For a while now, NAR has heard from REALTORS® concerned about the state of the appraisal industry. Agents talk of difficulty finding appraisers, long turn-around times, and “rush” fees for faster service. Appraisers note increased difficulty in attracting young people into the profession and the challenges of being an appraiser in today’s market.
In response, NAR set out to get to the heart of these issues by asking appraisers about their experiences. NAR’s Research Department, in collaboration with The Olinger Group, surveyed over 2000 respondents, made up from appraisers who were registered on the Appraisal Subcommittee’s list of licensed and certified appraisers and were also members of the NAR. The results of this research are now available on NAR’s website.
After years of consideration, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally published rules on how to integrate drones safely into the National Airspace System (NAS). There is now an easy to understand system and set of rules which anyone flying a drone must follow. This booming and exciting new technology is making its debut in many different fields of commerce and real estate is no exception. An interesting question arises from all of this. Should real estate appraisers consider using this technology when appraising real estate? The simple answer is, absolutely.
It’s been a long time since a new technology, other than software and gadgets that can measure and take notes in the field, has been available to us and I find it very exciting.
Our office has utilized aerial photographs in an appraisal on more than several occasions. Here are some examples: pictures of a new roof system installed on an older improvement; large acreage tracts that the client wanted in order to know more about forestation and topography; proximity to surrounding properties or features such as rivers, lakes, commercial buildings, and power lines – just to name a few. This bird’s eye view can provide the client with a much better idea of the neighborhood surrounding a property and physical characteristics of the property itself. To coin a phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
(birds-eye view of a property taken by aerial drone)
While the ability to fly a drone for commercial use cannot be learned overnight, no longer are commercial drone operators required to hold a pilot’s license that is expensive and time consuming to obtain. Any interested appraiser should look at the FAA’s website. I can’t stress enough doing this the right way. It is important to not think of a drone as a flying camera but as an aircraft requiring knowledge and certifications to fly.
Until we have cars that are driving themselves while you write your report this is as good as it gets.
Kelly Gonzalez Broker - Owner, B.A.
Commercial, Industrial, Residential & International Specialist
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Estimado Lic. Gonzalez,
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Rialto Capital Management is a real estate fund with real estate assets and holdings across the country. While my region of business was situated primarily in the Southern Nevada market, I managed a number of residential and commercial assets in Laredo, Texas. Every single one of my assets located in Laredo was listed with Kelly Gonzalez and his team at Exit Realty.
Kelly and his entire team provided a level of service at the highest level and acted on our behalf with extreme quality and professionalism. Especially being an out of town prope1iy owner, it was very comf01iing knowing that Kelly could be counted on in all aspects of assisting in managing and selling our assets. Him and is team provided the perfect amount of communication, made prudent and sound decisions when required, and were trustwo1ihy through and through. At the end of the day, Kelly simply made life easier.
I will continue to use Kelly for all of my real estate needs in Laredo and I wholeheaiiedly recommend him to others with real estate needs in Laredo. Eric Tan, Rialto Capital Management V.P.
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