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New Appraisal Institute Book Says Architectural Elements Can Impact Home Values

January 7, 2016 08:00 AM

CHICAGO (Jan. 7, 2016) –Construction elements give residential architectural styles their unique quality, but also may affect a home’s value according to a new book from the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

“Identifying Residential Architectural Styles,” published this week by the Appraisal Institute, provides appraisers with information to help them identify architectural styles of homes they may encounter and determine how various construction elements can affect value.

“American homes can reflect important moments in history as well as the artistry of their designers. Architecture can create inspiration and — most importantly for appraisers — influence value,” Appraisal Institute President Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, wrote in the book’s foreword. “‘Identifying Residential Architectural Styles’ gives appraisers necessary tools to identify and classify different types of residential properties and provides background on the art of building to help them appreciate the beauty and function of the structures they encounter every day.”

“Identifying Residential Architectural Styles,” by Marc Nadeau, SRA, provides:

·         a general survey of America’s most significant architects;

·         a summary of building elements and materials, from home foundations to roofs;

·         discussion of the major American residential architectural styles, from the Postmedieval English and early Colonial, to Eclectic and Modern;

·         photos and illustrations throughout the book; and

·         case studies of nine different architecturally significant homes that were sold at various locations in the United States.

“Identifying Residential Architectural Styles” (ISBN: 978-1-935328-63-6) is a191-page softcover book. It is available for $50 ($40 for Appraisal Institute professionals) plus shipping. Call 888-756-4624 or order online


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The Appraisal Institute is a global professional association of real estate appraisers, with nearly 20,000 professionals in almost 60 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide. Organized in 1932, the Appraisal Institute advocates equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the appraisal profession and conducts its activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Individuals of the Appraisal Institute benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs, and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations. Learn more at




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