Appraising

4 Examples of How Stigmas Can Impact Real Estate

What is a stigma anyway? According to dictionary.com, one definition is: "A mark of disgrace or infamy".  Bing.com states that "The origin of the word comes from the late 16th century. The word denotes a mark made by pricking or branding something, or a mark made by a pointed instrument." So the point is that a… Continue reading 4 Examples of How Stigmas Can Impact Real Estate

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5 Ways Appraisers Can Protect Real Estate Agents

Can you think of some preventative things we do in life to avoid or at least minimize problems? Oil changes, cleaning gutters, healthy eating, exercise and colonoscopies? (yeah, I went there) Granted, these things cost money. Sometimes they are downright inconvenient.  However, we take these measures because, in many cases, they protect us from entering in to a… Continue reading 5 Ways Appraisers Can Protect Real Estate Agents

Appraising, Tax Appeals

Feeling Overly-Taxed Cuyahoga County? Why Not Appeal?

In the past two weeks, my phone has been ringing off the hook with tax appeal work. That's because the Cuyahoga County Auditor's office recently sent out notices to home owners with proposed revisions to their property assessments. The County Auditor performs a re-assessment every 6 years. As you might imagine, with market values increasing in the… Continue reading Feeling Overly-Taxed Cuyahoga County? Why Not Appeal?

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Are PIW’s & Hybrid Appraisals the Radithor of The Mortgage Industry?

According to Wikipedia.org (Photo also take from Wickipedia) "Radithor was manufactured from 1918 to 1928 by the Bailey Radium Laboratories..." The article went on to say that "The expensive product was claimed to cure impotence among other ills". It was a triple-distilled water with at least 1 microcurie each of Ra-226 and Ra-228,  radioactive material", according… Continue reading Are PIW’s & Hybrid Appraisals the Radithor of The Mortgage Industry?