The Appraisal Update
The Appraisal Update is the official podcast of Appraiser eLearning. Join us every week to get an update, a single scenario, a point to ponder – something to consider for your appraisal practice today.
Host Bryan Reynolds speaks with Sarah Young, VP of Reverse Mortgage Operations and manager of underwriting and lending at Resolute Bank, about the appraiser-underwriter relationship. Young discusses common problems with appraisal reports and offers tips for how appraisers can avoid requests for revisions.
Host Bryan Reynolds sits down with Mike Dunn, vice president of client relations at Equity Solutions, to discuss the love-hate relationship with AMCs. Brad Bullard adds to the discussion with his knowledge from years of boots-on-the-ground experience as a certified residential appraiser in Michigan.
Laurie Egan, founding member and past president of the National Association of Appraisers, talks to host Bryan Reynolds about the common question: Why should I bother joining organizations like the NAA?
Residential appraisers: Why waste your resources delivering clients a full report — a product they may not actually even want — when what they’re looking for is *the appraisal* …i.e. the number itself? Here’s Bryan Reynolds’s full report on appraisal reports, and how best to communicate the results of our analysis to different homeowners with different needs.
Host Bryan Reynolds speaks with Jeff Bradford of Bradford Technologies about how appraisers can work more efficiently by playing as a team — and tapping into other people’s skills and knowledge.
At the ATA in Austin, Texas, Bryan Reynolds catches up with Lamar Ellis—AKA “The Drone Guy” — in mid-flight. As president of Drone Education Services, Ellis discusses innovative ways to bring drone technology into real estate practice —without falling afoul of the FAA.
Host Bryan Reynolds talks with veteran real estate pro and instructor, Candy Cooke. She’s founder of Cooked Real Estate, a Facebook online community popular with real estate agents, brokers, and appraisers looking for a network of supportive colleagues.
Host Bryan Reynolds speaks with Brandi Dunagan, an appraisal trainee in Texas, about getting started in the field and the importance of supportive professional organizations.
What really defines a bedroom? What is a ‘half bath’? Says who? Tune in to see what FHA and Fannie Mae have to say as our host Bryan Reynolds discussed bedrooms and bathrooms.
Are you selling yourself too cheap? Do you know what you’re worth? Your host Bryan Reynolds talks about how to value your time, like a professional.
What do you do when you get a bad feeling about entering a home? Have you ever not felt safe with the occupant(s) of a house? See evidence of suspicious activity that made you feel like your safety was compromised?
Bryan Reynolds discusses some scenarios in this week’s podcast where personal safety had to be taken into consideration when taking on appraisal work.
What do you do with a flying saucer? How do you even begin to measure a flying saucer? How do you handle unique properties? Melissa Bond, appraiser and educator from Mississippi, joins guest host Hal Humphreys to chat about best practices for appraising unique properties. Why you might consider taking that one off assignment and develop a niche for unique homes.
Guest host Hal Humphreys chats with Melissa Bond, appraiser and educator from the deep south in Mississippi. We’re talking today about appraiser safety. We’re out there in the field every day, inspecting, measuring, interacting with property owners. Sometimes those property owners are not happy to see us. In this episode, Melissa shares some best practices for safety.
Bryan Reynolds is joined by Mark Buhler to discuss the complexities of “Green” valuations- how do you value green, energy efficient homes and solar panels? What do appraisers need to be aware of when valuing homes with green systems and features? Join Bryan and Mark for this discussion and learn something new about “Green valuation.”
Bryan Reynolds chats with Hal Humphreys about investigations. Hal is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. He’s investigated hundreds of cases. Find out what he has to say about what to do if you end up under investigation.
What do you do when you get sued? How should you respond to a subpoena? What do you do when you get a complaint filed against you? Join Bryan Reynolds, your host, as he quizzes Craig Capilla, attorney with the Franklin Law Group, about how to handle those troublesome times.
We chat with John Brenan, of The Appraisal Foundation, about USPAP and the industry in general. Tune in and hear what Mr. Brenan has to say about the state of the industry. This episode was recorded live at the Appraisers Conference and Trade show, an annual conference hosted by Appraiser eLearning and the National Association of Appraisers.
What is an appraisal conference? Have you attended one? Should you? Bryan Reynolds, you host, visits with Craig Morley, acting president of the National Association of Appraisers, to discuss the ACTS Conference. Appraisers Conference and Trade Show. This interview was recorded live at the Second Annual ACTS Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. Give a listen and learn why you should be involved in your local appraiser coalition and how you can benefit from attending the next ACTS Conference.
Ever had a hard time finding that third comp? You got two great sales but just can’t find the third one to fit the parameters. What do you do? Do you make one up? Do you leave it out? Tune-in and learn some ways to deal with limited sales data.
What is it going to take for appraisers to be considered professionals? Today we operate in a business, but sooner than later – if we play our cards right – we can be seen as professionals. Professionals, not tradespeople or just business people.
How much detail do you need to go into when reporting your observations? How do you report a minor flaw when it doesn’t affect the three ‘S’s – safety, security, and soundness? A leaky faucet, small crack, holes in the window screen – don’t all screens have holes?
Join Bryan Reynolds, of Appraiser eLearning, as he chats with “Billy,” an appraiser who had a complaint filed against him. Not only did Billy overcome the complaint. It was 100% dismissed. He then sued the complainant and got a settlement. So, it’s possible to no only overcome the bullying but to come out on top.
This episode is a must listen for all appraisers. We put ourselves out there on a daily basis. It’s nice to know that when we do good work, we can beat the ill-tempered bullies of this world.
In this episode of The Appraisal Update, Bryan Reynolds chats with Jim Park the executive director of The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC). Join Bryan and Mr. Park as they discuss the state of the appraisal industry, where we are and where we’re going. This episode is a little longer than normal, but we thought the content was useful and important.
Bryan Reynolds chats about highest and best use and ways we might consider this foundational appraisal issue. How do you address issues of adaptive reuse? How do you deal with a property that’s unique? HABU isn’t always a foregone conclusion. Listen to Brian talk about the ways to consider this section of the appraisal, one of the most overlooked – yet most important parts of the process.
Take the time to build your toolbox with ways to make money. Don’t avoid jobs just because you have a notion that it’s outside of your normal appraisal practice. You can work as a consultant. We suggest you do when you get the opportunity.
Join us for this episode of The Appraisal Update and discover another tool for your money-making toolbox.
Have you ever had a client follow you on your heels during an inspection? Do you ever think that they are trying to steer you away from something they don’t want you to see? Can you trust what they say when asked tough questions about their home? AeL’s Bryan Reynolds discusses a situation he found himself in when inspecting a less than dry basement.
In what scenario would you choose to not inspect the interior of a property? What does USPAP have to say about it? Join Bryan Reynolds as he discusses a situation he was recently in where he had to deal with that question.