28th December 2010

A little bit about me – Bryan Knowlton

Hello Fellow Appraisers!

I thought I would take a little time and post a little information about myself and the situation I was in when I decided to put together my list of appraisal management companies.

Hopefully you are not in the same boat as I was in only a few years ago. Well, the HVCC went in to full affect and at the time I wasn’t doing ANY work for the AMCs. I also had the bright idea of moving from San Diego to Arizona, thinking I could live on less money and have a better lifestyle.

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19th December 2010

Appraisal Management – Is it Working For Today’s Appraiser?

While appraisal management is not a new concept, the change in the laws that forced their use has caused much speculation about their use, both for appraisers and lenders alike, but for completely different reasons.

Appraisers have several gripes about the appraisal management process and implementation. The first of which is the ethics of the management firms. Conditions have improved for the appraiser, but many are still upset about unfair pay splits, difficulty in getting jobs and the time frame that the firms require to have the job completed.

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19th December 2010

Hiring a Licensed Home Appraiser


Part of the home buying process might include ordering an official appraisal to help place an appropriate worth on the property you are thinking of buying. The property appraisal will be conducted by a licensed appraiser in your area.

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19th December 2010

Eminent Domain Law: Selecting an Appraiser and Using Other Experts

In eminent domain cases, the condemning authority must offer what they believe is a fair amount for your property, as determined by their appraiser. Be aware, however, that this value might not be accurate. The appraiser hired by the condemning authority will use methodology that benefits its client, which will likely result in an offer that is favorable to the condemning authority, not the property owner.

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17th December 2010

The Busy Appraiser Podcast #1 – Welcome!

The busy appraiser podcast. Find out more appraisal company marketing techniques. Appraisal management company information, appraisal marketing and getting more appraisal orders from the internet.

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15th November 2010

Considering a Real Estate Appraiser Career For You?

Considering a career as a real estate appraiser? It’s a career choice that offers the opportunity to work outside a typical office environment, the chance to meet different kinds of people and with experience, the choice to start your own consulting business. Here are some tips to consider if you’re ready to take on this exciting, career challenge:

Satisfy your state’s real estate appraisal education requirements.

First things first – you must fulfill your state’s educational requirements before launching your career and obtaining your trainee license. You can take your course in a classroom setting. However, many choose to pursue their real estate appraisal training in an online learning environment. Benefits of this choice can include setting your own study schedule, learning from home and progressing at your own pace. Whether you choose an online or classroom setting, your learning objectives should include land taxation, government regulations, zoning laws and the business aspect of the job, which involves current market trends.
Pass your state exam and obtain field experience. On-the-job training will allow you to implement what you learned during your real estate appraisal courses. On the job training would put you under an experienced real estate appraiser. Basically, you will act as an assistant to your mentor and examine how things are done. It is also the best way to start building networks among prominent people on the job; you never know when a good connection may come in handy. It is not impossible to make valuable contacts when conducting or assisting with an appraisal or even just attending business meetings with your mentor. Make sure to make yourself known to them, you wouldn’t want to pass up an opportunity.
Consider all the opportunities an appraiser career offers. Aside from mentorship with a real estate appraiser, how about working for a bank? It’s an ideal move for someone who wants to specialize in land value and equities. Another is taking apprenticeship with the government, particularly in the department that handles taxation problems and revenues because this is very much in sync with the job. Lastly, after acquiring enough experience, why not launch your business? You could work independently and develop a network of clients and businesses you perform appraisals for, or you can hire other appraisers and serve as a mentor to new, budding appraisers.

An appraisal may be the rewarding career opportunity you’ve been seeking. If anything, it’s definitely worth investigating, especially in an economy that is positively progressing in the right direction.

If you are currently working full-time and/or juggling other personal and family responsibilities, don’t be dismayed – an appraisal career is still possible! Consider the convenience an online real estate school can offer with schedule flexibility and the ability to learn from home on your own schedule. Saving money on gas and child care are also major benefits.

Conduct your own research and learn more about this career field. It might be the best move you ever make for your career, future and family.

Jason S. Cruz is a copywriter for Real Estate School. we provide industry-leading online courses for real estate appraiser that enable students to meet their educational requirements and prepare for the state exam. The convenient distance education courses offer students a quick and flexible way to advance their careers.

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15th November 2010

Real Estate Appraiser Marketing Tips

The best thing about marketing your services on the Internet is that clients will look for you by typing what they need in the search box. If you can fill their need they will call you. But, first you need to be found by these prospective clients. I believe the following are the four best ways to advertise your appraisal services on the Internet.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Search engine optimization is the process of improving the quantity and/or quality of traffic to your website from the search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. To do this you need to appear in the first two pages of the natural (free) search results. Typically the earlier your site appears in the search results, the more visitors it will receive from potential clients looking for appraisal services. To appear in the top of the search results your site needs keywords, such as “Real Estate Appraisers”, “Estate Appraisals”, etc. These are the terms and phrases that possible clients will use when they search the Internet looking for a real estate appraiser.

