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Moisture & Mold: Steering Clear of Liability

The presence of mold is a contentious issue for building owners, builders, insurance companies, real estate agents and others. Mold addendums to sales contracts are now offered by many real estate boards for use by their members in sales transactions. As a professional appraiser or inspector you need to understand mold and all its… Read More

Appraising Disaster: When the Levee Breaks Part II

Appraising Disasters: When the Levee Breaks Part II: Real Work Begins By David Phillips, SRA As the date for the inspections drew closer, we enlisted the help of the Village Clerk.  She was an invaluable partner in the process because she had addresses and phone numbers for most residents.  After the flood, many residents went… Read More

Appraisers and Mold – Responsibility, Competency and Liability

Appraisers and Mold – Responsibility, Competency and Liability By Doug Smith, IFAS The mold issue is a developing story and one that is gaining momentum everyday. When it comes to mold, there are three important areas appraisers need to consider. First, due to the dangerous nature of some molds, appraisers must take their responsibilities seriously… Read More

State of the Art Mold Test Now Available

State of the Art Mold Test Now Available Lighthouse Laboratories is now providing state-of-the-art DNA testing for Stachybotrys Chartarum (toxic or black mold) through the collection of a simple dust sample. The test uses real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) methodologies developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The DNA test is considered highly… 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

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New Sites * Mold, Indoor Air Quality Forum (www.iaqforum.net):  Jeff Deuitch, microbiologist and real estate appraiser moderates. * Fraud Watchdog Site (www.mortgagefraudwatchlist.org): Moderated by appraiser Pam Crowley. Report sales or refinance transactions that have suspicious activity. Information is turned over to the proper authorities for investigation. Read more here. * Cell Tower Blog (http://wirelessdatacloud.blogspot.com) written… Read More

Mold Inspectors: Proceed with Caution!

Mold Inspectors: Proceed with Caution! by Jeff Jeffrey Deuitch If you are inspecting for mold and promoting yourself as a certified professional after completing only limited training/education, you may want to proceed with caution. Most states have no regulation or licensing of mold professionals. The increasing demand for mold professionals has led to the birth… Read More