Top 5 Appraisal Blog Posts of 2018

Appraisal Blog Posts That Got Attention In 2018 Since 2018 is now behind us I thought I would take a look and see what appraisal blog posts that I wrote in 2018 were the most popular. No scientific study here just a look at the ones readers commented on the most. Last year my appraisal […]

Agent’s Source Of Square Footage May Affect Sale Price

Does Square Foot Source Affect Sale Price? If you are a real estate agent you may want to stick around and read this to the end. The source of square footage information that you use in your listings could possibly affect what you sell it for. If you use county tax assessor information as a […]

Should I Make Repairs To My Home Before It’s Appraised?

To Repair Or Not To Repair I received a phone call this week from a reader of my appraisal blog. They told me that they are getting a home equity loan and the real estate appraiser is coming out next week. They wanted to know if they should make repairs to their home before the […]

Why Appraisers?

Appraisers Under Fire Once Again Appraisers are once again being brought into the public spotlight as their importance in the home valuation process is being questioned. In a recent move, the FDIC, Federal Reserve, and the Treasury Department issued a joint proposal that would eliminate the need for an appraisal on mortgages for less than […]

What is Functional Obsolescence?

What Is Functional Obsolescence? You may never have heard the phrase “Functional Obsolescence” before but I’ll bet you’ve seen it. Today we’re going to take a look at a common flaw in homes that can negatively affect their value. The textbook definition (from the Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 5th Edition) states that functional obsolescence […]

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