As January rolls around each year, homeowners begin receiving their property tax bills. That's why my tax appeal work often picks this time of the year. It should be no surprise that assessed home and land values are increasing. Property values have been increasing in many areas for years, with 2020 being a record year… Continue reading Things To Remember About Tax Appeals
On Tuesday of this week, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Therefore, we have six more weeks of winter weather, by some predictions. Somehow, I feel like six more weeks of winter is a given. Especially in Northeast Ohio. How accurate are weather predictions made by folks who try to base future weather patterns on whether… Continue reading AVM’s & Punxsutawney Phil’s Accuracy
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
Hello everyone! I hope that you are all staying safe out there! The news of people being vaccinated puts a little bounce in my step! I know that we have a ways to go. But it is encouraging! As more people get vaccinated, and things begin to turn around, hopefully sooner than later, small businesses… Continue reading Reopen Your Business Safely with This Budget-Friendly Marketing Plan
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