Real Estate Appraiser Training – Education

The Apprentice: Trainees Gone Wild

The Apprentice: Trainees Gone Wild? Just like the popular television show staring Donald Trump and a band of would-be executives, the reality of training appraisal apprentices these days involves more drama than you might expect. Recent legislation in Florida, a decree by The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) and horror stories of appraisal “sweat shops” churning out… Read More

Appraising Disasters: When the Levee Breaks

Editor’s Note: With the spate of hurricanes, floods and fires, disaster work is on the minds of many. Here is a first person account by one appraiser who spearheaded the valuation of an entire town that was swept away in a flood. Appraising Disasters: When the Levee Breaks By David Phillips, SRA Before August of… Read More

Why You Should Care About Appraiser Qualifications

Why You Should Care about Appraiser Qualifications Significant Changes Proposed By George Hatch The proposed revisions to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria include significant increases in minimum education requirements and appraiser trainee supervision requirements. Some of these revisions will have long-term implications on appraisal businesses if enacted.  For this reason, even established appraisers should… Read More

Understanding Residential Construction from the Ground Up

Understanding Residential Construction from the Ground Up Expand Your Knowledge, Gain CE Credit Appraisers who would like to understand residential property “from the ground up” can expand their knowledge of the systems of a home while earning continuing education credit through two courses offered by Mckissock. New HUD guidelines, which expand the role of appraisers… Read More

One on One with The Appraisal Foundation

One on One with the Appraisal Foundation Exclusive Interview The following is the first in a series of question and answers with The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) on behalf of licensed real estate appraisers nationwide. TAF is charged with establishing uniform minimum appraiser qualifications and Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP). Working RE: Many state appraisal… Read More

Setting a New Course – USPAP Instructors Go Back to School

Background The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) has been at the center of a tug of war for some time. On one side is the Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) of the Appraisal Foundation, which wants ultimate control over USPAP course materials and providers. On the other side are the states, which like to make… Read More

Valuation Issues & Answers – Foreclosures & Short Sales as Comps

Editor’s Note: In this installment of Valuation Issues and Answers, Lifflander, ASA,explains how to handle foreclosures and short sales when choosing comparables. Valuation Issues & Answers Foreclosures & Short Sales as Comps By John Lifflander, ASA Question: Please explain the difference between an actual foreclosure sale and a short sale. Should short sales be used… Read More