Appraisal & Consulting

New construction may be subject to pro rata taxation - by Richard Conti

One day a local contractor walked into the Taunton, Mass. assessor’s office, pointed his finger at me and said, “You are trying to put me out of business!” He had just received a July 1st real estate tax bill for a new single family home

Escape from New York - by Laurie Mentz Nichols

Escape from New York. I’m referring to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the New York and Connecticut housing markets, lest you think I’m speaking of John Carpenter’s 1981 classic sci-fi action movie, “Escape from New York,” starring Kurt Russell

President’s message: Chapter officers for 2021 - by George Demopulos

The Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is hoping all of our friends and customers are continuing to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Appraisers, just like all of our customers, clients and friends in the real estate

Manchester and surrounding area: Appraiser’s perspective - by Ron Lavallee

The residential real estate market in the greater Manchester and surrounding area markets has been strong for the past 18 – 24 months. The first quarter of 2020 showed continued appreciation in values with rates of increase in the range of 4% to 6% annually in the residential

2020 at the halfway point - by Brett Pelletier

We’re nearly halfway through 2020 and it is already promising to be a year for the history books. The country, the region, and the city of Boston have experienced unprecedented conditions imposed by the COVID-19 response and necessary safety measures.

Fed rate is zero, but mortgages aren’t: Why not? - by Daniel Calano

Back in late March, the Federal Reserve Board cut their lending rate (Fed Funds Rate) by two points, basically to zero. It was an unprecedented move, caused primarily by the economic crisis, resulting from COVID.

Appraising in a pandemic - by Maria Hopkins

When I think of those on the front lines taking care of COVID patients and risking their lives every day, it makes the problems we face as appraisers almost inconsequential. Nevertheless, we are facing real issues attempting to do our jobs and keeping ourselves and others safe.

Uncertainty in the time of COVID-19 - by Bill Pastuszek

Uncertainty in the time of COVID-19. Real estate investors – investors of all types – abhor uncertainty, knowing however it is always present. Investment activity is guided by managing risk inherent in an uncertain future. The COVID-19 environment has taken investment uncertainty to new levels.

COVID-19:Creating functionally obsolete office space - by Thomas Jensen

As governments begin easing restrictions enabling non-essential workers to return to work, employers need to prepare return-to-office protocols. Employers must comply with government orders with guidance from federal, state, and local officials as the situation evolves.

Site visits and appraising properties in the times of Covid-19 - by Stephen Bergeron

During the past six weeks, I have received dozens of e-mails from lenders with guidance on how to satisfy their requirements and USPAP requirements while also social distancing due to Covid-19. In the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to try several of the recommended approaches.