Appraisal News and Business Tips

Marketing and Management Tips for Appraisers

The appraisal business has changed significantly. We regularly have updates of the free articles on business topics below and other business. We also write about appraisal topics important to appraisal businesses. For example, since late 2014 we have written many articles about Collateral Underwriter, AMCs  and adjustments

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Some of the articles below are a Blast From the Past! On the top of each article, I have indicated what is out of date and what is relevant today.

I started my paid newsletter in 1992 and my first appraisal web site in 1998. Many of these articles on the list below were written in the 1990s and early 2000s. A few years ago I started taking off all the old, out of date, articles. But I realized that it was a good source of how appraising has changed over the years so I quit removing them, such as appraiser directories and AMCs. Many of the “classic” business article topics, such as Can you sell your appraisal business, have not changed since they were first written. Others, such as AVMs, have not changed much except for the vendors trying to sell their AVMs.

Managing an appraisal business is much easier than businesses such as restaurants, which are much more management intensive. However, very few appraisal businesses are large enough to support owners/managers who are also not producers, doing appraisals and/or reviewing staff work.

Below are articles previously published in  Appraisal Today on popular management topics for appraisers.
Every month Appraisal Today newsletter has articles on business topics and other hot appraisal topics!

Marketing tips – most of these articles are “classics” that are relevant today.

      A few of the recent Marketing articles available in the paid Appraisal Today newsletter

  • What lenders don’t use AMCs and how to get work from them – VA, local banks, mortgage companies, hard money, etc.
  • Your Web Site – the easiest and fastest way to get non-AMC work!
  • Staying positive with unreasonable fees and Scope Creep from AMCs 

Financial tips – most of these articles are “classics” that are relevant today. 

A few of the recent Financial articles available in the paid Appraisal Today newsletter

  • Will you still be appraising when you’re 85 (or 90)?
  • E&O Insurance Update – liability threats, state board complaints, etc. List of E&O insurance companies. Don’t just look at the cost. Beware!!
  • Year-end tax planning for appraisers. What you can do now to save money on your taxes!! Published every year in December. 

Increasing productivity – Some of these topics are regularly updated in the paid Appraisal Today newsletter as technology changes

Blasts from the Past – a little bit of history. Mostly about the early days of the Internet for appraisers

A few of the recent Internet articles available in the paid Appraisal Today newsletter

  • How to connect with other appraisers online. What’s the best group for you?
  • The Internet, Big Data and the Art of Appraising. The past, the present and the future.

Hiring appraisers and trainees – Still relevant today

Every month Appraisal Today newsletter has articles on business topics.