Archive for August, 2011

Big Time Changes in Appraisal Standards Begin Sept 1 2011:

August 26th, 2011

Appraisals continue to be the knothole in a lot of real estate transactions.  If you’ve ever had one come in low, then you know how frustrating it can be to look at the comparable sales and try to make sense of how the appraiser came up with that value.  Underwriters and Investors struggle to make sense of the hodge podge of commentary and adjustments on appraisals as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Improvements

August 19th, 2011

An old friend of mine once asked me if my husband and I were on a mission to renovate all of the derelict farm houses in Scott County. Over the past 26 years we’ve pulled a lot of plaster and lathe, shoveled our share of bat poop out of attics, rewired, plumbed, and lovingly restored more than a dozen houses. Years of neglect showed itself in many ways; in the peeling paint on their facades, dry rotted boards, failed septic systems, leaky rock foundations that let water and mold into damp, musty smelling basements. Read the rest of this entry »

“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

August 16th, 2011

“You can coach and encourage a thousand people but you can’t carry 3 on your back.”   Let that sink in for a minute. Read the rest of this entry »

Beat the Clock

August 5th, 2011

It’s the Eleventh hour of the day and you feel that your title ought to be Fire Chief.  That’s how I felt for the entire month of July.  Tuesday, I decided to step back and debrief the month with my people.  In doing so, we came up with a number of ways that we could “One Time” our business practices to insure that we don’t run out of day before we finish our work during the month of August. Read the rest of this entry »