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2019 USA Cares Recipients

Posted by Shana Garrie on Nov 22, 2019 2:42:19 PM

Earlier this year we decided to start sharing the organizations that we choose for our USA Cares program each month. Our hope in doing this was to shine a small spotlight on some wonderful charities and non-profits that matter to us, and hopefully help others find a group that they might be willing to give their time or resources to.

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Our October USA Cares spotlight

Posted by Shana Garrie on Nov 22, 2019 2:39:31 PM

In October, we chose to donate to Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter through our USA Cares program. It would be an understatement to say that Newhouse is an invaluable member of the Kansas City community. For nearly 50 years, they have been a literal lifeline for any and all individuals fleeing domestic violence.

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USA Announces Appraisal Modernization Program

Posted by Shana Garrie on Oct 15, 2019 6:33:25 AM

United States Appraisals today announced the launch of its Appraisal Modernization Program (A.M.P.), providing lenders access to the changing landscape of valuation products, including bifurcated appraisals.

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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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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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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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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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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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