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The Four D's in Personal Property Appraisal: Death, Disaster, Debt, and Divorce

David S. Bunton | Posted 09.13.2016 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

Benjamin Franklin famously said that "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." As hard as we may try, we may not be a...

The Reverse Mortgage Scam | Posted 04.07.2017 | Fifty

"Father, what is this worth?" asked the son in his father's shop. "Am I buying or selling?" replied the father. If all you did was listen to the TV ...

Shift Control of Appraisals to Mortgage Borrowers: Some Further Thoughts

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 04.07.2017 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

In our current housing finance system, appraisals are issued in the name of the lender to whom a prospective borrower has applied for a loan, and it i...

Downsizing or Handling an Estate? A Qualified Personal Property Appraiser Can Help

David S. Bunton | Posted 03.29.2017 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

In the coming years, many people face the daunting task of helping their elderly parents move from a house to a smaller apartment or nursing facility. This year, the first of the baby-boom generation will turn 60.

Proposal: Shift Control of Appraisals to Mortgage Borrowers

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 03.25.2017 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

There are two ways to make the home loan market much more efficient by empowering borrowers.

The 5 Most Common Causes of Mortgage Blow Ups

Cindy Tansin | Posted 02.20.2017 | Business
Cindy Tansin

We see these mistakes over and over again. To people in the lending business, it's so commonplace we shake our heads when we see it happen, and it's ...

Comparable Sales and Your Home Appraisal

David S. Bunton | Posted 09.17.2016 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

In the vast majority of residential appraisal assignments, the number one tool an appraiser relies on when valuing a home is comparable sales (comps), which refer to recent sales of nearby homes that are similar, or comparable, to the home that's the subject of an appraisal.

When You Need a Home Appraisal.... and Might Not Expect It

David S. Bunton | Posted 06.15.2016 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

Most Americans associate a property appraisal with buying or selling a home. Yet there are a number of other instances outside a typical real estate transaction when consumers may wish to or are required to order a home appraisal, but may not realize it.

Due Diligence: Trust But Verify

Brad Reid | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Due diligence is the investigation that a reasonable person would make in good faith to ascertain the facts in a situation or to determine the truthfulness of assertions. Depending upon the circumstances and issues at stake, this inquiry may be quite broad and detailed.

Preparing For Winter: Energy-Efficient Features And Your Home's Value

David S. Bunton | Posted 04.15.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

To cut down on the energy bill and to help the environment, many homeowners are investing in energy-efficient features. While these renovations may cost a little extra in the short-term, they will certainly make a dent in your monthly bills, and may even increase the value of your home.

First-Time Home Buyer? Here's What You Should Know About Your Appraisal

David S. Bunton | Posted 01.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

We find that first-time home buyers often misunderstand one of the key components of the home buying process: the appraisal. It is the single most important tool to ensure buyers pay a fair and equitable price for the property they purchase.

5 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

David S. Bunton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Small Business
David S. Bunton

It's vital to understand how various choices will impact your business from a valuation standpoint so that you can make informed decisions that will put you on the path to future success.

The ABC's Of Personal Property Appraisal

David S. Bunton | Posted 10.11.2014 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

Understanding the steps that you can take before turning to a professional appraiser will save you time and money. More importantly, it will give you a sense of what goes into an appraisal and the objective criteria appraisers use to determine value.

The IRS Challenges Tax Deductions for Facade Conservation Easements

Brad Reid | Posted 09.06.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Conservation easements preserve ecosystems, open spaces, and appearances. Almost all states have legislation allowing a landowner to donate or sell de...

Everything You Need To Know About Buying An Engagement Ring

David S. Bunton | Posted 08.04.2014 | Weddings
David S. Bunton

No matter how much you plan to spend, it is critical to buy a ring from a reliable source with an excellent reputation. Otherwise, you risk overpaying or getting a product with an undisclosed flaw, or a custom design that's not exactly what you had in mind.

Home Renovations And Your Appraisal: What You Need To Know

David S. Bunton | Posted 07.01.2014 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

Now that spring is here, many homeowners are looking to begin their next home remodeling project. Whether you're redoing the patio or finally putting in that new pool, you should remember that the value added from renovations differs widely based on a number of factors.

INFOGRAPHIC: Common Myths About The Home Buying Process

David S. Bunton | Posted 05.06.2014 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

In today's increasingly competitive real estate market, understanding the appraisal process cannot be overstated. Although appraisals are one of the most important parts of the home buying process, they are often one of the most misunderstood.

Detroit Must Grow Up and Liquidate Assets

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The message we're sending other cities as well as our own citizens is it's OK to mismanage all of your money because the government will come riding in on the white horse to save you.

Note to Home Sellers: Leaving Out VA Borrowers Is Your Loss

Chris Birk | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business
Chris Birk

Lingering misconceptions often keep sellers and agents alike from giving military homebuyers a fair shake.

Effective Instruments for Teacher Evaluation: What Education Ministers and Union Leaders Think

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

On the one hand, teachers need to trust the appraisal system and the individuals carrying out the appraisals. On the other hand, teachers need, as one teacher put it, earn the trust in their work. Effective appraisal is the foundation for both.

Antiques Appraiser Reveals Trash For Cash Secrets

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.30.2012 | Money

In the world of yard sales and antiques auctions, the thrill is in the hunt for hidden treasures. Take those old dentures from Grandpa, especially if ...

Fleeing the Brain's Fear Center

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.10.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Over time, insights get simplified for non-scientists, and translated into the plain language of introductory textbooks. So it is with the amygdala, otherwise known as the brain's "fear center."

"Open Letter"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Jamie Dimon President and CEO JPMorgan Chase Dear Mr. Dimon: I'm Jerry Zezima. The name probably doesn't mean much to you (it doesn't mean much to ...

Due Diligence Is More Than Reading An Appraisal

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Whether you are acquiring eight or 800 units, there are no shortcuts. The process of determining investment worthiness, is called due diligence.