2021

Will the housing market continue its hot streak in 2022?

Housing Wire

As we approach the end of another hot year for the market, homebuyers and sellers are eagerly looking ahead to the 2022 housing market. Will the market continue its streak of strong growth, or are we finally about to see a slow down?

3 Ways Agents Can Help Appraisers to Be More Accurate

Cleveland Appraisal Blog

In most parts of the country, real estate appraiser’s main source of data is the multiple listing service. MLS) We use it to find homes that are comparable to the ones we are valuing, to determine what buyers are paying for similar homes.

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Logan Mohtashami: The 2022 housing forecast

Housing Wire

Most of the time, the economy is like a slow-moving ocean liner that changes direction gradually and without much effort. But when a new, powerful variable presents itself, like the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the economy can change on a dime.

The Fannie Mae Requirement Impacting All Appraisers in 2022

Appraisal Buzz

In today’s Buzzcast, we dive into the new ANSI standards announced for appraisers. Today we have Joan Trice, Founder of Allterra Group, LLC., and Bryan Reynolds, Appraiser eLearning Partner. We’ll be getting the inside scoop while they discuss the new updates and their impacts on appraisers.

Single-family rents soar in tight housing market

Housing Wire

You could buy a top-of-the-line laptop and a new cell phone to match, or you could pay one month’s rent for a single-family home in Los Angeles. It’s not much better for prospective single-family renters across California, a study by HouseCanary found.

Zillow Zinged

Cleveland Appraisal Blog

I have written several articles demonstrating the inaccuracy of AVMs like Zillow’s Zestimates.

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Settling on a New Normal for Appraisals in 2022

Appraisal Buzz

The housing market was hotter than ever last year, with pandemic-driven demand boosting home sales to their highest level in 14 years. Total year-end sales volume ended at 5.64 million units , and some experts say it could reach 8 million if there were more inventory. Therein lies the problem.

Investors are buying more, but spending less

Housing Wire

Real estate investors are buying more properties, but paying less for them, according to a report from RealtyTrac released Thursday based on ATTOM Data Solutions home sales data. In the second quarter of 2021, investor purchases accounted for 15.4%

Top markets for affordable renovated housing inventory

Housing Wire

Skyrocketing U.S. home prices are quickly shifting the affordability calculus for prospective homebuyers in 2021 — even though mortgage rates have remained near record lows. The median home price nationwide in August increased 14.9%

An open letter to home sellers in a crazy market

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Dear Sellers, How are things? I hope all is well. The housing market is so chaotic right now, so I wanted to share some thoughts and advice that I thought might help. This is coming from a good place and it’s based on observations and conversations with the real estate community.

No Diversity: 96.5% Of U.S. Appraisers Are White

Miller Samuel

Over the past year, beginning with this NY Times piece: Black Homeowners Face Discrimination in Appraisals that initiated a rising progression of news stories covering discrimination in the appraisal of houses. So I looked at U.S. labor force data from the U.S.

Finding Comps in Non-Disclosure States

The Appraiser Coach

All three states that I’m licensed in, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming, are non-disclosure states. I’ve never worked in a disclosure state and so I’m always a bit surprised when I’m. Read More.

Is Appraisal Systemically Biased?

George Dell

Appraisal standards and regulations are mostly designed to discourage personal bias. But what about traditional appraisal practice? To understand this question, we must separate personal bias from analytic bias.

How Tech is Working on the Solution to the Appraiser Shortage 

Appraisal Buzz

The shortage of appraisers within the industry has been well publicized recently and no doubt plenty of you reading this article have experienced the impact of this shortage first hand.

Unanswered Questions – Part 1

Appraisal Buzz

Like many busy appraisers, I can spend a lot of time in my own little world just trying to keep my head above water. Trying to meet deadlines, keep my clients informed, and put out a quality product in this busy market is enough to make my head spin.

28,000 Reasons to Have Your Home Measured Before You List It

Cleveland Appraisal Blog

If you’re not an appraiser, if you are trying to figure out the value of a home, chances are good that you use a price per square foot metric. I’ve written about this topic in the past.

Goodbye Zillow

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Last week Zillow announced failure as a home flipper and there were no candle vigils. But there has been so much talk and I’ve heard everything from “This means the market is going to crash” to “The iBuyer model is dead.”

