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Solar Panels and Their Impact on Home Value

Posted by Rick Garrie on Oct 2, 2019 10:06:00 AM

With more and more homeowners wanting to "go green" and California's solar panel requirement for new homes set to take effect in 2020, many in the mortgage industry have been working to figure out how solar panels impact home values. As with most elements to consider in real estate valuation, it is not a cut and dry dollar for dollar value. Some of the key items an appraiser must consider are if the panels are leased, owned, or financed, what is the typical buyer motivation, cost vs. savings, and of course the expected life of the technology.

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USA Cares August selection

Posted by Shana Garrie on Sep 26, 2019 10:29:42 AM

It can be difficult in some areas to find and connect with organizations and volunteer opportunities. Luckily for those of us in the Kansas City area, we have Uncover KC whose mission is to create positive social impact through community engagement.

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Topics: USA Cares

Making the Appraisal Review More Efficient with Technology

Posted by Rick Garrie on Sep 10, 2019 10:16:00 AM

We all know how much lenders and borrowers care about getting a fast turn time on their appraisals. This could mean making the appraiser's task simpler and easier, but it could also mean streamlining the appraisal review step as well. At United States Appraisal we use technology, to improve this important part of the process.

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USA Cares July Recipient

Posted by Shana Garrie on Aug 30, 2019 3:27:49 PM

As a company whose day to day operations are part of people purchasing & refinancing homes, it would be easy to forget that homelessness is a real problem for many. Our USA Cares recipient for July was Community Linc, an organization whose day-to-day focus is that very thing. Community Linc is a non-profit focused on building better futures for homeless families. They were nominated by our Chief Financial Officer, Chris Purcell.

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Topics: USA Cares

Love Your Appraiser

Posted by Shana Garrie on Jul 31, 2019 8:28:00 AM

At United States Appraisals, we know the key to getting good results for sellers and lenders is making the appraisers feel respected and valued.

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Topics: Valuation Express

Our June USA Cares Selection

Posted by Shana Garrie on Jul 29, 2019 4:07:00 PM

 

Our USA Cares selection in June was Borrow My Angel. They are a small non-profit with a desire to make a significant impact on the lives of many.

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Topics: USA Cares

Maximizing Appraiser Efficiency with Geo-location

Posted by Shana Garrie on Jul 15, 2019 8:23:00 AM

The ranks of available Appraisers are thinning out. One way to cope with the issue: enable the appraisers to be more efficient. With Valuation Express, our “Uber app", our assignment team can locate the appraiser in real-time to expedite the inspection – often within minutes of receipt.   

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Topics: Valuation Express

USA Cares

Posted by Shana Garrie on Jun 27, 2019 8:30:37 AM

 

As a company, we believe strongly in the saying, "if you can, do." For a while, we have had an internal program we call USA Cares. Each month, based on employee suggestions, we choose a charity or non-profit organization to spotlight. Along with this, we also make a monetary donation. We are proud of the time and resources our fantastic staff members give to these groups and have decided to start sharing our USA Cares program more publicly. We hope that through our sharing of these organizations, in a way you will get to know us better. Or maybe you will find a charity or non-profit that speaks to you as so many of our staff have.

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Topics: USA Cares