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Most Read DW Slater Company Appraisal Blog Posts for 2016

Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, I thought it would be great to look back at 2016 and share the five most popular blog posts of The DW Slater Company Appraisal Blog. We had an extremely busy year and I wasn't able to write as many posts as I wanted but here are the most read posts of 2016:

How Accurate is Your Zestimate?

Zillow's Zestimate continues to cause frustration with realtors and appraisers as consumers assume they are accurate and many times they are not. In this post, I compared Zillow's Zestimates with actual appraisal values and found them to vary greatly in their accuracy.

7 Terrific Real Estate Appraiser Blogs to Follow

This was a fun post as I highlighted some of the best real estate appraiser blogs. If you missed this one make sure you check out these terrific appraiser bloggers.

What is Regression Analysis and How Do Appraisers Use it?

This post discusses what regression analysis is and how appraisers use it. Unfortunately, since this posting, Statwing which is metioned is no longer available to appraisers. In our office, we have currently been using GandySoft in place of Statwing.

5 Ways to Over Improve Your Home

If you are thinking about improving your home, then please read this from an appraiser's perspective. This post discusses 5 different ways that homeowners over-improve in ways in which they will not add value. Cost does not equal value.

Are Drones in the Future for Real Estate Appraising?

The commercial use of drones is really growing. At the time of this post my son was considering starting a drone business. As a part of his research, he wanted to know if appraisers would have a use for drone services. This post discusses that and received a lot a great commentary. He did start that business. Please check out Atmos Video if you need aerial video or photography.

These were the five most read blog posts for 2016. We are looking forward to 2017. Do you have questions or topics you would like us to cover? Please contact us at We'd love to hear from you!


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