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Using Zillow and Facebook as an Appraisal Data Source… Really?

Appraisal, Find It, Fix It, Flip It

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   We knew it would happen. The day we reviewed an appraisal which listed data sources way beyond the usual “auditor or public records”, “MLS”, and “site” or “drive-by”! Now appraisers are quoting Zillow, Trulia, or other real estate websites as data sources for the subject property and/or the… Read more


Appraisal, Market Forecast

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   One of the hottest topics is the roll-out by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and AMC’s of hybrid appraisals and bifurcated products. These have been in discussion and development for years. Now appraisers are being asked to prepare these products. A bifurcated appraisal report is an appraisal product where… Read more

Using Real Estate as an Investment Strategy

Appraisal, Financial Goals

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   With the prevalence of television shows promoting “Fix it and Flip It” for quick cash, the subject that often is overlooked is a long-term strategy of ownership of investment properties. During the Great Recession, investors who routinely hold onto real estate for present and future income were confident… Read more

Short-Terms Rentals and the Effects on Value

Appraisal, Commercial Real Estate

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   It’s all the rage – hopping on a website like Airbnb or VRBO, and staying in a home, apartment, or condo owned by an individual or an investment group. Users of these services are discovering the convenience of renting an entire home for the same price as a… Read more

Commercial Development: Appraisers as Advisors

Appraisal, Commercial Real Estate

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   Usually, a commercial appraisal assignment is ordered by a lender after the proposed project has been designed, possibly platted, with needed zoning changes. In other words, these requests tend to be “after the fact” for a specific project that has already been planned for months or years. What… Read more

New Construction: Appraisers Involvement in The Process

Appraisal, New Homes

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   Appraisers are involved in the new construction process, at the front-end, when financing is involved. By virtue of a loan needed for funding the construction, appraisers receive blueprints, contracts, and specifications on which to build the appraisal. From there, the cost approach provides a reliable and relevant approach… Read more

Will A Team Work In Appraisal?

Appraisal, TEAMS

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   The typical appraisal model in business is the lone wolf working in a home office. Or an appraisal company employee working in a busy office but turning out appraisal reports alone. Will the team model work in the appraisal world? Below are a few reasons why teams in… Read more

Appraisers can be Your Flipping Advisor

Appraisal, Find It, Fix It, Flip It

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   With the advent of HGTV and a plethora of “Fix It and Flip It” shows, there are misconceptions galore regarding how to flip properties, and what it entails. These shows feature a complete remodeling in a week or two, including the inevitable drama of an unexpected foundation problem… Read more

Reasons to Connect with Other Appraisers Online

Appraisal, Technology/ Social Media

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   Appraisal can be a very solitary profession, with many working for themselves and with little human interaction. While interaction in person can be time-consuming and difficult to schedule, communicating with other appraisers online is convenient and available. It’s the ready solution to the need to share ideas and… Read more

Agents: Can Property Management Become an Income Stream for You?

Appraisal, General Real Estate

Beth Sigg Northwest Real Estate Services   Now that you have your real estate license and are busy with buyers and sellers, you’re inevitably asked to locate rentals for clients, or find tenants for landlords! Should this become part of your toolbelt of services? First, let’s talk about supply and demand. Selling real estate is… Read more

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