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Be A Crack Detective

Over the years, I have seen a lot of cracks. Big cracks, small cracks, long ones, and short ones. I've seen cracks of all different shapes and sizes. I should make it clear that I am not a crack expert. Before I go on, I should also make clear the type of cracks I am… Continue reading Be A Crack Detective

Appraising, Helpful Info For Agents

At What Point Does an Appraiser Need Geographic Competency?

When does an appraiser need to possess geographic competency?

Appraising, Helpful Info For Agents

Don’t Be Afraid of Talking to The Appraiser!

There are many misconceptions regarding real estate agent's ability to communicate with appraisers. It feels like some agents have been taught that if they speak to or look directly at the appraiser, they might spontaneously combust! Many real estate agents have told me that they are not sure what they can discuss with the appraiser.  So, let's clear… Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid of Talking to The Appraiser!


Valuations, Identification & Human Perception

When I was 20 years old, I received some specialized training on how to study fingerprints. The class started with about 20 people and by the end, only four of us graduated. Myself and two others were hired by the Denver Police Department as fingerprint examiners. Why such a low graduation rate? It's not rocket… Continue reading Valuations, Identification & Human Perception

Appraising, Helpful Info For Agents

Are Sheds Outbuildings?

Often, when appraising homes, I see MLS listings that call a shed an out building. Ask any appraiser and they will likely say that a shed is not an outbuilding. So, are sheds outbuildings? Sometimes it's good to just get the definition from the dictionary and then go from there. According to Merriam Webster's dictionary,… Continue reading Are Sheds Outbuildings?