Most appraisers know that technology is changing the way that the appraisal industry is run. We heard from many of you in the comments section of April's article "How Technology is Changing the Appraisal Industry". Regardless if you are for or against these changes the fact of the matter is that in order to fully keep up with the industry it is vital that you understand how to USE this technology to increase your business.
Appraisal Buzz Staff
Mark Linné, of Bradford Technologies, has been selected as the 2012 Valuation Visionary!
Recently the Appraisal Buzz had the opportunity to sit in and listen as Tony Pistilli, Chief Residential Appraiser at U.S. Bank, and Jeff Schurman, Executive Director of Leading Causes LLC, discussed Jeff's recently published article. If you haven't read it yet you can find the full version here.
Staging a home for sale has become big business. Real estate agents know that presenting the home to appeal to the most buyers possible makes a huge difference in how quickly it will sell and can directly result in a higher sales price.
There are professional "stagers" who offer a range of services from simply rearranging what you already have to bringing in entirely new pieces of furniture and accessories so buyers feel more at home.
And most experts say it's worth it. One website says "staged" homes sell in half the time, and for 17 percent more money.
From measuring tapes to Distos, and note pads to iPads, the tools of the appraisal trade have changed dramatically in the past few decades. But change isn’t always easy, and it often takes time and money. Are appraisers embracing this new technology or resisting change? We talked to several key professionals in the industry for their take on how technology is changing the profession.
Clearbox users: you may now use your existing account with Clearbox to instantly signup and login to PhoenixMobile on your iPad or iPhone - eliminating the frustration of remembering multiple passwords, checking your inbox for an email confirmation, and entering the screenful of information required to create a new PhoenixMobile account.
From Joan Trice at Clearbox:
Update I am pleased to report that we are currently on track to have one of our largest events in years. On one hand, given the state of the economy that is an amazing feat. On the other hand with the big shift in the valuation space how could a serious valuation professional opt to stay home? We are going to be in a packed house so register now.
Interview with Jim Beatty, SRA, CRP. He is a SVP and Valuation Product Manager for ISGN
Buzz: Jim, Can you tell us a little about ISGN? Last we heard you were part of Fiserv.
Jim: In December 2009, ISGN acquired the Loan Fulfillment Solutions business from Fiserv. The combined companies created a top three provider of mortgage technology and services. ISGN offers a global reach for providing products and services while leveraging the management expertise of each entity.
Buzz: How does an appraiser go about reaching the lender community directly?
We are visiting today with Jeff Bradford, CEO of Bradford Technologies, developers of the new CompCruncher™ software, the Collateral Valuation Report (CVR™) and the online appraiser community, AppraisalWorld™.
Buzz: Jeff, what makes the Collateral Valuation Report so unique. Why is it generating so much interest in the lending community?