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?”

Is Smartexchange resulting in USPAP Non-Compliance?

Written by Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA  This blog is likely going to stir up controversy. It is likely going to have a few folks calling me a loyalist to a la mode, or other similar things.  Am I a loyalist?  I do not see myself as such, but a la mode has been the onlyContinue reading “Is Smartexchange resulting in USPAP Non-Compliance?”

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”

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”

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”

The Queen of Green

July 6, 2018   Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA, LEED Green Associate, NAR GREEN Designee has been a meaningful member of the valuation profession for many years.  I first met Sandy when I was taking the last class and demonstration alternative for my SRA designation.  Sandy was the facilitator for that week.  I was immediately impressedContinue reading “The Queen of Green”

Valuers Dozen, The Professor

  I am very pleased to out this Valuers Dozen up.  The subject of this one is someone that I look up to in the profession.  Stephen Roach, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS is a thought leader in the valuation space.  His firm, Jones, Roach & Caringella, Inc is a well respected one. Stephen has served inContinue reading “Valuers Dozen, The Professor”

Valuer’s Dozen: Rachel Massey

  Rachel Massey, SRA, AI-RRS, IFA and a member of RAC, is not just a colleague but a friend.  I have now known Rachel for at least 5 years.  We have written many blogs together and share conversations via telephone many times a year.  Rachel is a well-respected residential appraiser.  She cares deeply about the professionContinue reading “Valuer’s Dozen: Rachel Massey”

Valuer’s Dozen, The Skapinetz

I am starting a new series for Valuation Nation, called The Valuer’s Dozen.  It is a spotlight piece on individual appraisers that are of note to the profession. I am excited that our very first spotlight will be an appraiser out the Atlanta, Georgia MSA.  Mark Skapinetz.  Mark has become quite the celebrity within theContinue reading “Valuer’s Dozen, The Skapinetz”