volume 19

Readers Respond

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WRE Issues

Readers Respond Fannie/Freddie/Cuomo Agreement The proposed changes to the appraisal process are well intentioned but are the equivalent of “throwing out the baby with the bath water.” While the process does need some reforming, this change appears to be an overreaction. Effectively, it will put me out of business.  I have spent over 20 years developing my… Read More

From the Publisher

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WRE Issues

From the Publisher Older, Wiser and Greener In February of this year WRE became the first publication in this industry to post an interactive digital edition of the print magazine online for free- readers can zoom in/out, flip pages, click links to advertisers and more! The print magazine is posted in its entirety in the… Read More

Inspectors: How to Establish Fees

Editor’s Note: Setting fees can be agonizing for some small-business professionals. Here, a handful of seasoned inspectors discuss how their fees are set and how they figure the true “cost of doing business.” Inspectors: How to Establish Fees by David Brauner, Editor WRE According to a recent online discussion, most of the inspectors who do… Read More

Industry News

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WRE Issues

Industry News Appraiser off the Hook The suit against appraiser Pamela Crowley for alleged misstatements on her site, MortgageFraudWatchList.org, was dropped by eAppraiseIT in March 2008. The suit was voluntarily dismissed by eAppraiseIT, which means they can open it again at any time. According to the newspaper Florida Today (February 28), in a court filing… Read More

From Appraising to Consulting

Editor’s Note: You’ll find Part Two of this story at WorkingRE.com (Premium Content). From Appraising to Consulting By Robert K. Bell, Jr., MAI (retired) Many appraisers can convert residential form reporting assignments to consulting assignments with some know how. Many of our appraisals should be labeled appraisal consulting reports, since they give a market value… 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