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Appraising to Consulting Part 2: Getting Started

Editor’s Note:  In Part One, Bob Bell, MAI (retired) explains how appraisers can convert residential form reporting assignments to higher-paying consulting assignments with just a little know how. “Many of our appraisals should be labeled appraisal consulting reports, since they give a market value and solve problem questions in the Highest and Best Use section… Read More

Defensive Appraising in a Declining Market

Defensive Appraising in a Declining Market By John Lifflander, ASA As market conditions continue to decline, appraising has become more difficult and potentially perilous. Consequently, it has never been more imperative for appraisers to prepare reports in a way that will hold up to meticulous scrutiny. Properties that are selling or being refinanced now may… Read More

Fannie’s New Forms: Something to Talk About

Fannie’s New Forms: Something To Talk About The latest version of the new Fannie Forms are set to go into use soon. These forms for appraising single-family residential and small income-producing properties have some very disturbing and questionable requirements within the certification pages. One of the biggest concerns for appraisers is items #21. If you… Read More

MARI: Solving the Blacklisting Mystery

Editor’s Note: The following Q&A with MARI results from its name coming up again and again as the source of complaints against appraisers. The responses are from Merle Sharick, Vice President – National Manager of Business Development, Mortgage Asset Research Institute (MARI), a ChoicePoint company. Mr. Sharick has been at MARI for four years, after… Read More

Rose is a Rose

Rose is a Rose Inspecting AND Writing You wouldn’t expect home inspectors to be discussing the fine points of misplaced modifiers or use of the passive voice when sharing report writing tips, but this is exactly the advice veterans gave to a newbie inspector asking for report writing do’s and don’ts, recently on a home… Read More

Home Inspectors: Report Writing 101

Home Inspectors: Report Writing 101 By: Alan Carson, Carson Dunlop Introduction We all like inspecting houses. It’s fun and challenging and we are really good at seeing things that mere mortals can’t. The “show and tell” with clients is rewarding, and the appreciation they feel at the end of the process gives us real job… 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