An additional factor that will help your site appear higher in the search results are links to your website. The combination of the quantity of links to your site and the “Anchor Text” (the words in the link) can help your site appear at or near the top of the search results in Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Statistics indicate that approximately 70% of searchers will click on the natural search results, therefore it is important that your site or directory you are listed in appear at or near the top of the natural search results.

Pay Per Click (Sponsored Links): This is an additional method to get your web site to appear in the search results (paid results known as “Sponsored Links”) these are the results that appear to the top and right of the natural (free) search results. You as an advertiser pay only when your ad is clicked which leads the searcher to your web site. The cost of this type of marketing depends on the amount of competition that is bidding for the same keywords “Real Estate Appraisers”, “Divorce Appraisals”, etc., as you. If you are in an area with very little competition it might only cost you $.05 per click, however if there is a lot of competitors it could cost $10.00 or more per click. One of the problems with pay per click, besides the cost is that statistics indicate that only approximately 30% of searchers will click on your ad. This is substantially lower to the natural search results.

Directories: Appraiser directories can also be very beneficial as they do the Internet marketing work for you. There is no need for you to use your valuable time or money to attempt to optimize your website or pay for pay per click marketing. A directory can do this all for you. They will place a listing on their site with your company information, the services you provide and your contact info.

Local Business Ads: These are the listings that appear with a map to your location on the various search engines. They are free on Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com and I urge you to add your business. Make sure to include your type of services in your listing, such as “Miami Appraiser”, “Appraisals Miami”, etc. as the majority of your competitors will list their name which will not describe the services they provide. If you were looking for an appraiser which listing would you notice “Miami Appraiser” or “Joe Schmoe”? I know what most potential clients will pick and this puts you above your competition.

There are pros and cons to the first three methods of Internet marketing. Search engine optimization takes time and constant work, pay per click costs money and takes some time and directories cost money. Determining which Internet marketing methods are best for you is your decision. The combination of all four will benefit your business the most, however I believe that listing your business in a directory could be your greatest option. For a negligible fee a directory can provide the first three of the above marketing methods and you can simply create a local business ad yourself for the final Internet marketing method.

Michael J. Cappello has been a real estate appraiser for 18 years and currently owns the Real Estate Appraisers Directory

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21st September 2010

DartAppraisal.com needs more REO appraisers

DartAppraisal.com is proud to announce one of the largest endeavors in our 17-year history. HomeTelos has chosen our firm as their appraisal services provider for the newly awarded U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) single family residential portfolio.

The new contract with HomeTelos covers REO appraisals across 25 states and three territories, marking a sizable increase in HUD REO coverage for our firm. We have included a recent Yahoo Finance news article for your information below.

In the coming months, DartAppraisal.com will be seeking additional certified, HUD-approved appraisers to join our national appraiser panel. We are looking for good appraisers to help us with these 25 states. Please make use of the “Forward to a Friend” icon at the bottom of this message to recommend your colleagues, or sign up yourself through our vendor coordinator, Tracey Meldrum.

Tracey Meldrum
1-888-DART-123 Ext. 665

We look forward to working with you.


Michael Dresden
Director of Operations

TROY, Mich., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — DartAppraisal.com, a leading national provider of residential real estate appraisals, today announced that HomeTelos, L.P. selected the company as their appraisal services provider for the newly awarded United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) single family residential portfolio.

HomeTelos, L.P., a Dallas-based real estate services and technology firm and approved GSA schedule contractor, was selected to provide new and advanced marketing strategies to sell HUD’s single-family residential homes in five regions, covering 25 states and additional U.S. territories. A quick and accurate appraisal valuation is a key element to the execution of selling strategies for the portfolio HomeTelos manages.

The geographic area covered by HomeTelos’ services under these contracts includes Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Our experience working with Asset Managers for REO valuations makes this a natural partnership,” said Darton Case, president of DartAppraisal.com. “Since 2006, DartAppraisal.com has specialized in REO appraisals. We specifically train our key REO appraisers annually to ensure compliance with all regulations, understanding of the latest changes and avoidance of common reporting errors.”

As part of the company’s commitment to quality control, DartAppraisal.com has trained hundreds of appraisers throughout Texas and Georgia on the specifics of REO valuations. Additionally, DartAppraisal.com recently introduced DartAdapt™ quality control technology on each appraisal to attain the highest level of accuracy.

Appraisers interested in becoming part of the DartAppraisal.com appraisal panel should contact the company at www.dartappraisal.com.

DartAppraisal.com is a leading independent provider of nationwide residential real estate valuations. Since 1993, the Troy, Michigan-based company has leveraged innovative technology, stringent quality control measures and localized experience to provide appraisal management services to the mortgage industry. Since 2006, DartAppraisal.com has also specialized in REO appraisals. www.DartAppraisal.com

HomeTelos, L.P., a company at the Intersection and Technology, creates dynamic real estate solutions for managing and marketing residential properties. Founded in 2001, and an affiliate of First Preston, HomeTelos provides advisory and technology solutions that drive the life cycle of real estate portfolios. For more information on the company visit www.hometelos.com.

