volume 4

Expert Witness Testimony: Advice from the Bench

Expert Witness Testimony: Advice from the Bench State court Judge Caroline Baker has heard just about every type of civil case from contract disputes to medical malpractice. What impresses her most about the multitudes of expert witnesses that pass through her courtroom? Experts who make themselves available to testify at trial. The judge says live… Read More

Risk Management: Strategies for Avoiding Complaints

Risk Management Strategies for Avoiding Complaints By Alan Carson Good home inspectors don’t get complaints. We thought we might catch your attention with that opening sentence! Actually, we believe that all home inspectors get complaints eventually. Why? There are several reasons but part of the answer may lie in our definition of a home inspection,… Read More

Spring Cleaning: A Business Refresher

Editor’s Note: Even in these go-go times it pays to keep on eye on the bottom line. Noted author and long-time appraiser Lloyd Manning takes it down a notch to revisit some business basics. Spring Cleaning: A Business Refresher Lloyd R. Manning To run a successful appraisal or home inspection practice you must do several… 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

Consent Orders: Signing Away Your Rights?

Consent Orders: Signing Away Your Rights? By Diana Jacob, MSA These days, appraisers facing a disciplinary complaint from their state board are often presented with several options to clear the case. Be careful how you choose – the consequences can be long term and unpleasant. Once a complaint is filed, state appraisal boards typically review… Read More