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4 Tips to Get Your Home Fall & Winter Ready

Get ready for vibrant colored leaves and trees, crisp weather, and lots of pumpkins. Fall is almost here! As the seasons change, so do our home needs. We don’t want you to be left in the cold when winter slowly sneaks up on us, so here are four quick tips to get your home Fall […]

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Industry Unity

I have heard appraisers say, “AMC’s don’t care about the appraisers, they only care about getting their money from the lenders”. I have heard lenders say, “just get a new appraiser, there tons of them out there”. In between all these talks, lie us, the AMC. How do we handle being in the middle of […]

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We Value More Than You Think

Many companies will say they appreciate their employees and occasionally they will show it by hosting a holiday party or buying lunch for their team.  However, how much do these occasional events affect employees and their engagement at work?  We would say, not that much. Which is why at Class Appraisal, we do things differently. […]

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Is Your Home Appraisal Ready?

Spring and Summer are the prime home-selling seasons, and it is a seller’s market, but what are you doing to improve market value for your home? Improving your property value is important whether you are a potential seller or not. If you are a potential seller, then there are some things to consider in order […]

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Beyond Customer Service

“Your Customer doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” ~Damon Richards We are constantly hearing about how great customer service is critical and perhaps the most important competitive advantage for any business to possess.  When we do hear about ‘phenomenal service’ it is usually linked to large organizations such as […]

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Training Matters – Essential Skills for Today’s Passion Driven Workforce

Have you heard the quote “hire passion, train skills”?  In every interview I have participated in whether as the interviewer or the interviewee, the word passion has been used.  “I have to have passion for what I do”, “This is my passion”, “I would be very passionate working for this company”. But what exactly is […]

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Revolutionizing the Company Culture

Have you ever struggled with fostering a better, more inclusive company culture? This seems to be a common concern among companies, and Class Appraisal has created the Team Member Services Department to further promote our company culture. In fact, within the past 6 months there have been so many positive changes that our team has […]

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Welcome to the Class Appraisal Website (version 2.0)!

I wanted to take a moment to talk to you, our blog readers.  As a business that works on a national level, our website is the one tool that is working for Class Appraisal 100% at all times.  It is available to anyone, anywhere, at any time.  With a few precise clicks on your keyboard, […]

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TRID Is Coming! TRID Is Coming!!

Once again, the mortgage industry is scrambling. With a quickly approaching deadline, which was already extended once, many are still wondering how to properly prepare and adjust to meet the new requirements. As hectic and alarming as it sounds, changes like this are not new to our industry.  We regularly see new changes taking place […]

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Illinois Cancels Over 70 AMC Registrations

I am sure you are aware of the recent news, coming out of Illinois, regarding the cancellation of AMC Registration’s for over 70 AMC’s. Class Appraisal wanted to take this opportunity to reach out and reassure that these issues have not affected Class Appraisal. Class Appraisal is in good standing and is one of the remaining active licensees in the State […]

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Panel Management: In-House vs. AMC

Use an Appraisal Management Company (“AMC”) or manage the appraisal process in-house? That is the simple questions that lenders across the country are asking themselves. A large shift in the industry is towards utilizing the AMC model. So for the lenders who have yet to take part in that shift, the question remains… What are […]

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It’s How a Company Handles Its Shortfalls..

Most blogs cover topics beneficial to the writer. For the most part, blogs offer puffery or even self-boasting in regards to the industry. I would like to do something different. I want to talk about some of our shortfalls, as a company and an industry as a whole. The Appraisal Management Company, more particularly, at […]

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5 Tips for a Faster Home Appraisal

By: Kimberly Morrison-Schop, President Tell us a little bit about your experience, company history and the services you offer. I currently serve as President of Class Appraisal, a national AMC headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan. I have worked in the Appraisal, Real Estate, and Mortgage Industry for over 20 years. Appraiser, Realtor, Loan Officer, Analyst, Manager, […]

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What does “World Class Customer Service” really mean?

We’ve all heard the term “World Class Customer Service.” This phrase brings companies like Amazon, Lowe’s, and The Ritz-Carlton to mind.   Forward thinking organizations with sound leadership strive to make a positive customer experience a staple of their business model. The primary goal for any service related business is to build a loyal base of […]

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Road Conditions

For many of us living in the northern two thirds of the country, we have had one of the coldest, snowiest, and nastiest winters on record. Terms like wind-chill factor, polar vortex alert, and emergency patching crews have become an all too familiar phrase during the past few weeks. In addition to bundling up like […]

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