Opinion


Avoiding A Race To The Bottom

Added:  February 24, 2010

There's a common misperception out there — especially among appraisal clients — that the "oversupply" of appraisers has created a market where there is no fee too low.  Click to view

Unfortunate Sign Of The Times:  Crime

Added:  February 19, 2009

Whenever there's an economic downturn, crime goes up.  The explanation is pretty simple:  When money is flowing freely and jobs are plentiful, the risks of getting caught engaging in a crime outweigh the rewards.  But when money dries up and jobs disappear, local police departments consistently report that crimes of almost all types rise, and especially those involving...  Click to view

Don't Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater

Added:  February 19, 2009

In October, I wrote an editorial entitled "Lessons From Prior Downturns", in which I tried to outline what sorts of things guide our company and what we have available as experience to bring to bear on the current downturn.
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Lessons From Prior Downturns

Added:  October 18, 2008

Some companies keep sailing while others run aground on the same rocks that others have before them.  Why?  It's all in the basic lessons learned, or all too often, ignored.  I'd like to share some of my past lessons, and how they shaped the culture of our company, and therefore affect you.  Click to view

Appraising Is More Than Filling Out Forms... It's A Business

Added:  October 18, 2008

In speeches, articles, and memos over the years, I've frequently pointed out one of my pet peeves: Appraisers tend to think only about filling out forms, and not about running a real business. It's like the business is a passive activity. A couple of years ago, to help our customers take those blinders off, we developed what we call "the wheel".
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Who’s Afraid of the Virginia Wolf? 

Added:  August 07, 2008

In this newspaper's inaugural edition, we covered several problems in the AI XML standard and the way it's managed (April 2008, "Paying To Use Your Own Bathroom:  AI XML").  At the time of the original publication, there was already an inquiry underway by the Virginia Real Estate Appraiser Board into the Appraisal Institute/AI Ready/FNC/AppraisalPort scheme, triggered by ...  Click to view

Can Appraisal Co-ops Save the Day? 

Added:  August 07, 2008

As the market naturally erodes due to fewer real estate transactions, and as the HVCC pushes the remaining transactions in ever-increasing numbers to appraisal management companies (AMCs), many appraisers are kicking around the notion of creating a member-owned AMC, or "co-op".  Click to view

What We Are and What We Aren’t

Added:  May 05, 2008

Since we have a long history of supporting appraisal causes, and the wherewithal to act on threats we see to our customers it's easy for people to get confused as to what we're trying to be.  They feel we're challenging the association's role.  Click to view

Running A Business, Not A Trade

Added:  May 05, 2008

Look at the chart here, and you'll see that our recent poll showed a whopping 54% of appraisers responded that their business is down 25% or more.  Another 14% also said it's down, but by less than 25%.  So, a total of 68% of you have a slowdown on your hands.  Click to view

Homeowners Are A Prime Niche

Added:  April 10, 2008

"If I were you, I'd be marketing like crazy to homeowners." You hear stuff like that all the time, but this article spells out the first three things you could do and exactly how to do them.

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