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Unrealistic sellers & my favorite housing analogy

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

I have three things on my mind today. I’d love to share a helpful analogy for today’s housing market, let’s talk about unrealistic seller expectations, and then unpack some fresh stats.

Goodbye single family zoning

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Goodbye single family zoning. If you didn’t know, two weeks ago SB9 was signed into law in California, which now allows property owners to build a duplex on any residential lot or subdivide to build up to four units. This is massive news, so let’s talk about it.

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Waiting for a big drop in home prices? It could be a while

Housing Wire

With mortgage rates falling during the COVID-19 crisis, many households were able to refinance to lower payments.

10 ways the housing market is slowing

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

The housing market has turned the corner and we are seeing definitive slowing. Here are ten ways I’m seeing slowing in the market. If you’re not local, what are you seeing in your area? NOT DULL: The market is slowing, but it’s not dull. It is still really competitive.

[Podcast] Masters In Business: Jonathan Miller on the Real Estate Industry

Miller Samuel

This is my fourth appearance with my friend Barry Ritholtz, a prolific columnist/blogger, radio show host/podcaster , and wealth management firm head on his Masters In Business show for Bloomberg Radio. He previously interviewed me in 2014 , 2016 and 2020.

Saving Photos as an Appraiser

The Appraiser Coach

It is no secret that we as appraisers take a lot of photos. I probably take about 20-25 per house that I inspect. Then there are all the comp photos. Read More.

What Happened to Zillow?

George Dell

Zillow Zestimate has been the go-to source for consumers to check what their house is worth for many years now. Zillow leverages the traffic that this brings to their web site to sell other real estate services (not valuation products!).

Random Thoughts of an Appraiser – Part 6

Appraisal Buzz

Matt Simmons has been busy with his sixth edition of “Random Thoughts of an Appraiser!” There are plenty of times where appraisers have collectively had thoughts or concepts that can be communicated and/or questioned in a sentence and don’t need a dedicated article.

Have You Ever Calculated Your Hourly Rate?

Appraisal Buzz

One of the most important math calculations in an entrepreneurs toolbox is knowing what the value of an hour is worth. We tend to call this calculation ‘dollars per hour,’ as in, “I just billed out $200 per hour,” or “I make $100 per hour.”

Who Needs Appraiser’s When One Has Cash?

Cleveland Appraisal Blog

Who needs an appraiser when one has cash? That’s a question a good friend asked me after telling me that a home on the same street from them sold, in hours, for a much higher price than many other generally similar homes are selling for in the neighborhood. The buyers paid cash.

Appraisers: Pay Attention to Policy

Appraisal Buzz

Local, State, and Federal policy can play a significant role in an appraiser’s business – it is important to stay informed about what is happening around us. Most appraisers have been busier than ever over the past year and may be struggling to keep up with deadlines.

Has the housing market peaked this year?

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Are prices finally starting to slow? Can it really be happening? Has the housing market likely peaked for the year? The answer is YES. Here are two quick things on my mind.

The housing market is slowing (but not slow)

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

The housing market is slowing and today I want to share seven quick ways I’m seeing that. But here’s the thing. This market is still driving at warp speed. In short, the market is slowing, but it’s not slow.

Housing affordability improves for second straight month

Housing Wire

For the second month in a row, national housing affordability improved in August, according to the latest National Association of Realtors housing affordability index report. This improvement came as monthly mortgage payments fell by 1.1% while median family income fell by 0.7%.

An Opportunity to Change the Appraisal Industry

Appraisal Buzz

Fannie and Freddie are slowly rolling back some of the COVID-era regulations that have facilitated getting appraisals done during the pandemic.

Don't Miss the Unveiling of the 2021-22 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate® 6-23

Miller Samuel

[click image for free registration]. I'm a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) and wanted to share this. Join The Counselors of Real Estate on June 23 for the unveiling of the 2021-22 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate ®.

Rental Schedules Without an Appraisal?

The Appraiser Coach

Can you do a rental schedule on a property that you have not appraised? This was a question recently asked in my closed Facebook All-Stars group. Within this private group, Read More.