The Top Appraisal Blog Posts of 2020

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2020
The Top 10 of 2020!

The Top 10!

We’ve curated a list of the top appraisal blog posts of 2020! From drones to solar panels, from overpricing multiple offers to ways to improve your chances of a favorable appraisal, here are our picks!


FAA Drone Regulations, Drones in Real Estate, and More Resources for Appraisersby McKissock.

Aerial drones are becoming more and more common as a tool for enhancing appraisal inspections. Ready to reap the benefits of drone technology in your appraisal business? We’ve put together a list of resources to help you learn all you need to know about FAA drone regulations, how to become a certified drone pilot, how to fly a drone, and how to leverage aerial drone technology as a real estate appraiser

Keep reading here!


8 Common Violations Made by Appraisers” by Dan Bradley writing on McKissock’s blog.

When it comes to appraisal violations, certain minor violations are very common. In this article, I outline several examples of less serious breaches of development STANDARD 1 and reporting STANDARD 2—and a few other types of violations, too. I have compiled these based on many years of personal experience in appraisal regulation, as well as feedback I have received from other states’ enforcement agencies.

Keep reading here.


Overpricing, Multiple Offers, & Hot Ranges” by Ryan Lundquist on his Sacramento Appraisal Blog.

The market is hot. But it’s not so hot that you can command any price you want. Today I have a quick post to show a few trends. These are brand new visuals with some great takeaways (I think). Enjoy if you wish.

Keep reading here.


3 Ways to Improve Chances of a Favorable Appraisal” by Realtor Magazine.

Appraisal issues can be common hang-ups in a real estate transaction. In June, appraisal issues were blamed for causing delays in 18% of transactions (the second highest reason behind issues related to obtaining financing) and for terminating 9% of contracts, according to the REALTORS® Confidence Index.

Keep reading here.


Productivity Tips: How to Maximize Your Efficiency as an Appraiser” by McKissock.

Looking for ways to increase efficiency and productivity within your appraisal business? We’ve put together some of our favorite resources to turn to for productivity tips. The following list includes advice on how to stay motivated and focused, how to leverage technology, and, in general, how to squeeze the most juice out of your workday so that you can complete more appraisal assignments per month and per year.

Keep reading here.


California Now Requires Solar Panels on New Construction” by Mark Buhler for Appraisal Buzz.

Yes, you read that right. Solar panels are now a requirement for new construction in California.  The state passed a law that requires solar panels on new construction of single-family residences, and condos or apartments up to three stories. Not just a few panels, but enough to provide 100% of the power needed for the structure. 

Keep reading here.


What Do You Mean I Appraised the Wrong House!?” by Dustin Harris on his The Appraiser Coach Blog.

Ever appraised the wrong house?  I have.  So, probably have you.  OK, dumb mistake made.  Nothing you can do about it.  So, how do you recover from a mistake that large?

Keep reading here.


How to Handle the Weird Stuff: Appraisal Methods from an Experienced Florida Appraiser” by McKissock.

In this post, I’ll give a few more examples of complex properties, and then I’ll talk about how to tackle them using nonstandard appraisal methods and techniques.

Keep reading here.


What would happen to the housing market if we went on lockdown again?” by Ryan Lundquist on his Sacramental Appraisal Blog.

Lots of us are wondering about the future as COVID-19 cases are rising. When will this be over? What’s it going to take to beat it? And in terms of real estate, what would happen to the market if we went on lockdown again?

Keep reading here.


OK, this year has been rough for all of us! Enough with the serious! So let’s end the year 2020 on a light note!

And the top appraisal blog of the year is: “Appraisal Terms That Are out of This World” by Jamie Owen on his Cleveland Appraisal Blog.

Since space is the only place that is pandemic free, I thought it would be fun to try to apply space and science fiction terms to real estate. Let’s take a little break from the stressful atmosphere we are experiencing here on earth and have a little fun. Perhaps you can think of more.

Keep reading here.

Happy New Year from your friends at DataMaster!

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