volume 7

20 Reasons to do Business with You!

20 Reasons to do Business with You! Editor’s Note: The following was written by a home inspector in response to a client’s question about why they should do business with them. How do you measure up? 1. We answer our phone during the day. 2. We work weekends by appointment for your convenience. 3. We call… Read More

Going Mobile: Today’s Super Appraiser

Going Mobile: Today’s Super Appraiser By Matt Johnson Every ten years or so a new technology emerges that revolutionizes the appraisal and property inspection industries. The 80’s brought the fax machine.  The 90’s gave us digital cameras.  What would even the most old-school practitioners do without these tools today?  Appraisers and inspectors were some of… Read More

Appraiser Cleans House

Appraiser Cleans House By Christie M. Bond I own and operate a two-appraiser firm in a small, under-served town in West Michigan. I have worked very hard to build a good reputation for my firm and myself.  Fed up, burned out and tired of the day-to-day struggle to maintain that reputation and keep a steady cash flow, I have decided to take drastic measures with my current and future clients…. I fired them all. After six years in… 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

Dos and Don’ts: Readdressing, Reassigning and Transferring Reports

Editor’s Note: Regulator and appraiser Larry Disney shows how USPAP is more flexible than many presume, when it comes to reassigning appraisal reports. Dos and Don’ts: Readdressing, Reassigning and Transferring Reports By Larry Disney Real property appraiser licensees often ask, “Can I readdress, reassign or transfer a real property appraisal report?” The answer is “no,”… Read More