Real Estate Appraiser Technology – Software

AMC-Desktop Product: USPAP Compliant?

Editor’s Note: A desktop appraisal product introduced last month is the subject of concern among many Working RE readers and OREP.org members. Below is guidance issued by the North Carolina Appraisal Board. AMC-Desktop Product: USPAP Compliant? By David Brauner, Editor A new desktop product from a large, national appraisal management company (AMC) is drawing questions… Read More

Are AVMs Appraisals?

Editor’s Note: In our cover story last issue, “AVM Tango! Man or Machine?” we reported that as a result of our AVM questions, Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) Chair Greg Accetta indicated further clarification would be forthcoming. Here is a statement issued by the Appraisal Foundation in June 2007 (www.appraisalfoundation.org). Are AVMs Appraisals? Appraisal Standards Board… Read More

Federal Suit Alleges Misuse of Appraiser’ Data by FNC

Editor’s Note: You can find the class action, filed by a group of appraisers against FNC, Inc., at the bottom of this page. Federal Suit Alleges Misuse of Appraisers’ Data by FNC by David Brauner, Editor In a federal class action, a group of appraisers from across the country has filed a complaint against FNC,… Read More

AVM Tango! Man or Machine?

Editor’s Note: A recent online debate about AVMs highlights the many facets of this very important issue and underscores the wide divergence of opinion among appraisers about the place of AVMs in the lending process, and in the marketplace. The conversation was sparked by the story Copyright Appraiser Takes on AVMs. AVM Tango! Man or… Read More

Advisory Opinion 18 (AO-18)

ADVISORY OPINION 18 (AO-18) This communication by the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) does not establish new standards or interpret existing standards. Advisory Opinions are issued to illustrate the applicability of appraisal standards in specific situations and to offer advice from the ASB for the resolution of appraisal issues and problems. SUBJECT: Use of an Automated… Read More

Cost Segregation Studies

Editor’s Note: As a new source of business, supplying Cost Segregation Studies for accountants, really adds up, according to appraisers Guy P. Reese, MAI and Kevin Cavasos, CMI. Learn why below. For more specifics on how these studies are prepared along with background, Cost Segregation Studies: Background. Cost Segregation Studies Why Working with Accountants Adds… Read More

Brave New World for Appraisers: AppraisalWorldTM

Editor’s Note: After 25 years of serving the appraisal industry, Bradford Technologies CEO Jeff Bradford introduces a new online community for appraisers designed in the belief that there is strength in numbers. Brave New World for Appraisers: Welcome to AppraisalWorld™ By Jeff Bradford For the last 25 years, Bradford Technologies has been selling software and… Read More

Out-Competing AVMs

Editor’s Note:  Appraisers can combine their expertise with technology to compete and beat AVMs, according to appraiser and Zaio Chief Executive Officer Thomas Inserra, SRA. Read his thoughts below. Out-Competing AVMs by Thomas Inserra, SRA Appraisers don’t have to accept the continued loss of business to AVMs. They can compete for the business and win… Read More