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Previously published in the January 2000 issue if the ASA Newsline, published by the American Society of Appraisers. Written by Deane Wilson, ASA and reprinted with his permission. If you ever get a chance to hear Deane Wilson speak, do it. He is one of the most humorous and “out there” appraisal presenters I have ever heard!