Appraisal Profession, Appraising, Helpful Info For Agents

3 Ways Agents Can Help Appraisers to Be More Accurate

In most parts of the country, real estate appraiser's main source of data is the multiple listing service. (MLS) We use it to find homes that are comparable to the ones we are valuing, to determine what buyers are paying for similar homes. We also use the MLS to analyze the market trends and to… Continue reading 3 Ways Agents Can Help Appraisers to Be More Accurate

Appraising, Helpful to Homeowners, Home Repairs, Market Activity

Are Home Buyers Regretting Their Purchase?

What are some potential reasons why a home buyer may later regret their purchase? In this article I discuss some things to think about that may help avoid home buyer remorse.

Appraising, Helpful for FSBO, Helpful Info For Agents, Helpful to Homeowners, Home Repairs, Market Activity

How Depreciation Works

What is the primary reason a newly built home has a higher market value than the same home that is older? In a word, depreciation. What is depreciation? Simply stated, it is loss in value. There are three basic causes of depreciation for homes. Physical, functional, and external obsolescence. What do they indicate and how… Continue reading How Depreciation Works

Happy Living, Helpful to Homeowners, Just For Fun

An Entertainer’s Dream: Top Backyard Upgrades Your Summer Guests Will Eat Up

Hello everyone! I hope you're doing great out there! I am working on a new article that I will share next week. Kelsey Luvisa from HomeLight wrote a cool article for the Cleveland Appraisal Blog on a hot topic in real estate, namely, backyard entertaining.  I hope you enjoy their article and the warmer weather!… Continue reading An Entertainer’s Dream: Top Backyard Upgrades Your Summer Guests Will Eat Up

Appraisal Profession, Appraising, Helpful for FSBO, Helpful Info For Agents, Helpful to Homeowners

What’s Your View?

When a rainbow appears, it can put a smile on our face. They are so beautiful! When one appears, you can be sure that images of one will appear on social media, as people share their beauty with others. Rainbows are artwork in the sky. For many, including me, they invoke happy feelings. Perhaps they… Continue reading What’s Your View?

Appraising, Helpful Info For Agents, Helpful to Homeowners, Market Activity

The Housing Market Has Become Like the Pymatuning Spillway

If you ever get the chance to visit Pymatuning Lake in PA, which is on the boarder of Ohio and Pennsylvania, make sure to go over to the Linesville Spillway. It is an amazing site. Hundreds of Carp congregate in the spillway, battling for food. Throw a little bread in, and it's a feeding frenzy!… Continue reading The Housing Market Has Become Like the Pymatuning Spillway

Appraisal Profession, Appraising

Is This Discrimination?

As a child, many of my best friends had darker skin than mine. Fortunately, I grew up in a family whose view is that all people are equal, and that differences in race, skin color and background, are what make humans so beautiful. Sadly, there are some that do not share that view.  As a… Continue reading Is This Discrimination?