this on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you already know that today we use technology in ways we never imagined even a few years ago. Who could have dreamed of ordering something online and having it delivered within hours? Now we’re anticipating deliveries via driverless cars and flying drones. With these advances, will computers inevitably …

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