Appraisal & Consulting

2022 Halfway to…somewhere - by Brett Pelletier

We’re halfway through 2022 and I’m not sure most people have even noticed. After what has been the longest staycation of our lives, time now seems to be moving at warp speed. Now that I’ve reflected on what has felt like a nearly unending experiment

Should commercial real estate fear rising interest rates? - by Bill Pastuszek

Maybe housing is in a bubble. Some think so. The Dallas Fed was blunt in its assessment: “U.S. house prices are again becoming unhinged from fundamentals.” But their researchers don’t think it would be a repeat of the Great Recession/Housing Crash of 2008.

Why take on a trainee? - by Jennifer O'Neill

I recently sponsored a young woman who wanted to be an appraiser trainee. She found me, she knew she wanted to be an appraiser, she had already taken all her classes, and she needed a mentor.

I-Buying Real Estate: Not disruptive, yet. - by Daniel Calano

Recently, I have had an “opportunity” to invest a small amount of money in real estate “disruptive technology.” Specifically, it was a startup in residential “I-Buying,” the nickname for instant buying.

Less is more, as in balance sheets. - by David Kirk

The FOMC announces a 0.5% increase on rates to 0.75%-1% for a soft landing. More job offerings than job seekers and wage gains should persist. Lending should increase the rate in borrowings, easing expansion, fueling inflationary pressures

Residential appraisal forms - by Bill Pastuszek

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been working on the redesign of the Uniform Residential Appraisal Report (URAR) for several years. The GSEs, through their Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) and Forms Redesign Initiative working group, have worked closely with stakeholders and allowed their input

President’s message: The PAVE Action Report - by Brad Hevenor

In March, the Department of Housing and Urban Development delivered the long-anticipated Action Plan from the Interagency Task Force on Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity (PAVE) to President Joe Biden. The PAVE Action Report targets dismantling racial discrimination and bias in mortgage

Residential appraising – Big changes looming - by Reynold Archambault

It’s been a crazy couple of years since the pandemic outbreak. First everything shut down and immediate thoughts, beyond health and humanity, turned to how appraiser’s were going to do their jobs. We worked through it. Temporary policies were enacted circumventing interior inspections

Confused, complex world? Time to parse the pieces - by Daniel Calano

At the moment, there are so many relevant unknowns regarding the world and its economies, it boggles the mind. The only part that has just been fixed is a playbook for interest rate hikes. Among the many remaining unknowns are supply chain issues, inflation, Covid variants, energy imbalances, geopolitical issues

Wake up and live. Fix it. Clean. - by David Kirk

Infrastructure is the only way to provide a safe and strong and connected built environment to serve all of our constituencies. For the comfort and well-being of our communities, we must focus on the changing environment and the new behaviors and demographics as they evolve, and we observe them.