Entries by YourAppraisalOffice2

The “Serial” Podcast and Your Appraiser

Podcasts are a growing medium for both education and entertainment.  Research shows it has grown over 25% per year for the past few years.  As an appraiser, I find myself spending a lot of time at my computer as well as traveling to and from appraisal inspections.  I discovered podcasting about a year ago and […]

Killing a Deal with a ‘Low’ Appraisal

  Within the first few weeks of becoming an appraiser, I knew I had a choice to make. I was already being pressured by lenders, real estate agents, and others to ‘hit value.’  Other things were being asked of me that I felt were unethical or even bordering on illegal.  It was clear that some […]

An Appraisal is Not a Home Inspection

When purchasing a house, there are two, main inspections that typically take place: One is an appraisal for the purposes of lending and the other is a home inspection for the purpose of peace of mind.  Do not mix the two up.  They are not the same thing. If you are not paying cash, the […]

The Law of Diminishing Returns on Idaho Real Estate

Idaho Real Estate, is subject to a phenomenon called “The Law of Diminishing Returns.”  Actually, the law exists in Wyoming as well.  Okay.  Okay.  The law exists everywhere, but we are only concerned with Eastern Idaho real estate and Wyoming real estate on this blog. The principle basically goes like this: the more you get […]

Divorce Appraisal in Idaho

Regardless of the circumstances, going through a divorce can be a painful and complicated process.  In addition to the emotional trauma, there are attorneys, monetary concerns, compex laws, and mountains of paperwork to deal with.  If real estate (either primary, secondary, or investment) is involved, your headaches get much bigger.  Where do you start?  Who […]