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Articles about Appraisals


Commercial | December 2012 
Learning to Fund the Hard Way
 In the post-financial crisis environment, many traditional lenders have scaled back lending to commercial real estate projects, prompting commercial mortgage brokers to look for alternative ways...
By Yanni Raz, CEO, HML Investments

Commercial | September 2012 
Valuing Realty Opinions
As many commercial mortgage brokers may be aware, the commercial real estate appraisal is the gold standard in the eyes of lenders when they are looking into financing or refinancing a property. Appra...
By Guy Taylor, chief executive officer, Equi-Trax Asset Solutions

Residential | May 2012 
Appraising the Appraisers
Appraisal management companies (AMCs) that maximize their service strategies often pass along their success to mortgage brokers and originators by allowing them to close more loans. Before closing a d...
By Leah Phinney, director of new product development, Class Appraisal Inc.

Residential | February 2012 
Rehab Loans May Lift Your Business Out of the Muck
A picture of the nation’s foreclosure market can be painted with a few numbers. There were 224,394 foreclosure filings on U.S. properties this past November, according to RealtyTrac. The seasonally ad...
By Morgan Zenner, marketing and communications coordinator, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Residential | May 2013 
How Do Distressed Properties Compare?
Although there have been numerous signs of improvement in the residential real estate arena, many areas of the market remain depressed. In fact, sales of distressed property accounted for 43 percent o...
By Richard L. Borges II, president, Appraisal Institute

Residential | February 2013 
All Eyes on the Housing Recovery
After years of negative news and plunging trends, signs of recovery in the housing market have given rise to cautious optimism in many regions across the nation. Although it may be too early to celebr...
By Eric Fox, vice president of statistical and economic modeling, Veros

Residential | February 2013 
Appraise the Situation
With the recent surge in regulations, it’s become increasingly difficult for mortgage professionals to find compliant business partners. As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) gears up its...
By Aaron Fowler, president and co-founder, United States Appraisals

Residential | January 2013 
Give Your Customers the Lowdown
More and more often, low appraisals are becoming a hindrance to closing deals. Whether it’s a family trying to lower its mortgage payments by refinancing or a first-time homebuyer trying to square awa...
By Kevin Popoli, vice president, Internet channel, United Guaranty Corp

Residential | November 2012 
The Swinging Pendulum of Regulation
As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, and this is especially true when viewing the economy from the other side of the real estate bubble. Although it’s easy to look back and see the warning signs, i...
By Michael Mekler, founder and owner, Liberty First Capital


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