NAR report highlights growing appraisal problems



The National Association of Realtors has just published its latest realtor’s Confidence Index for March 2017, highlighting some of the biggest roadblocks in the way of closing real estate transaction

Homeowners and appraisers disagree on home valuations



The gap between homeowner’s perceptions of their properties’ value and what appraisers say their homes are actually worth is growing bigger

Homeowners & property appraisers see eye-to-eye



Homeowners and real estate appraisers are finally seeing eye-to-eye (almost!) following years of contrasting opinions over the valuation of properties.

Should Zika be factored into Miami home appraisals?



It’s feared that the impact of the Zika virus in Florida is even being felt in local real estate markets, affecting home values in some parts of the state.

Homeowners, appraisers grow further apart



Appraisers and home owners’ perceptions of home values are growing farther apart, according to Quicken Loans’ latest Home Price Perception Index.

Fannie Mae Creates Blacklist for ‘Questionable’ Appraisers



Fannie Mae is at last taking action against appraisers deemed to have ‘questionable practices’, and has apparently created a blacklist of those who mortgage lenders and banks should be wary of doing business with.

Real Estate Agents Aren’t an Inevitable Party in Property Dealings



Property dealings are not as simple as shopping in the mall for clothes, shoes, or accessories. Just selecting the place of your choice and paying for it is not possible in property matters. Both property buying and selling are difficult deals, and you must be alert enough so that the opposite party doesn’t take undue advantage of your naivety and cause you undue monetary losses.

Is It Wise for Buyers to Waive the Appraisal Contingency?



Is it wise to waive the appraisal contingency as a buyer? The appraisal topic continues to cause agitation among many in the home buying process, but is the answer to eliminate it? Current markets operating in the present environment: appraisals operate with historic data; a conflict right out of the gate.

Challenging Low Appraisals: Think Like An Appraiser!



Problems with “low” appraisals continue to be an issue, and even more so in markets where home values appear to be on the rise. A rising market moves faster than the appraisals; consider that appraisers are required to use only closed sales

Heartbreak Hotel Awaits Some Spring Home Sellers



Over the next few months, many sellers will have their hearts broken. This will be primarily self-inflicted but much of it enabled by collaborating real estate agents. The hurt will come as a result of the positive real estate news splashed across the headlines.

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