Appraisal Buzz would like to introduce our new webinar program. With our new on-demand webinars, appraisers can choose the best time to watch. And, drum roll please… our new webinars are completely FREE for appraisers! These will be a convenient and simple way for you to learn more about the industry and keep up with current events.
You heard that right. I said "Show Me the Moneyyyy!"
One of my all time favorite movies is Jerry Maguire. Are you feeling like your back is up against the wall? Well, sit down and write that mission statement. You aren’t likely to earn too many new clients by sitting back and waiting for them to call you. You are going to have to work it. Valuation Expo is that client rich environment.
In today's technologically forward era, every day there is less and less human interaction. Something as simple as going to the grocery store, you used to give the cashier money or a credit card. You might have even made small talk while you waited for your change or your credit card to go through and to sign off on the receipt once they handed it to you. You are lucky anymore to see someone say hello or acknowledge the cashier’s existence for a split second, then slide their card through the machine and look down at the machine to follow the prompts.
The Appraisal Buzz recently had a chance to speak with Creighton Angst, Sr Valuation Manager, QA about her position with Urban Lending Solutions Appraisals, her past experience in the appraisal industry, and what the future holds for ULSA and the industry as a whole.
Buzz: We hear ULSA is actively recruiting a senior valuation manager of operations. What inspired you to take the position of senior valuation manager of compliance at ULSA?
This is one reason why I DON'T put a FULL SIZE copy of my appraiser license, and E&O Binder page in reports, despite what some clients request. I just tell 'em NOPE, won't do that - because those have nothing at all to do with the loan underwriting.
Some appraisers are taking the position that if they include comparable listings using a Comparable Sales grid page, this would be misleading because listings are not yet sold, thus not "sales", and therefore a violation of USPAP.
Energy efficient homes can provide numerous benefits to homeowners, including lower energy costs, improved comfort and reduced pollution. Lenders who issue loans on high-efficiency properties can also see great returns.
While homeowners and lenders can benefit from energy efficient properties, appraisers can help make the case for green appraisal value.
For a country boy who lives nowhere near a major airport, I do a fair amount of traveling. Sometimes, it can be quite the process to get me from my little cowtown in Idaho to a major city for a workshop or conference, but I keep doing it. My state requires 15 hours of Continuing Education (CE) per year. All of that can be taken online. So, why do I travel to so many big cities for education when it is not required? It is not for the CE credits—I can tell you that! Let me give you several reasons why I make the journey:
There are a lot of issues facing the appraisal industry right now. And to anyone that's been in this industry – whether you're an appraiser, software vendor, lender, AMC, E&O insurer, or other industry participant – that's nothing new. It's also nothing new that a la mode supports appraisers and appraisal organizations, and we're taking it a step further through our new Community Partnerships Program that I am in charge of developing. You can find more info about it here: www.alamode.com/community.
Editors Note: Recently appraisersblogs.com posted an article from Bill Smolen, a New York State Appraiser, about some positive developments in some of our states on behalf of appraisers. We thought it was worth sharing.