Why should a seller get a home appraisal prior to settling on a listing price?

Written by Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA, RAC This blog originally was written for and posted over at https://www.consumerhomevalue.com/ .   Gynell Vestal authors and posts lots of great items over on her site. Many real estate appraisers provide pre-listing appraisal reports for sellers.  Having an appraisal done is an investment that can help save you from overpricing […]

Cheryl Kunzler, SRA, AI-RRS One of the Thought Leaders in Residential Valuation

by Woody Fincham, SRA. AI-RRS, RAA   I have known our  interviewee for over a decade.  I first met Cheryl Kunzler, SRA, AI-RRS when she came out to teach a class for my then Chapter, the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.  Since then few people have done more to help me along in […]

Pat Turner, the Man with a Plan Valuer’s Dozen

by Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA Member of RAC   I have known Pat Turner for many years.  My first introduction to him was from attending a Virginia State Board meeting.  I had attended to give public commentary about the problems I saw with regulatory oversight in the commonwealth.  Pat and I struck up a […]

ASA, AI, ASFMRA, MBREA, AGA RICS and Even NAR Step Up to the Plate for Valuers

Written by Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA Once again, we have some great news coming from the appraisal organizations. The American Society of Appraisers, Appraisal Institute American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, MBREA|The Association for Valuation Professionals, American Guild of Appraisers, OPEIU, AFL-CIO and RICS signed off on a joint letter sent to […]

The Valuer in The Mirror

Written by Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA  Maybe I am crazy, but I think all of us deserve a better profession as appraisers than what we have presently within the mortgage and lending world.  We are in an era where the profession is changing fast.  We have many players out there that want to limit or […]

Valuer’s Dozen: Mr. Volunteer

I have known Creighton Cross, MAI for a decade.  We met when I sold my firm in Virginia Beach, VA and moved to Knoxville, TN to work with David Braun, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS. I wanted to focus on my designation and wanted to get away from the city.  When I arrived there Creighton was welcoming […]

Knowing Green Can Save You Green

Liability Headaches Real estate practice, both valuation and brokerage, are professions that are open season for law suits.  Let’s face it, consumers can be very litigious in many situations.  Reducing liability is something we should all try to do in our professional work.  But outside of decreasing liability, what agents do, as well as appraisers, […]

The Six Elements of Green Part 2 The First Two Elements

Now that we have talked about how important communication is between agents and the consumers and the agents and the appraisers, let’s get into the meat and potatoes, as they say. As an appraiser, one must be able to understand and identify high performance home (HPH) features.  As I eluded to in the first part […]