Desktop Appraisals: Pros and Cons

Are Desktop Appraisals the Answer? The big news in the real estate, mortgage lending, and appraisal industry is desktop appraisals. In a recent announcement, FHFA Acting Director Sandra Thompson revealed that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will continue to allow appraisals to be conducted remotely. This was very happy news for all of the […]

8 Interesting Things Appraisers Notice About Your Home

Some Things Appraisers Notice May Surprise You The appraiser arrives at your house and introduces themselves. He or she tells you they will start on the outside of your home by taking some measurements and then look at the inside. During this process, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours depending on […]

5 More Random Thoughts From An Appraiser

The Wheels Are Still Turning In My Head In my last post, I shared some random thoughts that were going through my mind. Some of them were inspired by the things that are happening in the real estate market we are currently in. It seems that the wheels are still turning so I decided I […]

7 Tips To Avoid Appraisal Problems In Today’s Crazy Real Estate Market

How To Avoid Appraisal Problems Before They Become Problems I have heard numerous stories recently about houses not appraising for the contract amount. How could this be if the market is so hot? Today I’m going to discuss possible ways to avoid appraisal problems in today’s crazy market. Please keep in mind these are my […]

Overbidding in a Hot Real Estate Market

A Hot Real Estate Market Requires a Different Strategy If you’ve tried to buy a home recently you’ll know what I’m talking about when discussing a hot real estate market. Because it is so competitive most buyers are being encouraged by their real estate agents to come prepared to make an offer when looking at […]

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