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  • What the Heck is Market Value?

    In the Dallas real estate market there are several participants concerned with the price, cost, and value in a typical real estate transaction. The terms have very different meanings but are often used interchangeably, which can lead to confusion and...
  • FHA Friday Blog Series – Attic Inspection

    Originally posted at Riverfront Appraisal Blog   Happy Friday!  And welcome to our second installment of FHA Friday – our blog series on common FHA appraisal issues and practices.  Today we’re going to briefly discuss the attic inspection.  What is involved in...
  • 4 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

      The popcorn is gone! Chip and Joanna would be so proud of me. The popcorn is gone! Well . . . it is almost gone. It’s gone from MOST of the ceilings on the main floor of our house. We just...
  • Buying a House Across the Country

      Whether you are moving across the state or across the country, relocation is a daunting prospect for any family. The planning, house hunting, packing, and coordinating is enough to make the most highly organized person dizzy with details.  My husband and...
  • Why do I feel like somebody’s watching me?

    Originally posted on DW Slater Company Blog   Mary and Tom had purchased their dream home about a month ago.  The new drapes that Mary special ordered had come in and she was standing at the front window working on getting them...
  • Bank Appraisals vs. Private Appraisals… What Makes the Most Cents?

    What’s the difference between a “Bank” appraisal for lending vs. a private appraisal? If an appraiser appraises a home for a lender and on the same day performs a second appraisal of the same property for private party, will the...
  • A Home Appraisal for $200?

    Appraisers complete various type of reports for lenders and homeowners. The big factors that affect the cost of a home appraisal are the purpose of the appraisal, size of the home and lot size. As a homeowner, you can stay...
  • My First Rental House – Heaven or Hell??

        I was 30 years old. My house was paid off, I had $90,000 in cash, and I was ready to step foot in the real estate market and buy my first rental house. "Don't do it. Renters will tear up your...
  • Fee Simple, Leasehold, and Leased Fee Explained In 3 Minutes

    Originally posted at The Real Estate Appraisal Group blog page on March 26, 2015   What’s the real difference between leasehold, leased fee, and fee simple?   https://youtu.be/UY13t0QHcac   Fee Simple Fee simple is the form property ownership people are most familiar with.  The term means you...
  • 5 things to remember when using price per sq ft in real estate

    Watch: Ryan Lundquist - Don't make this price per sqft mistake in real estate Using price per sq ft can be very dangerous. I know that sounds odd because price per sq ft is about as common as anything in real...
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