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Understanding Property Tax Grievances

Property taxes are confusing and expensive.   Property owners pay so many taxes that sometimes the amount of taxes and if the amount is correct gets over looked in the haste to get everything paid on time.  You rush to pay all these taxes without understanding what...

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Understanding Appraisals

What’s an appraisal and why do I need one? Appraisals are, by definition, the act of judging the value, condition, or importance of something. A home appraisal is an unbiased, calculated value assessment of your property completed by a licensed professional.  They’re...

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FHA Loans

As if the home buying process wasn’t daunting enough, let’s introduce FHA loans into the picture. An FHA loan is a mortgage issued by the Federal Housing Authority, which is located within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This type of...

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Five Things You Should Never Do to Your Appraiser

March 3rd, 2016 11:54 AM Despite playing an important part, appraisers are still a relatively unknown piece in the puzzle that is real estate.  An appraiser’s job is completed quietly and, if things go well, relatively quickly.  If you do choose to engage with your...

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Honest Appraising

Appraisers get a bad reputation sometimes. A lot of unassuming people misjudge appraisers because they think we are responsible for unethical and fraudulent practices. Some blame us for the real estate bubble crash in the early 2000’s. However, that is not the case....

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There is an app for that

We are living in the technological golden age. It surrounds us completely, in all areas of our lives. Technology has forced us to assimilate and adapt to the changes and advancements or be left behind completely. Some technology is fleeting and will be gone before we...

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Tips for Adding Value to Your Home Before an Appraisal

Let's be honest, while there are times when you want to see a low number on a home appraisal, many times a homeowner is looking for a high value on their property. More often than not, a low appraisal value can kill deals before they even happen. How can you add value...

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USPAP

There are standards and practices for everything and the appraisal industry is no different. We have our own standards to uphold. The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) are the generally accepted standards for the professional appraisal...

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