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The Real Estate Appraiser and The Law

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Senior Member
Jan 16, 2002
Don't want to get off on a rant here, but just briefly read both introductions and both authors seem to use the same language & key points, such as; "bullet proof an appraisal" :? Why :?:

makes me a little reluctant to buy either at this time :!:


Pam and I are talking about the same book. What other author are you talking about?

Theresa in Oregon

Sophomore Member
Jan 18, 2002

I bought the book about a month ago and just started reading it the other day. Am only up to page 40, but I think it's worth having. I like the way it has wide margins. Plenty of room for notes.

I purchased it for two reasons. First, I got sued once a few years ago and had to defend myself in court. I did well on the witness stand (I assume) and prevailed against some disgruntled homeowners who claimed I should have known that the roof his brother-in-law (NOT a professional roofer) installed was faulty and would start to leak a year after my inspection. :roll: Prevail or not, the experience was somewhat unnerving. The next time (and I believe if I stay in business long enough there WILL be a next time), the matter may not be so clear cut. I don't want to look like an idiot on the witness stand.

Second, I am trying to broaden my client base to include attorneys and I just accepted an assignment for a divorce settlement. My client says there will "probably" not be any testimony required. I'm not betting my fee on it. Again, I don't want to look like an idiot on the stand when in fact, I'm a very good appraiser.

I figure if I do enough homework, I can at least see the bullets coming, you know? Fortunately for me, my son is an attorney and he's already tipped me off to the basic attorney tricks vis-a-vis expert witnesses. And to think, at one point I was sorry he didn't become an accountant...

- Theresa
Jan 13, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
Thanks all!


A special thank you to you for your detailed information. I'm always interested in the really good appraisal books. Do you have 'Appraising The Tough Ones'? Excellent information on a good variety of unique residential properties that has helped me many times. I'll have to buy a new one since a trainee borrowed it and won't give it back.

Cold and wet in NE Florida right now.



Senior Member
Jan 16, 2002
misread your original post, you said you started selling the book last year and I thought you said you started selling your book last year; read both posts rather quickly :? I'm getting older, perhaps it's the begining of the end 8)
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