Appraisal Process

Promoting Public Trust, Part 7: Appraiser Conduct

In this blog post, which is part 7 of our 12-part series on Promoting Public Trust, we’ll look at a few areas within USPAP that deal with an appraiser’s conduct.  If you’ve recently received an appraisal and read the entire thing, you probably have a few questions!  This post will clear up a few of [...]

Promoting Public Trust, Part 7: Appraiser Conduct2020-08-13T14:29:44+00:00

Promoting Public Trust Part 6: The Appraiser and Bias

Bias.  The word itself is just ugly, isn’t it?  It’s negative.  It connotes everything that someone should not be.  To be labeled as biased is not something anyone attains to.  For an appraiser, it’s no different.  In fact, if an appraiser is biased in any way, they are no longer an appraiser.  In this blog [...]

Promoting Public Trust Part 6: The Appraiser and Bias2020-07-26T19:29:43+00:00

Promoting Public Trust, Part 5: Confidentiality (Part 2)

Our last blog post served as an introduction to the topic of Confidentiality.  In case you missed it, click *here*.  In this post, we’re going to get very practical and answer some frequently asked questions about how USPAP and Confidentiality work together in the appraisal process.   Most of the FAQs in this post are [...]

Promoting Public Trust, Part 5: Confidentiality (Part 2)2020-07-16T14:30:21+00:00

Promoting Public Trust Part 4: Confidentiality

In this blog post, which is part four in our 12-part series on Promoting Public Trust, we will introduce the topic of confidentiality.  This very important part of the appraisal process affects homeowners, lenders, and every user of appraisals differently.  And as it’s part of our Ethics Rule of USPAP, it’s extremely important to everyone!  [...]

Promoting Public Trust Part 4: Confidentiality2020-06-29T17:35:16+00:00

Promoting Public Trust Part 3: Highest and Best Use

Without a doubt, one of the most important factors (and one of the very first) an appraiser must consider when appraising any property is its “highest and best use”. In this blog post, which is part three in our 12-part series on Promoting Public Trust, we will just scratch the surface on this topic. When [...]

Promoting Public Trust Part 3: Highest and Best Use2020-06-14T14:05:38+00:00

Promoting Public Trust Part 2: Hypothetical Conditions and Extraordinary Assumptions

In our introduction to this blog series, we explained the basics of USPAP, and what it means to promote and maintain public trust. In case you missed it, you can go back and read it here. Hypothetical Conditions and Extraordinary Assumptions. All of this sounds like a bunch of weird appraisal-ese. Language no one else [...]

Promoting Public Trust Part 2: Hypothetical Conditions and Extraordinary Assumptions2020-06-01T18:24:51+00:00

Promoting Public Trust Part 1: What is USPAP?

Promoting Public Trust Part 1:  What is USPAP?   This is part one of a 12-part blog and podcast series on the appraiser’s professional standards of practice, called USPAP.  If you prefer consuming information by listening to a podcast, this topic will be dropping on The Appraisal Cast very soon! Keep a lookout!    Let’s [...]

Promoting Public Trust Part 1: What is USPAP?2020-05-18T18:35:34+00:00

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the Spring

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the Spring Spring is finally here!  Well, technically.  It felt like winter last week, but hey – birds are chirping and the grass is growing!  What better time to start thinking about getting your home ready to sell than the spring?  Here are just a [...]

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the Spring2020-04-20T16:01:44+00:00

Appraisal vs Assessment: Three Things You Need To Know

If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably wondered about your home’s tax assessment.  Is that my market value?  Is that number accurate? How did they come up with their numbers?  Is that the same as an appraisal? All of these questions are commonly asked, and we’ll look at them in some detail in this blog [...]

Appraisal vs Assessment: Three Things You Need To Know2020-04-03T19:08:11+00:00