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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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Bridging the Learning Gap

It is a tale as old as time, majority of appraisers do not participate in mentoring a trainee. For some appraisers, they may not know where to enroll in a mentoring program and for others, their assignments cannot be accepted by a lender if a trainee conducts it. Although the industry guidelines have changed over time for trainees, mentoring has …

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The Good, The Bad, and The Complex

When dealing with a complex property, many appraisers may feel a bit overwhelmed or hesitant. When one of these assignments roll across your desk there is something that is going to result in a conversation. Is it a million dollar mansion? Does the house have a historical value? Will the owner be waking up to a mountain or ocean front …

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AQB Helps Bridge the Gap

The Appraiser Qualifications Board is building effective training modules to help bridge the gap between supervisor and trainee. Mark Lewis with The Appraisal Foundation feels confident these new changes will add excitement for the younger generations coming into the industry.  Buzz: Mark, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. You spoke at Valuation Expo in Las Vegas …

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The Collateral Valuation Battle: Will Technological Improvements Actually Lead to Greater Mortgage Risk?

This article was first published here. Over the last decade, the US housing market has made a slow recovery of sorts, most notably reaching a major milestone almost a year ago when the S&P/Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index surpassed its pre-crisis peak level. This overall picture of health, however, belies a spottier record at the local market level, and …

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