appraisal education

Are You the Assistant?

         During my mastermind meetings we have what we call “couch time.” This is the time when people have an hour to “lay down on the couch” and tell us about their problems so that we can help them find solutions. During one of these sessions with my online mastermind class, one […]

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Why Are People So Complicated?

Sometimes people don’t make sense. They make decisions or judgements that we don’t understand. They seem completely illogical to us. We forget that people make decisions based on feelings, then use logic to justify them. No matter what we think, people are not the creatures of logic and reason we like to think we are.

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Cost vs Investment

As human beings, we often think of the cost of things. It is my opinion that we think about the cost too much. It keeps us from achieving something truly great. For instance, we may consider starting to get up and exercise every morning, but decide against it when we consider the 30 minutes of

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Scheduling Rush Orders

A problem that I’ve run into several times during my coaching, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, is rush orders. Appraisers don’t know what to do. They’re scheduled out 4, 5, 8 weeks, and then they get a call from someone they’ve done business for for years with a rush order that needs to be done

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THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE

Getting older got you thinking about retirement? Well, hopefully this isn’t the first time it’s crossed your mind. It’s never too early to think about what you want your job to look like long term. And the ideal retirement plan might look different for you than it does your neighbor. Maybe you have a last

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PAJAMAS VS. PRODUCTIVITY

The myth we often believe when it comes to working from home is that productivity significantly slows down. The image you probably have in your head is someone who lounges around watching soap operas and is just mindful enough to keep the computer from going to sleep in between loads of laundry and a mid-morning

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YOUR SCOPE OF WORK IS UP TO YOU

Imagine you are doing an appraisal for a single family home on three acres and, upon analysis, you realize there is more value in subdividing the lot. Then you find out the buyer is buying the property to benefit from that value and already has the subdivision process in the works. Because of these conclusions,

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ARE COMP PHOTOS A THING OF THE PAST?

Different types of appraisals call for different needs. As an appraiser, you are the most qualified to make choices regarding an appraisal. There are a lot of things you have to juggle, and clients and lenders have their own ideas of how it should be. What about in regards to comp photos? With the advent

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NOW YOU KNOW: WORK WHEN IT’S SLOW

How did you become an appraiser? Maybe you just stumbled upon it. Maybe it was your dream career ever since you knew what appraising was. No matter how you got there, at some point you said, yes this is for me. You decided, this is what I want to do for the rest of my

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HAVE YOU CHECKED THE PROCEDURAL MANUAL?

“Hey, Boss, do you have a second?” If you find yourself getting this question for answers you feel your employees should already know, it might be about time to update your procedural manual and work on your business—you need time for this too, not just tirelessly pumping out appraisals day in and day out. Maybe

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