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Less Isn’t Always More

I’ve been asked how much should be filled out on site during a mobile appraisal. I know there’s a lot of ways out there to do this; there are almost as many methods out there as there are appraisers. My way certainly isn’t the only way to do things, but it’s the way that I’ve […]

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Reconciliation

How do you reconcile between the value indications of the three approaches, or even between the range of value indication in even one approach? How you answer this is important since SR1-6 calls for us to answer both of these questions as part of our reconciliation.   USPAP has no specific requirements telling us how

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Appraiser Politics

  Recently, I noticed many appraisers were excited about a new bill that was introduced in Virginia. This bill initially sounded favorable to me, but as I examined it more closely, I quickly became concerned with the excitement that was building up around it in the appraiser community. Laws in general are typically difficult to

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Quality and Condition Standards

Even years after UAD was first implemented, there remains some confusion over the quality and condition rating regulations within the appraiser community. Let’s talk briefly about Fannie Mae’s regulations concerning Q and C ratings.   The quality and condition of a home can certainly improve or worsen over time. However, the quality and condition of

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Location, Location, Location

It’s one of the oldest sayings in the industry and you’ve all heard it a million times before. “What are the three biggest rules of real estate? Location, location, location.” The thing you have to realize, however, is that it’s not just a tired old axiom! There’s also a valuable truth in there, which is

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Corelogic And a la mode; Has The Sky Fallen?

The news hit like a freight train last Thursday – CoreLogic had acquired a la mode. The story sent shockwaves throughout the appraisal industry, and it’s no reach to say that the general response, at least on social media, has been negative. Appraisers have been nervous about CoreLogic’s growing influence over our industry for some

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Behold the Post-it Note

Hello everybody, my name is Dustin Harris and I am an addict. The nature of my addiction? Post-it notes. I’ve tried and I’ve tried and I just can’t kick the habit. I need your help. Okay, so that might be a little dramatic… but I’m only half-joking! I do genuinely have an obsession with post-it notes

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Off-Shouldering; The Key to Success

We are now knee-deep in tax season. Oh joy. When I realized this, it got me thinking about the first time I ever made use of off-shouldering.   “Off-shouldering” is a phrase that long-term Appraiser Coach followers have probably heard me use many times. For the uninitiated, it is a pretty literal term! It simply

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You Don’t Have to Make Everything “All Better” as an Appraiser

    A little while ago, my wife recommended a book to me. It is called “I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better,” by Gary and Joy Lundberg. It’s pretty famous and I’m sure a few of you have already heard of it. As I started to read, it quickly turned out that this

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