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Joshua Walitt is a Certified Residential Appraiser. He writes blogs and articles for online and print magazines, and presents talks and seminars to lenders, AMCs, homeowner groups, regulators, and clients, at national conferences and online webinars. He served on Colorado’s ‘AMC Rulemaking Task Force’ in 2013. Walitt designs and teaches online and classroom courses. In addition, he designed the Market Machine, a regression software used by appraisers.

Can I solicit a listing during my appraisal?

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I was recently part of a discussion where an appraiser asked the group: I am an appraiser as well as a real estate sales agent. After I complete inspecting a property for an appraisal assignment and before leaving the property, can I then solicit the owner about the prospect of being his listing agent or […]

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Appraiser Participation: Voicing Change…

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In March of this year, I spoke at the Valuation Expo in Orlando. The general topic of my presentation centered on professionalism within the appraisal industry and how individuals can take steps to stand out and rise above the difficulties we see. As a fee appraiser for many years and having recently moved into a […]

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Common Appraisal Errors – Part 1

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Having a report that complies with USPAP, state, and client conditions is not simply a client expectation, but an essential component to every appraiser’s practice: appraisers, after all, are the individuals to which the standards directly apply. Consequently, appraisers are directly in the cross-hairs for state sanctions if deficiencies are discovered. … This article was […]

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Process, application, and communication of regression modeling in valuing real estate

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Regression software has become more and more a part of developing real estate property value opinions. As a result, it is paramount to understand the differences in tools available, and the elements of the regression process that are necessary for the valuer to understand and to disclose in a report. While guidance is available related […]

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TRID v Customary and Reasonable Fees

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This past week, I had the opportunity to discuss TRID with appraisers, lenders, and AMCs when I attended and spoke at the Appraisal Summit and Expo (http://www.appraisalsummit.net). Clearly, there are misunderstandings of this lender disclosure rule. A few basics about the TRID rule (TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure): The lender must disclose the appraisal fee to […]

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