Photographs in Appraisal Reports
Photographs, 2 refers & Nat’l RE Appraiser’s Day…
I’ve been asked to formally review a recent report.
When looking over the report pages, the subject photo pages contain a mix of horizontal and vertical photographs, about half ‘n half. And there are lots of subject photos.
Bear in mind, most report photo pages are formatted for horizontal photographs.
It appears to me the appraiser used a smart phone for photos, as there would be no normal tendency to hold a regular camera vertically except in rare occasions to emphasize height of some feature. But people do that with phones.
The human eyes are not ‘programmed’ to see “up” as well as side-to-side. We see nearly 180 degrees from left to right, but not nearly that same area below to above our head, when eyes are stationary like in a camera lens.
Appraisal report photos just look better when they are taken horizontally, except as mentioned for certain situations.
So, if you use a smart phone as your appraisal camera, please hold it horizontally!
Your reports will look much more professional if all photographs have the same orientation.
Two Refers (not the smokin’ kind):
Here’s an interesting kitchen design, in a 2017 MANUFACTURED home, no less!
Maybe I’ve been in a cave somewhere in Ethiopia for the past 16 years, but I’ve never seen TWO exact model refers (with opposite door swings) side by side in any home! The listing even mentions this feature.
But also notice something else: there is no counter space next to either refer to make loading and unloading the refers easier. The only counter is opposite the doors, with a wide aisle. I see this quite often in modern kitchen designs – designers forget that getting food in and out of a refer is challenging when there’s no convenient place to put the food on the outside.
Maybe we should start making Functional Obsolescence adjustments for that? We’ll let the automatic regression programs tell us how much. (Ahem!)
Oh, by the way, the list price of this MANUFACTURED home on the small lot, after the site value was deducted, equates to about $132 per s/f. Wowsers!
National Real Estate Appraiser’s Day on Jan. 7th!
Texas appraiser Mark Paulson has submitted an application to the National Day Calendar™ web site to get Jan 7th on their calendar as an official day to recognize appraisers. I found his posting about this on The National Appraisal Coalition Facebook page.
Let’s get behind this effort! Re-send and re-post this message to your appraiser buddies and other bloggers, web sites, trade journals, etc.
While this might seem somewhat tongue in cheek, this calendar is used by media folks across the US to help publicize a variety of ‘days’ each year. Being on the calendar is a good way for the average Joe & Jane Public to get a better understanding of what we appraisers do in their communities, because some media outlets may want to talk to appraisers in advance for inclusion in stories about our work.
Here’s a link to the calendar.
If Mark sees this, please keep us informed about the process to get accepted. I don’t see a way to support the effort until the Calendar web site posts a message there to ‘vote’ on inclusion.
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