Hug an appraiser day

Congress approved “Hug an Appraiser Day” as a federal holiday. It’s September 21st. No they didn’t, but they should. Commercial fee and bank appraisers work hard. Very hard. Few people know it. The US commercial real estate market is about...

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Can we get on the same page?

Just like EOS (entrepreneurial operating system), AOS (appraiser operating system) can be a set of concepts and tools used by bank and fee appraisers to clarify, simplify, and achieve their vision.   Where’s your firm or appraisal department...

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Enthusiasm, don’t curb it

What’s the No. 1 attitude most beneficial for real estate valuation professionals? Enthusiasm!!! The result? More fulfilling personal and professional life and 10x increase in productivity. We’ve all experienced the difficulty staying motivated...

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Appraisal done! Whew, next one

What do shortcuts really cost appraisers? If you haven’t had a vacation in the last year, consider reading on. There’s always another report due. Does “I need to get that appraisal out” stop you from improving your process? In software...

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Solutions to appraiser relevancy

Fee and bank appraisers both play the same game but on separate teams. There’s lots of refs, OCC, FDIC, USPAP, FIRREA, Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines, and on and on. Our valuation industry has been using the same playbook for a...

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Less swamped, more productive appraisers

Do repetitive manual tasks bring down your appraisal firm or bank appraisal department? Think Zoom calls are a complete waste of time? Meetings done with a lighthouse mindset can help people feel included, trusted and as important team members. Give...

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Listen for opportunity

As the owner of a commercial appraisal firm, are you listening or doing all the talking? As the appraisal manager of your department, are you listening to your staff or too busy? We all have a role to play, your work is to figure out what you...

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Ducks in a row

“Get your ducks in a row.” You’ve heard it, but what does it mean? To have complete composure; to make sure things are running smoothly. 1 to 10, how do you rate your appraisal firm or department running smoothly? If you hesitated, then it’s...

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Indicator of success

What does success look like for appraisers? List the goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. State the goals beginning with “I” as if you have already completed them. “I have fully implemented Edge report writing at my appraisal...

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Missed a spot

We recently purchased our HQ office building in downtown Tampa. I hired a commercial painter to paint a four level huge exterior metal fire escape. I watched his guys paint day after day in the Florida heat. I felt bad for his team. But after getting...

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