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Articles about Appraisals


Residential | December 2017 
Is That Property Even Legal?
The topic of zoning often brings confusion to everyone involved in the origination process. Loan originators should be aware of potential problems. Questions often arise as to whether a property is le...
By Richard Garrie, chief appraiser, United States Appraisals

Residential | November 2017 
The Trick to Reducing Risk
What is an appraisal management company (AMC)? Simply put it is a business that oversees a network of certified, licensed appraisers and is focused on fulfilling real estate appraisal assignments on b...
By George K. Demopulos, president and chief valuations officer, Lincoln Appraisal and Settlement Services; and Christina Improta, appraisal-management specialist, Lincoln Appraisal and Settlement Services

Residential | October 2017 
Mortgage Life in the Fast Lane
Speed has fascinated the world for decades. Einstein studied and measured speed extensively, and people have been captivated by the fastest Olympic swimmers, sprinters and skiers — not to mentio...
By Brian Honea, freelance writer, Little Creek Real Estate

Residential | October 2017 
Valuation Goes Digital
All around us, technology has become integral to our lives. We shop online, pay bills from our computer, make restaurant reservations without talking to anyone and hail car rides with the push of a bu...
By Paul Doman, president and CEO, Accurate Group

Residential | September 2017 
Is Green Worth the Green?
Energy costs, advances in technology, environmental concerns or the desire to be on the cutting edge all have driven advances in what are called “green” homes. A growing number of homeowners are inter...
By Michael Dresden, president, Dart Appraisal

Commercial | July 2017 
Become an SBA Loan Superhero
Entrepreneurs and small businesses are a vital part of the U.S. economy. The nation’s 28 million small businesses account for 54 percent of all domestic sales, provide 55 percent of all jobs and have ...
By Shane Pierson, regional sales manager, First Bank SBA

Residential | May 2017 
The Dream Team
When it comes to reviewing a loan application, nothing short of exceptional teamwork can ensure prompt turnaround times. For many underwriters, this means they must maintain a strong, transparent and ...
By Craig Robertson, vice president of underwriting, Waterstone Mortgage Corp.

Commercial | April 2017 
Covering the Green Bases
Understanding and properly documenting commercial properties’ green features can assist mortgage brokers in making a strong case for the value of energy-efficient buildings when dealing with lenders. ...
By Jim Amorin, president, The Appraisal Institute

Residential | January 2017 
Opening the Box on DU 10.0
For more than 20 years, Desktop Underwriter (DU) has been the automated-software program used to qualify borrowers for loans deliverable to Fannie Mae. After a launch this past June, the most recent i...
By Chad Kusner, president, CRR Consulting and Credit Repair Resources LLC

Residential | December 2016 
Modernizing Property Inspections
Financing or refinancing a residential property boils down to one fundamental question: What is it worth? It’s a simple question that is complicated to address because the answer is based on a variety...
By Jindou Lee, CEO, HappyCo

Residential | December 2016 
Managing Property Appraisers
Whether you’re a mortgage originator, investment banker, lawyer, mortgage servicer or mortgage insurer, you have no doubt felt the pressure of substantial regulation when working with appraisers and a...
By George K. Demopulos, president and chief valuations officer, Lincoln Appraisal and Settlement Services

Residential | November 2016 
Get the Service You Deserve
Loan originators are generally not valuation experts, although at times they must feel like they have to be. When an issue with an appraisal affects a loan or a closing date, it is typically the mortg...
By William Fall, founder and CEO, William Fall Group

Residential | October 2016 
Transforming Residential Property Valuation
Technology has shifted many life activities from less-than-ideal processes to more satisfying experiences. Consider buying a car, for example. Years ago, the process entailed driving around town from ...
By Susan Allen, senior vice president, CoreLogic

Commercial | July 2016 
Putting a Price on Green
High-performance, or green, commercial buildings are consuming an ever-increasing share of the commercial real estate market. Whether these projects come online via retrofits or new construction, this...
By Scott Robinson, 2016 president, Appraisal Institute

Commercial | June 2016 
Find Value in the Balance
Establishing the value of commercial property can be a quarrelsome and time-consuming process, but there are effective methods of standardizing measurements and smoothing the valuation process. T...
By Jindou Lee, CEO, HappyCo


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