In the appraisal process, we make a lot of assumptions. We assume that there are no major repairs needed to a home, if there is no readily observable evidence that might suggest otherwise. Our scope of work has much to do with the assumptions that we may make. Assumption are made on every appraisal because… Continue reading The Most Important Assumption in My Appraisal Career
If you have been reading my blogs, first of all thank you! You may have noticed that I like to cover topics that include more than just real estate. My family and I love animals. We have a cat, a dog and a bird. Over the years, we have found that having pets is part… Continue reading An Essential Guide for Managing a Move and a New Home When You Own Pets
On a regular basis, I appraise homes that need some type of repair. It may be as simple as replacing an outlet, or as complicated as renovating a home. In the appraisal process, the appraiser has to estimate a cost to cure many types of repairs. Why do appraisers use the term, cost to "cure",… Continue reading How Cost To Cure Works
Every now and then I like to write about gross living area. (GLA) There are several reasons for this. First, it is often the sole metric by which people, who are not appraisers, use to estimate the value of their home. Second, while appraisers adjust for other features of a home, gross living area is… Continue reading Is It Gross Living Area or Not?
What’s the weather like in your area? Are temperatures cooling or warming? Just stepping outside, it’s usually easy to feel the changes. As temperatures change, so do the behaviors of animals. Take for example, the Snowy Tree Cricket. It's an amazing little creature. As temperatures change, so do the sounds of their chirps. Check out… Continue reading The Snowy Tree Crickets of Real Estate