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 overpricingContinue reading “Why should a seller get a home appraisal prior to settling on a listing price?”

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 aContinue reading “Pat Turner, the Man with a Plan Valuer’s Dozen”

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 welcomingContinue reading “Valuer’s Dozen: Mr. Volunteer”

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,Continue reading “Knowing Green Can Save You Green”

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 partContinue reading “The Six Elements of Green Part 2 The First Two Elements”

The Six Elements of Green Part 1 Speaking the Language

The purpose of this series of articles is help appraisers and agents see why communication is so important.  For agents it can be important for ethical market and for appraises it can be a major property productivity analysis item. ***** As residential real estate professionals we keep getting smacked over the head with the termContinue reading “The Six Elements of Green Part 1 Speaking the Language”

Appraiser Fest

Folks, we are just a couple of weeks from AppraiserFest. If you serve the housing and financial services sector, The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX is the place to be this November 1-2-3. The Appraisers Economic Forum (AppraiserFest) is a unique conference offering to the valuation profession that I am very interested toContinue reading “Appraiser Fest”

Going Concern Valuer in Virginia

Heather M. Placer, MAI, SRA, CCIM, IFAS, ASA is an appraiser located in Midlothian, Virginia. Heather is a career long appraiser that got started at an early age.  She volunteers her time to the Appraisal Institute (AI) and is currently the president of the Virginia Commonwealth Chapter of the Appraisal institute.  It would require too much spaceContinue reading “Going Concern Valuer in Virginia”

Valuation Cowboy

I have known Andy Arledge for 4 or 5 years now.  He is the creative force behind Appraiser Genie.  The genie is a tool that he sells to a appraisers that assists with data importation, analysis and report writing.  I have spent enough time with Andy to know that he is a man of integrityContinue reading “Valuation Cowboy”

Moving to a New Market

  I have seen several folks on social media asking what it takes to pick up stakes and move to a new market.  I am surprised at the advice and lack of GSE and FHA/USDA understanding out there regarding such a thing.  While Fannie Mae, Freddie MAC, FHA and USDA do not prohibit an appraiserContinue reading “Moving to a New Market”