Real Estate Appraiser Technology – Software

Making “Scope of Work” Work for You

“The USL Documenter provides professionalism to my appraisals and keeps me from worrying about liability issues. I wouldn’t send out an appraisal without it.” – Greg Beck Editor’s Note: According to the developer David Braun, MAI, SRA, the Report Documenter Software operates in any modern Windows environment and no longer requires MS Excel to run.… Read More

Copyright Controversy Flares Up (Again)

Editor’s Note: As the copyright controversy simmers, WRE takes another look- making source documents available and reporting that appraisers are not alone in grappling with this issue: agents, inspectors and surveyors also have an interest in copyright protection and controlling work product. And there is the issue of AVMs and the prospect of a landscape… Read More

Fighting Fraud: Digital Security on Appraisals

Editor’s Note: WRE reported last issue that according to the FBI, state regulators and appraisers themselves, fraud and identity theft are rampant throughout the industry (Best of Show, Feb. 2006). One fraud prevention expert told us that thieves don’t even need your digital signature to fabricate an appraisal in your name; all they need is… Read More

“Virtual” Debate: What does “Inspection” Mean?

“Virtual” Debate: What does “Inspection” Mean? Technology may have evolved enough to make “virtual” inspections a reality but do they meet state and other regulatory guidelines? Is it ok for supervising appraisers to use trainees as surrogates to inspect properties? As technology advances, and the use of trainees becomes more widespread, these questions are on… Read More

Appraising the New Millennium: Understanding Due Diligence & SOW

Interview with David Braun MAI, SRA author of Appraising in the New Millennium: Due Diligence and Scope of Work- Second Edition Editor’s Note: If you’re like Leory Eide or Red Blumenstock or one of the over 13,000 other appraisers who enjoyed a free download of Appraising in the New Millennium: Due Diligence and Scope of… Read More

Leveraging AVM Technology: From Form-Filling to “Collateral Valuation”

Leveraging AVM Technology From Form-Filling to “Collateral Valuation” By: Darius Bozorgi & Jeff Bradford What business are you in? It’s a question that ice manufacturers should have asked themselves as the refrigeration business advanced with the invention of the refrigerator and they lost business. Or railroad tycoons pondered as the transportation business evolved from the… Read More