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Conditions in residential markets change quickly and the pace of change can create unique problems and challenges for real estate professionals. Residential appraisers now have a tool to meet these challenges—Valuation by Comparison, by appraiser and educator, Mark Rattermann, MAI, SRA.
Appraisers know that the sales comparison approach is the best and most logical way to value residential real estate, but what's an appraiser to do when markets are in flux, data are scarce, and traditional techniques don't work?
Valuation by Comparison explores the most fundamental role of the appraiser as an interpreter of human behavior. The text presents innovative strategies and techniques for distilling relevant information from comparable sales as well as less-than-perfect market indicators such as current listings, expired listings, and pending sales. Practical advice for making problematic adjustments is provided along with guidance on completing residential forms in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
“The marketplace often demands more from an experienced residential appraiser than 'three comps and a cloud of dust.' If you're involved in residential valuation, I highly recommend that you add this book to your library.”
Frank J. Lucco, CRP, SRA
Houston Chapter, Member Since 1979
"One of the most common deficiencies in residential appraisals reported by licensing agencies, underwriters, and reviewers is the lack of support for adjustments in the sales comparison approach. This book assists residential appraisers in supporting adjustments with logic and consistency." Mark R. Rattermann, MAI, SRA, Author
About The Author
Mark R. Rattermann, MAI, SRA, has been a real estate appraiser and broker in Indianapolis since 1979. He has written eight books about real estate and residential and nonresidential appraisal. Mr. Rattermann has also developed courses and seminars for the Appraisal Institute and has taught appraisal courses and seminars for 30 years. He has lectured in 45 states and four foreign countries and has written more than 20 seminars for online and classroom presentation. Mr. Rattermann’s work has been published many times in The Appraisal Journal.