Appraisers Need To Live In The Neighborhood?

January 13th, 2017

Appraisers Need To Live In The Neighborhood?I told a realtor once that appraisers do not appraise a home, data does. I was trying to respond to their over-hyped level of concern about where the appraiser lives or works and the realtors’ hope that the appraiser will have some sort of intimate knowledge about the subject property’s market area. Appraisers don’t need to live near the subject property to do their job well.

If the data exists, i.e. recent settled sales that make for appropriate comparables for an appraisal, then the appraisal should turn out fine. In other words, it is not about the appraiser, it is about the data! Read the rest of this entry »

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Would You Get Surgery At McDonald’s?

May 10th, 2013

brian-martucci-mortgage-lender-appraisal-failIt never ceases to amaze me how people treat the most expensive transaction that they will ever do in life as a commodity. Would you get surgery at McDonald’s if they got into the health care business because it was the cheapest place to get it? Or would you talk to numerous different doctors based on experience, referrals, track record, and interaction with their staff and systems? I know as you read this blog you would say the answer is that you’d go with Read the rest of this entry »

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