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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?

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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?

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When & How do Appraiser’s Adjust for Age?

Like most aspects of an appraisal, things seem easy. That is, until one takes a closer look. Age is a good example. It seems logical to think that a newer home is more valuable than an older home. However, that's not always the case.  Last week, a real estate agent asked me about how appraisers… Continue reading When & How do Appraiser’s Adjust for Age?

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AVM’s & Punxsutawney Phil’s Accuracy

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

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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

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How Cost To Cure Works

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