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Best Book You Read On Appraising

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Rene Mata

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Apr 28, 2003
What is the best book you read that gave you the most
help and knowledge as a starting appraiser ?

Thanks for any reply.
 

jeff samolinski

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Apr 18, 2003
The book of hard knocks or the book of life!

Actually, I do not believe there is one. We must learn by being trained by someone that has made mistakes and learned from them. Life experiences are the most useful tools and of course this forum is of great help.

As you learn remember to be careful of what you think you know because before you know it you don't know anything!
 

Rene Mata

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Thanks jeff.

Now I know, its up to a person to become a good appraiser.

Probably I could use some of my experienced in the

field of construction and design. I got some architecture,

estimating and valuation experienced .
 
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Retired Appraiser
State
Florida
OK, I'll make a suggestion.

Appraising the Tough Ones

Available on the Appraisal Institute site.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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May 2, 2002
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Certified General Appraiser
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Arkansas
Basic Real Estate Appraisal by Richard Betts and Silas Ely - I have the second edition, I think there is an updated version. Part of the California Prentiss-hall Real Estate Series. Very good instructional book. I bought this one on ebay for like $10. Appraising the tough ones is another excellent book - Frank Harrison is the author. A must for rural property/special property. But if you specialize in Rural Property, The Appriasal of Rural Property - 2nd Ed. is a must, available from AI.

Frankly, I cannot think of a better written book than the Basic RE App. of Betts & Ely for laying it out plain and being a big thick easy to read epistle.
 

Fred

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Retired Appraiser
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Virgin Islands
When I started, I thought the text chapters of Harrison's Guide to passing licensing exams was the clearest.
 
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