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Hire Slowly and Fire Quickly

As part of your appraisal business, how slowly should your hire?  How quickly should you fire? Since we are human, we tend not to look at hiring someone to fill an important position until we are so inundated with work, so far behind the eight-ball as it were, that we make the position of hiring […]

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COD At The Door?

In the past, it was common for appraisers to collect their fees directly from the borrower at the time of the property visit (i.e., at the door).  I would take credit cards, checks, or cash while at the door. Many years ago, this was common. Now, however, that rarely happens and we usually have to

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USPAP and Questions on Confidentiality

In the context of a real estate appraisal, especially a residential real estate appraisal for a lender thru an AMC, what is confidential?  First, look at USPAP’s definition of confidential information (lines 105 – 108 in the 2018-2019 edition).  It says “[c]onfidential information [is] information that is either…identified by the client as confidential when providing

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Keep Your Appraisal Vehicle Organized

Since we spend so much time in them, let’s talk about your appraisal vehicle.  How organized is it? Does it make you more efficient? Does it help you create value for others? Is it an appraisal tool, or just another thing that’s part of your stuff?   Let’s start with your computer bag.  What’s that?

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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE INEVITABLE (Part III of a Three-Part Series)?

(Disclaimer:  I am not an attorney, CFP®, or CPA®, physician, etc., thus do not offer legal, financial, accounting, or medical advice.  You should not interpret anything in this blog to be legal, financial, medical, or tax/accounting advice since there is no such advice here.  If you want or need such advice, please contact the proper

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Creating Your Circle of Influence

  One aspect of my job that I love, is the opportunity that I have to associate with many inspirational individuals. It is my pleasure and honor to be surrounded by valuation experts who push me to be a better appraiser.   I have also encountered many appraisers who are very negative towards the industry.

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It Could Be Worse

I want to talk to you today about something that’s been in my thoughts recently – a question of our mindset as appraisers, if you will – that was brought on by a recent experience I had. Part of my role as the Appraiser Coach is staying tapped into the general appraiser community. I do that

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The Ten House Challenge: Overcoming the Difficulties in Using Mobile Appraising Tools

Using a laser measuring device and a tablet or smartphone in the appraisal field can be a daunting undertaking for someone who has never done it before. However, being willing to buy and try these tools may very-well change the way you appraise forever. In my role as an appraisal business consultant, I have opportunities

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