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Accommodating Appraisal Clients

Clients sometimes ask me to do things that are not in my normal course of business.. Keep in mind that this blog is not referring to things of an immoral, unethical, or illegal nature. Of course, if it is wrong, then you should refuse to do it in a professional manner. I am also not […]

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Overcome Your Fears

I hate going to the gym, but I do go, since it helps me in so many ways.  Usually, I do three sets of whatever exercise at 10 reps each. However, just to make sure I’m covered, sometimes I’ll do 11 reps.   I don’t want to miscount (yes, I’m a bit OCD). To psych

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Are You a Statistician or An Analyst?

Just what is our role as appraisers?  Are we statisticians or analysts? First, either of these would apply only to what I call a “Tier III appraiser,” since statistics and analytics are not for the beginner, nor the appraiser who is not comfortable around numbers, as well as the ways numbers can interact.  Of the

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Do Some of Your Clients Need Fired?

Many of you may not have heard me talk about my A, B, and Y Clients and you may be wondering what the heck I am talking about. I am going to briefly explain here, but if you want more details about this whole process, I highly encourage you to check out the corresponding podcast.

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What Exactly is an Evaluation

(This is an edited version of a podcast Mike Brunson and I had on the topic of evaluations.  Mike is a state-certified general real estate appraiser in Nevada and Arizona, an SRA who specializes in damages and their impact on real estate values.  He recently received his Masters Degree in Public Administration and is working

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Tips and Tricks for Appraising with a Laptop

As appraisers, we are on the go a lot, and the more portable our offices can be, the more successful we will be. If our offices are portable, then we will be able to do office work while we are out in the field in between appointments.  This means we will have the ability to

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Steps to Help You Love Appraising

I’ve been doing appraising for most of my life, and I can honestly say that I love my job. I love running a business, I love driving around my beautiful state, and I love poking around people’s houses and seeing how they live. I look forward to going to work nearly every day, and today

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Revamp Your Staff Meetings

Firstly, if you are not currently holding staff meetings, you need to. It is important for you as a business owner to be frequently communicating with your staff. Your employees will see things that you do not see and vice versa. Additionally, staff meetings give you an opportunity to build your relationship as a team.

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Helping Appraisers Relate to Real Estate Agents

Fortunately, many of the experiences I have had with real estate agents like South Florida Homefinders who offers luxury homes for sale in Florida have been professional and pleasurable. However, there have been times when I have encountered agents who are somewhat contentious. There have also been times where I have felt like a real

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Do Appraisers Really Need to Take Comp Photos?

First, before the hate mail starts rolling in, let me assure you that I understand the requirements surrounding comparable photos, and I do take them as an appraiser. I am not here to debate what the policies are, but I am here to question if those policies should be in place. I personally do not

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