Tag Archives: appraisal buzz

Missing the Green can Leave Everyone Seeing Red

This article was originally published in the Fall 2019 Edition of Appraisal Buzz Magazine. Real estate practices, both valuation and brokerage, are professions that are open season for lawsuits. Let’s face it, consumers can be very litigious in many situations. Reducing liability is something we should all try to do in our professional work. Housing is an integral element of the …

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Get the Facts: Valuation 20/20

We’ve been holding back on the details for our Spring Valuation Expo until we had our new website up and running for the big reveal. It isn’t our website that is buzzworthy, but the new format for our upcoming Valuation 20/20 taking place in New Orleans, March 19-21, 2020. There are lots of exciting changes. You might ask, “why would …

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FMLS Reaches Exclusive Agreement to Provide DataMaster as a Free Member Benefit to Georgia Appraisers and Reduces Appraiser Membership Fees 

FMLS Reaches Exclusive Agreement to Provide DataMaster as a Free Member Benefit to Georgia Appraisers and Reduces Appraiser Membership Fees Sandy Springs, GA & Layton, UT:  FMLS and DataMaster announce a new exclusive partnership benefiting Georgia appraisers. Under the agreement, appraisers that are FMLS members will gain access to DataMaster as a free member benefit. “DataMaster is considered the gold …

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What You Need to Know for Divorce Appraisals

Divorces are not easy for anyone involved within the process. Conflict seems to be present at every step of the way. Completing a divorce appraisal is a different experience than completing a normal appraisal – so what should you know before getting started? We sat down with Craig Capilla, trial lawyer with the Franklin Law Group, to further discuss what …

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Economic Forecast of 2020

2020 is just around the corner – economic forecasts have been predicting everything regarding market trends, housing data, and the behavior of the generations that influence them. Different sources report vastly different conclusions, so who do you trust? For an economic forecast on new constructions, we got our trusted source at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). We sat …

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An Appraiser’s Full Circle

A couple of years ago, I asked my brother who had just closed his business, “How do you know when you are done and it’s time to retire?” He answered, “When it is time, you will know.” There are considerations: health, finances, what to do, and the passion you still have for appraising. I’m turning 70 in a few months …

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Appraiser Safety Tips

There are certain aspects you face in the appraisal field that are universal. Getting chased for taking a comp photo, feeling uneasy when entering a vacant property, or the lack of confidence in a homeowner’s assurance that their dog won’t bite. Appraisers understand personal safety is a big concern on the job. On site safety issues can pop up quickly …

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A Perspective on AVMs

“Metrics Matter” is an article written by Doug Gordon, former Director Collateral Valuation and Risk Management at Freddie Mac. Mr. Gordon led the Home Valuation Explorer (HVE) team, one of the most robust and tenured automated valuation models (AVMs) in the market. Paraphrasing his research and paper, he argues that lenders must understand the Forecast Standard Deviation (FSD) of the …

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