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Real Estate Appraiser - Lanier Appraisal Service - CR004373
Lakefront Appraiser of 25 Years. Mary knows the Lake! Don't make a mistake an hire someone who does not understand Lake Site Values.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
  I have always known the that NAR (National Association of Realtors) was a force to be reckoned with but as an Appraiser I just wanted to personally thank all the Realtors out there that have put their foot down stating that they are tired of deals dying because there are way too many appraisers...
03/20/2010
In the last few weeks, we have had a significant number of requests for appraisals due to DIVORCE here in Georgia and many are quite nasty! I am sure finances plays a part, but the reasons for these divorces were varied and wild. If it appears they will wind up in court....I respectfully decline...
03/01/2010
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY BUFORD DAM ON MONDAY 3/1/10. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO  FROM HAROLD MARTIN, ALSO A GREAT FRIEND OF OURS, WHO TOOK MOVIES OF THE DAM BEING BUILT, AN OLD BOAT HE BUILT IN THE 50'S  AND HIS FAMILY SKIING BEHIND THIS BOAT ALMOST 60 YEARS AGO! WHERE DOES THE TIME GO, SURE BRINGS BACK GR...
03/01/2010
As I understand it FHA will no longer impose the 3 month waiting period for investors to "flip" / resell homes that they have renovated, making it easier to get more loans through quickly. As long as the flippers out there realize, they need to be realistic in their asking prices so that they are...
01/26/2010
  Some of you may know  that lenders are trying to replace appraisals with BPO's...why? Cause they are cheaper of course. In the State of Georgia and Virginia and maybe others it is illegal for a Realtor to practice in the capacity of and appraiser without an appraiser's license. It should be il...
01/25/2010
This link takes you to my post about appealing low appraisals. Many appraisals are just fine, but there are many appraisers working for cut rate fees for AMC's who are cutting BIG corners, I know because I have reviewed many of them....so in case you need help here is the link to the blog I wrote...
12/08/2009
Here is what you need to do to fight a bad, low or flawed appraisal. First I must say not ALL appraisals are flawed and not all appraisers are incompetent like so many seem to think these days....but there are many appraisers who do not belong in the areas where they are appraising and there are ...
11/17/2009
No I am not talking about walking around with blinders on while appraising. I am talking about appraising with NO numbers given to the appraiser ahead of time, no estimates of value, no loan amount, NOTHING!     Forever, Appraisers have been given numbers to HIT so to speak, when they were given ...
11/17/2009
  Let's first define good shall we? Good does NOT mean make the number work so the loan will close! BEFORE you take out your next loan......do some checking into the BANK first, do they use appraisers whose fees have been cut in half? Do they use Appraisal Management Companies (they normally pay ...
10/31/2009
HUD has stated that in addition to adopting HVCC language, that appraisers should be paid their normal market fees for FHA appraisal products. Well after my discussion with a well known. long standing Appraisal Management Company who most appraisers know as they have been around forever, here are...
10/31/2009
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Mary Thompson

Lake Lanier Appraiser in North Georgia
local_phone(770) 967-0753
smartphone(770) 561-1840
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