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Supporting Your International VA’s

Do you have a virtual assistant hired? Many appraisers have found this to be a great way to get needed tasks accomplished without having to do them yourself. You may have hired someone locally. And if that’s the case, you probably have provided the necessary resources and hardware for your employee to be successful, as […]

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Which Hat Are You Wearing?

There are many different roles the we play as appraisers. We’re the technician, the business owner, the customer service representative, the secretary, and the janitor – all wrapped up in one. We take calls from customers and pick up our wrappers from lunch while we walk out the door to do an appraisal. We balance

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Responding To the 5 Most Popular Questions From Agents

Imagine you’re at an inspection. During your standard walk-through, you look out the window and see a car pull up into the driveway. Your mind starts racing when you see the magnetic banners on the side, advertising so-and-so agent with such-and-such real estate company. They walk in the door with a stack of papers and

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That Car Costs How Much per Pound?

There have been many times that I’ve heard of, or experienced myself, when an appraisal is being done, and at some point during the walk-through the agent shows up with a list of “comps.” They start talking about how much this property should cost based on these other properties that have sold for “252 dollars

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Living Room vs Family Room

Have you ever walked into a house and thought, what room did I just walk into? Identifying and analyzing rooms will make a big difference for your customers and for your ultimate appraisal of a home. As you analyze and compare characteristics of different homes, you probably have a good idea of what room you

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“Mommy’s not home, but she says you can come in.”

We’ve all been there before. You drive for an hour for an inspection. When you get there, you knock on the door, only to have it opened by the kids. You ask them if their parents are home, to which they respond, “No.” When you call the parents, they say something like, “Oh, I’m not

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How To Determine Time Adjustments

I recently had a question come in from a follower regarding how to best make time adjustments in this crazy world of multiple offers and offers over list.  It was an excellent question and one I felt would best be dealt with on a broader scale.  Daniel’s market is probably similar to many of the

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Fannie Mae is Not Developing New Appraisal Forms

Despite what rumors you may have heard, Fannie Mae is not coming out with any new appraisal forms.  Of course, I am playing with you a bit; they are coming out with a new portal of course – just not new forms.   If you have not heard yet, FNMA is in the process (some say

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Can You Be an Appraiser and an Agent at the Same Time?

It is possible to be simultaneously licensed and practicing as a real estate appraiser while also being a licensed and practicing real estate agent. The answer is yes, but there are a couple potential conflicts of interest that you should be wary of.  First of all, there needs to be a clear line between when

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Wow! A Receptionist Who is Both Personable as Well as Professional!

At Appraisal Precision and Consulting Group, we answer the phone.  When I say “we”, I mean when you call in, unless we are totally slammed with phone calls, you will get a live human being answering the phone.  That human being, that receptionist will be both personable and professional.  S/he will know how to handle

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