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21st September 2010

Landsafe is hiring Staff Appraisers!!!!

Landsafe is Hiring Staff Appraisers

As you know, working for landsafe can be an appraisers dream job. I know when I became a fee appraiser for landsafe, my appraiser income almost doubled. Not only do they have realistic turn times in my area, but they pay great fees in my area. I have tried many times to become a staff appraiser for landsafe, but my area is usually not taking new applicants.

If you cover any of the areas below, make sure to apply!!! I do not know what they pay their staff appraisers, but to compete with their fee appraisers, I can only imagine staff appraisers are making more.

Good luck and please give me any feedback on your luck applying!!!

Join Bank Of America; LandSafe Employment Opportunity – now hiring for Staff Appraiser positions

LandSafe Appraisal Services Inc. is experiencing tremendous growth and our growth means exciting opportunities for you! We are currently looking for full time Residential Appraisers’ in the following markets:

Las Vegas, NV Atlantic City, NJ
Atlanta, GA Washington, DC
Detroit, MI Bakersfield, CA
Rochester, NY Ft Bend, TX
Big Island, HI Honolulu, HI
Maui, HI Baton Rouge, LA
Naples, FL Bend, OR
Charlotte, NC Raleigh, NC
Wilmington, NC Fayetteville, NC
Portland, ME Hartford, CT
Boise, ID York, PA
Pittsburg, PA Manhattan, NY

We want the appraisal industry’s elite; appraisers with an unparalleled reputation for service and integrity just like ours.

When you join LandSafe as a full time Residential Appraiser, you’ll enjoy the freedom of working from home, a competitive compensation plan that recognizes your efforts, reimbursement for licensing and continuing education expenses, organizational support, and the availability of a consistent volume of work. In addition, becoming part of the LandSafe family offers growth opportunities, professional and technical support, and technology advantages you would expect from an industry leader.

The position does require State Certification for the state(s) in which assignments are undertaken and at least 5 years appraisal experience is preferred. We are looking for professional appraisers who understand that the quality and credibility of our appraisal reports is paramount, who can complete simple and complex assignments, and who possess a thorough understanding of industry standards, FNMA, FHLMC, HUD and investor guidelines.

By joining our team of appraisal experts, you can feel confident that you will be part of a premier Closing Services organization.
If you are interested, please submit your resume to the position of interest online at http://careers.bankofamerica.com/overview/overview.asp as the ones that are still open are posted.

Appraiser Websites – 5 websites for only $100

Search for San Diego Appraisers and you will see that we are #1! The key is to get proper links from appraisal related and real estate related websites. This will greatly influence your search engine rankings.

Estate work for divorce & bankruptcy are at an all time high, but you will never get the work without a top ranking website. I have made over $8,000 over past 2 months doing estate work. Estate work is the way to go, but you have to rank in the search engines to get it.

Right now I am offering to build and host 5 completely different websites, each targeting a different city or county for only $100 a month.

It is very difficult to rank for NEW YORK APPRAISER, but you might rank well for MANHATTAN APPRAISAL, MANHATTAN APPRAISAL, LONG ISLAND APPRAISER, etc… By targeting different cities or communities that you already cover, you will get more internet orders.

If you don’t understand what I am talking about, please give me a call or visit http://www.appraiserwebsites.net for more info!


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Why our list is better than the others:
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Thanks again!

Bryan Knowlton

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7th September 2010

New California Appraisal Management Company

It seems like new appraisal management companies are popping up all the time even with the new licensing laws and regulations. I am going to start posting information on a bunch of appraisal management companies that I have heard other real estate appraisers getting work from. I have not received any work from them yet, but would love to get feedback from people that have worked with these companies.

Please send me an email or comment on my posts if you have worked with any of these appraisal management companies. This will be an ongoing post and I will be putting up appraisal management companies hopefully on a weekly basis, depending on my work load.

I will start off with a fairly new AMC that I HAVE received a fair amount of work from. But please give me any feedback regarding the company as well.

http://aaa-appraisalservices.com – You can sign up here.

Currently they are looking for California Appraisers that have been approved with Flagstar, Citigroup and not on the Wells Fargo Blacklist.

I have had really good experiences using them. So far I have received full fee appraisal orders and get more than enough time to professionally turn around a high quality appraisal.

I have not added them yet to the ‘Top 20 Appraisal Managment Companies’ that I get 99% of my AMC work from, if you are interested in obtaining that list, please visit http://www.appraisalmanagementcompanies.org for all the details. Again, I have not updated my appraisal blog in a while, but there is some good marketing information to be found at http://www.appraiserincome.com as well.

Thanks again and I should be posting a lot more in the near future, so make sure to subscribe to my blog!


Bryan Knowlton

Appraise All Real Estate

San Diego Appraiser

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