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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:

Business Management: Part 1 Fee and Turn-Time Management

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Business Management

Appraisers are really good at finding comps, measuring and drawing houses, evaluating a property's highest and best use, analyzing the market, extracting and applying adjustments, driving to comps, and communicating final results. We have a big skill set! But what are we not always good at? Actively managing our businesses.

The Next Generation by the Next Generation

Monday, August 19, 2013

Recently, there have been many discussions regarding the next generation of appraisers. Where will they come from? Will our profession be extinct? Professional appraisers in the valuation industry are a necessity. Without appraisers who are valuation professionals? Realtors will be providing valuations services. We must remind ourselves that Realtors serve a very separate and distinct service in which they are marketing professionals that are most times advocate for the property or client. An independent opinion of value is necessary.

"Hiring of Trainees to Remain Slow." This is "Shocking News?"

Monday, July 29, 2013

According to a recent survey conducted by the Appraisal Institute, "trainee hiring will remain relatively weak for the next one- to two-years." Um, I hate to disagree with the results of what I am sure is a credible survey, but this is just a gross underestimation. One-to two-years? How about FOREVER unless something drastically changes in our industry?