Appraising

What is Fenestration and How Can it Affect Value?

You may have never heard the word fenestration until reading an appraisal report. What is it? It is the design and positioning of windows and other openings in a building. Imagine this room, pictured below, without any windows. Or maybe just a small window or two.  It would not be nearly as appealing, would it?… Continue reading What is Fenestration and How Can it Affect Value?

Appraising

Do Tandem Bedrooms and Garages Impact Value?

What does tandem mean? The idea of something being tandem literally means one thing that is behind another. What comes to your mind when you think of the word tandem? Sky diving, kayaking, a tandem bicycle? Perhaps a tandem unicycle? In these situations, there is one person in the front and one person in the back.  In many of… Continue reading Do Tandem Bedrooms and Garages Impact Value?

Appraising, Home Repairs

Why Having Functional Gutters and Downspouts Is So Important

  When I was a teenager, I drove a lot of old cars because I couldn't afford a new one. I also did most of the work on them to try to save money. Early on, I learned a valuable lesson when it comes to repairs. Always start diagnosing a problem by checking the inexpensive things… Continue reading Why Having Functional Gutters and Downspouts Is So Important

Appraising, Market Activity

The Value Difference Between Glancing at Data and Analyzing It

Have you ever heard of an autostereogram? It is a picture which allows some people to see a 3D image by focusing on 2D patterns. In the mid 90's these kinds of pictures were often called "Magic Eye" pictures. There were some very specific steps that a person had to take to be able to… Continue reading The Value Difference Between Glancing at Data and Analyzing It