George Mann

George Mann is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE).  During his 27-year career, he has been a fee appraiser, assessor, and reviewer. Mr. Mann has overseen the review of 15,000+ commercial appraisals across the USA and in eight foreign countries.  His weekly blog 'Mann Overboard' can be viewed on the News page of

The Panama Canal

Friday, September 6, 2013

The $5.25 Billion widening of the Panama Canal is scheduled to be completed in the Summer of 2015.  This event is already affecting global trade routes.  More importantly, it is affecting various cities in the USA in positive and negative ways.

In our day-to-day appraising it is difficult to see how an event in Panama can affect the value of the property we are appraising today.  Hopefully, we have learned that national and international events routinely alter our local market conditions – e.g. The 2008 Credit Crisis, The Euro Debt Crisis, etc.

Mann Overboard

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mann Overboard is honored to be part of the newly redesigned Appraisal Buzz website. For those who have not been following my blog at the prior web location, let me summarize a list of topics I will try to cover over time. Albeit, this is not an all encompassing list and I welcome topic suggestions.

I have the following list of what I call pet projects:

Is This A Way To Improve Appraiser Independence?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Over the past few months I have been studying to take a German appraisal exam – thankfully, given in English. For those American appraisers who complain about the cost of annual dues for various organizations or continuing ed seminars or license renewal fees, note that it cost $6,000+ for me to just take the 4-hour exam last Friday. The requisite classes each cost more than that.  It’s cheap, and easy, to become an appraiser in the USA.