THE OTHER SIDE, Racism in Appraisals.

Note: The following blog article is not to defend anyone or to place blame. It is simply a blog looking at this issue from the other side of things, the side that hasn’t been discussed in the media. A couple weeks ago, I was privileged to speak on The National Real Estate Post about appraisal

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Consumers: The Forgotten Ones.

In 2008 after the housing crash, then-Attorney General of New York, Andrew Cuomo, came up with the Home Valuation Code of Conduct or HVCC. The legislation was in response to his poor dealings with banks and real estate that he had an interest in and due to him being under investigation for billions of dollars

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The Past, A Question & Where To GO.

As an appraiser, my job is to look into the past to locate sales that have sold and use them to generate a value opinion of what a home is worth today. My job is always living in the past while trying to determine the immediate future. For someone trying to figure out his future

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Do You Inspire Others?

Being inspired by others is easy. Inspiring others is the real challenge “-Mark Skapinetz Yes, that’s my quote, and it came to me the other night while I was on the new App called Clubhouse. I was speaking to a group of realtors and agents about Real Estate Appraising and the appraisal process. I was

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HOW THIS APPRAISER ADDED VALUE.

Today was a great day in so many ways. Not only did I not have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get things done, I had one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had as a Real Estate Appraiser. Let me set the stage a bit. I was contacted to do

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Are you more than just an APPRAISER?

Wow. Its been a while since I have written a blog post, however my reasons are many. The market has been insane, Covid, playing a lot of golf. Oh wait I’m making excuses… Its good to be back writing and I hope you like this one. I am an appraiser!! We see it and hear

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The Lost World of Empathy.

Empathy. It’s probably the one word in the dictionary that has been lost. Lost in the fact that most have no idea what it means, that they have no idea how to use it, feel it, and well, it’s something that most aren’t taught these days. Before we go further, I’d like to ask you

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