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  • Starting or Moving Your Appraisal Business Starting or Moving Your Appraisal Business Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in Business Tips

    For those of you who have “been around the block” and have no plans of moving, you may pick up some tips for tightening up your business practices or obtaining more work. For new appraisers, this article will hopefully get you off to a great start on your new adventure. This article will focus on selecting a name, registering your business, insurance, marketing tips, and business resources ISA provides its members.

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  • Year of the Tiger and What It Means for Appraisers Year of the Tiger and What It Means for Appraisers Tuesday, January 25, 2022 in Business Tips

    The upcoming lunar new year, the Year of the Tiger, begins on February 1, 2022.  The tiger is independent, emotional, valiant, strong-willed, aristocratic, and powerful, the king of beasts, a protector of children who traditionally in China wear tiger-image hats sporting the character for “king”. How can this information be useful to appraisers?

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  • New Year To Do List for All Appraisers New Year To Do List for All Appraisers Friday, January 21, 2022 in Business Tips

    The New Year is the perfect time to start new habits and get your office set up for a year of success. I’ve written ten tips that have helped me start the year off right.

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  • Tips for Canadian and Foreign Appraisers Completing IRS Charitable Donation Appraisals Tips for Canadian and Foreign Appraisers Completing IRS Charitable Donation Appraisals Thursday, December 9, 2021 in Business Tips

    In the United States, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated their rules for charitable donation appraisals for 2019. IRS charitable donation appraisals must have a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Chances are if you are a Canadian or foreign appraiser, you don't have one. Here is everything you need to know about TINs and how to make a "qualified appraisal."

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  • A Really Scary Halloween Story A Really Scary Halloween Story Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Member Insights, Business Tips One of the scariest creatures that I have ever met is the dreaded TEMPLATE MONSTER!! She sneaks into appraisers' templates, making little changes or gnawing at key words necessary for one appraisal and not another, ultimately making items from the ISA checklist disappear... View More
  • What Appraisers Can Learn From the Expanding Global Art Market What Appraisers Can Learn From the Expanding Global Art Market Tuesday, September 4, 2018 in Business Tips Appraisers in America may be surprised to learn that reaching global markets is not as daunting as it initially seems. Like any endeavor, there are steps to take and pitfalls to avoid. View More
  • Determining Value Determining Value Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Member Insights, Business Tips An essential aspect of our valuation services and specifically in our appraisal practice is determining value. The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) provides guidance in the form of a definition of value... View More
  • Tips for Writing a Great Appraisal Report Tips for Writing a Great Appraisal Report Monday, July 23, 2018 in Member Insights, Business Tips Members of ISA can give a wide range of answers when asked why they joined the organization. Popular answers are for networking, continued education, and taking advantage of name recognition. The less exciting but basic truth is that most of us joined ISA to learn how to write an appraisal report. View More
  • Defining Fair Market Value Defining Fair Market Value Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Member Insights, Business Tips

    FMV is probably a little bit more complex than you remember. First, there can be multiple definitions of fair market value depending upon the intended use of the report, and perhaps the state or province that you live in. Second...

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  • Protect Your Business with Higginbotham Insurance Protect Your Business with Higginbotham Insurance Monday, April 9, 2018 in Business Tips

    It was such a pleasure to attend Assets 2018 in Pasadena this past month! I am very pleased to announce that we have officially launched the insurance program for the International Society of Appraisers.

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