volume 13

Health Care for the Little Guy

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WRE Issues

Editor’s Note: Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a hot topic these days, especially since earning mention in this year’s State of the Union Address as a promising health care solution for small businesses. But they are not for everyone. HSAs and other health products are explained here by insurance expert Cleeland Green.  For more: click… 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