An FHA appraisal is not a home inspection

FHA appraisal is not a home inspection I received an interesting question from a reader recently that I thought I would share with you today. This particular situation involved an FHA appraisal and the condition of the property. The buyer did not want to spend money on a home inspection and wanted to know if the […]

4 Appraisal ethics rules Zillow may be breaking when they give your zestimate

Do appraisal guidelines matter? In case you haven’t heard, real estate website giant Zillow is part of a current lawsuit that was filed by Chicago real estate attorney Barbara Anderson. The lawsuit was instigated because Ms. Anderson claims that the Zestimate provided by Zillow does not reflect the true market value of her home and […]

5 Steps to start an appraisal blog

Grow your business with an appraisal blog As a follow-up to my recent post on the 6 reasons real estate appraisers should have a blog I thought I would discuss what steps you can take to actually get started. If you read the post and liked the idea of becoming more independent of lender and […]

Is it the appraiser’s job to support value?

Is it the appraiser’s job to support value or report value? In Jonathan Miller’s Housing Notes blog post this past week he mentioned an article from the online version of the Denver post that is disheartening to appraisers. In the article, Denver real estate agent Steve Danyliw was quoted saying the following: “Agents are experiencing […]

Top 6 reasons real estate appraisers should have a blog

Should appraisers have a blog? The real estate appraisal profession has gone through a lot of changes in the last 5-10 years. Increasing regulations, changes in how appraisers and banks communicate, and the proliferation of appraisal management companies have changed how we do business. Our cheese has been moved multiple times. Some appraisers have chosen […]


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