cost approach

New Niche: Understanding Replacement Cost

Editor’s Note: At a recent conference, Fannie Mae’s Mark Simpson, Director Property Standards, Single-Family Credit, shared how insurance industry changes offer appraisers a new opportunity to provide lenders with an additional service: replacement cost data. The data is used to determine an appropriate level of hazard insurance for Fannie loans. Fannie requires hazard insurance that… Read More

Cost Approach: Why Sidestepping it Can be Costly

Cost Approach Why Sidestepping it Can be Costly By Gretchen Gary and Richard Vishanoff “I don’t like using the cost approach. It’s too time consuming. Market-based appraisals are always more reliable. Besides, I’m not required to include the cost approach in my appraisals. It’s not relevant anymore.” Sound familiar? If you’re skipping the cost approach,… Read More

What’s in Your Workfile?

Your workfile is just as important as your appraisal report. Just ask any lender, appraisal management company, client, or worse, your state’s investigator. The workfile is the backbone of your report. It supports everything in your appraisal report. Your workfile for an appraisal of a single family residence or a condominium unit should contain a minimum… Read More