Appraisal & Consulting

Revision requests on appraisals from clients - by Steven Spangle

A call from a client requesting an appraiser to reconsider something in an appraisal is rarely welcomed. However, it has been happening since appraisal reports began being communicated in a written format.

MA/RI Chapter of Appraisal Institute president’s January message - by George Demopulos

The Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter of the Appraisal Institute had a very productive and successful 2019 under the leadership of Gregory Curtis, MAI! A very special thank you to Greg and our executive director, Lianne Andreucci! As always, our chapter continued to provide the best in appraisal education

Sherman begins one-year term as president of the Appraisal Institute

Chicago, IL Jefferson Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, of Highland Heights, Ohio, began his one-year term as president of the Appraisal Institute on January 1. The Appraisal Institute is one of the nation’s largest professional associations of real estate appraisers

New Year, new laws: CT rings 2020 with five public acts - by Laurie Mentz Nichols

Connecticut rings in the new year with five Public Acts which affect the real estate profession. Following are summaries of the acts; detailed information on all Public Acts can be found on the Connecticut General Assembly website: 

Pick it up: 2020 is the New Next Decade - by David Kirk

Commercial real estate markets will continue to be increasingly competitive and decreasingly liquid as 2020 unfolds. Many traditional measures such as rent, selling prices, vacancy/occupancy rates will slideways, or bounce marginally in both directions.

Jobs boom vs. Housing: Can Boston handle the growth? - by Daniel Calano

Mark Twain once summarized Benjamin Disraeli’s statement that there are “lies, damn lies, and statistics.” In researching the question of whether housing supply can keep up with new job growth, I found myself siding with Twain.

The Mass. and R.I. chapter of the Appraisal Institute host holiday meeting and installation of officers and directors

Norwood, MA The Mass. and R.I. chapter of the Appraisal Institute hosted its holiday meeting and installation of officers and directors on December 4th at Four Points by Sheraton. George Demopulos was named the 2020 president.

How was 2019 for the housing market? by Bill Pastuszek

From the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR): The number of homes for sale and new homes added to the market went down in October. A spokesman notes, “Homeowners seem more inclined to stay off the market rather than risk having nothing to buy after the sale goes through

Maine Chapter of Appraisal Institute’s president’s message - by Tina O'Connell

I wanted to take a moment to personally thank Don MacKay for his hard work over the past year as president of the chapter. He has done a tremendous job keeping up with the many tasks required of him. He deserves some recognition for his strong leadership, which has had a broad

The write stuff - by Roger Durkin

Successful narrative appraisal report writing is based in the recognition that the appraisal report is an argument. An argument is a set of assertions supported by logic and evidence. According to USPAP and Black’s Law Dictionary, the term credible means worthy of belief.